This You Gotta See: Aussie Open men’s final, Illinois-Iowa and — oh, yeah — the Super Bowl

Has it been 25 years already since the last of the Niners’ five Super Bowl victories? Yeah, well, that’s nothing compared with the 50-year drought since the Chiefs’ only title. That’s practically half a century where we come from.

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SUN 2

Australian Open men’s final(2:30 a.m., ESPN; encore at 7 a.m., ESPN2): The great Novak Djokovic goes for career title No. 8 at Melbourne Park. That’s getting pretty close to Rafael-Nadal-at-Roland-Garros territory, people. Lots of luck to Dominic Thiem, who is seeking his first Grand Slam title.

Illinois at Iowa(noon, FS1): A clash of Big Ten contenders is a big deal no matter what, but the royal rumble between Kofi Cockburn and Luka Garza takes this one over the top. The Illini’s Cockburn (7-0, 290) is — by a mile — the league’s best freshman. The Hawkeyes’ Garza (6-11, 265), a junior, is the league’s top candidate for player of the year. Ready, set, wrestle!

Super Bowl: 49ers vs. Chiefs (5:30 p.m., Fox-32): Has it been 25 years already since the last of the Niners’ five Super Bowl victories? Yeah, well, that’s nothing compared with the 50-year drought since the Chiefs’ only title. That’s practically half a century where we come from.

MON 3

76ers at Heat(6:30 p.m., NBATV): One kind of large problem with Jimmy Butler this season: Dude can’t shoot. As in, the former Bulls star isn’t even making 25% of his three-point attempts. Who does he think he is, Kris Dunn?

TUE 4

Blackhawks at Wild(7 p.m., NBCSN): The Hawks have won four straight in the series, dating back to last season. The last time these teams met, in December, Patrick Kane dazzled, putting his sixth career regular-season hat trick on the board. If we’re Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton, we’re drawing up another one of those.

WED 5

Loyola at Indiana State(5 p.m., CBSSN): The Ramblers are in the thick of the first-place race in the Missouri Valley, with dancing-bear big fella Cameron Krutwig doing all-league kinds of things as usual. And to think DePaul seemed for a while there to be the best college team in the city.

Bruins at Blackhawks(7 p.m., NBCSN): The defending Eastern Conference champs have the scoring-machine duo of David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, ridiculously good goaltending and a healthy lead atop their division. Other than that, what do they have that the Hawks don’t?

THU 6

Pelicans at Bulls(7 p.m., NBCSCH): Are Bulls fans allowed to wear Zion Williamson jerseys inside the United Center? Asking for a friend.

Rockets at Lakers(9:30 p.m., TNT): No doubt, emotions will still be heavy at Staples Center. Just in case LeBron James and Anthony Davis didn’t have enough motivation to win a ring together before, now they’re doing it for Mamba, too.

FRI 7

Maryland at Illinois(7 p.m., FS1): When they met in the Big Ten opener in early December, the Illini coughed up a 15-point lead and lost 59-58. Translation: They’ve got a little somethin’ somethin’ for the Terps at the Farm.

SAT 8

Duke at North Carolina(5 p.m., ESPN): Even when the Tar Heels are struggling to stay above .500, this is the best rivalry in college basketball. Easy for us to say, but it’s hard to believe UNC freshman star Cole Anthony — out since having arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-December — would miss this one.

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