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March Madness begins today; Friday marks Bagel Street Deli’s Pickle Fest

Today is Thursday, March 21, 2019. Here’s what you need to know:

Good morning, 

Let the madness begin!

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, more commonly known as March Madness, is finally here. After a handful of play-in games Tuesday and Wednesday, the round of 64 begins today at 12:15 p.m. with 7-seed Louisville and 10-seed Minnesota kicking things off.

Duke is the favorite to win this year’s tournament. Led by highly touted NBA prospect Zion Williamson, the Blue Devils have a 19 percent chance to win it all, according to FiveThirtyEight

If you haven’t completed your bracket yet, you still have a chance. ESPN’s Tournament Challenge locks at noon, right before the games begin. Several channels — including CBS, truTV, TNT and TBS —  will air the tournament.

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News from The Post

Sigma Pi has denied any involvement in the alleged hazing death of Ohio University freshman Collin Wiant. The local chapter also says Wiant was not a pledge at the time of his death because he had been removed from the process due to a rape accusation. (The Post)

Bagel Street Deli’s annual Pickle Fest is Friday. (The Post)

The trailer for the third season of Stranger Things was released yesterday. Here’s everything you need to know. (The Post)

Scores and Game Times

Meet Jeff Boals, the new coach of the men’s basketball team. (The Post)

As Boals joins Ohio, former coach Saul Phillips departs. Here’s a look back at his five years. (The Post)

Women’s basketball will face High Point in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament tonight at 7 in The Convo. (The Post)


Host Matt Parker and Assistant Sports Editor Pete Nakos discuss Jeff Boals on this week’s episode of “Leaving at Halftime.” (The Post)

Athens Weather

Today will be cloudy with an 80 percent chance of rain and a high of 52 degrees. (Courtesy of Scalia Lab)

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Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Twenty One Pilots will headline Lollapalooza this summer. (Chicago Tribune)

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, was released Wednesday. (Variety)

The teen who went viral for pushing her friend off a 60-foot-high bridge into a river pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. (CNN)


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