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Men's college basketball: This weekend has non-stop basketball action. Eighteen automatic bids to the NCAA tournament are up for grabs, warpping up with the Selection Sunday show at 6 p.m. ET. The fun starts on Friday with the Patriot League championship game between top seed Bucknell and sixth seed Lafayette (4:45 p.m., ESPN2). From there, it's big game after big game as we go from quarterfinals to semifinals to finals in 72 hours.
• Saturday: Conference USA: 11:30 a.m. (CBS). ... Pac-10: The final Pac-10 championship game (before it becomes the Pac-12) will be played in Los Angeles at 6 p.m. (CBS). ... Big 12: 6 p.m. (ESPN). ... ESPN2 has the MEAC, Southland, MAC, Big West and WAC conference championship games starting at 2 p.m. ...Ivy League: There will be a "playoff" game between Princeton and Harvard on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Yale. The winner gets the Ivy League's automatic bid. ... The biggest championship game of the day will be at MSG when the winners of Friday night's semifinals (Syracuse vs. UConn at 7 p.m., and Notre Dame vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.) meet at 9 p.m. in the Big East tournament final.
• Sunday: America East: Boston University vs. Stony Brook at noon on ESPN2. ... Atlantic 10: 1 p.m. (CBS). ... ACC: 1 p.m. (ESPN). ... SEC: 1 p.m. (ABC). ... Big Ten: 3:30 p.m. (CBS).
Women's college basketball: Twelve teams have already won their conference tournaments, but we've still got plenty of champions to crown this weekend starting with the Southland Conference on Friday. Here are the rest of this weekend's conference championships:
• Saturday: America East, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Pac-10, Patriot, SWAC and WAC.
• Sunday: Big South, Colonial, Horizon, Missouri Valley and Northeast.
NBA: If you want a break from college hoops (really?), here are the NBA games we're keeping an eye on this weekend. On Friday night, Kevin Love goes for his 53rd consecutive double-double when the Timberwolves host the Jazz at 8 p.m. ... The Lakers look to rebound from their loss at Miami when they visit Dallas on Saturday night (8:30 p.m., NBATV). ... Sunday brings us Orlando at Phoenix (3 p.m., ABC).
NFL: The CBA is set to expire (again) at 5 p.m. on Friday unless an extension or a deal get done. Neither is likely after a breakdown in talks on Thursday. Prepare for a lockout.