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February 20, 2009 12:30 PM

What to Watch: Weekend Edition

FRIDAY

7pm - ESPN2 – NCAA Basketball: Illinois Sate @ Niagara - BracketBuster weekend begins! Both teams definitely seem on the outside looking in, but a strong finish could lead either to the Tournament.

8pm - ESPN – NBA: Mavericks @ Rockets - Both teams are fighting for playoff position in the convoluted Western Conference playoff race. These are two of the six teams that span from within three games of the 4th playoff seed to sitting on the outside looking in.

10:30pm - ESPN – NBA: Hornets @ Lakers - Chandler likely will not play for the Hornets but that didn't stop them from beating the Magic on Wednesday.

Non-sports pick - 12:30am - NBC - Late Night With Conan O'Brien - Watch his last episode before he switches to the 11:30pm slot.


SATURDAY
12pm - ESPN – NCAA Basketball: #21 Butler @ Davidson - It's still unclear if Stephen Curry will play. He's day-to-day with a sprained ankle. Even if Curry plays, Davidson will have a tough time scoring against one of the nation's best defenses.<

1pm - CBS - NCAA Basketball: Tennessee @ Kentucky - Both teams are on the wrong side of the bubble in the very weak SEC.

OR Army @ Navy - America!

1pm - ESPN2 - NCAA Basketball: Buffalo @ Vermont - Both teams are leading their conferences and will need to win them to go to the dance.

2pm - ESPN - NCAA Basketball: #10 Marquette @ Georgetown - Marquette pulled away in the 2nd half in their first matchup at the end of January. Georgetown might need to win their last five regular season games just to make the tournament.

3pm - ESPN2 - NCAA Basketball: Northern Iowa @ Siena - Siena will probably win the MAAC but beating Northern Iowa could help boost their chances outside of winning their conference.

3pm - CBS - PGA: Northern Trust Open (3rd Round) - Phil Mickelson is overshadowed yet again by Tiger, and he’s not even playing.

3:30pm - ABC - NCAA Basketball: #3 North Carolina @ Maryland - Recently the Tar Heels have been playing like the team most expected them to be. For Maryland, they'll just try not to lose as badly as they did to Duke.

4pm - ESPN - NCAA Basketball: #5 Memphis @ Texas-El Paso - Can Memphis leave Conference USA already? They are 11-0 in league play and only one of those games was close.

5pm - ESPN2 - NCAA Basketball: Utah State @ Saint Mary's - Utah State will likely win the WAC and even if they don't, they will probably get an invite. Saint Mary's has some work to do for their tournament resume and are a longer shot to win the WCC.

9pm - ESPN - NCAA Basketball: #2 Oklahoma @ Texas - Bubble team Texas could use this win.

Non-sports pick - 5:30pm - My Cousin Vinny - Because Marisa Tomei can still bring it as she showed everyone in The Wrestler.



SUNDAY

12:30pm - NBC – NHL: Penguins @ Capitals - The Penguins have been one of the most disappointing teams this season, but watching Crosby vs. Ovechkin is still exciting.

1pm - CBS - NCAA Basketball: #18 Illinois @ Ohio State - Both teams had season low games on Wednesday. Illinois scored 31 (!) points in a loss to Penn State and Ohio State lost to Northwestern on a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

OR #12 Villanova @ #24 Syracuse - Last time these two met, Villanova destroyed Syracuse, 102-85. Dante Cunningham led the Wildcats with a career high 31 points on just 15 shots. Syracuse hopes things will be different in the Carrier Dome.

2:30pm - ABC – NBA: Celtics @ Suns - The Suns have been strong since Alvin Gentry took over: they're 2-0, but both wins were against the Clippers. They will get a tougher test against the Celtics, although it's unclear whether Garnett will play after injuring his knee Thursday night.

3pm - ESPN - NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin @ #6 Michigan State - The Spartans look to bounce back after getting trounced by Purdue on Tuesday.

3pm - CBS - PGA: Northern Trust Open (Final round) - Follow the standings here.

4pm - ESPN2 - Women's basketball: #20 Ohio State @ Indiana - Please ladies, show the men of Penn State and Illinois how to play basketball.

5pm - Fox - NASCAR: Auto Club 500 - Because I can't get enough of Digger!

5:30pm - ESPN – NBA: Heat @ Magic - Let's check in on the Rafer Alston experiment.

8pm - ESPN – NBA: Pistons @ Cavaliers - Depending on what happens with the Cavs/Bucks game, with a win the Pistons could close the gap with the Cavs in the Central division to 13 games!

Non-sports pick - 8:30pm - ABC - The Academy Awards - Wanna make it a little more interesting?


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