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Brackets and odds are set for the 2021 NCAA men’s tournament. Ewing and Pitino are in, Duke and Kentucky are out, and Izzo must survive a play-in game. Who’s winning it all?

Making Headlines

NFL: Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with help from his children, announced on Instagram that he is retiring after 20 seasons in the league. 

NCAAM: For the first time since 1976, Duke and Kentucky both missed the NCAA Tournament. Also: Michigan State will play UCLA in Thursday’s First Four, and Indiana fired head coach Archie Miller, according to multiple reports. 

NCAAW: The 64-team field for the NCAA women’s tournament will be unveiled Monday night; South Carolina, UConn, Texas A&M, and Stanford are the projected 1-seeds.

NBA: The Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon for 11th place on the all-time scoring list. Also: The Nets’ James Harden passed Larry Bird for 34th all-time in scoring.

Tonight’s Action

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

Watch: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Lakers -2.5 || O/U 224

Pick: The teams split the first two meetings this season. Kyle Kuzma has been great, and LeBron has been LeBron, but the Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 and lost two of their last three.

Stephen Curry and the Warriors are tough at home (13-6), and on Sunday they snapped a four-game skid by beating Utah. Los Angeles is still without the injured Anthony Davis’ scoring punch or rim defense.

Take the free points, but the Warriors win outright and the total goes over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Lakers-Warriors winner, final score, and the combined points for LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Nail it, and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

Shoutout: On Friday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner, score, and the leading scorer of Georgetown-Seton Hall. 

The Hoyas won 66-58 with the Pirates’ Jared Rhoden scoring a game-high 22.

Sports Section came up big by taking Georgetown and the under 141.

Subscriber John Balkam (@JohnBalkam) also had the Hoyas and came closest to the final score. Nice job, John!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!