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We’re still wrapping our heads around the last few days. Three double-digit seeds made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s tournament, four more have a chance Monday, and the star-studded women’s championship is underway.

Making Headlines

NBA: Rookie of the Year favorite LaMelo Ball suffered a broken wrist and is expected to miss the rest of the Hornets’ season, according to ESPN. Also: Lakers star LeBron James is sidelined indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain.

NCAAW: Top tourney seeds N.C. State, South Carolina, UConn, and Stanford all advanced to the second round.

NFL: The league announced that the 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, with some players and fans onsite during the April 29-May 1 event.

Tonight’s Action

No. 6 USC at No. 3 Kansas

Watch: 9:40 p.m. ET, CBS

Odds: USC -1 || O/U 134.5

Pick: As indicated by this line, the last Round of 32 matchup is expected to be tightly contested. David McCormack (22 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST) returned Saturday in the Jayhawks’ beatdown of Eastern Washington. The Trojans’ projected No. 2 pick, Evan Mobley (17 PTS, 11 REB, 3 BLK), dominated in their blowout of Drake. 

We’re trusting the Pac-12 to keep it rolling in a game where USC’s ultra-slow tempo (241st in nation) limits possessions and frustrates Bill Self and co. Take the Trojans and lean under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the USC-Kansas 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: On Friday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner of North Carolina-Wisconsin, the score, and the leading scorer.

The Badgers won 85-62, and Brad Davison led the way with a game-high 29. 

While Sports Section had the over, we dropped the ball by taking the Tar Heels and laying the -1.5 points. We weren’t the only ones who didn’t believe in the Badgers — no subscriber had Wisconsin or Davison.

Keep the picks coming, everyone!