We haven’t quite reached hoops heaven yet, but this weekend gets us closer, as  conference tournaments begin in earnest and the NBA offers a full slate of action.

The Miami Heat continues its quest to never lose again, while the traditional Duke-North Carolina rivalry is rekindled, highlighting a weekend of phenomenal traditional matchups that also features Indiana-Michigan and Syracuse-Georgetown. In the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks will seek to keep its ridiculously hot streak to start the season intact. Basically, there’s something for everyone this weekend.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s sports schedule. All times Eastern:

Friday, March 8


Oklahoma City at Charlotte 7 p.m.

Indiana at Orlando 7 p.m.

Washington at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Detroit 7:30 p.m.

Memphis at Cleveland 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Boston 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Philadelphia at Miami 8 p.m.

Utah at Chicago 8 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Sacramento 10 p.m.

Toronto at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 p.m.

Houston at Golden State 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25

No games scheduled


Ottawa at New York Rangers 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at Florida 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Nashville 8 p.m.

Chicago at Colorado 9 p.m.

Calgary at Anaheim 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 9


Brooklyn at Atlanta 7 p.m.

Utah at New York 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Washington 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Memphis 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Denver 9 p.m.

Houston at Phoenix 9 p.m.

Milwaukee at Golden State 10:30 p.m.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25

(3) Duke at North Carolina 9 p.m. (ESPN)

(4) Kansas at Baylor 6 p.m. (ESPN)

(17) Syracuse at (5) Georgetown 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Clemson at (6) Miami (FL) 2:30 p.m.

(24) Notre Dame at (8) Louisville 4 p.m. (CBS)

(9) Kansas State at (13) Oklahoma State 1:30 p.m.

(11) Florida at Kentucky 12 p.m. (CBS)

(12) New Mexico at Air Force 6 p.m.

(15) Marquette at St. John's 2 p.m. (ESPN)

La Salle at (16) Saint Louis 1:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Arizona State at (18) Arizona 4:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

(19) Oregon at Utah 2:30 p.m.

(20) Pittsburgh at DePaul 2 p.m.

(23) UCLA at Washington 2 p.m. (CBS)

UAB at (25) Memphis 12 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Final - 6 p.m. (ESPN)


Philadelphia at Boston 1 p.m.

Washington at New York Islanders 1 p.m.

Detroit at Columbus 2 p.m.

St. Louis at San Jose 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Toronto 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Carolina 7 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Nashville 8 p.m.

Dallas at Phoenix 8 p.m.

Calgary at Los Angeles 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 10


Boston at Oklahoma City 1 p.m. (ABC)

Chicago at Los Angeles Lakers 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Cleveland at Toronto 6 p.m.

Philadelphia at Orlando 6 p.m.

Indiana at Miami 6 p.m.

Portland at New Orleans 7 p.m.

Dallas at Minnesota 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento 9 p.m.

Detroit at Los Angeles Clippers 9:30 p.m.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25

(2) Indiana at (7) Michigan 4 p.m. (CBS)

Northwestern at (10) Michigan State 6 p.m.

Illinois at (14) Ohio State 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

(21) Virginia Commonwealth at Temple 12 p.m. (CBS)

(22) Wisconsin at Penn State 12 p.m.

Big South Conference Tournament Final - 12 p.m. (ESPN2)


New York Rangers at Washington 12:30 p.m.

Columbus at Detroit 5 p.m.

Montreal at Florida 6 p.m.

Winnipeg at New Jersey 7 p.m.

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Chicago 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Minnesota 8 p.m.

San Jose at Colorado 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Anaheim 8 p.m.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas - Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3 p.m. (Fox)