Gimme some Sugar
If last week's Eagles-Vikings game put you in the mood for a little Tuesday night football, you're in luck. Tonight's Sugar Bowl features a matchup of two of the NCAA's best quarterbacks, and there's certainly no shortage of controversy when it comes to the big, bad Buckeyes of Ohio State. So put on your temporary tattoos, grab a bowl of cavity-causing, sugary treats and settle in for a big night of sports.
College football: The Allstate Sugar Bowl pits No. 6 Ohio State against No. 8 Arkansas at the Superdome. Tonight's game marks the Razorbacks' first BCS bowl appearance, while the Buckeyes are playing in their sixth consecutive BCS bowl and third Sugar Bowl (but their first with five players-to-be-suspended-later!). One of those players, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, will meet his match in another top-notch signal caller, Arkansas' Ryan Mallet. The Buckeyes may be the favorites, but they're a pitiful 0-9 against SEC teams in bowl games. If Pryor and the Buckeyes do pull off the win, can we expect a batch of Sugar Bowl merch from seller "Tpryor2" on eBay? I sure could use a new jersey and an MVP trophy for my mantle ...
Women's college basketball: The No. 3 Duke women put their undefeated season mark on the line when the Blue Devils host No. 10 Kentucky. The Wildcats' only loss of the year was a 78-52 rout at the hands of unranked Louisville. The Blue Devils have defeated two top 10 teams this season in Xavier and Texas A&M, but they'll have their hands full with Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap, who leads her team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg).
Men's college basketball: No. 15 Notre Dame will try to preserve its perfect 9-0 home record when it hosts No. 9 UConn. Tuesday's contest will be the Irish's third straight against a top 10 Big East opponent; it split the first two. Kemba Walker has led the Huskies in scoring in every game this season, and he has scored at least 20 points in every outing since putting up 18 in the season opener.
NBA: The Spurs can become the first team in the league to reach 30 wins (a feat they didn't accomplish until Feb. 11 last year) with a victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are tops in the league in scoring at 107.2 points per game, but they've beaten San Antonio only once in their past 10 meetings dating back to 2005-06.