What all the Hoop-la is about
NBA: If you miss the Los Angeles Clippers taking on the Dallas Mavericks tonight, you're going to regret it at the water cooler tomorrow. Inevitably, Clippers' forward Blake Griffin delivers a jaw-dropping dunk that never fails to generate some buzz. And the Clippers are looking good -- winning 12 of their last 17 matches. Meanwhile, after losing 21 straight on the road, the Washington Wizards can only hope for a little home cooking at the Verizon Center against the Denver Nuggets. To cap off the night, the Utah Jazz will aim to achieve what they haven't been able to do in more than five years and 16 games: beat the Los Angeles Lakers on the road. The Lakers have a little whiteboard motivation after Jerry West questioned their defensive toughness due to their aging lineup.
Women's college basketball: Tonight marks the beginning of a tough stretch of games for the 19-1 West Virginia Mountaineers, as they visit the 15-5 Georgetown Hoyas, followed by No. 17 DePaul on Sunday. West Virginia's lockdown defense, which allows an average of nine points less than Georgetown's, could be a major factor in tonight's matchup.
Men's college basketball: Everyone loves an undefeated team -- except for its opponents. No. 12 Purdue will show no affection for undefeated No. 1 Ohio State as they travel to Columbus and try to deliver the Buckeyes their first loss of the season.
Australian Open: Rafael Nadal takes on David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, while Kim Clijsters and Agnieszka Radwanska duel it out on the women's side.