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Thursday, March 17, 2011
It's tourney time, baby!


Men's college basketball: If you're like me and your team was eliminated in the First Four yesterday, the Big Dance isn't so sweet anymore. If you choose to continue to watch the tournament, I hope you took off from work for a full slate of games starting at noon. ... You can catch a first look at No.1 seed Pittsburgh as they take on UNC-Asheville at 3:10 p.m. ET. A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No.1 seed, but as we have learn in sports, there is a first time for everything. ... It's Jimmer time in Denver as third-seeded BYU takes on No. 14 seed Wofford. As much as I would love to see Jimmer Fredette explode, I hope he saves his firepower for tougher squads in the tournament.

Also if you don't have your bracket set on ESPN.com yet, go stand in the corner. You're on timeout. Shame on you. Prepare to be ostracized from the world for the next month. Don't say we didn't warn you.

NBA: It is the running of the Bulls in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are on a seven-game win streak, have clinched their division and are tied with the Celtics for No. 1 spot in the East. They look to increase their conference-best win streak tonight as they take on the New Jersey Nets on the road. This is a quintessential trap game, so the Bulls need to stay alert for a surging New Jersey squad. ... The New York Knicks will look to avoiding a four-game skid and prove they spent their money wisely as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at home tonight. A loss tonight could drop them one spot in the Eastern Conference standings to No. 7. Another loss may anger Knick fans more than rising costs at Madison Square Garden.