Notre Dame stops Louisville 104-101 in epic five OTs
It was not quote as long as the Syracuse/UConn six-overtime thriller in the final of the 2009 Big East Tournament but it was close. Louisville and Notre Dame battled it out for an extra 25 minutes before the Irish left standing with a 104-101 win in FIVE overtimes. Notre Dame HC Mike Brey likened it to an old-time 15-round boxing match with plenty of knockdowns but no knockout punches. It was in fact a game of big plays and missed opportunities that came from the free thrown line. You can get all the details here.
The hero of the games was undoubtedly big man Garrick Sherman. The Michigan State transfer didn’t even get in the game until the first overtime and would up with 17 points and six boards in 22 minutes. He had played just 29 total minutes in the previous eight games where appeared. The epitome of the next man up.
Wisky forces OT with half-court jack, dumps Michigan in extra five
Saturday’s college hoops started with instant classic in the morning when Wisconsin beat Michigan in overtime. Tied at 57, the Wolverines looked like they were finally going to win in Madison for the first time in seven tries when Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a clutch off-balance three with 2.4 seconds left. Wisconsin inbounded the ball to Ben Brust who fired up a prayer from just inside half court and ….. nothing but net. Brust also provided the Badgers with the win on a dagger three with 40 seconds left. SB3 has the highlights courtesy of ESPN.
Who will be the new No.1 in college hoops ???
What a week in college basketball !!! With No.1 Indiana, No.2 Florida, No.3 Michigan and No.5 Kansas all losing this week, who will be the new No.1 ??? Could it be this week’s No.4 Duke who posted a couple of big wins or could the polls think outside the box with 19-2 No.6 Gonzaga. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out when the new rankings come out on Monday. With the sixth new No.1 in six weeks, one thing is for certain, it’s no fun being No.1.
Rob Ryan is hired as Saints defensive coordinator
The New Orleans Saints have hired recently fired Dallas Cowboy defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Saints HC Sean Payton had interviewed Ryan on Friday and the deal was done on Saturday. Ryan replaces the fired Steve Spagnuolo — who, in his only season leading the New Orleans defense, watched as the team allowed more total yards than any other squad in league history (an average of 440.1 yards per game).
Gallinari leads the Nuggets to ninth straight win
Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 9 rebounds as Denver easily dispatched Cleveland 11-103 for its nine straight win. Eight different Nuggets scored in double-figures as the visitors led by six at the half and 11 after three quarters and were never really threatened down the stretch. The 33-18 Nuggets have climbed to fourth place in the Western Conference just a game-and-a-half behind the slumping Clippers for the three-spot.
Snedeker and Hahn are co-leaders at Pebble
Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn are the co-leaders of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after three rounds, bot sitting at 12-under. Chris Kirk is a shot back, with Patrick Reed two shots down. Retief Goosen, Robert Garrigus and Jason Day lead a pack of 16 within five shots heading into Sunday’s final 18 holes.
(NCAAB) St Johns +14.5 over Syracuse (Sunday, February 9, 3:00 PM EST)
Free Pick record in February: 3-6