This You Gotta See: Clippers-Lakers, Cubs-White Sox and the Big Ten tourney at its best

What’s so great about Indianapolis’ Banker’s Life Fieldhouse? For starters, you can always bank on a major upset or two heading into the Big Ten semis.

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Michigan State v Illinois

Big man Kofi Cockburn and Illinois join Michigan State among the Big Ten tournament favorites.

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SUN 8

Missouri Valley championship game (1:05 p.m., Ch. 2)

One can only hope Bradley has made it to the final, giving Illinois (the state) a chance to get somebody other than Illinois (the team) into the NCAA Tournament. (What the heck happened, Loyola?)

Lakers at Clippers (2:30 p.m., Ch. 7)

Round 1 at Staples Center went to the Clippers. Round 2 went to the Clippers, too. If Round 3 follows suit, we’re going to begin to suspect the fact the Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference (guess who are right behind them) doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot.

Iowa at Illinois (6 p.m., BTN):

Another nose-to-nose affair between heated rivals, another mano-a-mano between Hawkeyes post man Luka Garza and Illini bigger-than-big Kofi Cockburn and another glimpse of Big Ten basketball at its most intense. It has been the gift that keeps on giving all season.

TUE 10

Cavaliers at Bulls (7 p.m., NBCSCH)

There’s no love lost when the owners of the worst record in the Eastern Conference kick down the door of the United Center to do battle with the mighty Bulls. With an “L,” the Cavs will pull off the amazing feat of losing the head-to-head series 3-1 in back-to-back seasons.

WED 11

Sharks at Blackhawks (7 p.m., NBCSN)

For the Hawks, still (sort of?) alive in the wild-card hunt, it’s all about vacuuming in every possible point. Better not blow this opportunity against the sorry Sharks, who are one of only three teams — all from the Pacific Division — that trail the Hawks in the overall Western Conference standings.

Padres at Cubs (8:05 p.m., Marquee)

You know how nothing beats kicking back a little later at night and taking in a ballgame played out west? This is that. Don’t pretend you have anything better to do.

FRI 13

Big Ten tournament quarterfinals (11 a.m., BTN)

It’s the best day of this event every year, with the No. 1 seed taking the floor in the early game followed by the Nos. 4, 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, in the ensuing three contests. What’s so great about Indianapolis’ Banker’s Life Fieldhouse? For starters, you can always bank on a major upset or two heading into the semis.

Cubs at White Sox (3:05 p.m., Marquee, NBCSCH)

Are all the big guns in the lineups yet? Javy Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo? Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert? Let’s go for six “yeses,” shall we?

SAT 14

IHSA boys’ championship games (1 p.m., The U)

The Class 1A title contest comes first, with the 2A game at 7:15 p.m. Will the Public League get a team through to the nightcap at Carver Arena in Peoria?

Bulls at Heat (7 p.m., NBCSCH)

Not to sound, you know, bored, but how long until something — anything — about the Bulls becomes interesting enough that we can stop automatically including matchups against Jimmy Butler’s teams in this space?

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