Belmont and Fairleigh Dickinson advanced to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament last night, setting the stage for the last half of the First Four contests tonight in Dayton. The first matchup pits MEAC champion North Carolina Central (18-15; No. 283 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against Summit champ North Dakota State (18-15; No. 203). That will be followed by a pair of at-large teams as Arizona State (22-10; No. 59) faces St. John’s (21-12; No. 52). To get Dunkel’s picks for these games as well as openers for the NIT, CBI and College Insider tournaments, click HERE. In addition, to see where each of this year’s Tournament participants finished in the regular season power rankings, click HERE.
The transition from the Duncan-Parker-Ginobili era in San Antonio doesn’t seem to be hamstringing the Spurs right now. Behind the new foundation of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs (42-29; No. 13 in Dunkel’s power rankings) have rolled to nine straight wins, including a 111-105 victory over the defending-champion Warriors on Saturday. The win secured the Spurs 22nd straight winning season — an NBA record. They’ll try to add to that tonight as San Antonio welcomes the Miami Heat (34-36; No. 19) to AT&T Center. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE.
In the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning (56-13-4; No. 1 in Dunkel’s power rankings) and the Washington Capitals (43-23-7; No. 5) play for the second time in less than a week when they meet in DC tonight. On Saturday, it was the Lightning that dominated in Tampa Bay as they came away with a 6-3 victory. The Capitals will try to return the favor on their home ice where they are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule, click HERE.
And in MLB, the Mariners and A’s opened up the 2019 regular season with an early-morning contest in Tokyo. Seattle took the opener of the two-game series, 9-7, behind Domingo Santana’s grand slam. Both teams will take the field again today in the Tokyo Dome and you can get Dunkel’s pick by clicking HERE.