What to Watch: College basketball and NBA All-Star weekend

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The basketball game between K-State and KU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 6, 2017. (File Photo by Meg Shearer | The Collegian)

No. 12 Duke at No. 14 Virginia

This week, No. 12 Duke is headed to No. 14 Virginia for another ACC match up. Both are sitting at 8-4 within the conference.

The Blue Devils are headed to Virginia full steam ahead behind a five-game winning streak. Duke is coming off a close victory against Clemson, along with a victory over rival No. 8 North Carolina before that. The Blue Devils will rally behind junior guard Grayson Allen, who drained seven 3-pointers against North Carolina, alongside sophomore guard Luke Kennard, who is coming off a 25-point game against Clemson.

Virginia is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Virginia Tech in double overtime, 80-78. Things won’t get any easier for the Cavaliers, who host Duke at home, then hit the road for No. 10 North Carolina. One task at a time, the Cavaliers will focus on Duke behind senior guard London Perrantes, who is coming off a 22-point game.

Catch the action at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2.

No. 3 Kansas at No. 4 Baylor

Baylor will host Kansas in a Big 12 showdown, with first place in the conference on the line. Kansas managed to top Baylor in their previous meeting in Lawrence this year 73-68.

Baylor will have their hands full containing Kansas senior guard Frank Mason III, who is averaging 20.1 points per game, not to mention young their freshman star, guard Josh Jackson, who continues to show his true talent.

The Bears will turn to their versatile forward, junior Johnathan Motley, who is averaging 16.9 points and snagging 9.7 rebounds per game. Baylor will need Motley to be in his groove, as the Bears have struggled this far in February, picking up two of their three losses this season.

The Jayhawks and Bears will tip off at noon Saturday on CBS.

NBA All-Star Weekend

The 66th annual NBA All-Star weekend begins this Friday in New Orleans.

The action kicks off with the NBA All-Star Celebrity game at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The State Farm All-Star Saturday competitions begin at 7 p.m. The Skills Challenge will start things off, followed by the Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest. A new champion will be named this year in both the Skills Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest; however, Golden State’s Klay Thompson will look for his second consecutive Three-Point Contest victory.

Sunday will feature all of the best NBA players, as the East is set to take on the West. Tune in at 7 p.m. on TNT to watch Russell Westbrook team up with his rival Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors in the All-Star game.

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