Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
1. Barcelona vs. Manchester City
Details: Wednesday, March 12 @ 3:45 PM ET – Camp Nou Stadium – Madrid, Spain
Watch Here: FOXSports1 on XFINITY
Why Watch: You’d be out of your mind to miss part two of Messi and Neymar vs. Agüero and Touré! These are two of the most powerful clubs in the world and we get to see them go head-to-head once again. Barca stole the first leg in Manchester, winning 2-0, and raising the stakes even higher for the City side. Can Manchester City find a boost by having that combo of Agüero and Negredo back in their starting 11? They’ll need him at his best, and we will all be watching as the Champions League round of 16 hits FS1 Wednesday afternoon.
#5ToFollow Insider: Jimmy Conrad - @JimmyConrad
Conrad is a former USMNT and MLS player who now talks and tweets the beautiful game for KICKTV. Follow Conrad for an expert’s eye and opinion on the Barca – Man City match Wednesday afternoon.
2. Oregon vs. Oregon State
Details: Wednesday, March 12 @ 9:00 PM ET – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Watch Here: Pac-12 Network on XFINITY
Why Watch: What makes #ChampWeek even better? A RIVALRY GAME! That’s what we are treated to in the first round of the #Pac12Tourney as the Beavers and Ducks bring the Civil War to the hardwood. The Ducks have been in and out of the Top 25 all season, and a win could secure their “IN” status for the big dance. Oregon State is looking at a much tougher climb, as they’ll have to run the table to put on their dancing shoes. The Beavers and Ducks split in conference play, and this tiebreaker is going to make or break a season. Don’t miss this epic game on the Pac-12 Network.
#5ToFollow Insider: Andrew Greif - @AndrewGreif
The Oregonian beat reporter for Ducks hoops is going to be courtside at the conference tourney. Get a great look at this intense rivalry game through Greif’s tweets Wednesday night.
3. Trail Blazers vs. Spurs
Details: Wednesday, March 12 @ 9:30 PM ET – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch: What a game this one’s going to be. These point guards can dish and swish, the swingmen can lockdown and knockdown, and the players in the post are known to score the most. I’m ridiculously excited to watch these big three’s matchup – Parker, Leonard, and Duncan vs. Lillard, Batum, and Aldridge. Who said March Madness has to be only in college hoops? This one’s going to steal the night, make sure you’re streaming with the XFINITY TV Go app!
#5ToFollow Insider: Zach Lowe - @ZachLowe_NBA
Grantland’s NBA insider and a guy who just gets the game, will be putting out the top stats, trends, and his anecdotes on the Spurs-Blazers game on ESPN.
4. Houston vs. SMU
Details: Thursday, March 13 @ 1:00 PM ET – FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY
Why Watch: The Cougars come into the #AACTourney as winners of four of their last five, and ready for another shot at the Mustangs. The Coogz are a tough bunch who’ve knocked off some of the conference’s best (UConn, Memphis) and will look to add SMU to their hit list. The Mustangs are locked in to the big dance, but will bring a grit and grind style of play that their headman, Larry Brown, has instilled in all of his teams. Will this be the beginning of another Brown title run, or will the third time be the charm and lead to Houston upsetting the 25th ranked SMU?
#5ToFollow Insider: Seth Davis - @SethDavisHoops
SI’s lead college basketball writer believes that the SMU Mustangs have a chance to make it a memorable season. The postseason begins here and Davis will tweet it all live.
5. Memphis vs. UConn
Details: Thursday, March 13 @ 9:00 PM ET – FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY
Why Watch: The Huskies swept the Tigers in conference play this season and we’re getting the rubber match in the #AACTourney, in Memphis! The Tigers will have the home crowd, be on their home floor, and will look for that home win against the Huskies and their superstar point guard, Shabazz Napier. Napier was a handful for the Tigers, scoring a career best 34-points in their last meeting. Can Joe Jackson match wits with the Huskies pg? We shall see when these two greats begin their postseason play.
#5ToFollow Insider: Gavin Keefe - @GavinKeefe
Keefe is on the Huskies beat for The Day in New London, CT. He will be ready to was the AAC player of the year, Shabazz Napier, and UConn take on Memphis in the AAC Tourney.
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