If you enjoyed the David-and-Goliath vibe of last night’s instaclassic between Butler and Duke, tonight’s women’s showdown between Connecticut and Stanford is right up your alley. Beyond the hardwood, there’s plenty of baseball, basketball and soccer action to sate the most demanding sports fan (all times Eastern).
– Barcelona vs. Arsenal (2:45 p.m., FSN): The Gunners rallied for a dramatic 2-2 draw with Barca in last week’s opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie, but lost a number of players to injury along the way. Can a threadbare Arsenal side escape the Camp Nou with a victory? The odds don’t favor the English: Barca is 6-1 in Champions League ties when returning home 2-2. One Times writer says an Arsenal victory would be the greatest result in the club’s history.
– Yankees vs. Red Sox (7:10 p.m., YES/NESN/MLB.tv): New York hopes to rebound from Sunday’s come-from-ahead defeat against Boston at Fenway Park. A.J. Burnett takes the mound for the defending champs, while Jon Lester counters for the hosts.
– Capitals at Penguins (7:30 p.m., Versus): The reigning Stanley Cup champs try to avoid their first-ever season series sweep at the hands of Washington. Could the latest Alex Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby showdown be a postseason preview?
– Stanford vs. Connecticut (8:30 p.m., ESPN): The Huskies are heavy favorites to bring home a second straight NCAA women’s hoops title, but the Cardinals believe they can snap UConn’s record 77-game winning streak. And with good reason: The Huskies’ last defeat came against Stanford in the national semifinals two years ago.
– Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m., ABC): Who says Kobe Bryant is cold and unapproachable? (Besides shock journo T.J. Simers.) The reigning NBA Finals MVP makes a return appearance on Kimmel’s late-night show.
By The Numbers
– 1,332 – Career victories for Golden State Warriors’ coach Don Nelson, who is even with Lenny Wilkens for the NBA’s all-time record. Nelson can snap Wilkens’ mark with a victory Tuesday over the lowly Wizards (7 p.m., CSNB/NBA.tv).
– 45 – Number of appearances at the Masters made by Raymond Floyd, who has chosen to sit out this year’s tournament at Augusta National for the first time since 1965.
– 19 – Years since a Russian team made the semifinals of the Champions League/European Cup. CSKA Moscow, which hosts Inter Milan today (12:45 p.m., FSC), can become the first since Spartak Moscow in 1991.