🌞 Happy Friday! What do people who don't watch sports do with their lives?! The madness continues tonight:
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Last season, Purdue lost to Texas Tech in the Sweet 16. The year before, they were crushed by Kansas in the same round. This year, the Boilermakers are finally going to the Elite Eight following an epic 99-94 overtime win over Tennessee.
Player of the game: Senior Ryan Cline scored a career-high 27 points and drained seven three-pointers, with four coming in the last five minutes. My man couldn't miss. It was beautiful.
Go deeper: Opening Day first impressions for every team
From left to right: Asia Durr, Napheesa Collier, Teaira McCowan, Sabrina Ionescu. Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The latest WNBA mock draft has Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu going No. 1 overall, Louisville's Asia Durr going No. 2, Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan going No. 3 and UConn's Napheesa Collier going No. 4.
Why it matters: All four of them are in action tonight, with Oregon hosting South Dakota State, Louisville hosting Oregon State, Mississippi State hosting Arizona State and UConn hosting UCLA.
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Asia Durr, Louisville
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State
Napheesa Collier, UConn
Could Felix Auger-Aliasseme be tennis' next big thing? Photo: TPN/Getty Images
"The story of Juan Ponce de León searching for a fountain of youth in Florida may be apocryphal, but this week at the men's event of the Miami Open, there seems to be something revitalizing in the water," writes the NY Times' Ben Rothenberg.
What's happening: Two Canadian teenagers — 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime and 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov — will play in today's semifinals, with Felix taking on No. 7 John Isner and Denis taking on No. 4 Roger Federer.
The big picture: The last time two teenagers reached the Miami Open quarterfinals was in 2007, when Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic did it.
The bottom line: Canadian tennis is having a moment right now, with Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov's success in Miami coming just a week after 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu won the title in Indian Wells.
P.S. The women's final is set: No. 12 Ashleigh Barty vs. No. 5 Karolína Plíšková
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the room. Photo: Courtesy of the American Gaming Association
From Mike: I had a chance to attend the American Gaming Association's inaugural sports betting summit at MGM National Harbor just outside of D.C. on Wednesday. My three takeaways:
1. Data is driving two of the industry's biggest conversations.
"The revenues from player tracking would fall under hockey-related revenues, and our system gives the players 50% of our revenues. This also has the indirect benefit of causing other revenues to grow. Not so much attendance, but for example our media platforms. The players will share in that as well."— NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to Axios
2. Mobile gaming is a point of contention in the industry.
3. Integrity fees are dead.
Go deeper: Read our sports betting deep dive
20 years ago today, Richard Hamilton's UConn Huskies defeated Elton Brand's Duke Blue Devils 77-74 to win the school's first national title.
Alexander Ovechkin's next goal will be his 50th of the season, marking the eighth time in his career that he's hit that mark.
Answer at the bottom.
P.S. Thanks for all your trivia submissions! Can't wait to start using them next week.
"American Freestyle canoeing is the art of paddling a canoe on flat water with perfect control of its movements. The canoe is usually leaned over to the side to help the boat turn sharply ... Since the movements seem dance-like, some practice this art timed to music, which is the ultimate in control."
1. Will a No. 1 Seed go down tonight?
2. How many total points will be scored in Auburn vs. UNC?
3. Who will cover the spread in the Houston vs. Kentucky (-2.5)?
🎰 Play now: Today's contest will be held within The Action Network app. Click here to play/download the app.
Yesterday's results: N/A because I'm an idiot and messed up the link. Sorry!
Kendall "Will never look at a canoe the same" Baker
Trivia answer: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy