T.G.I.M.! #149

Previewing this week's sports television schedule.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

With the NCAA tournament winding down for both the men and the women, this week's games are going to be intense. Throw in the NBA that is heating up and you have a week worth of great basketball to be played.

* Indicates game of the day

 

Monday

(NCAAWB-Tourney) No 2 Tennessee vs No 1 Baylor 7 pm ESPN

 

*(NBA) Denver at Chicago 8 pm NBATV – Chicago is in good position to win the East with a 3 ½ game lead over the listing Heat. With a playoff position already secured, it time to get Rose healthy for the postseason.

(NCAAWB-Tourney) No 2 Duke vs No 1 Stanford 9 pm ESPN

(NBA) New Orleans at LA Clippers 10:30 pm NBATV

 

Tuesday

(NBA) Cleveland at Philadelphia 7 pm NBATV

(NCAAWB-Tourney) No 2 Kentucky vs No 1 Connecticut 7 pm ESPN

(NCAABB-NIT) No 5 Massachusetts vs No 3 Stanford 7 pm ESPN2

(NCAAWB-Tourney) Maryland vs Notre Dame 9 pm ESPN

(NCAABB-NIT) No 6 Minnesota vs No 1 Washington 9 pm ESPN2

*(NBA) LA Lakers at Golden St. 10:30 pm NBATV – The Lakers may eventually be the team to beat in the West but as of right now, there is an off the court tension that threatens to derail this team. With this game being the first after Kobe Bryant was benched for a short period Sunday, it'll be interesting to see how he reacts on court.

 

Wednesday

*(NBA) Orlando at New York 7 pm ESPN – Both the Magic and the Knicks are making strong recent cases that they should be considered an elite team in the East. Whoever comes out of this with the W will help their case out considerably.

(NBA) San Antonio at Sacramento 10 pm NBATV

 

Thursday

(Golf) Shell Houston Open Mar 29th-Apr 1st NBC/TGC

(NBA) Dallas at Miami 8 pm TNT

*(NBA) Oklahoma City at LA Lakers 10:30 pm TNT – It's the young guns of the West versus the old guard as this possible Western Conference Finals Preview pits two of the best of the NBA against each other. More than bragging rights will be had by the winner of this game!

 

Friday

*(NBA) Dallas at Orlando 8 pm ESPN – The Dallas Mavericks have looked lost and bewildered this season but somehow still currently hold the 5th spot in the West. If they are going to make some noise come playoff time, they need to regroup and regain that championship form. A win over a good Orlando team would put them on the right track.

(NBA) Portland at LA Clippers 10:30 pm ESPN

 

Saturday

(NCAABB-Tourney) No 4 Louisville vs No 1 Kentucky 6:09 pm CBS

(NBA) Cleveland at New York 7:30 pm NBATV

*(NCAABB-Tourney) No 2 Ohio State vs No 2 Kansas 8:49 pm CBS – When Jared Sullinger opted to return to the Buckeyes for one more year, Ohio State instantly was in championship or bust mode. Now, with only two more wins before they can realize that dream, it's put up or shut up time.

(NBA) New Jersey at Sacramento 10 pm NBATV

 

Sunday

(NBA) Chicago at Oklahoma City 1 pm abc

(NASCAR) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville

*(NBA) Miami at Boston 3:30 pm abc – The Miami Heat, though better than a year ago, still don't have the feel of a championship team. They just seem to be lacking that unity that is needed, the unity that the Celtics showed in their run a few years back. Maybe in playing these aged vets, the younger Heat can get a dose of what they need to do to take the next step.

(NBA) Denver at Orlando 6 pm NBATV

(NBA) Minnesota at Portland 9 pm NBATV