No. 5 LSU at No. 4 Alabama
Don't expect a shootout in Tuscaloosa. Alabama (9-0), one of three remaining undefeated Division I teams, has the nation's stingiest defense (8.2 points per game), while LSU ranks sixth (13.9). That's bad news for the struggling Crimson Tide offense, which hasn't scored a touchdown in its last two SEC games. CBS 3:30 p.m.
ATP Tennis Masters Cup
Shanghai plays host to the circuit's season-ending event, where the world's top eight singles players and doubles teams take aim at a $4.45 million purse. Roger Federer, the world's No. 1 player, is the defending singles champion. ESPN2 midnight
Boston University at Duke
Maybe the Blue Devils should have Nelly perform at their season opener, because they're the consensus preseason Number One. Duke-detesting fans will have a new target this season: freshman point guard Greg Paulus (left), who captain J.J. Redick has already tabbed "the next hated Duke player." ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Red Wings at Flames
Now this is how you make people forget about a canceled season. Detroit (13-2-1) is off to the best start in franchise history, thanks to the stellar play of grizzled defensemen Chris Chelios, 43, and Mathieu Schneider, 36, who is averaging almost a point a game. While they're rejoicing in Hockeytown, fans in Cowtown are wondering what went wrong. Calgary (7-7-1), the 2003-04 Western Conference champ and preseason Stanley Cup favorite, sits at the bottom of the Northwest Division. Check Listings 8:30 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
They're the highest-profile and best-paid coaches in the NBA, and Larry Brown (right) and Phil Jackson (left) should consider their money earned if they drag the Knicks or the Lakers, respectively, into the playoffs this season. With one of the weakest rosters in the Eastern Conference, New York lost its first three games with Brown on the bench. Jackson returned for his second stint in L.A. to oversee a rebuilding project. What a difference from the last time they met: June 2004, when Brown's Pistons beat Jackson's Lakers in the NBA Finals. ESPN 10 p.m.
In the first episode of a six-part series on individualists in all walks of life, actor Samuel L. Jackson hangs with Celtics legend Bill Russell. On the golf course and at Russell's Seattle home they relive memories of the center's extraordinary NBA career (he led Boston to 11 league championships) and discuss his willingness to follow his heart on social issues, such as supporting Muhammad Ali's antiwar stance in the 1960s. Sundance Channel 10 p.m.