Stars shine in Houston

The best of the NBA gather to shoot, dunk – everything except play defense – this weekend in Houston.
TNT has thenbastars NBA all-star game Sunday at 8 p.m. How many points can they score?
The festivities begin Friday on ESPN at 7 p.m., with the Celebrity game. TNT offers the Rising Stars challenge at 9 p.m. Saturday is filled with the skills contests, starting at 8:30 p.m. It starts with the shooting competition, then the skills test before the 3-point shot contest. The night closes with the slam dunk contest.
Sunday, will there be more than 300 points scored? The West won 152-149 last year in Orlando.
Before the stars gather, TNT offers a Finals rematch between Miami and Oklahoma City Thursday at 8 p.m. The nightcap features the Battle of L.A. between the Clippers and Lakers.
Virginia travels to North Carolina Saturday at noon on the ACC network, while other areas see Boston College-Florida State.
Kentucky takes on Tennessee Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. Ohio State battles Wisconsin.
ESPN’s Rivalry week continues Thursday with Wisconsin-Minnesota at 7 p.m., followed by UCLA against California. Georgetown meets Cincinnati Friday at 9 p.m.
The GameDay crew catches Texas at Kansas Saturday at 9 p.m. ESPN’s day starts at noon with Villanova-Connecticut, followed by Purdue against Indiana. Missouri faces Arkansas at 4 p.m. and Maryland plays Duke at 6 p.m.
Louisville takes on South Florida Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 starts Thursday with LSU-South Carolina at 7 p.m. St. John’s plays Louisville at 9 p.m. and Gonzaga takes on St. Mary’s in the nightcap.
Virginia Tech travels to North Carolina State Saturday at 2 p.m., after Xavier-Dayton at noon. UCLA faces Stanford at 4 p.m., followed by Detroit-Valparaiso and Georgia against Mississippi at 8 p.m.
There’s two CAA games on Comcast Saturday, with William & Mary facing Old Dominion at noon and Georgia State goes to George Mason at 4 p.m. It’s Georgia Tech-Wake Forest at 2 p.m. and VCU takes on George Washington at 7:30 p.m.
MASN catches action from three different conferences Saturday. The day starts at noon in the Big East with Notre Dame-Providence, then it’s off to the Big South for VMI’s contest with Campbell. West Virginia hosts Texas Tech at 4 p.m., then Liberty hosts High Point at 6 p.m. The lineup concludes back in the Big East at 8 p.m. when Syracuse battles Seton Hall.
MASN2 shows Central Connecticut State at Mt. St. Mary’s Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
LaSalle against St. Joseph’s starts the schedule Saturday on NBC Sports network at 1 p.m. Princeton meets Harvard at 7 p.m., followed by San Diego State-UNLV.
Comcast has women’s basketball between Northeastern and William & Mary Friday at 8 p.m. There’s an ACC doubleheader Sunday, with North Carolina against Florida State at 1 p.m. before Wake Forest battles Duke.
ESPN2 has a twinbill Sunday, with different games across the country. ACC areas will have Georgia Tech at N.C. State before Maryland faces Virginia at 5 p.m.
It’s the weekend for Hockey Day in America. NBC starts the schedule at noon with the Penguins at Buffalo, then the Kings meet the Blackhawks. The Capitals battle the Rangers Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Comcast, which shows the Capitals at Tampa Bay Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has college ice hockey between Boston University and Maine Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Speed Weeks starts in Daytona with the Unlimited Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox. Qualifying for the top two spots will be Sunday at 1 p.m., getting ready for the big race on Feb. 24.
CBS has the Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The college lacrosse season starts Sunday on NBC Sports network with Denver against Penn State at 1 p.m. Jacksonsville meets Ohio State at 3:15 p.m.
The U.S. Curling championships are on NBC Sports network Saturday. The women start the action at 10 a.m., with the men’s finals at 4 p.m.

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