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Friday, February 4, 2011
Blake, Jimmer and a Super-sized Sunday

NFL: The big game is finally here, and we've had and will continue to have you covered in a million and a one ways this week. So let me give you the scoop on Sunday's relevant pregame coverage. Look for a special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Chris Berman will lead a cast of thousands that includes Monday Night Football's Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski and Mike Tirico, Saints' head coach Sean Payton, plus Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. And here's the lineup over on Fox: Road to the Super Bowl (noon to 1 ET): Highlights of the 2010 season featuring audio from your favorite players. Inside the Rings with Troy Aikman (1-2 ET): Interviews with prominent players from recent Super Bowls. Fox NFL Sunday Super Bowl Pregame Show (2-6 ET): Every Fox analyst, along with musical acts Keith Urban and Maroon 5, will be part of this long extravaganza. I'm still trying to get exact times of Frank Caliendo's segments for beer runs and bathroom break purposes. The official game coverage starts at 6 ET, with kickoff at 6:29 ET.

NBA: All it took was one alley-oop monster dunk against the Bulls on Wednesday night to give me Blake Griffin fever. Therefore, I'll be checking out the somewhat upstart Clippers tonight at Atlanta and Sunday afternoon at Miami. Don't worry, Sunday's game starts at a non-Super Bowl conflict time of noon ET. ... Poor Cleveland could break the NBA record for most consecutive losses in a season (23) this weekend. Tonight the Cavs play at Memphis, which has won eight out of its past nine. And for the likely attempt at preventing that last nail, the Cavs host the Trail Blazers at home on Saturday night. Portland has lost three of its past four, although the one win was against the Spurs. No gloating tweets, LeBron!

NCAA men's basketball: Fast forward to Sunday when No. 1 Ohio State (23-0) looks to remain undefeated against No. 20 Minnesota (16-6). Tipoff is at 2 p.m. ET, so plenty of time to miss a little Caliendo and still be more than ready for the Super Bowl kickoff. ... In Saturday's action, No. 11 Kentucky (16-5) travels to No. 23 Florida (17-5); No. 2 Kansas (21-1) travels to Lincoln to take on unranked Nebraska (15-6); and for those that can't enough Jimmer Fredette, No. 9 BYU (21-2) hosts UNLV (17-5).

Women's college basketball: Saturday brings a couple of intriguing Top 25 matchups as No. 13 DePaul (21-2) travels to Gampel Pavilion to face No. 2 Connecticut (21-1), and No. 20 Iowa State (16-5) takes on No. 11 Oklahoma (16-5). On Sunday, No. 1 Baylor (20-1) faces Oklahoma State (13-7) on the road.