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March begins Monday and brackets loom, so clear your weekend schedules for as much ranked NCAA action as possible. But beforehand, meet the latest guest in our “Friday Conversation” series.

Making Headlines

NCAAM: Two days after defeating No. 5 Illinois, unranked Michigan State bolstered its NCAA tourney hopes with a 71-67 upset of No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday night.

MLB: The Braves announced they have signed manager Brian Snitker to a contract extension through the 2023 season with a club option for 2024.

PGA: Tiger Woods was transferred to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to continue his recovery from Tuesday’s car accident.

Tonight’s Action

Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics

Watch: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Celtics -2.5 || O/U 218.5

Pick: Both teams are trying to keep pace in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference. The Celtics (15-17) have entered a mini-tailspin, dropping three in a row, and the Pacers (15-15) are only 4-6 over their last 10. 

We like the Celtics to rely on their staunch defense and snap their skid. It’s a Friday night home game. Lay the points and bet the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Pacers-Celtics winner, final score, and leading scorer. 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, score, and leading scorer of Iowa-Michigan. The Wolverines blasted the Hawkeyes 79-57 behind Franz Wagner’s game-high 21. We certainly hope you took Sports Section’s advice on Michigan -4.5 and under 155.

Several subscribers had Michigan (no one chose Wagner), with David Nagelberg (@SportsGuruDave) closest to the final score, predicting 79-68.

Keep the picks coming!