Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekend watchdog

Each year, teams from small and mid-major conferences hope they will be the Cinderella making a big splash in March Madness.
This weekend, those potential Cinderellas gear up on ESPN Bracket Buster weekend.
ESPN2 shows six games, starting Friday at 7 p.m. with Old Dominion traveling to Northern Iowa. Play starts Saturday at 11 a.m. with Siena at Butler, followed by Louisiana Tech at Northeastern and Nevada vs. Missouri State.
George Mason hosts College of Charleston at 8 p.m., then at midnight it's Wichita State taking on Utah State.
There's 49 games in all under the Bracket Busters banner, covering 14 conferences from coast to coast.
The Winter Olympics have reached their second weekend, with events on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC and USA. Ice Dancing highlights competition Friday and Sunday, while the ice hockey showdown between the United States and Canada takes place Sunday night.
In other college basketball, CBS will show North Carolina at Boston College Saturday at noon. Some areas will get Florida-Mississippi. Sunday, it's either Ohio State visiting Michigan State or Villanova-Pittsburgh.
CW29 will show Georgia Tech at Maryland Saturday at 2 p.m. ACC markets in North Carolina can catch Wake Forest-N.C. State.
ESPN has five games Saturday, starting with Seton Hall visiting West Virginia at noon. Texas travels to Texas Tech at 2 p.m., followed by Illinois-Purdue and Kentucky-Vanderbilt. UCLA's contest with Washington caps the day at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has another game Sunday at 1 p.m., Dayton at Duquesne.
MASN shows St. John's taking on South Florida Saturday at noon. At 4 p.m., it's Connecticut-Rutgers, then at 7 p.m. High Point plays Liberty in Big South action. Sunday at 2 p.m., Marquette takes on Cincinnati.
Comcast starts with an Atlantic-10 doubleheader Saturday - Temple plays Big Five rival St. Joseph's at noon, then it's Xavier-UNC Charlotte. Virginia travels to Clemson at 4 p.m. as the Cavaliers try to snap their losing streak.
Sunday, Virginia Tech's trip to Duke is the ACC game of the week at 7:30 p.m. The PAC-10 matchup between Arizona State and Arizona tips at 5:30 p.m.
The Boston Celtics head west this week, and you can catch them on national TV. They face Portland Friday on ESPN and Denver Sunday afternoon on ABC. On Friday, ESPN has Dallas' visit to Orlando, and Sunday's first game on ABC is the Cavaliers at Magic.
The Wizards face the Nuggets Friday and visit the Raptors Saturday on Comcast.
MASN shows a Big East women's game Saturday - DePaul vs. Marquette at 2 p.m. Comcast goes west Saturday night, showing Washington at USC at 11 p.m. Sunday, Maryland women play Duke at 1 p.m., followed by the big CAA clash between James Madison and Old Dominion.
ESPN2 shows the Big Ten contest between Ohio State and Michigan State Sunday at 3 p.m.
For some speed, FOX shows the NASCAR race from California Sunday at 3 p.m.
MASN offers some tennis Sunday with the Regions Morris Keegan singles championship at 4 p.m.
CBS has the Match Play Championship Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. each day.

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