Sunday, March 10, 2013

Previewing Sports Sunday - March 10th

There is no football or baseball played, so it can't exactly qualify as a Super Sports Sunday, however we do have a day filled with great College Hoops games, as some of the conferences finish off their regular season, and other, low-level ones, are already deep inside their conference tourneys.There is also some early-hour NBA and English FA cup and Premier League soccer.A lot of stuff to preview, so here we go.I'll start with today's College Hoops, which will be my main topic of interest in the next three weeks, all the way till March Madness ends.

The Big Ten finale seems a crazy enough finale for this insane season.Indiana are traveling to Michigan, and a victory will guarantee them the solo regular season conference title, which they could have clinched last week, if they have beat Ohio State at home.Which they didn't.Now a loss in Ann Arbor will not only share the conference title with Michigan, but also give Ohio State (hosting Illinois) and Michigan State (hosting second to last Northwestern, that won only two conference games on the road, one of which was at Penn State) a share of the title in case of a victory.

VCU will be travelling to Temple, where a victory will give them a share of the Atlantic 10 title in their first season at the conference.In case of a loss - St. Louis will hold the title alone, which will be an appropriate ending to a very emotional season for the Billikens, following Rick Majerus' death in December.For Temple it will be the last ever home game in the Atlantic 10, as they're moving to the "Old" Big East after 21 years in the A-10.

The finals of the Missouri Valley Conference tourney will be also held today, as the two best teams in the division, Creighton and Wichita State will be playing each other for the third time this season (each won their home game). Wichita State are trying to win the title for the first time since 1987, while Creighton won it last year, beating Illinois State in the finals.

Another conference that will be having it's finals today is the Big South, where surprising Liberty, that eliminated North Division top ranked team High Point in the quarterfinals, followed by a victory over South Division second ranked Gardner-Webb will be playing South Division's top team, Charleston Southern that have won the title for the last time in 1997, beating none other than Liberty (that have won it last in 2004).

Outside of College Hoops, two highly interesting matches will be played in England.In the FA cup Manchester United will be hosting Chelsea in a game that always delivers the drama.In addition, in the Premier League Liverpool will be hosting third placed Tottenham Hotspur, with Gareth Bale on fire as he's been seemingly all season.
Another interesting match in European soccer will be held in France, as second placed Lyon will host third placed Marseilles, as both teams try to gain ground in the race for the Champions League spots, and not to let PSG run away with the championship.

If it's not enough - in the NBA the Celtics are travelling to Oklahoma City in today's early game.Boston are currently #6 in the East, but could finish the night at #5, in case of a win and a Bulls loss to the Lakers in tonight's second early game.OKC will do all they can to avoid a stumble as they're chasing San Antonio for the top spot in the West.

So these are the main stories to follow today, and I didn't even include a full day of tennis action at the Indian Wells tourneys (both men and women) and Italian Serie A soccer.
So as usual - pour yourself a pint of beer, grab something to eat, and let's all enjoy the games!

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