5 things to watch in sports this week Jan. 21
NFL’s final four face off
The tickets to Super Bowl LII will be punched on Sunday.
At 1:05 p.m. on CBS, the New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then at 4:40 p.m. on Fox, the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings.
Can the Jaguars’ Cinderella run continue or will the Patriots go to yet another Super Bowl?
On the NFC side, former UA quarterback Nick Foles leads the Eagles against the Vikings, who are one win away from becoming the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Both championship game are out in the cold but the Super Bowl will be inside.
Mingus boys soccer hosts vital Flagstaff game
The playoffs pretty much start early for Mingus Union boys soccer.
On Tuesday, the No. 26 Marauders (5-5-1, 3-2-0 Grand Canyon) hosts No. 17 Flagstaff (6-4-3, 4-0-1) at 5 p.m. in their regular season finale. A good result could extend Mingus Union’s season.
The state playoffs have expanded to 24 teams and if the Marauders can move up the rankings a little, they can reach the play-in round.
The Eagles have only lost one of their last five games. Mingus Union comes in having won two of their last three.
Flagstaff is tied for first in the region with Mohave and Mingus Union is tied for third with Bradshaw Mountain.
Mingus basketball hosts Mohave
On Thursday the Mingus Union basketball teams look to improve their postseason resumes at home.
At 5:30 p.m. the No. 23 Marauder girls (8-12, 2-4 Grand Canyon) host No. 29 Mohave (3-11, 0-9). Like boys soccer, the 4A state tournament begins with the play-in games, so the Marauders want to stay in the top 24.
Then at 7 p.m., the No. 11 Mingus Union boys (13-7, 5-1) host No. 31 Mohave.
If the boys can move into the top eight, then they can avoid the play-in game and start the postseason in the first round. They have won straight and are a half game out of first in the region as of press time.
UA gets revenge chance
Arizona men’s basketball can get a bit of pay back on Thursday night.
The No. 14 Wildcats (15-4, 5-1 Pac-12) hosts Colorado (12-7, 4-3) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. As of press time, the UA is tied for first in the conference.
After the Buffaloes upset the Wildcats at home on Jan. 6, Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said the win was extra satisfying.
The defeat snapped Arizona’s three-game win streak against their Four Corner rival, but the Wildcats have still won nine of their last 11 games against Colorado.
Camp Verde basketball seeks payback
A couple weeks after Sedona Red Rock swept Camp Verde varsity basketball, the Cowboys get their chance to even the score.
First up on Friday, at 5:30 p.m., the No. 6 girls team (18-5, 5-1 Central) hosts the No. 3 Scorpions (14-1, 5-0). The 62-36 loss was the Cowboys’ only conference blemish this season.
CV leads the rivalry series 16-7 since 2004.
Then at 7 p.m. the No. 29 Camp Verde boys (8-14, 1-3) host the No. 11 Scorpions, also seeking revenge, but also a chance to move into the playoffs.
SRR leads the rivalry series since 2004 by a margin of 14-10.