Big 12 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: March 9 to 12 on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
Player to watch: Oklahoma University’s Buddy Hield is playing better than anyone else in college basketball. The favorite for the John R Wooden Award, given annually to the best college basketball player in the country, looks to lead the Sooners to their first Big 12 title since 2003.
Reason to watch: The University of Oklahoma men’s basketball team is coming off it’s best regular season in years, and the Big 12 tournament is important in terms of seeding for the Big Dance later this month. The Sooners face competition from conference powerhouse Kansas, who have beaten the Sooners twice this season. Baylor and West Virginia, two schools ranked in the AP Top 25, will also be in the mix for the postseason championship.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers: March 6 at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN
Player to watch: Clippers shooting guard JJ Reddick, who is shooting a career-best .482 percent from 3-point land, is quickly becoming a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders. His talents, which have led him to the second best 3-point percentage in the league, should be on full display against a struggling Thunder perimeter defense.
Reason to watch: While the Clippers lost star forward Blake Griffin to a broken hand, they’ve played considerably better without him. The team sports a 20-6 record with a firm grip on the fourth seed in the Western Conference, and this game could have huge implications on the playoff seeding for the Thunder, who are the third seed.