Kentucky stops Louisville, Kansas tops Ohio State … Ladies Final Four today, Union Rags upset in the Florida Derby, MLB breaks camp and heads north
The two winningest programs in Men’s Division I college basketball history square off Monday for the National Championship as the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Kansas Jayhawks. Kentucky dispatched Louisville 69-61 in relatively easy fashion and Kansas rallied with a big second half to turn back Ohio State 64-62. Kentucky has been installed a 6 1/2 point favorite. The total is 139 1/2.
National Player of the Year Anthony Davis had 18 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks as Kentucky held off their pesky in-state rivals. The Wildcats shot 57.1% from the floor, the highest in a Final Four game in 15 years. The stifling UK defense held Louisville to just 34.8% from the field and at one point held the Cards almost nine minutes without a field goal. UK jumped out to a 16-6 lead and led 35-28 at the half. Louisville rallied to tie at 49-49 but an 11-2 Kentucky run sealed the deal. Peyton Silva led just two Cards in double figures with only 11 points. Gorgui Dieng had 12 boards for Louisville which ended it’s season at 30-10.
Ohio State opened up white-hot from the outside draining five threes and rolling to a 28-15 lead. Possible the key play in the game happened just before the half wit Ohio State up 11 and with the ball. Aaron Craft drove to the hoop only to get stuffed and a quick outlet pass to Travis Releford resulted in a layup at the buzzer to make the lead nine rather than 13 points. It was all Kansas after that. The Jayhawks came out flying out of the break while the Buckeyes were ice cold as Kansas tied the game at 38-38 and took their first lead 56-55 since 2-0 at the 2:48 mark. Down three with three second left, the Buckeyes had one final chance. Kansas fouled Aaron Craft intentionally. Craft made the first and purposely missed the second but a line violation iced things for Kansas.
The Ladies Final Four feature Brittney Griner and all four No.1 seeds
Undefeated Baylor will attempt to become the first woman’s college basketball team to win 40 games as they head four victorious No.1 seeds to the Ladies Final Four at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In the first game at 6:30 PM EST, UConn faces Notre Dame in a battle of Big East heavyweights. This is the fourth meeting this year between the two, Notre Dame winning both conference regular season matchups, the Huskies winning the Big East tournament final at Madison Square Garden. The game is a pick and the total is 130 1/2.
Player of the Year Brittney Griner leads tournament top-seed Baylor against Stanford in the back end of the TV double-header. The 38-0 Bears are seven point favorites, the total is holding steady at 134 1/2. Baylor’s average margin of victory this year has been 27 points. Besides the 6’8″ Griner (23.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg) , Baylor’s other top players are Odyssey Sims (14.2 ppg) and Destiny Williams (10.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg). The veteran 35-1 Stanford Cardinal will be no pushover and is led by the Ogwumike sisters, Nnemkadi (22.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and Chiney (15.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg). The Ogwumike’s could present problems for Baylor by forcing Griner away from the basket. The winners meet Tuesday.
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Lakers escape Hornets on a Kobe Bryant three
Kobe Bryant had the worst shooting night of his illustrious career on Saturday knocking down just three of 21 shots. Bryant was blanked by New Orleans in the first half and held to just 11 for the game but he was money when it counted knocking down a dagger three with 20 second left as LA survived New Orleans 88-85. The Clippers won their season high fifth straight game 105-96 over the Jazz. The Spurs continued their raging offense by running off the Pacers 112-103. The Knicks spanked the Cavs and Milwaukee was punked at home by Memphis as NY starts to distance themselves from the Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East. Detroit, Philly, and the Nets were other winners in last night’s Association action.
Just one week left in the NHL regular season
The NHL regular season season ends next Sunday as teams jockey for the final remaining playoff spots and playoff seeding.
In last night’s action on frozen pond, an Alexander Semin shootout goal led Washington to a 3-2 win over Montreal. That coupled with Buffalo’s 4-3 loss at Toronto leaves the Caps two points clear for the last playoff spot in the East. In the wide open West, four teams are within two points for the Pacific division title. Phoenix and the Kings have 91 points, San Jose 90, and Dallas 89 in the scramble. Last night the Coyotes beat Anaheim 4-0, the Kings earned an all important point in a 4-3 shootout loss at Minnesota. San Jose blanked Dallas 3-0 in a key division H2H. Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Columbus, Chicago, and Vancouver were other winners.
Union Rags upset in the Florida Derby
Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags was upset as the 2/5 favorite in the Florida Derby. Take Charge Indy went wire-to-wire for Calvin Borel, outgaming Reveron by a length. Union Rags was in trouble from the outset, never able to avoid traffic in the nine horse race. At the top of the stretch, Union Rags was blocked by a wall of horses before splitting horses late and flying up the inside for third. Take charge Indy paid $17.40 to win.
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