By Patrick Cooley, Sports Editor
Dean Blais’ Return Home
Who: No. 16 UNO (12-8-2, 9-5-2 WCHA) at
No. 2 North Dakota (17-6-2, 12-4-0 WCHA)
Where: Grand Forks, N.D.
When: Friday at 7:37 p.m., and Saturday at 7:07 p.m.
Coverage: KVNO 90.7 FM,
The Mavs are in desperate need of some conference points, but they won’t come easy. UND is 8-3-1 at home this season, and 128-53-21 all-time at Engelstad Arena. UNO head coach Dean Blais returns home to Grand Forks, where he led UND to two National Championships in his 10 seasons as head coach.
AFC Championship Game
Who: New York Jets (13-5) at Pittsburgh
When: Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
The Jets continue to back up their trash talk, and Rex Ryan is becoming the darling of New York. Only these Jets could lose 45-3 to the Patriots and six weeks later guarantee a victory against them and then actually deliver. The Steelers (-3.5) are at home, where they lost 22-17 to the Jets on Dec. 19.
NFC Championship Game
Who: Green Bay (12-6)
at Chicago (12-5)
When: Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Bears and Packers have one of the most storied rivalries in the NFL, but they have met in the postseason only once – in 1941. The two teams split their season series, with the Packers winning 10-3 at home on Jan. 2 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Snow showers and sub-20 degree weather is expected. Chicago is a three and half point underdog at home. Where’s the love?
Texas Vs. Kansas
Who: No. 11 Texas (14-3) at No. 2 Kansas
When: Saturday at 3 p.m.
Both teams are undefeated in the Big XII, but the Jayhawks are tough to beat at “The Phog.” Kansas junior forward Marcus Morris is averaging 17.2 points per game and Texas sophomore forward Jordan Hamilton (19.2 ppg) leads a Longhorn team that has won eight out of its last nine games. This game should be a good filler for the NFC Championship Game’s commercial breaks.