There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside.
1. Gonzaga's Moment. The Zags have been so close, so many times to at last breaking through and reaching their first Final Four, to storming the gates of the college basketball establishment that seems so eager to keep them out. The bracket has laid out perfectly for them, with Arizona -- a talented team bent on revenge for their loss to Gonzaga earlier this year -- knocked out by Xavier, a school with its fair share of NCAA Tournament pain as well. They may not ever have an opportunity more set up for them than this one right here. Tipoff is 6:09 p.m. Saturday on TBS. Oh, yes, don't forget the Kansas-Oregon game right after and, for that matter, Sunday's games. It's only the biggest college hoops weekend of the year.
2. Another NBA MVP Clash. The nationally televised weekend NBA games haven't had a ton of good fortune lately: Every time they try to schedule a big game, all the coaches bench the stars. Whatever your thoughts on the prudence and wisdom of those coach's decisions, it hasn't always been the most riveting watch. That should change this Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC, when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Houston to play the Rockets. Both these teams are still jockeying for playoff position, but more to the point: This is the MVP battle. Russell Westbrook's constant triple-doubles against former teammate James Harden's efficient scoring and assist machine (leading a team that's nearly nine games better than the Thunder, as well). This is one of the last opportunities either player has to impress the voters. Expect fireworks.
3. The defending champs in Las Vegas. Don't worry, baseball isn't expanding to the Vegas like the NHL and (maybe) the NFL -- at least not yet. But for the 13th consecutive season, the Cubs are coming to down. The Cubs -- now the Defending World Champion Cubs -- play the Reds twice in Vegas this weekend, at Cashman Field, the home of the Las Vegas 51s. (Las Vegas is also Kris Bryant's hometown, and he's already making the rounds.) The games are Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET and Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. You still can't bet on the game legally, even if it is being played in Las Vegas. (Please do not bet on Spring Training games anyway.)
4. World Cup qualifying all over the world. CONCACAF's qualifying matches were all on Friday -- though there are more coming on Tuesday -- but the rest of the world is playing all weekend. Teams you can watch attempt to qualify on Saturday and Sunday on ESPN3 include: Germany, England, Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece and Sweden. One of those European teams isn't going to make it to the World Cup, and people are gonna lose their darned minds.
5. Connecticut continues its undefeated run. The women's tournament has reached its Sweet 16 just like the men's, and there are two major storylines. The first: How far can extreme underdog Quinnipiac go? Turk Wendell's alma mater Bobcats play No. 1 seed South Carolina at 4 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN. Meanwhile, Connecticut attempts to win its four billionth game in a row against UCLA Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Elite Eight games for both teams, if they win, would be Monday night.
See? No reason to go outside.
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