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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
A TV guide for BCS boycotters

By Amanda Rykoff

Contrary to popular belief, the sports world is not standing still tonight as Oregon and Auburn finally face off in the BCS Championship Game. If for some reason you won't be watching the Ducks and the Tigers at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (and come on, why wouldn't you watch?), here are some other options.

NCAA men's basketball: No. 15 Notre Dame (14-2, 3-1 Big East) at Marquette (11-5, 2-1 Big East) (7 p.m. ET/ESPN2). In a conference so tough and so deep, every Big East conference game is a big game. The Fighting Irish will try to win at Marquette for the second straight season, though Marquette has won two of the last three meetings overall and four of the last five meetings in Milwaukee. Notre Dame is 20-4 in its last 24 games, the best 24-game stretch for the Fighting Irish under head coach Mike Brey. Here's a full preview.

NBA: Houston Rockets (16-21) at Boston Celtics (28-8) (7:30 p.m. ET/NBATV). I didn't say the other options were fantastic, but the Celtics are the top team in the Eastern Conference and are 16-2 at home so far this season. They've also won four of their last five games overall and three straight home games. Full preview here.

NHL: Boston Bruins (49 points) at Pittsburgh Penguins (56 points) (7 p.m. ET/Versus). Two of the top Eastern Conference teams face off for the first of two meetings this week, though both are struggling. Notably, the Penguins are missing superstar Sidney Crosby due to a concussion. Read more about the matchup.