Heart of the season

With the NFL now done, we find ourselves in the heart of the college basketball season this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Four weeks from Sunday, the 2016 NCAA tournament field will be announced.
ESPN has a twinbill Thursday, with Florida State-Syracuse at 7 p.m. followed by Iowa facing Indiana. Friday at 9 p.m., Arizona takes on UCLA.
Connecticut clashes with Temple on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. and it’s Oregon-California at 9 p.m. Dayton battles Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Oregon State takes on Stanford Thursday at 11 p.m.
Middle Tennessee meets Louisiana Tech on MASN Thursday at 8 p.m.
CBS brings Texas A&M-LSU Saturday at 1 p.m. and Indiana-Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown faces Providence Saturday at noon on Fox and Butler battles Xavier at 2:30 p.m.
Virginia meets Duke Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the middle of a big day on ESPN. Kentucky faces South Carolina in the opener at noon before Kansas-Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. Second-ranked Maryland plays Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Big 12 matchup between Texas and Iowa State.
ESPN2 has six contests on Saturday, starting at noon with Northern Iowa-Wichita State. Purdue plays Michigan at 2 p.m. and there’s an ACC battle between Louisville and Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Vanderbilt meets Auburn at 6 p.m., with Tulsa-Connecticut at 8 p.m. and Gonzaga against SMU in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Comcast starts action Saturday at noon with North Carolina State-Wake Forest, then Georgia Tech faces Clemson. Towson takes on William & Mary at 4 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Duquesne Sunday at 3 p.m.
George Mason meets Davidson Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN, followed by UTEP against Florida Atlantic. Utah Valley visits Cal State-Bakersfield at 10 p.m.
MASN2 offers Alabama Birmingham against Louisiana Tech Saturday at 2 p.m. North Texas clashes with Charlotte at 4 p.m. and there’s a Big East battle between Creighton and Marquette at 8 p.m.
James Madison visits UNC-Wilmington Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Hofstra-Delaware.
The ACC network brings Syracuse-Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m. and other areas will see North Carolina battle Pittsburgh.
Arizona goes against Southern Cal Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
On the women’s  court, ESPN2 has three contests on Sunday. Connecticut meets Temple at noon, then it’s North Carolina facing Florida State and Maryland against Northwestern at 4 p.m.
Texas battles Oklahoma on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
James Madison hosts Hofstra Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and it’s Virginia-Boston College at 5 p.m.
Western Kentucky meets Marshall Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
It’s NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto. TNT has coverage Sunday at 8:20 p.m., after the all-star skills contests Saturday at 8 p.m. The rising stars game tips Friday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has the Celebrity game Friday at 7 p.m.
Prior to the all-star break, the Wizards take on the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. TNT has the Pelicans against Thunder Thursday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR gets ready for its season with the Sprint Unlimited Saturday at 8 p.m. The top two pole positions will be determined by qualifying Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, and FoxSports1 has practice runs Friday at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Stars on Comcast Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the Bruins and Red Wings Sunday at 3 p.m., and it’s Flyers-Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Maine meets Notre Dame Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There’s a ski jump in the middle of Fenway Park this week for Skiing Association’s Big Air event on NBC Sports network Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.
Sunderland takes on Manchester United Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Everton battling West Bromwich and Chelsea clashing with Newcastle United at 12:25 p.m. Aston Villa faces Liverpool at 9 a.m. Sunday before Manchester City meets Tottenham Hotspur.
NBC Sports network has the indoor track and field grand prix Sunday at 4 p.m.



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