TALE OF THE TAPE

Sports

  1. Connecticut v Pittsburgh Marquette Golden Eagles v Florida Gators
    Big East Battle: #16 Pittsburgh At #18 Marquette

    After a weak nonconference slate, Pitt started 1-3 in the Big East. Jamie Dixon’s squad is 7-1 since and has a week to prepare for Marquette.

  2. SEC Basketball Tournament - First Round NCAA Basketball Tournament - Virginia v Florida
    Bulldogs Try Not To Get Chomped In The Swamp: Mississippi State At #2 Florida

    Rick Ray is in his first year as a head coach. He was most recently an assistant at Clemson. He inherited a team that returned just two contributors from a group that greatly underachieved last year.

  3. Kansas v West Virginia Texas A&M Aggies v Oklahoma Sooners
    Tornado Alley Showdown: #5 Kansas At Oklahoma

    Bill Self will try to do something on Saturday he hasn’t had to do in 264 games, dating back to January 2006: stop a losing streak. The Jayhawks’ streak of not losing two in a row came to an end on Wednesday when they were shocked—an understatement—by TCU.

  4. Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival NCAA Basketball
    Catholic School Showdown: Fordham At La Salle

    There are small signs of progress at Fordham under Tom Pecora, now in his third year. But the Rams are still buried in the Atlantic 10 basement and are just 6-17 overall.

  5. Marquette v Louisville Notre Dame v Syracuse
    Battle On The Frontier: #11 Louisville At #25 Notre Dame

    Rick Pitino has more than 600 wins as a college head coach, has been to six Final Fours, and won a national championship. His current Louisville squad is capable of returning to the Final Four for the second straight year.

  6. Ohio State  v Michigan Wisconsin v Ohio State
    Battle In The Land Of The Lakes: #3 Michigan At Wisconsin

    John Beilein has won at every stop in his long career, and Michigan’s current freshman class—Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, and Nik Stauskas, to name three—have hushed any doubts about his ability to recruit at a top level.