A bounty of basketball
Men's college basketball: Super Tuesday brings us four Top 25 men's games, all on the ESPN family of networks.
• At 7 p.m. ET, No. 3 Ohio State looks to avoid its third Big Ten loss when it hosts Illinois (ESPN). The Buckeyes have won four straight and nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.
• At 8 p.m., No. 5 Texas hopes to recover from its upset at Nebraska when struggling Iowa State comes to town (ESPN3.com). The Cyclones face their fourth straight ranked opponent and have lost nine straight overall.
• At 9 p.m., No. 18 Vanderbilt hosts Tennessee in a battle of the Volunteer State (ESPN). The Commodores have won three of four and five of their last seven home games against the Volunteers.
• At 9 p.m. on ESPNU, No. 16 Louisville visits Rutgers, always tough at home, though the Cardinals are 8-1 all-time at the RAC.
Women's college basketball: Five of the Top 25 teams play tonight, including new No. 1 UConn, which hosts Big East doormat Seton Hall at 7 p.m. UConn has won an NCAA-record 76 straight home games. ... In another Big East tilt, No. 18 West Virginia hosts No. 7 Notre Dame. ... Fresh off its upset of then-No. 1 Baylor, Texas Tech looks to pull off another stunner at No. 5 Texas A&M. ... No. 22 Marquette is also in action tonight.
NBA: The NBA returns from its All-Star break with nine games. The Knicks don't play until Wednesday, so we'll have to wait at least one more day for Carmelo Anthony's debut with his new team. Here are a few we're keeping our eyes on:
• The Nuggets play against the Grizzlies tonight at 9 p.m. in their first game since star Carmelo Anthony's reported trade.
• Despite tweaking his ankle in the All-Star Game, Dwyane Wade is expected to play when the Heat host the struggling Kings at 7:30 p.m.
• The Kevin Love double-double watch continues when the Timberwolves visit Milwaukee at 8 p.m. Love has 42 consecutive double-doubles, just two games shy of the second-most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA-ABA merger.
• Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant on the same court? Yes, please. The Clippers continue their epic 11-game road trip with a stop at the Thunder at 8 p.m.
• As long as the entire Celtics team was in L.A. for the All-Star Game (a slight exaggeration), they might as well stay on the West Coast for a four-game swing. Boston visits Golden State at 10:30 p.m. The Celtics have lost six straight at the Warriors.
• At 10:30 p.m., the Hawks visit All-Star Game MVP Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, who lost their last three games before the All-Star break.
Information from ESPN Stats and Information was used in this report.