NCAAB Previews & Predictions
With a NET ranking of 19, No. 23 Butler is securely entrenched with a NCAA Tournament bid, but the Bulldogs have struggled of late and will try to turn things around when they visit Seton Hall on Wednesday. The 14th-ranked Pirates have had their struggles of late as well, including a 74-71 loss at Providence on Saturday.
Prudential Center Newark
Providence has some work to do if it wants to go dancing in March, starting with a Big East Conference matchup Wednesday at fellow bubble team Georgetown. The Friars padded their resume by knocking off league-leading No. 14 Seton Hall and will try to deal a blow to the Hoyas, who are coming off their own impressive victory Saturday over No. 23 Butler.
Verizon Center Washington
Michigan looks to continue its recent hot streak when it visits Rutgers on Wednesday. The Wolverines, who are 4-1 in the month of February, have won three straight games by an average margin of 19 points, including an 89-65 rout of Indiana on Sunday, to climb above .500 in Big Ten play for the first time since early December. They hope to continue their mastery of the Scarlet Knights by earning their 12th consecutive victory in the rivalry.
Louis Brown Athletic Center Piscataway
Indiana looks to keep its fading NCAA Tournament hopes alive when it visits Minnesota on Wednesday. The Hoosiers have dropped five of their last six games, including an 89-65 setback to Michigan on Sunday, to fall into the bottom half of the the Big Ten standings.
Williams Arena Minneapolis
Memphis hopes to recover from three consecutive heartbreaking defeats and move forward again when it hosts East Carolina on Wednesday night for an American Athletic Conference battle. The Tigers were beaten by two points against South Florida at home before losing in overtime at Cincinnati last Thursday and dropping a 64-61 decision at Connecticut on Sunday.
NHL Previews & Predictions
The All-Star break came at the worst time for the Florida Panthers, who were on a roll with a six-game winning streak before hitting the 10-day layoff. The Panthers, who lost seven of nine (2-6-1) after the break before winning at San Jose on Monday, will resume their five-game road trip with a visit to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Honda Center Anaheim
No Connor David? No problem, at least not yet for the Edmonton Oilers, who have survived the loss of their superstar captain by going 3-1-0 since McDavid suffered a quadriceps injury on Feb. 8. The Oilers cannot afford to take their foot off the throttle, however, as they return home to face the NHL-leading Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Rogers Place Edmonton
The combination of a rash of injuries as well as a golden opportunity likely forced the hand of Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning, who made the call to acquire Tyler Toffoli late Monday night. The Canucks hope the addition of the former 30-goal scorer pays immediate dividends on Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Wild.
Rogers Arena Vancouver
The Dallas Stars begin their longest homestand in over two months on Wednesday when they open a three-game stretch against the Arizona Coyotes. Dallas recorded a pair of one-goal victories to begin its road trip before extending its point streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 4-3 overtime setback to Ottawa on Sunday.
American Airlines Center Dallas
The injury-riddled Colorado Avalanche aim to snap a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) on Wednesday when they conclude a five-game homestand against the New York Islanders. The Avalanche lost Mikko Rantanen in their last outing, with the top-line star joining fellow forwards Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert as well as goaltender Philipp Grubauer in the press box.
Pepsi Center Denver