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. Tottenham vs. Manchester City
Details: Wednesday, January 29 @ 3:00 PM ET - White Hart Lane – London, England, U.K.
Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch: This pitch perfect match is enough to make you put work on hold for a bit and tune in to the Premier League on NBC! Manchester City is unbeaten in 19 matches - SCORING 64 GOALS! Tottenham's record vs. City in their last 10 matches is 7-2-1. Can Sherwood's new leadership bring the Spurs one step closer to the top of the table with a 3 pointer against Man City? With Alvaro Negredo being fit to play, and his right foot is as deadly as any in the Premier League, it will be a tall task. Tweet me who you've got winning this match and stream it live Wednesday afternoon!
#5ToFollow Insider: Guy Mowbray - @Guymowbray
Mowbray is a BBC Sport columnist who specializes on the game of football, or footy, or soccer. We will all learn something new, as his tweets are always a great addition to matchday.
2. OKC Thunder vs. Miami Heat
Details: Wednesday, January 29 @ 7:00 PM ET - AmericanAirlines Arena - Miami, FL
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch: This is a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals, a preview of the 2013-14 MVP race, and must see TV as the Slim Reaper and King James go one on one. The Miami Heat are as strong as any team on their home floor, but Durant's streak (11 games) of 30+ points could extinguish Miami's momentum. Will we see KD continue to torch his opponents or is Lebron the one to end Durant's reign? It's two of the best in the game - get to a screen and get comfortable - this is going to be great!
#5ToFollow Insider: Ira Winderman - @IraHeatBeat
Winderman is on the beat in Miami for the SunSentinel and knows how the team works. See if they're style will work vs. OKC as Ira live tweets the game from the arena, Wednesday night.
3. New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
Details: Wednesday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM ET - Yankee Stadium - New York, NY
Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch: Yankee Stadium has been frozen since Sunday, and Wednesday night's match between the Islanders and Rangers marks the conclusion of the epic Stadium Series in Gotham. The Rangers bring a 2-0 record in outdoor games to the rink, with their most recent 7-3 victory of the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders offense has been their sweet spot this season and you can count on John Tavares and Thomas Vanek to keep up the team's 2.74 goals per game average. Every time these two take the ice, the playoff-like atmosphere and competition takes over. Get ready to stream the Stadium Series on the XFINITY TV Go app Wednesday night!
#5ToFollow Insider: The NHL - @NHL
Follow the league account for one of their biggest regular season moments - the #StadiumSeries - Wednesday night.
4. Iowa State vs. Kansas
Details: Wednesday, January 29 @ 9:00 PM ET - Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, KS
Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY
Why Watch: The Jayhawks have an impressive team that's coming together, all while two teammates rivaling one another for the potential number one draft pick in the upcoming draft - Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. The Cyclones have a great offensive system that begins and ends with their multitalented point guard, DeAndre Kane. Can Kane carry Iowa State to a win in Allen Fieldhouse or will KU win their seventh straight BIG XII game Wednesday night?
#5ToFollow Insider: ESPN Big 12 Blog - @ESPN_Big12
For a presume breakdown, in-game stats, and post game videos - the ESPN BIG XII Blog handle has it all.
5. Florida vs. Mississippi State
Details: Thursday, January 30 @ 7:00 PM ET - The Hump - Starkville, MS
Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY
Why Watch: These days it's great to be a Florida Gator, as the No. 3 ranked Gators are rolling through their SEC opponents with a perfect 6-0 record. Can the Bulldogs be the one's to tack on a loss in conference play? Mississippi State has heart, more grit than glamour, and greater more effort than most. That could be the recipe for success, but the Gators have NBA level talent at multiple positions with guard Scottie Wilbekin and imposing big man Patric Young. Get ready to see if the cowbells will ring or the Gators will chomp by streaming SEC hoops on the XFINITY TV Go app.
#5ToFollow Insider: Gregg Ellis - @MSUsportsGregg
Ellis is the Bulldogs' basketball SID and as behind-the-scenes as it gets when you come to the Hump for Hoops. If you want a great look at these two SEC teams Thursday night, Ellis is a must follow.
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