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TV Sports Schedule, 2/12: Capitals, Wizards, Maryland, George Mason All In Action

Today is a busy day in Washington D.C. sports. Four local teams are in action, and three of them are playing at home. Luckily, you presumably have a television, so you can check them out without having to deal with the inevitable crowds that will result. Unless you like that sort of thing.

I digress. Here's today's local TV schedule, followed by big national games below the jump.

Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals: The Caps remain three points behind Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division, and they get a visit from a Kings team that's fighting to just make the playoffs. Why this epic battle is happening in the afternoon is beyond me, so don't even ask. (12:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)

Maryland at Boston College: The Terps can't afford any more slip-ups if they want to make the NCAA Tournament ... kind of like the slip-up they had at home in December against this Boston College team. The Eagles have lost four of five, but their win in that stretch was against Virginia Tech. (1 p.m., FOX)

James Madison at George Mason: The hottest team in Washington D.C. looks to extend their winning streak to 11 against a James Madison team that they already beat on the road this year. James Madison is dangerous, at 18-8 and 8-6 in the conference, but George Mason hasn't lost a home game all season. (5 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)

San Antonio Spurs at Washington Wizards: The Spurs are the best team in the league, but lost last night to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards are among the worst teams in the league, but they won their last game. SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE. (8 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)

Other big games today (all college hoops):

College Basketball

  • No. 12 Syracuse at No. 16 Louisville: Syracuse looks to rebound from their CRUSHING loss to Georgetown against a Louisville team that also lost to Georgetown. (Noon, ESPN)
  • No. 18 Kentucky at No. 23 Vanderbilt: John Wall's words helped the Wildcats beat Tennessee earlier in the week. Will it work for a road game against a Top 25 team? (1 p.m., CBS)
  • Old Dominion at Virginia Commonwealth: A battle of the other two contenders in the CAA (other than George Mason of course) and a battle of two bitter rivals. (2 p.m., ESPN2)
  • No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Wisconsin: Potential No. 1 pick and potential 2012 Wizard (you never know!) Jared Sullinger leads undefeated Ohio State into a really hostile road environment. (2 p.m., ESPN)
  • No. 4 Pittsburgh at No. 9 Villanova: The Wildcats need a big home win, and Pittsburgh needs to maintain its stranglehold on the Big East. Of course, both will get smashed by Georgetown anyway in the end, ammirite? (9 p.m., ESPN)