The week ahead in Philadelphia sports
Monday - Nets at Sixers, 7 p.m.
The Sixers have dropped 13 straight on the road, so they'll welcome a home game. As they attempt to end their five-game losing skid, they'll face a Brooklyn squad that has won three in a row. The Nets have won both head-to-head matchups this season.
Tuesday - Tigers at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Ryan Howard and the Phillies will battle the Tigers for the third time this spring. Howard enters the week hitting .333 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. The game will be shown on TCN.
Tuesday - Princeton at Penn, 7:30 p.m.
Both teams will be playing for pride in the season finale, as Harvard has already captured the Ivy League title and clinched an NCAA tournament berth. A win would give Penn an even 7-7 record in Ivy League play, but it won't come easy against Princeton, which will finish the year second in the conference. The Tigers topped the Quakers, 65-53, on Jan. 12 to open the Ancient Eight slate.
Wednesday - Heat at Sixers, 7 p.m.
The Sixers will take on the Heat for the third time this season and the second time in six days. Last Friday, the Sixers hung with Miami for the majority of the game until the Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure a 102-93 win. The 76ers are 0-2 against Miami this season -- both losses have come during the Heat's 18-game winning streak.
Wednesday - Villanova vs. St. John's, 7 p.m.
Seventh-seeded Villanova will play 10th-placed St. John's in its opening game of the Big East tournament. The Wildcats ended the regular season with their third victory over a top-five team, beating No. 5 Georgetown, 67-57. On Jan. 2, Villanova defeated St. John's in overtime, 98-86, behind 32 points from Ryan Arcidiacono.
Wednesday - Flyers at Devils, 7:30 p.m.
Currently in 11th place in the East, the Flyers will desperately need to make up ground for a playoff spot as they face the seventh-place Devils on Wednesday and Friday. The Devils sit just four points ahead of the Flyers and have struggled since Martin Brodeur injured his back (2-6-1).
Thursday - Pirates at Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
In the last meeting between these two teams, John Lannan got the start. He and the rest of the Phillies' pitchers held Pittsburgh to one hit. The game will be shown on TCN.
Thursday - Saint Joseph's vs. Xavier, 6:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph's was awarded the No. 10 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament and drew seventh-seeded Xavier in the first round. The Hawks ended the season with a troubling 52-40 loss to Charlotte but defeated Xavier, 59-49, earlier in the year. Carl Jones has been the catalyst for St. Joe's all season, racking up 14.1 points per game.
Friday - La Salle vs. Butler/Dayton, 2:30 p.m.
La Salle earned a No. 4 seed and a first round bye in the Atlantic 10 tournament and will face the winner of the (5) Butler vs. (12) Dayton matchup. The Explorers finished their season with a 9-3 record over their final dozen games but lost the season finale against No. 16 Saint Louis.
Friday - Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m.
The Flyers will host New Jersey in the back end of a home-and-home Friday. Coming into the week, the Flyers had lost both previous meetings with the Devils this season by a combined score of 8-3.
Friday - Temple vs. UMass/George Washington, 9 p.m.
Temple's seven-game winning streak to end the regular season earned them a No. 3 seed in the A-10 tournament. The Owls are coming off a huge comeback win at home over No. 21 VCU and aim to go deep into the A-10 tournament to improve their March Madness resume. The journey begins against the winner of the (6) UMass vs. (11) George Washington.
Saturday - Revolution at Union, 5 p.m.
The Union are coming off a late 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids and will host conference rival New England on Saturday. The Union posted a 2-0-1 record against the Revolution in 2012.
Saturday - Pacers at Sixers, 7:30 p.m.
The Sixers continue their homestand against a Pacers team against which they have struggled to score all season. The Sixers are 0-2 against Indiana this year and are averaging a mere 77 points in the two contests.
Sunday - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
The Phillies will face the Orioles Sunday afternoon as they continue to fine-tune their roster in anticipation for opening day. Roy Halladay has had a strong spring, posting a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings of work. The game will be shown on CSN.