Best bets

BEST BETS

March 17, 2006|By SIMMI BUTTAR

Pro basketball

Mavericks@Wizards

Where -- Verizon Center, Washington

When -- Tonight, 7

What now? -- The Wizards, who have won three in a row after taking a home-and-home series against the Bobcats, may need a little luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day as they get a slight upgrade in competition in hosting the Mavericks. Dallas is tied with Detroit for the most wins in the NBA. Tickets start at $10 and are available at Ticketmaster.

Online -- washingtonwizards.com

College basketball

Manhattan @Maryland

Where -- Comcast Center, College Park

When -- Tomorrow, 11 a.m.

What now? -- For the second consecutive year, the Terps are in a place they'd rather not be, opening play in the National Invitational Tournament against the Jaspers. For the Terps, it's another chance to take small steps that they hope will lead to the Big Dance next season. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Terps' Web site.

Online -- umterps.com

College lacrosse

Maryland@UMBC

Where -- UMBC Stadium

When -- Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

What now? -- The Retrievers, coming off two straight losses, start a run of five straight home games by hosting the nation's top team. For the No. 1 Terps, it's a chance to rebound after Tuesday's 7-6 double-overtime loss to unranked Bucknell. The Retrievers are 4-23 all time against Maryland. Tickets are $6.

Online -- umbcretrievers.com

College lacrosse

Syracuse@Hopkins

Where -- Homewood Field

When -- Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

What now? -- The defending NCAA champions, who are coming off a 11-6 loss to Hofstra, are 2-2 this season. The No. 13 Blue Jays meet the rival No. 10 Orange (1-2) for the 42nd time. With five of the past six regular-season meetings between these powerhouses having been decided by one goal, it's fair to expect another close one. Ticket information can be found on the Hopkins Web site.

Online -- hopkinssports.collegesports.com

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