Leading Off

Sac State, UC Davis men in NCAA Tourney?

If Sacramento State and UC Davis could hold the ball for the rest of the season, perhaps run the four-corner offense North Carolina used in the 1970s to chew up the clock, history would be made.

The local men’s basketball teams are among those that would qualify for the 2015 NCAA Tournament if the season ended today, according to Joe Lunardi, who updates a weekly “Bracketology” for ESPN.com. In the latest bracket, published Monday, Lunardi has Sac State, which leads the Big Sky Conference, seeded 16th in the Charlotte Regional and playing No. 1 Duke. UC Davis, in first place in the Big West Conference, is seeded 14th and playing No. 3 Utah in the Portland Regional.

Of course it’s all just wishful thinking at this point.

The Big Sky champion is not an automatic bid. The winner of the conference tournament will represent the Big Sky in the NCAAs. The same likely is true with the Big West, although there’s a slim possibility two teams could make the tournament: the tournament champion, as the automatic qualifier, and another team based on RPI, a team’s rating based on wins-losses and strength of schedule.

For now, it’s something fun to think about.

▪ If Max Scherzer is worth $210 million over seven seasons, what is Madison Bumgarner worth, $300 million? While Scherzer will average $30 million a season for the Washington Nationals, Bumgarner will cost the Giants a bargain-basement price of $7 million per year through 2017. That’s like buying a Giorgio Armani suit at Men’s Wearhouse prices.

▪ Tony Verna, the creator of sports instant replay 51 years ago, died Sunday at age 81. Tony Verna, the creator of sports instant replay 51 years ago, died Sunday at age 81.

– Victor Contreras


What to watch

NBA, Kings vs. Nets,

7 p.m., CSNCA: The Kings host Brooklyn before going on a five-game trip.

On this date

1990: John McEnroe becomes the first player to be thrown out of the Australian Open. His tantrum comes while he leads Mikael Pernfors 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 2-4.