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MURPHY’S ‘MOTE: Blackhawks, college hoops tourneys arrive

Kane County Chronicle sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sports events to watch this weekend:


Hockey: Edmonton at Blackhawks, 6 p.m. Sunday, CSN

How do you not want to watch the Hawks? The games might send you into cardiac shock, but it’s totally worth it. Daniel Carcillo’s game-winner against the Avalanche with less than one minute left in regulation was thrilling and makes you want to come back to watch for more games.

Men’s college basketball: Syracuse at Georgetown, 11 a.m. today, ESPN

Louisville, Georgetown and Marquette all sport a 14-4 mark in the Big East conference. Syracuse can disrupt the Hoyas’ chance of earning a share of the conference crown and potentially play for a double bye in the Big East Tournament. The Orange, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame are 11-6 going into the final day of league play.


Men’s college basketball: Duke at North Carolina, 8 p.m. today, ESPN

Tobacco Road at its finest. Duke plays for a chance to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title in Chapel Hill, N.C.

North Carolina is one game behind the Blue Devils and after dropping its first two ACC games, can finish in a tie for second.

NBA: Bulls at L.A. Lakers, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC

The Bulls had the early lead at San Antonio, but then faltered down the stretch. If nothing else, watch the game and see how Kobe Bryant performs.

Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6 minutes, 22 seconds of the fourth quarter.


Missouri Valley Conference, championship, teams TBD, at St. Louis, 1 p.m., Sunday, CBS

Wichita State and Creighton were the top teams in the Valley this season, and both squads should get here. Both teams will be fun to watch once the NCAA Tournament arrives.

MLS, New England at Fire, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, NBCSN

The Fire opened up the season on the road (at the Los Angeles Galaxy) and were crushed, 4-0. How do they rebound? Playing their home opener will help.

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