The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete with all the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds advancing. The top seed to fall was at No. 4 as Kansas State lost to UC-Irvine, 70-64, on Friday. The highest-rated team in the Dunkel power rankings not to advance was Nevada (No. 18), which fell on Thursday to Florida, 70-61. The second round begins today at 12:10 with Maryland (23-10; No. 27) tipping off against LSU (27-6; No. 19) in Jacksonville, FL, and will wrap up at 9:45 with Auburn (27-9; No. 16) facing Kansas (26-9; No. 13) in Salt Lake City, UT. To get Dunkel’s picks for all of today’s NCAA Tournament action as well as contests in the NIT and College Insider Tournament, click HERE. And to get Dunkel’s updated rankings through the first round of the tourney, click HERE.
In the NBA, the new-look Philadelphia 76ers (47-25; No. 5 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are trying to get all the pieces clicking as they head toward the postseason. The Sixers took a major step in that direction by beating their nemesis the Boston Celtics, 118-115, on Wednesday. Tonight they’ll try to avoid a letdown as they head to Atlanta to face a Hawks team (25-28; No. 26) that knocked off Utah, 117-114, on Thursday. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE.
In the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning (58-13-4; No. 1 in Dunkel’s power rankings) have seven games remaining in their quest to set the all-time victories mark in a season, which is currently held by the 1995-96 Red Wings at 62. One of the few stumbles by the Lightning came against the St. Louis Blues (39-27-8; No. 15) back on February 7 when they were shut out by rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington in overtime, 1-0. The two teams will take the ice again tonight in St. Louis and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL slate by clicking HERE.
And Matchweek 32 of the English Premier League kicks off on Saturday with seven matches on the schedule starting with Manchester City (24-4-2; No. 2 in Dunkel’s power rankings) facing Fulham (4-22-5; No. 19) at Craven Cottage. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full Premier League schedule, click HERE.