UConn history and LeChicken at Madison Square Garden
Women's college basketball: A 7 p.m. ET tipoff in Cintas Center as No. 5 Xavier hosts Mississippi State tonight, looking to stay unbeaten on the year. A good ol' fashioned battle of defense vs. offense, as the 9-0 Musketeers are shooting a conference-best 48.3 percent from the field, but the Lady Bulldogs lead the Southeastern Conference and rank 25th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 51.2 points per game. On Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, all eyes will be on the UConn Huskies, who have a chance to win their 88th straight and tie the all-time win streak set by John Wooden's legendary UCLA team. And what better place for such an historic occasion than Madison Square Garden! Of course, UConn won't have an easy path to victory, No. 10 Ohio State, which boasts an 8-1 record on the year, will try to play spoiler.
NBA: A couple big-time teams will get MSG warmed up and ready for UConn, as the revitalized Knicks will host the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. ET. Amar'e Stoudamire is riding a franchise-record streak of nine straight 30-point games, and he's certainly made it easier for Knick fans to swallow getting snubbed by LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the offseason. The Heat have won 10 in a row heading into tonight's game, while the Knicks are 8-2 in their last 10. The New York Post got the trash-talking started before the opening tip with a front-page picture of a half-man, half-chicken they've named LeChicken. This is gonna be a good one, folks. Sunday afternoon the Celtics will try to stretch their win streak to 13 straight when they take on the Pacers in Indy. They'll have to do it without Rajon Rondo -- he'll be sidelined a couple weeks after rolling his ankle in Wednesday's barn-burner against the Knicks.
Women's college volleyball: No. 4 Penn State and No. 7 Cal will play for all the marbles Saturday, a must-see battle for the NCAA title. The Nittany Lions have eliminated Cal for three straight years en route to winning three straight national titles. Time for a little revenge? You can bet the Golden Bears think so.College football: Get your pjs on, order some takeout and get ready for a lazy day on your couch, as the first crop of bowl games take place Saturday. BYU, making their sixth straight postseason appearance, will take on UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl at 2 p.m. ET. The Cougars own a 28-7-1 record all-time against UTEP, including winning 25 of their last 27 against the Miners. ... At 5:30 p.m. ET, Northern Illinois will face off against Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl. A win for the Huskies would give them their most successful season of all time, but the coach that led them all year, Jerry Kill, will not be on the sidelines if they do it. Kill has taken the head coaching job at the University of Minnesota, so linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz will take the reins on Saturday. ... The New Orleans Bowl will pit Troy against Ohio University at 9 p.m. ET. It'll be the fifth postseason appearance for the Bobcats, but they're still looking for their first bowl win. The Trojans haven't fared much better, going 1-4 in their five bowl appearances.
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