It’s Monday and that means our new weekly feature on TCC is back! We take a look at the TV planner for the next seven days and break down your essential viewing. There has never been a better time to be a UK/Ireland based basketball fan with coverage on ESPN, ESPN America, Setanta and Sky allowing you to keep track of your favourite basketball, check out our picks of the week!
Game of the Week
Miami @ Duke
Saturday 11.00pm – ESPN America
With only two weeks left in the regular season this battle of two potential number one seeds was always going to be high on the list of games to watch this week. This game will go a long way to deciding who finishes the year top of the ACC standings and thanks to a revenge factor Miamis trip to Cameron has became the “must watch” game of the week. Earlier in the season Miami upset Duke when the blue devils had just achieved a number one ranking however it was the nature of the defeat that will have left a sour taste in the Dukies mouths and sets us up for an electric atmosphere in Cameron indoor stadium. Miami ran all over Duke in the game that really showcased them as a serious contender for post season honours this year. The Hurricanes went on a huge 25-1 run during the first half and led by more than 30 points at one stage to hand Duke their worst loss in five years. Further fuel was added to the fire when Miami players slapped the floor on defense late in the game, a move that the Duke players took as a sign of total disrespect. Duke are still missing Ryan Kelly who they hope will be back for the ACC tournament but will be confident they can get the win after Miami’s 14 game unbeaten streak was ended by Wake Forest last week.
Highlights from Duke at Miami earlier this season:
Florida @ Tennessee
Tuesday Night / Wednesday Morning 2:00am – ESPN America
Tennessee are on a tear of late after reeling off five straight wins which included a 30 point demolishing of Kentucky but they will need to be at their best to beat the SEC leading Florida Gators on Tuesday night. Home court will help the volunteers but Florida are a well balanced team with aspirations of a number one seed and will be favoured here. Florida are led by Mike Rosario (with whom anyone that has watched the excellent Bobby Hurley documentary ‘The Street Stops Here’ will be familiar with – trailer below) and the NBA prospect needs to take on more of a leadership role late in the season if the Gators are to make an impact in the post season.
OKC @ Denver Nuggets
Friday Night / Saturday Morning 3,30am – ESPN
OKC are in contention for finishing the year with the best regular season record but the Nuggets have one of the best home records in the league (23-3) and always try and make their advantage in the mile high city count. A high scoring and close game is expected here – don’t miss it!
Heat @ Knicks / OKC @ LA Clippers
Sunday 6.00pm – SKY Sports 2
Is SKY’s Sunday double header giving us a preview of the potential conference finals? OKC and Miami are both heavily favoured to lift their conference championship trophies and the Knicks and Clippers will both have aspirations of proving the bookies wrong. Both games have plenty of star appeal with the likes of LeBron, Carmelo, Durant and Chris Paul on show and should prove and entertaining nights viewing to end the week.