Good morning! There is an absurd amount of sports to cover today, so let's get right to it.
Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement yesterday, concluding one of the most remarkable careers in not only the history of baseball, but the history of sports.
What he means to America: "We expect foreign players to arrive attached to legends too good to check, but Ichiro created his own myths, even here, before our eyes and cameras and notepads," writes Deadspin's Barry Petchesky.
What he means to Japan: One of the teammates Ichiro hugged as he left the field yesterday was Yusei Kikuchi, the 27-year-old Japanese pitcher making his MLB debut this season. He started crying almost instantly.
Photo: John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The ugly: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo needed to be physically restrained while yelling at freshman Aaron Henry.
#10 Iowa vs. #7 Cincinnati (12:15pm ET, CBS)
#9 Oklahoma vs. #8 Ole Miss (12:40, truTV)
#14 Northern Kentucky vs. #3 Texas Tech: (1:30, TNT)
#13 UC Irvine vs. #4 Kansas State (2:00, TBS)
#15 Colgate vs. #2 Tennessee (2:45, CBS)
#16 Gardner-Webb vs. #1 UVA (3:10, CBS)
#11 Arizona State vs. #6 Buffalo (4:00, TNT)
#12 Oregon vs. #5 Wisconsin (4:30, TBS)
#9 Washington vs. #8 Utah State (6:50, TNT)
#16 North Dakota State vs. #1 Duke (7:10, CBS)
#14 Georgia State vs. #3 Houston (7:20, TBS)
#12 Liberty vs. #5 Mississipi State (7:27, truTV)
#16 Iona vs. #1 UNC (9:20, TNT)
#9 UCF vs #8 VCU (9:40, CBS)
#11 Ohio State vs. #6 Iowa State (9:50, TBS)
#13 Saint Louis vs. #4 Virginia Tech (9:57, truTV)
Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The U.S. men's national team beat Ecuador 1-0 yesterday, as Gregg Berhalter's perfect start (3-0) to his tenure as head coach continued.
What's next: The U.S. will play the South American champs, Chile, on Tuesday in Houston.
Go deeper: Meet Tyler Adams
Today's first game features likely No. 1 overall draft pick, Asia Durr. Photo: David Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
All games on ESPN2.
#16 Robert Morris vs. #1 Louisville (12:00pm ET)
#13 Belmont vs. #4 South Carolina (1:45)
#15 Mercer vs. #2 Iowa (2:00)
#12 Rice vs. #5 Marquette (2:00)
#9 Kansas State vs. #8 Michigan (2:00)
#13 Wright State vs. #4 Texas A&M (4:00)
#12 Bucknell vs. #5 Florida State (4:00)
#10 Drake vs. #7 Missouri (4:00)
#10 Buffalo vs. #7 Rutgers (4:30)
#15 Towson vs. #2 UConn (6:30)
#12 UCF vs. #5 Arizona State (7:00)
#10 Indiana vs. #7 Texas (7:00)
#9 Clemson vs. #8 South Dakota State (7:00)
#16 Southern vs. #1 Mississippi State (9:00)
#15 Portland State vs. #2 Oregon (9:00)
#13 Florida Gulf Coast vs. #4 Miami (9:00)
Tom Tupa, who began his career as a QB before switching to punter, scored three two-point conversions in 1994, earning him the nickname "Two-Point Tupa." Screenshot: YouTube
25 years ago today, the NFL officially adopted the two-point conversion rule, giving teams the option to run or pass for two points instead of kicking for an extra point after scoring a touchdown.
St. Louis Blues winger Alex Steen joined his father Thomas (817) in the 600-point club last night.
Answer at the bottom.
Everything was cooler in the 90s. That includes ESPN2, which apparently used to broadcast paintball. Please enjoy.
1. How many combined points and rebounds will Zion Williamson have vs. North Dakota State?
2. How many upsets according to seeding will there be today?
3. How many points will Virginia defeat Gardner-Webb by?
Play now: Today's contest will be held within The Action Network app. Click here to play/download the app.
Kendall "Currently on repeat" Baker
Trivia answer: Gordie (1,850) and Mark Howe (742); Bobby (1,170) and Brett Hull (1,391); Peter (1,239) and Paul Stastny (676)