A rundown of games and events to watch for locally and nationally from the world of sports (all times Pacific):
Prep basketball, Bend at Mountain View, girls at 5:15 p.m., boys at 7 p.m.: The Lava Bears girls and Cougars boys were winners in the season’s first Civil War matchups last month at Bend High. Bend’s girls are still in contention for the Mountain Valley Conference title, but the Cougars can be spoilers against their archrivals. Bend and Mountain View boys are both fighting to stay in the MVC hunt.
Women’s college basketball, Oregon State at Oregon, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network): These two national powers face off twice in four days, starting with Friday’s game at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks are coming off an impressive victory Sunday at Stanford and are threatening to run away with the Pac-12 title. The Beavers host Round 2 of this year’s Civil War on Feb. 18 in Corvallis.
Men’s college basketball, Oregon at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network): The surprising Beavers find themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-12 Conference entering this week’s play. The Ducks are in the middle of the pack and will be looking to avenge a 77-72 loss to their Civil War rivals early last month in Eugene.
Auto racing, Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, Florida, 11:30 a.m. (Fox): The 61st running of the Great American Race kicks off the nine-month NASCAR Cup Series with a field that includes 2018 Daytona winner Austin Dillon and features last year’s Cup Series champion, Joey Logano. Also among the expected starters are NASCAR’s Big Three: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.
NBA basketball, All-Star Game at Charlotte, North Carolina, 5 p.m. (TNT): Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have drafted a couple of high-powered teams sure to light up the scoreboard at the Spectrum Center. While not a starter, Portland’s Damian Lillard did earn his fourth All-Star bid and will join forces with the likes of Kevin Durant and James Harden on Team LeBron.