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Murphy: Deciding basketball regular-season crowns, Big Ten titles

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, March 3, 2013 12:28 a.m. CST

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Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sports events to watch this weekend:

DON’T MISS IT

Men’s college basketball: Butler at VCU, 11 a.m. today, ESPN2

Louisville-Syracuse is intriguing, but I like Butler-Virginia Commonwealth a little bit more. Why? Well, because both are new to the Atlantic-10 this season and in contention for the conference title. Both are ranked in the USA Today’s Coaches Poll and both coaches (Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Shaka Smart) can get their clubs deep in postseason runs this month.

Men’s college basketball: No. 5 Miami at No. 3 Duke, 5 p.m. today, ESPN

The Hurricanes can win the Atlantic Coast Conference outright. That’s right Miami. The U. It can win a conference title in men’s hoops. And it would come in Durham. OK. Easier said than done. The Blue Devils are coming off a loss Thursday to Virginia on the road. Can the Hurricanes win the ACC title outright? Duke lost at Miami, 90-63, on Jan. 23. Good luck to the U.

NHL: Blackhawks at Detroit, 11:30 a.m., Sunday, NBC

Corey Crawford injured? No problem. Ray Emery doesn’t miss a beat completing the shutout Thursday night. The Hawks won 2-1 in overtime against the Red Wings on Jan. 27. The Hawks killed all six of Detroit’s power plays in the first of four meetings between the Central Division rivals.

SET THE DVR

Men’s college basketball: Wichita State at Creighton,1 p.m. today, ESPN2

A regular season, a No.1 seed for the conference tournament and better seeding for the NCAA tournament. Wow, that’s a lot on the line for two teams that have stumbled in the Missouri Valley Conference. Should be a dandy.

Bulls at Indiana, 7 p.m., Sunday, ESPN

So, the Bulls struggled against Cleveland, which was without Kyrie Irving. But then, Joakim Noah goes off for a triple-double against the 76ers? And Derrick Rose is practicing with ease before the game?

CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER

MLS, Fire at Los Angeles, 4 p.m., Sunday, Univision

Are you ready for some futbol? The Fire open up the MLS season on the road.

Men’s college basketball: Michigan St. at Michigan, 3 p.m., CBS

Once undefeated before Big Ten play began, the Maize and Blue continue to slide. Can the Wolverines right the ship and bounce back from a loss to Penn State?

World Baseball Classic – games through March 19

Nope, can’t get excited. The Americans don’t event start until Friday. Plus, games are on at 4 a.m. At least there will be highlights for people who work strange hours.

OF NOTE

Women’s college hoops: Wichita State at Indiana State, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, CSN

Geneva graduate and Indiana State senior guard Taylor Whitley and the Sycamores will take on Missouri Valley Conference leading-Wichita State.

College swimming: women’s Big Ten Championships, 9:30 a.m., Sunday, BTN

Watch Minnesota freshman and St. Charles North graduate Lauren Zima and the Gophers capture the Big Ten title. Zima helps the Golden Gophers earn a point. St. Charles North graduate and Michigan junior Angela Chokran finish fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke, fifth in the 100 breaststroke, plus assist in a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay and fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships. Also watch Sycamore native, Rosary graduate and Penn State junior Mackenzie Powers finish fourth in the 100 butterfly and assist with two top-five replay finishes.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at kmurphy@shawmedia.com.

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