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20 Best Events in Sports This Week

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16. Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan State Spartans
> Sport: NCAA basketball
> Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
> Time (ET): 4:00 p.m.
> Where to watch: ESPN

Purdue and Michigan State may not be a traditional Big 10 rivalry, but when both teams are in the top five in the country it is sure to be a huge game. The #5 Spartans and the #3 Boilermakers have some of the best scoring offenses in the NCAA. Whichever team can outscore the other will set itself up nicely for a top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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17. Gonzaga Bulldogs at Saint Mary’s Gaels
> Sport: NCAA basketball
> Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
> Time (ET): 10:00 p.m.
> Where to watch: ESPN2

It’s certainly not Duke vs. North Carolina or Michigan vs. Ohio State, but Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s has turned into one of the best rivalries in college basketball. Gonzaga made it to the final game last season, and both teams are in the top 15, according to AP rankings.

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18. Los Angeles Kings at Tampa Bay Lightning
> Sport: NHL hockey
> Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
> Time (ET): 7:00 p.m.
> Where to watch: Local TV

Hockey is supposed to be a cold weather sport, but Los Angeles and Tampa Bay are two of the hottest teams in the NHL. Tampa leads the NHL in wins, largely thanks to its offense. No team in hockey scored more goals than the Lightning. But the Kings present an interesting matchup, as they allowed the fewest goals of any other Western Conference team.

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19. San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors
> Sport: NBA basketball
> Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
> Time (ET): 8:30 p.m.
> Where to watch: ABC

Over the past few years, few teams have been better than the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs. The two teams met in last year’s Western Conference Finals, which the Warriors won on the way to their second championship in the last three years. This matchup should be another interesting one, as the Spurs hold opponents to an NBA-low 98.0 points per game, and the Warriors score a league-high 115.6 points per game.

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20. Pittsburgh Penguins at St. Louis Blues
> Sport: NHL hockey
> Date: Sunday, Feb. 11
> Time (ET): 3:00 p.m.
> Where to watch: NBC

The league decided earlier this year it will not allow players to participate in the 2018 Olympics. While that might be unfortunate for the countries, it means that the NHL matchups will continue without a break. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the rest of the Penguins are looking for their third straight Stanley Cup, while the Blues are still searching for their first cup in franchise history, despite making the playoffs for the last six seasons in a row.

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