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The dominoes of 31 conference tournaments will begin to fall this week. On Tuesday night, all four Horizon League quarterfinals commence simultaneously.

Making Headlines

NFL: Defensive end J.J. Watt was given permission by the daughter of Cardinals legend Marshall Goldberg to wear No. 99 with Arizona.

NHL: The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and will miss Tuesday’s game against the Flyers. Also, Senators center Mark Stepan is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

NBA: James Harden had 30 points, 15 assists, 14 rebounds and no turnovers in the Nets’ 124-113 overtime victory over the Spurs. It was the first time a player has posted 30-15-10 without a turnover since 1977, according to CBS Sports.

Tonight’s Action

No. 3 Baylor at No. 6 West Virginia

Watch: 5 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Baylor -3.5 || O/U 148.5

Pick: Baylor (18-1) has won four of their five games against ranked teams this season, while conference foe West Virginia (17-6) has won five of their nine. Both Big 12 powerhouses are stingy defensively.

Trust Baylor’s fourth-most efficient offense and the no-brainer under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Baylor-West Virginia 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 and score of Nets-Spurs, as well as the combined points of Brooklyn’s James Harden and Kyrie Irving. 

The Nets won 124-113 in overtime, with Harden and Irving combining for 57. 

We hope you took Sports Section’s advice to take the over and the Nets to win in San Antonio for the first time since 2002.

Subscriber Michael Alper (@mikealper) had the Nets as well as Harden-Irving combining for 56. Nice job, Michael! 

Keep the picks coming!