This Weekend In Sports: NBA All-Star Game and The Sprint Unlimited
An interactive NASCAR race and the NBA All-Star Game are the best offerings on a light sports calendar. Here’s what to watch this weekend:
Friday, Feb. 15
(15) Georgetown at Cincinnati
Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati; 9 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
Fifteenth-ranked Georgetown (18-4, 8-3 Big East) heads to Ohio for a tough Big East road game against formerly-ranked Cincinnati (19-6, 7-5 Big East). Otto Porter is the Hoyas’ leading scorer with a 15.3 points per game average, while Sean Kilpatrick paces the Bearcats attack with 18.2 points per game.
Saturday, Feb. 16
(16) Pittsburgh at (18) Marquette
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisc.; 1 p.m. (ET) on CBS
Two ranked Big East teams battle just a few weeks before the conference tournament, as No. 16 Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4 Big East) visits No. 18 Marquette (17-6, 8-3 Big East). The Panthers have a balanced offensive attack with three players scoring just over 10 points per game. Guard Vander Blue is the Golden Eagles’ high scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game.
NBA All-Star Saturday
Toyota Center, Houston; 8:30 p.m. (ET) on TNT
NBA players from the East and the West duel in the Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. James White of the Knicks and Gerald Green of the Pacers are among the dunk contest favorites, while Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Steve Novak of the Knicks are among the best in the 3-point contest.
The Sprint Unlimited
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.; 8:29 p.m. (ET) on FOX
NASCAR’s 2013 season is little more than a week away. The drivers will prepare for the campaign with a pre-season, non points race that features many parameters — pit stops, segments and lineups among them — decided by the fans. Kyle Busch won last year’s event.
Sunday, Feb. 17
(13) Ohio St. at (20) Wisconsin
Kohl Center, Madison, Wisc.; 1 p.m. (ET) on CBS
Ranked Big Ten foes face off in Madison, as thirteenth-ranked Ohio St. (17-6, 7-4 Big Ten) travels to No. 20 Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten). Coach Thad Matta’s Buckeyes rely on the scoring of Deshaun Thomas, who leads the team with 20.1 points per game. The Badgers have the conference’s best defense, allowing just 56.5 points per game.
NBA All-Star Game — Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference
Toyota Center, Houston; 8 p.m. (ET) on TNT
The best players in the NBA as voted on by the fans and selected by coaches meet in Houston in the annual exhibition that usually offers plenty of offense and little defense. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra guides LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the East, while Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs helms the West with Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and others.