XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Wednesday, January 22

Nigel Roddis

Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. Manchester United vs. Sunderland

Details: Wednesday, January 22 @ 2:45 PM ET - Old Trafford - Manchester, England, U.K.

Watch Here: beINSports on XFINITY

Why Watch: We are two weeks removed from a Sunderland 2-1 victory over the Devils, and now Man U gets to try and even the score at Old Trafford. Could we see Rooney and van Persie back on the pitch for their Capital One Cup second-leg? That could be the difference maker United needs to get a much-needed win. The Black Cats have brought in defender Santiago Vergini and he could be live on the pitch for this big match. Don't miss the Cup semi-finals live on beIN Sports.

#5ToFollow Insider: Mark Payne - @MarkJPayne

ESPN's MUFC blogger and insider of Old Trafford, follow Payne for the best of the hump day match as the Cup play could end

Follow: @MarkJPayne

2. Iowa vs. Michigan

Details: Wednesday, January 22 @ 7:00 PM ET - Crisler Arena - Ann Arbor, MI

Watch Here: Big Ten Network on XFINITY

Why Watch: Two of the hottest teams in the #B1G tip off Wednesday night in Michigan, when No. 10 Iowa and No. 21 Michigan take the spotlight on the Big Ten Network. Michigan has fought their way back into the big picture and it has happened in league play, going 5-0 vs. Big Ten teams. Iowa is right behind the Wolverines, third in the conference standings with a 4-1 record. It's the biggest college hoops on tonight as Aaron White and the Hawkeyes will bring their A-game to Ann Arbor to face Nik Stauskas and this mighty Michigan team.

#5ToFollow Insider: Josh Reed and Mike Portscheller - @bigtengeeks

For the stats and satire of the only Top 25 matchup on Wednesday's slate, follow Josh and Mike for the best of the #B1G game.

Follow: @bigtengeeks

3. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings

Details: Wednesday, January 22 @ 8:00 PM ET - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Hawks are facing their third consecutive quality opponent, when they travel to Detroit for a match with the Wings. Detroit will be looking to get a big win over a longtime conference opponent, and Henrik Zetterberg will look to counter Patrick Kane is going to be half the battle. In their last five in Joe Louis Arena, four have come down to overtime or a shoot out. The Original Six rivalry between the Red Wings and Blackhawks is well documented, and another chapter will be written to that illustrious novel Wednesday night on NBCSN.

#5ToFollow Insider: Tracey Myers - @TramyersCSN

Myers is the Hawks insider for CSN Chicago and will be on the road for their rivalry that remains strong. Follow her for rivalry night's big battle.

Follow: @TramyersCSN

4. Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns

Details: Wednesday, January 22 @ 10:30 PM ET - US Airways Center - Phoenix, AZ

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? We all get to see as the NBA's best defense brings their shut down style to Phoenix for a prime time game with the Suns. The Pacers are in the midst of a five-game Western Conference road trip, and the Suns will look to spoil their travel plans. In the Airways Center, this Suns team is averaging 108.5 points per game, where they fast break their opponents into submission and rain threes from downtown. The telling tale will be which big three is the key: George, Stephenson, and Hibbert, or Dragic, Green, and Frye? Tune in to ESPN late Wednesday night to find out.

#5ToFollow Insider: The NBA - @NBA

The league with over 9-million followers is going to be bringing you the best from Wednesday night's final game.

Follow: @NBA

5. Colorado vs. Arizona

Details: Thursday, January 23 @ 9:00 PM ET - McKale Center - Tucson, AZ

Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Wildcats are the nation's best, off to an undefeated, 18-0 start, and looking prized for a national title. The Buffaloes are fresh off a 21-point victory over the USC Trojans, and will look to carry that dominance over to their matchup with the number one team in the country. The reason for Colorado's big win was defense, only allowing their opponents to show 36 percent from the field and 25 percent from three. Arizona has not hit those lows this season, and will look to continue their spotless record with another win over a conference foe. Can the upset happen Thursday night? Stream on to find out!

#5ToFollow Insider: Greg Byrne - @Greg_Byrne

Take an inside look at what's going on at Arizona by following the man who's been deemed the top athletic director on social media, Zona's Greg Byrne.

Follow: @Greg_Byrne

For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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