March 8th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Sports Update: Jayhawks look to #1, Reds pitcher debut

Aroldis Chapman, a Cuban defector, is making his much-anticipated debut Monday afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds.

College hoops moves to the forefront Monday with a new Top 25 and conference tourney season in full swing. This time next week, you’ll be attempting to fill out a bracket in the oldest of water-cooler traditions: the NCAA Tournament office pool. Pay attention starting tonight and save yourself the cram session (all times Eastern).

– In the afternoon, Kansas is expected to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the polls following Syracuse’s loss Saturday at Louisville. In the evening, no less than four NCAA tournament bids will be decided in conference tournament championship games.

Royals vs. Reds (3:05 p.m., MLB.TV): Cuban southpaw Aroldis Chapman makes his much-anticipated Cactus League debut for the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.

Spurs at Cavaliers (7 p.m., NBA TV): It’s a rematch of the 2007 NBA Finals as Cleveland tries for a 50th regular-season victory against surging San Antonio.

- Stars vs. Capitals (7 p.m., Versus): The NHL's leading scorer (Alex Ovechkin) and the team with the league's best record (Washington) play host to Dallas on national television.

– Saint Mary’s vs. Gonzaga (9:30 p.m., ESPN): The No. 18-ranked Bulldogs can wrap up the West Coast Conference tournament championship for the 10th time in 12 years with a victory over the Gaels.

Lopez Tonight (11 p.m., TBS): Olympic hero Evan Lysacek continues the late-night victory lap with comedian George Lopez.

By The Numbers

5 – Number of original Division I teams from 1948 that have never played in the NCAA Tournament: Army, The Citadel, Northwestern, St. Francis (N.Y.) and William & Mary. W&M can play its way off the list Monday with a victory over Old Dominion in the CAA men’s title game (7 p.m., ESPN).

18 – Number of three-pointers attempted by the Knicks without a single make in Sunday’s loss to the Nets, a record according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous mark was set by the Washington Bullets in 1986-87, who went 0-for-16 in a single game.

– Total domestic gross through Sunday of "The Blind Side," the highest-grossing sports movie of all-time.

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