It seems like every game in the Big 10 is a big game this year and tonight is more proof of that.

Michigan and Michigan State, both ranked in the top 10, square off in pivotal battle – the first of two meetings between the schools this season. The Spartans come in tied with Indiana for first place, but the Wolverines are only a game back, so a win for them tonight will create a real bottleneck at the top of the standings.

NBA

Denver at Toronto 7 p.m.

Portland at Miami 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Memphis 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Utah 9 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 p.m.

Houston at Golden State 10:30 p.m.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25

(4) Michigan at (8) Michigan State 9 p.m. (ESPN)

(25) Kentucky at (7) Florida 7 p.m. (ESPN)

NHL

Carolina at New Jersey 7 p.m.

New York Rangers at Boston 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Florida 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Winnipeg 8 p.m.

San Jose at Nashville 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Chicago 8:30 p.m.

Dallas at Edmonton 9:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Vancouver 10 p.m.