The basketball's bigger in Texas
A huge night of hoops in the Lone Star State, as Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech and the Spurs all play some big-time contests. If all your exes live in Texas and you stay away from cowboys, there's a great slate of matches at the Australian Open tonight. Here's what we'll be watching while we DVR "Top Chef" (helloooo, Fabio!).
Men's college basketball: No. 11 Texas A&M hits the road to take on the 10th-ranked Texas Longhorns. The Aggies have won 14 in a row this season, but they've lost 22 of their last 23 in the Longhorns' house, including eight straight dating back to 2002. Both teams are led by sensational sophomores; guard-forward Jordan Hamilton notches just over 19 points a game for Texas, while forward Khris Middleton paces the Aggies with nearly 16 points a game.
Women's college basketball: Texas and Texas A&M meet on the women's side, as well. While their male counterparts head to Austin, the Aggie gals welcome the Longhorns to College Station. No. 5 A&M is unbeaten in Big 12 play, while Texas has yet to record a conference win. The Aggies have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Longhorns, including their last eight straight. Aggies junior Tyra White will look to keep alive her streak of eight straight games scoring in double digits. Outside the Lone Star State, No. 13 Oklahoma hosts the 25th-ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders, who are an impressive 16-1 on the year with a perfect 3-0 Big 12 mark.
NBA: The Spurs can stretch their home win streak to 16 in a row with a win tonight over the Raptors. At the midpoint of the season, San Antonio is off to its best start in franchise history, boasting a 35-6 record. The slumping Mavs host the Lakers tonight, hoping to avoid their longest losing streak in almost a dozen years. Despite the return of Dirk Nowitzki two games ago, Dallas is still mired in a six-game skid, while the Lakers have won eight of their last nine overall and have beaten the Mavs in eight of their last 10 meetings. The Nuggets continue their exercise in concentration despite distraction when they host the 27-14 Thunder tonight. Carmelo Anthony is still a part of this Denver team, but talk of his departure is no doubt proving difficult for his teammates and coaches.
Australian Open: If it meant never seeing Venus Williams' Belgian waffle/apple pie tennis dress ever again, I'd be okay with calling off the rest of the Open. Fortunately for tennis fans, I don't have that kind of power. Two of tonight's best matches are Kim Clijsters taking on Carla Suarez Navarro and Rafael Nadal playing American Ryan Sweeting.