Boogity, boogity, boogity

Time for DW to “reach up there and pull those belts tight” for the first of 13 times this year.
2013_DAYTONA500“Boogity-boogity-boogity, let’s go racing boys.”
And girl.
The flag drops on the Daytona 500 Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. Darrell Waltrip and friends on FOX cover the first 13 of the 36-race slate, through Dover in June.
Danica Patrick claimed the pole position, hoping to be the first to win from there since Dale Jarrett in 2000. Jeff Gordon will start second, and the next 28 spots are set at the Twin 125s Thursday on Speed, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, 43 drivers will head to the starting line, ready to race.
The start of the Nationwide season will be Saturday at 1:15 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s Bracketbuster weekend in college basketball. Friday at 7 p.m., North Dakota State takes on Akron on ESPN2. Creighton plays St. Mary’s Saturday at 6 p.m., while ESPN2 has three contests – Detroit-Wichita State at 4 p.m. then South Dakota State against Murray State at 8 p.m. before Ohio faces Belmont at 10 p.m.
Virginia hosts Georgia Tech Sunday at 2 p.m. on ACC network, while other areas will catch Boston College against Duke.
The Hokies take on Duke Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, after Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut. Saturday at 4 p.m., the Tar Heels battle the Wolfpack and the GameDay crew catches Missouri-Kentucky at 9 p.m.
On ESPN2 there’s three games on Thursday. Georgia meets Arkansas at 7 p.m., followed by Iowa-Nebraska and BYU against St. Mary’s. Maryland plays Clemson Saturday at noon, then it’s Big 12 action between Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Marquette faces Villanova at 6 p.m.
CBS brings a pair of games both weekend days. Georgia meets South Carolina at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Georgetown-Syracuse. Sunday starts in the Big East with Cincinnati against Notre Dame, then Michigan State faces Ohio State.
William & Mary plays George Mason Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast. Hofstra hosts Old Dominion Sunday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network also goes to the CAA Thursday at 7 p.m., with Drexel facing Delaware. Saturday, New Mexico meets Colorado State at 4 p.m. followed by Nevada-San Diego State.
MASN has Seton Hall at Louisville Saturday at noon and Connecticut against DePaul at 8 p.m. From the Big 12, TCU tackles Kansas at 4 p.m. Sunday at noon, Pittsburgh meets St. John’s.
In women’s basketball, Comcast shows Miami against Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. James Madison visits Delaware at 4 p.m. MASN offers Big East play between Syracuse and South Florida Saturday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three games Sunday. Purdue faces Minnesota at 1 p.m., followed by a top-ten battle between Duke and Maryland. Texas A&M takes on Vanderbilt at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network heads west Thursday at 9 p.m. for Gonzaga against Santa Clara.
The Heat visit Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT. The Spurs take on the Clippers in the nightcap.
ESPN offers Minnesota at Oklahoma City Friday at 8 p.m., followed by the Spurs at Warriors. The Sunday doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with the Grizzlies visit Brooklyn, and the Bulls take on the Thunder at 9:30 p.m.
ABC offers the Lakers at Mavericks Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards playing the Nuggets Friday at 7 p.m. and the Rockets Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Neither rain nor snow shall keep NBC away from the World Match play final Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.
The Lightning battle the Penguins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals host New Jersey Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then again Saturday at noon.
There’s a twinbill on NBC Sports network Friday, with Yale at Quinnipiac at 7:30 p.m. before Denver hosts North Dakota.
Gearing up for the MLS season, the Desert Diamond Cup final will be Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In college lacrosse, Maryland faces Loyola Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

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