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Ladies and gentlemen, today's the day. See you on the other side.
#10 Minnesota vs. #7 Louisville (12:15pm ET, CBS)
#14 Yale vs. #3 LSU (12:40, truTV)
#12 New Mexico State vs. #5 Auburn (1:30, TNT)
#13 Vermont vs. #4 Florida State (2:00, TBS)
#15 Bradley vs. #2 Michigan State (2:45, CBS)
#11 Belmont vs. #6 Maryland (3:10, truTV)
#13 Northeastern vs. #4 Kansas (4:00, TNT)
#12 Murray State vs. #5 Marquette (4:30, TBS)
#10 Florida vs. #7 Nevada: (6:50, TNT)
#15 Abilene Christian vs. #2 Kentucky (7:10, CBS)
#11 Saint Mary's vs. #6 Villanova (7:20, TBS)
#16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #1 Gonzaga (7:27, truTV)
#15 Montana vs #2 Michigan (9:20, TNT)
#10 Seton Hall vs. #7 Wofford: (9:40, CBS)
#14 Old Dominion vs. #3 Purdue (9:50, TBS)
#9 Baylor vs. #8 Syracuse (9:57, truTV)
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
First of all, did you know that visiting NBA teams choose which basket they want to shoot at first?
What's happening: I reached out to Celtics writer Keith Smith to hear his take. Turns out, he's done plenty of research on this subject.
Why it's happening: My assumption is that most coaches choose to defend in front of their bench in the second half so that they can make late-game defensive adjustments. So, perhaps Stevens prefers to make offensive adjustments instead?
Follow Keith on Twitter. He's awesome.
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Ichiro Suzuki has informed the Seattle Mariners that he will retire after today's game in Tokyo, which is almost over. Sad day. Love you forever, Ichiro.
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With two weeks left in the NHL regular season, three teams have already clinched playoff spots, some are so close they're basically locks, plenty more are on the bubble and four have been eliminated.
Fox Corp., the company that was created after 21st Century Fox sold the majority of its entertainment assets to Disney for $71.3 billion, is only a day old.
The details: Fox gave up the majority of its international sports networks as part of the deal (Sky Sports in Europe, Fox Deportes in Latin America), so the new company is expected to invest more time and money into airing domestic sporting events on Fox Sports.
The big picture: Fox Broadcasting Company, which will remain with Fox Corp., was built off of the back of NFL rights, so you can bet that football will play a big role in the company's strategy moving forward.
John Wooden and the Bruins celebrating their first title. Photo: NCAA Photos via Getty Images
55 years ago today, John Wooden's UCLA Bruins defeated Vic Bubas' Duke Blue Devils 98-83 to win the national championship and complete their first undefeated season (30-0).
Virginia is looking to make a title run in this year's NCAA tournament on the heels of last year's stunning loss to UMBC in the Round of 64.
Answer at the bottom.
A five-year-old racing pigeon named Armando has been sold for $1.5 million, more than three times the world record, The Guardian reports.
What's happening: "Pigeon industry insiders said half a dozen Chinese enthusiasts were responsible for the huge sums being paid in recent years, with races becoming increasingly competitive and at times cut-throat."
Go deeper: There was a huge pigeon racing cheating scandal in Shanghai last year. One of the most absurd things I've ever read.
Focus on your bracket.
Congrats to our winner, Rob Van Auken, who correctly predicted all three and also came the closest to nailing the Lightning-Capitals final score (5-4).
Kendall "Today > Christmas" Baker
Trivia answer: Duke in 2015 (lost to Mercer in 2014)