Two No. 2's to tip off
Women's college basketball: The 2011 women's NCAA champion will be crowned Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The title game features a matchup of two No. 2 seeds, Notre Dame against Texas A&M. This is only the second time ever that a championship game will be without a top seed. The Aggies look to win their first-ever title, but standing in their way will be the Fighting Irish. To reach the title game, Notre Dame had to beat Tennessee and UConn in back-to-back games, marking the first time a school has ever beaten those two powerhouses in one NCAA tournament. Keep an eye on Skylar Diggins, who had 24 and 28 points respectively in those two contests. The action begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
NBA: In a possible first-round playoff matchup, the Boston Celtics will take on the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. However, Boston will likely be without Shaquille O'Neal, who limped off the court with a strained right calf in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Detroit. ... The Portland Trail Blazers, who sit in sixth place in the West, can clinch their third straight playoff berth with a victory over Golden State or a Houston loss to Sacramento Tuesday night. Portland will also attempt to win its season-high ninth consecutive home game. ... The San Antonio Spurs will get back to work Tuesday night after snapping their six-game losing streak in Sunday's win over Phoenix. The Spurs will face the Atlanta Hawks in a matchup of two playoff contenders. San Antonio is looking to pad its 1 1/2-game lead over the East-leading Chicago Bulls, who are in action against Phoenix, for home-court advantage throughout playoffs.
NHL: A couple teams in action have the chance Tuesday night to punch their tickets to the postseason. Montreal can clinch its fourth straight playoff berth with a win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago needs the win, as the Blackhawks are teetering on the edge, sitting in eighth place in the West. The Nashville Predators can clinch their sixth playoff berth in eight seasons with a win over the Atlanta Thrashers, who just watched their playoff hopes slip away.
MLB: There are four teams in action Tuesday who will be searching for their first win of the year. The Brewers are 0-4 so far this season and face the Braves. The Rays, Red Sox and Astros sit at 0-3. Tampa Bay will host the Angels, while Boston will head to Cleveland to take on the Indians. Houston travels to Cincinnati to take on the undefeated Reds.
There are also quite a few divisional matchups on the docket for Tuesday. The top two AL Central teams, the division-leading Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox, face off Tuesday night in Kansas City. The top team in the AL West, the defending American League champion Texas Rangers, who sit at 4-0, host the the Seattle Mariners. In the NL East, the undefeated Phillies host a divisional foe in the New York Mets, with Cole Hamels slated to get the start. If the Phillies win, it will be their first 4-0 start since 1915.