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It may be the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, but sports do not take a vacation day. Today is the perfect day to reflect on Dr. King's legacy while enjoying a veritable smorgasbord of hoops.
Men's college basketball: There are a lot of great matchups today on ESPN for a supersized Big Monday. The quadruple-header starts at 3:30 p.m. ET with No. 7 Villanova (16-1, 4-0 Big East) at No. 8 UConn (14-2, 3-2 Big East). At 5:30 p.m. ET it's No. 24 Kansas State (13-5, 1-2 Big 12) at No. 14 Missouri (15-3, 1-2 Big 12). At 7:30 p.m. ET, we have No. 3 Syracuse (18-0, 5-0 Big East) at No. 4 Pitt (17-1, 5-0 Big East) (I cannot wait for this game). Finally, we finish off the night at 9:30 p.m. ET with No. 2 Kansas (17-0, 2-0 Big 12) at Baylor (12-4, 2-1 Big 12).
Women's college basketball: ESPN2's Big Monday prime-time women's basketball series begins tonight with a powerhouse matchup when No. 2 Connecticut (16-1) visits No. 11 North Carolina (16-1) at 7 p.m. ET.
NBA: There are 13 games today; here are a few we've got our eye on: The Knicks (22-17) host their annual MLK Day matinee as they welcome the Phoenix Suns (17-21) to MSG at 1 p.m. ET. In Memphis, the Grizzlies (19-21) host the Bulls (27-13) at 1 p.m. on ESPN. At 8 p.m. ET on TNT, the Orlando Magic (26-14) tip off against the Boston Celtics (30-9), who expect Kevin Garnett back in the lineup after missing the last nine games. The game I'm most looking forward to is at 10:30 p.m. ET when the Thunder (27-13), winners of four straight, take on the Lakers (30-12) (also on TNT).
Australian Open: If basketball isn't your thing, or you just need a break, check out men's and women's tennis from the second day of the Australian Open on ESPN2 starting at 9 p.m. ET. Tonight's notable matches include top seed Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Marcos Daniel at 9 p.m. ET, No. 5 seed Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Karol Beck (SVK) and No. 5 seed Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. Lauren Davis (USA) at 11 p.m. ET and for you night owls, No. 3 seed Kim Clijsters (BEL) vs. Dinara Safina (RUS) at 3 a.m. ET.