Reporting Taylor Zarzour
10. The Northern Trust Open at Riviera (all weekend)- It’s not Pebble, or Torrey Pines, or even Scottsdale, but it’s still a good tournament on tour featuring guys like Phil, Couples, and Keegan Bradley. More than anything, this tournament makes me jealous of the LA scene.
9. The NBA Rising Stars Challenge (Friday)- Kemba Walker is one of the most improved players in the league, and I’m eager to see how Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fares against the other rookies and sophomores.
8. NC State vs Virginia Tech (Sat at 2pm): The Pack shouldn’t have any problem with the ACC’s doormat, but you never know with this State squad. I would think six days off would serve them well. They should blowout the Hokies.
7. The Dunk Contest (Sat night): This used to be appointment television, but not anymore. With the biggest stars sitting out, it’s simply not the same, but I’m still interested to see how creative these guys can be.
6. Miami at Clemson (Sun at 6pm): Miami is a legitimate national championship contender, but this is the sort of game that could be a trap. I still think the Canes could slip up somewhere before the big game against Duke on March 2nd. Maybe this it.
5. The NBA All Star Game (Sun night): Any time you can get LeBron, Kobe, Durant, and Carmelo on the same floor, it’s something I’ll tune in for. But after a few minutes it can turn into a circus.
4. UNC Charlotte at St. Louis (Sat at 7pm): After the biggest win for UNCC in more than a decade, the Niners face a tough road game. If they have any hope of making the dance, this is the sort of game they must win.
3. The Bud Shootout. Sorry, the Sprint Unlimited (Sat night): I’m very curious to see the new changes to the format, but regardless it’s restrictor plate racing, and it’s the first time the Cup boys have been in any kind of race in nearly three months. I wish I was going.
2. Duke at Maryland (Sat at 6pm): It’s not Duke vs Carolina, but it’s next. The intensity in the building is off the charts. There is pure hatred between these fan bases, especially when the game is in College Park. And it could be the final time it happens, which is a damn shame. You know the Terps will be fired up.
1. UNC vs UVA (sat at Noon): I think this is a play in game for both teams. Neither can collapse after Saturday, but I’m not sure they can get into the dance without a win. The voice of the Tar Heels, Jones Angell, said it best, “It’s the biggest game of the year for North Carolina.”