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Friday, Jan. 27 games to watch
Men's college basketball: Iona at Siena, 5 p.m., ESPNU
Siena leads the MAAC with a 7-2 conference record and is 13-7 overall. Iona is second in the conference at 6-2 and sits at 13-6 overall. This game could be very big for the conference race.'
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves, 5:30 p.m., NBA TV
The Grizzlies have lost four straight games, but still sit in second place in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are currently in ninth in the crowded conference playoff race.
Women's college basketball: UCLA at Colorado, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
The lone matchup between Top 25 teams in women's basketball on the day, UCLA comes in at No. 8 nationally, while Colorado is No. 25. Both are 6-2 in conference play and can't afford a loss.
NBA: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, 8 p.m., NBA TV
The Warriors are 18-6 at home and just 6-18 on the road. Good thing for them that this game is at Golden State. The Raptors are just 22-27, but they have won two in a row and six out of 10.
Saturday, Jan 28 games to watch
Men's college basketball: Xavier at Creighton, 10:15 a.m., CBS
Xavier is 17-4 and in first place in the Big East under coach Sean Miller, but Creighton is started to play better after a rough patch. It only lost to Xavier at Xavier by three earlier this season.
Men's college basketball: Iowa State at Missouri, noon, ESPN2
Iowa State currently sits in first place in the Big 12, but faces a test against a 15-5 Missouri team that already has some wins against Top 25 teams this season.
Men's college basketball: Cincinnati at Houston, 12:15 p.m., CBS
Can Cincinnati upset No. 3 Houston? Something tells us that this game could be very interesting.
NBA: Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers, 1 p.m., ABC
Could this be an NBA Finals preview? It certainly isn't out of the question with Denver currently in first place in the West and Philadelphia in second in the East.
Men's college basketball: Miami at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m., ESPNU
These teams are tied for third in the ACC entering this important conference showdown. Which team will help its tourney cause on Saturday?
NBA: New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Just four games separate these rivals in the standings in what could end up being a very interesting playoff race in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Men's college basketball: Texas at Tennessee, 4 p.m., ESPN
This matchup between Top 10 teams should not disappoint. Texas' schedule is brutal. It has four straight games against teams ranked No. 17 or higher, including this game.
Men's college basketball: Kansas at Kentucky, 6 p.m., ESPN
Yes, Kansas has lost three straight games. Yes, Kentucky is down this year. Still, this is Kentucky and Kansas and it is always worth a watch.
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics, 6:30 p.m., ABC
The Celtics are in first place in the East and could be the favorite in the conference. For all of its struggles, Los Angeles is just three games out of being the No. 4 seed in the West.
Sunday, Jan. 29 games to watch
Men's college basketball: Providence at Villanova, 10 a.m., FS1
Providence, at No. 23, is just one of two ranked teams in action on Sunday, making this game worth a peek.
Men's college basketball: Michigan State at Purdue, 10:15 a.m., CBS
These teams recently played a 64-63 thriller that was won by Purdue, who is now up to No. 1 in the nation. Might want to have popcorn ready for this one.
Women's college basketball: South Carolina at Alabama, 11 a.m., ESPN2
South Carolina is No. 1 in the nation and unbeaten. Could Alabama surprise the Gamecocks? Can anyone this season?
Women's college basketball: Villanova at UConn, noon, CBSSN
Villanova is No. 21 in the nation and UConn is No. 5 entering this pivotal Big East showdown.
Can Brock Purdy, the last pick in the 2022 NFL draft, lead the 49ers to a win in the NFC Championship Game and a berth in the Super Bowl, which will interestingly be played in his home state of Arizona?
Women's college basketball: Notre Dame at NC State, 1 p.m., ESPN
Another Top 25 women's matchup with Notre Dame currently at No. 7 and NC State at No. 20.
The past two times these teams have played, the Bengals have won 27-24, including in the AFC Championship Game last season. Are we going to see a lot of fireworks in this one?
NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks, 6 p.m., NBA TV
The Pelicans are just 2-8 in their last 10 games, but currently site in fourth in the Western Conference. The Bucks are in third in the East.
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