Open Thread: Big DC Area College Basketball Night with Maryland/UConn on ESPNU and GW/California, starting at 6 PM ET

Brittany Boyd and the California Golden Bears are in the DMV this weekend. That merits cover photos! - Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington, DC area is the place to be tonight in women's college basketball with three top 10 teams playing tonight, starting at 6 PM ET.

#1 Connecticut (2-0) at #8 Maryland (2-0), 6:00 PM ET on ESPN U

If you are watching online, do so on WatchESPN.com.

These two teams met in the 2013 NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 round with the Huskies beating the Terps in that match, and they also met in the regular season with the Huskies also winning that match at home. Now, Maryland hosts UConn and will try to settle the score. With junior swingman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis out due to an elbow injury, that may make things relatively easier for the Terps.

This game should attract a pretty good crowd, since UConn is coming to town.

#10 California (1-1) at George Washington (1-0), 7:00 PM ET

The SBN Song of the Day: I don't think I ever played a Jay-Z music video though I think I played this song. At any rate, he's on now with "Holy Grail." Language as you might have expected isn't safe for work.

If you like old media, this game is only available in the DC area on Comcast SportsNet Mid Altantic Plus. In the DC area for Verizon FiOS, that is Channel 575. Note that the main Comcast SportsNet channel will air a Washington Capitals road game against the Detroit Red Wings.

If you're in the Bay Area, you are in luck! The Atlantic 10 will have a Live Stream, so click here to see the game.

The California Golden Bears will have a two game road trip to DC as they play GW tonight at Foggy Bottom, and then they'll play Georgetown on Sunday at McDonough Gymnasium. Only the men's team plays at Verizon Center. With none of the current Cal team's players coming from the East coast, I find this road trip to be a bit odd. Maybe someone can fill me in?

But among the coaches, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is from the East Coast and from New York. She was also an assistant coach at the University of Richmond from 2002-2005 during Joanne Boyle's time there. Then assistant coach Kai Felton graduated from Randolph College in Lynchburg when it was known as Randolph-Macon Woman's College. It has no current affiliation with Randolph-Macon College which is located near Richmond though they have had a historical relationship.

Maybe the Bears will be at the Wizards' game tomorrow vs. the Cavaliers? Just makes way too much sense to me for them NOT to be there. I'll let you know, because....I'll be there.

Other Top 25 matches and with regional video or audio stream page links:

  • Akron (2-0) at #23 Dayton (1-1) at 7:00 PM ET (Online Video Stream here)
  • #14 Nebraska (2-0) at Utah (1-0) at 7:30 PM ET (Nebraska Audio Stream here and on Pac 12 Mountain)
  • Alcorn State (1-1) at #17 Colorado (1-0) at 9:00 PM ET (Online Video Stream here and on Pac 12 Network)
  • Cal Poly (0-2) at #3 Stanford (1-1) at 10:00 PM ET (Online Video Stream here)

Men's College Basketball Top 25 Matches

There are six games featuring Top 25 teams, all basically tuneups and if you want to take a peek at these matches, we won't mind. These matchups are on a national media platform:

  • Cornell (0-2) at #3 Louisville (1-0) on ESPN3 at 7:00 PM ET
  • Holy Cross (0-1) at #12 North Carolina (1-0) on ESPNU/ESPN3 at 8:00 PM ET, or right after the UMD/UConn game is over.
  • Columbia (1-0) at #2 Michigan State (1-0) on Big Ten Network at 9:00 PM ET

NBA Basketball

There's a lot of NBA games tonight, and click here to see the 11 games on. There are two games that will be aired nationally on ESPN, as in ESPN one. At 8:00 PM ET, the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to play the Denver Nuggets. Then at 10:30 PM ET or so, the Detroit Pistons will play the Sacramento Kings. If a game isn't on national TV, you can see it on your local team's network or NBA League Pass, which costs up to $199 for the season if you opt for a complete package (TV/Mobile/Broadband). I swear to God that it's much more reliable than LiveAccess.

So that's all I have here. Enjoy the games tonight!

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