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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
History in the making in Cleveland


NBA: All eyes will be on the Pistons-Cavaliers game tonight at 7 p.m. ET. No, it's not an Eastern Conference playoff preview, like it was for so many years. Oh, how times have changed. Last year the Cavaliers (with LeBron James) finished with the best record in the NBA. Tonight we're watching because the hapless Cavs are one loss away from tying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in professional sports (26). The streak is so long it's prompted a wildly popular Twitter meme -- #lasttimethecavswon. (Warning: search it at your own peril, many entries are not safe for work.)

Blake Griffin makes his Madison Square Garden debut tonight as the Clippers travel to New York City to face the Knicks. For the past several years, Clippers-at-Knicks wouldn't have even registered on the NBA radar. Now, Griffin's high-flying act, coupled with the Knicks' resurgence, makes this a must-see game. ... Dallas already has had a 12-game winning streak this season and is going for its second 10-game winning streak when it plays at Sacramento.

Men's college basketball: Talk about a mega Wednesday in college hoops -- 13 of the Top 25 teams are in action tonight, including three Top 25 matchups. Maybe it's because I've lived in NYC for 18 years, but I love watching Big East basketball. As many as 10 Big East teams could make this year's NCAA tournament, so I treat every conference game as a chance to scout for my brackets. At 7 p.m., No. 11 Georgetown visits No. 13 Syracuse (ESPN). Given the parity in the Big East, I have no idea what to expect. Ditto for No. 15 Louisville at No. 7 Notre Dame (7 p.m., ESPNU), though Notre Dame is really tough to beat at home. ... And look at who's back in the Top 25 -- No. 21 North Carolina! And just in time to take on No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. This is always a must-see matchup and tonight is no exception with first place in the ACC on the line (ESPN). ... Finally, it's Jimmer time! The nation's leading scorer leads No. 8 BYU against Air Force at 10 p.m.

Women's college basketball: In a battle of Big 12 powers, No. 5 Texas A&M hosts No. 12 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. The Aggies won the first meeting at Oklahoma two weeks ago.