Farewell to JPJ

In many of the past 15 years, you never knew when Virginia would play its last home basketball game.
They might make the NCAA tournament, but it was more likely an NIT or other college tournament bid that kept the arena going into March.
The scheduled regular season finale wasn’t going to be the final home contest.
Not this year.
When the Hokies visit Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, it will be the last chance for local fans to see the Cavaliers in action. The second-ranked team closes the regular season with two road games, then it’s time to defend their ACC tournament championship in Greensboro.
The third week of March will be played at an NCAA tournament venue to be determined, not John Paul Jones Arena.
In other ACC action, Georgia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon.
ESPN starts Thursday’s action with Nebraska against Ohio State at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-Colorado.
Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. SMU meets Memphis at 9 p.m., with Gonzaga going against San Diego. Iona takes on Manhattan Friday at 7 p.m.
UTEP battles Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Arizona State meets Utah at 10:30 p.m.
CBS gets ready for the NCAA tournament with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown faces St. John’s at noon, then North Carolina visits Miami and top-ranked Kentucky battles Arkansas. Sunday’s action starts at 2 p.m. when SMU meets Connecticut, then Michigan State plays Wisconsin.
Villanova visits Xavier on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Northern Iowa taking on Wichita State. Texas tangles with Kansas at 5 p.m., then Syracuse heads to Duke and Arizona battles Utah at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has 14 straight hours of action, starting at noon with Louisville-Florida State. Dayton visits VCU at 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa State-Kansas State followed by Tennessee taking on Florida. The final three games are out west, with Boise State going to San Diego State at 8 p.m. BYU battles Gonzaga then UC Irvine goes against UC Santa Barbara at midnight.
Marquette meets Providence on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 at 7 p.m. for Oregon-Stanford, then Washington State battles UCLA.
Delaware takes on Drexel Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. North Carolina State faces Boston College Saturday at noon, followed by a pair of CAA matchups – Drexel against William & Mary at 2 p.m. before Hofstra heads to James Madison.
Rhode Island meets LaSalle Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty hosts Radford Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Columbia clashes with Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m.
UNC-Asheville meets Liberty Saturday at 3 p.m. and there’s Atlantic 10 action between George Mason and Saint Louis at 7 p.m.
MASN2 brings Marshall against Florida International Thursday at 8 p.m. George Washington duels with Davidson Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Texas takes on West Virginia on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. North Carolina battles Duke at 3 p.m. before South Carolina faces Kentucky.
FoxSports1 brings Providence against Villanova Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Florida State facing Miami.
Baylor battles Iowa State Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2. Southern Miss faces UTEP Sunday at 4 p.m.
TNT offers Golden State’s trip to Cleveland Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Thunder meet the Suns.
The Heat visit New Orleans on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Oklahoma City-Portland as the nightcap. The Thunder tangle with the Lakers Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Clippers meet the Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by the Cavaliers against the Rockets.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., then the trucks take to the track at 5:30 p.m.
NBC brings NHL action to prime time, with the Rangers meeting the Flyers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals visit Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Toronto Sunday at 7 p.m.
Nashville hosts the Wild Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks take on the Stars Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour moves to Florida and NBC this weekend, with the Honda Classic on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The round of 32 of the Europa League tournament continues on FoxSports1 Thursday, with Liverpool against Besiktas at 1 p.m. followed by Everton meeting the Young Boys.
West Ham United faces Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Liverpool-Manchester City Sunday at 7 a.m. before Everton takes on Arsenal at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the U.S. Indoor track and field championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Freeskiing from the United States Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.



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