Big East showdown: No. 3 Villanova 95, No. 4 Xavier 79

Villanova's Mikal Bridges shoots a 3-pointer over Xavier's J.P. Macura during the second half of Saturday's game in Cincinnati. Villanova won 95-79. (Gary Landers/AP Photo)

Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the third-ranked Wildcats showed they're not ready to relinquish their reign in the Big East, beating No. 4 Xavier 95-79 in a showdown for the league lead

Top 25 men's and women's college basketball roundup

Michigan State's Jaren Jackson, Jr. (2) smiles as he celebrates with teammates after Cassius Winston made a 3-pointer during the second half of Saturday's game against Northwestern in Rosemont, Ill. Second-ranked Michigan State rallied from a 27-point deficit and won, 65-60. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and No. 2 Michigan State erased a 27-point deficit to beat Northwestern 65-60 and extend its winning streak to 10 games

College football attendance dips, but Purdue gets Brohm bump

Buoyed by turnaround season, Purdue bucked a trend in college football by increasing attendance by more 13,000 fans per game in 2017 _ and, in the process, banked an extra $2.5 million in revenue compared to 2016

Huskers' NCAA hopes uncertain despite 20 wins

Providence guard Jalen Lindsey (21) celebrates with guard Kyron Cartwright (24) during the second half Wednesday of the team's upset win over against Villanova. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Nebraska's 20-win season hasn't erased uncertainty as to whether the Huskers can secure an NCAA Tournament bid

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Providence's Kyron Cartwright celebrates after making a 3-pointer during the second half to increase their lead over third-ranked Villanova in Wednesday's game at Providence. Providence upset Villanova, 76-71. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)

Providence gets 17 from Kyron Cartwright, as Friars stun 13th-ranked Villanova 76-71

COLUMNS

We're talking baseball again ... with some help from 'Hawkeye'

Baseball — gone too long once again — returned to us Saturday morning. Ah, baseball.

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

Louisville the latest stop on R.J. Evans' basketball coaching journey

R.J. Evans fondly remembers the first time he visited his new college basketball coaching home, Louisville's KFC! Yum Center.

No. 16 URI streak reaches 16 with 85-67 win over Richmond

Rhode Island's Jared Terrell celebrates with the students after defeating Richmond on Tuesday, 85-67, in Kingston, R.I. (Stew Milne/AP Photo)

No. 16 Rhode Island loses Matthews to injury, but extends win streak to 16 with 85-67 win over Richmond

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Miami's Anthony Lawrence II goes up for a shot against Virginia's Jack Salt during the first half of Tuesday's game in Coral Gables, Fla. Top-ranked Virginia won, 59-50. (Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo)

New No. 1 Virginia looked the part, never trailing and holding Miami to 38 percent shooting to win 59-50

Notre Dame president rips NCAA's denial of Notre Dame appeal

The NCAA has denied Notre Dame's appeal of the committee on infraction's decision to vacate 21 victories, including all 12 from the school's 2012 national championship game run, because of academic misconduct

UCONN FOOTBALL

UConn leaves WTIC after 26 years for new radio home

Coverage of UConn's men’s and women’s basketball, football and men’s hockey games will move from WTIC (1080-AM) to 97.9-FM, ESPN’s Hartford affiliate, as part of a 10-year, multimillion-dollar deal.

UConn football releases 2018 schedule

UConn football will kick off the 2018 season by hosting defending American Athletic Conference champion Central Florida.

UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Rested UConn women host Temple in Harford

Top-ranked UConn plays its third straight home game on Sunday when Temple visits the XL Center in Hartford at 2 p.m.

No. 1 UConn rides hot start to beat No. 4 Louisville

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson, center, celebrates with Crystal Dangerfield (5) after hitting a 3-pointer during the second half of the top-ranked Huskies' 69-58 win over No. 4 Louisville on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Top-ranked UConn used an early 19-0 run to build a 22-point cushion en route to a 69-58 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion.

UConn, Louisville renew rivalry tonight

Louisville's Asia Durr, left, covers Syracuse's Gabrielle Cooper, right, in a game on Feb. 4 at Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

On Monday, the nation's No.1 and No. 4 teams will renew their rivalry for the first time in four years, but this time with nothing more at stake than rankings, and a gauge of where each team stands in advance of the postseason.

No. 1 UConn shoots 71 percent, routs Wichita State 124-43

UConn freshman Mikayla Coombs shoots over Wichita State's Asia Henderson during the second half of the No. 1 Huskies' 124-43 win over the Shockers on Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Napheesa Collier scored 26 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 22 points to lead UConn to a 124-43 rout of Wichita State on Saturday in the first meeting between the two programs

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves look to bounce back against Mammoth

The New England Black Wolves (4-3) will try to regain a measure of consistency Sunday when they meet the Colorado Mammoth (4-3) in a 2 p.m. game at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Local colleges: CGA's Mooney wins New England title in women's 3,000

Coast Guard Academy freshman Kaitlyn Mooney edged Brittany Bowman of Tufts by two-tenths of a second to capture the women's 3,000-meter race during Saturday's New England Division III indoor track and field championships at Springfield College.

Local roundup: East Lyme clinches ECC swimming title

East Lyme put the finishing touches on the Eastern Connecticut Conference regular-season swimming championship by sweeping a tri-meet against Waterford and New London on Friday afternoon.

PROFESSIONAL

Danica Patrick speeding toward NASCAR's exit ramp

Danica Patrick prepares for practice on Saturday for the Daytona 500, which is being held Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Danica Patrick was annoyed with herself. She had trained most of her life for moments like these, but she couldn't fix the inadvertent mess she had just made.

All-Stars collide in LA with teams picked by LeBron, Steph

Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots a foul shot during a game against the Thunder on Tuesday at Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy teammates.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

2:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NASCAR Monster Cup Daytona 500 from Daytona Beach, Fla.

Basketball

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA women: South Florida at Central Florida.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA women: Wake Forest at North Carolina State.

12:30 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Miami at Virginia.

1 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Ohio State at Michigan.

1 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: DePaul at Seton Hall.

1 p.m., WCCT — NCAA men: Duke at Clemson.

1 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Purdue at Ohio State.

2 p.m., CBSSN, WTIC (96.5-FM) — NCAA women: Temple at UConn from Hartford.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Tennessee at Missouri.

2 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Elon at Northeastern.

2:30 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Louisville at North Carolina.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Tulane at Memphis.

3 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: Villanova at DePaul.

3 p.m., ESPNews, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: UConn at East Carolina.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Houston at Temple.

4 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Wichita State at Cincinnati.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Drake at Missouri State.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Texas A&M at Mississippi State.

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Pittsburgh at Florida State.

8 p.m., TNT, TBS — NBA All-Star Game from Los Angeles.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Stanford at California.

Bowling

1 p.m., ESPN — PBA: 60th Anniversary Classic from Indianapolis.

Golf

1 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Genesis Open from Los Angeles.

3 p.m., Ch. 3 — PGA: Genesis Open from Los Angeles.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Chubb Classic from Naples, Fla.

Hockey

Noon, Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers.

5 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes.

Mixed Martial Arts

7 p.m., FS1 — UFC Fight Night preliminaries followed by Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros from Austin, Texas.

Soccer

11 a.m., FS1 — FA Cup: Tottenham at Rochdale.

Track & Field

5 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Indoor Championships from Albuquerque, N.M.

Winter Olympics

5 a.m., NBCSN, Olympic Channel — From Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Coverage begins on USA at 7 a.m., Chs. 10, 30 at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.).