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The Draft


After 710 days, the men’s tournament returned Thursday night. Before you strap in for the weekend’s games, meet the Pac-12 women’s assistant coach and recruiter in our latest “Friday Conversation.”

Making Headlines

UFC: President Dana White announced on Instagram that undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retired.

NFL: The Bears cut two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller in a cost-cutting measure, according to multiple reports. Also: The Bengals signed offensive tackle Riley Reiff and released defensive tackle Geno Atkins.

NCAAM: Texas Southern, Drake, Norfolk State, and UCLA all advanced as the First Four. Also: Marquette fired coach Steve Wojciechowski.

NBA: Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards became the third-youngest player in league history to score 40 points in a game during Minnesota’s 123-119 victory over the Suns.

NHL: The league announced the Bruins’ next two games have been postponed after four players entered COVID protocols.

Tonight’s Action

8 North Carolina vs. 9 Wisconsin

Watch: 7:10 p.m. ET, CBS

Odds: North Carolina -1.5 || O/U 137.5

Pick: We like the Tar Heels’ size to control the boards and overcome the dynamic guard play from Badgers senior D’Mitrik Trice.

Take North Carolina and lay the points. We also like the over. 

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the North Carolina-Wisconsin winner, final score, and the leading scorer in the game. Nail it, and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

Shoutout: Yesterday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner of Drake-Wichita State, the score, and the leading scorer.

Drake won 53-52, with Wichita State’s Morris Udeze scoring a game-high 22.

Sports Section had the Bulldogs on the moneyline, but the low-scoring game cost us the over-140.

Jason P. Dumont (@jasondumont) was among subscribers who had Drake and came closest to the final score. Nice job, Jason!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!