Kentucky roll Baylor, Kansas closes out North Carolina with a 12-0 run, Tiger gets first PGA Tour win since 2009, Hawks/Jazz go four OTs
The Final Four is set with Louisville taking on Kentucky and Ohio State facing Kansas. Both games are rematches of games played during the regular season. Kentucky beat Louisville 69-62 on New Year’s Eve in Lexington and Kansas (-1, 136) bounced Ohio State on December 10th in Lawrence. The Buckeyes were without Jared Sullinger who sat it with back spasms. In Saturday’s National Semi-Finals in New Orleans, Kentucky is an 8 1/2 point favorite over Louisville, the total is a rock steady 138. Ohio State is -2 1/2 over Kansas and the total 136 1/2.
In Sunday’s Great Eight action, No.3 Baylor proved no match for the top-seeded Kentucky. The Wildcats used a 16-0 first-half run enroute to a 42-22 halftime lead and cruised to an 82-70 win. Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist led the way with 19 points and Anthony Davis chipped in with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocks. Quincy Acy had 22 and Pierre Jackson 21 for the Bears but the horse was already out of the barn.
North Carolina was once again forced to play without PG Kendall Marshall and the Tar Heels played the Jayhawks dead even for 36 minutes but a Kansas 12-0 run to end the game sends the Big 12 Champs to New Orleans after an 80-67 victory. All five Kansas starters scored in double-digits led by Tyshawn Taylor’s 22 points and Thomas Robinson’s 18 points and nine boards. James Michael McAdoo led the Tar Heels off the bench with 15 points.
Tiger Woods crushes field at Bay Hill
Is Tiger Woods back ??? That remains to be seen but Woods did take a giant step forward by snapping a 30 month 26 event tour winless streak with a dominating five-shot win at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational. Tiger needed just a final round 70 to seal the deal as most of the other players within earshot of the lead went backwards including Tiger’s playing partner Graeme McDowell who could only manage a 74. Ian Poulter finished third, seven back and Ernie Els led seven player log jam at T4. Tiger finished the tournament with a 13-under 275 and in 36 shots under par in his last 11 rounds.
The Thunder spanks the Heat in a possible NBA finals preview
In a game that certainly didn’t live up to the hype, Oklahoma City blew out Miami with a 35-25 second quarter in a never-in-doubt 103-87 laugher. Ken Durant was dominant just falling short of his first ever career triple-double with a 29/9/8 outing. Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Other than 16 turnovers, Miami had 21, the Thunder played an almost perfect offensive game shooting 52% from the field including 6-11 from downtown and knocking down 19 of 23 free throws. The Miami big three of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh has 22, 17, and 18 respectively in a losing cause.
Caps blank Wild to tie Buffalo for final playoff spot
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby turned away 28 Minnesota Wild shots in a 3-0 whitewash. The Blues continued their surge to the President’s Trophy with a 4-0 win at Phoenix, Brian Elliot recording his eighth shutout of the season. Edmonton scored five in the second period in a 6-3 beat down of Columbus. The Islander beat Florida 3-2 with Frans Nielsen netting the winner in a shootout. Pittsburg pounded New Jersey 5-2 as Sid the Kid scored for the second straight game. Nashville crushed the Blackhawks 6-1 and Boston edged Anaheim 3-2 rounding out the seven-game NHL card.
Tony Stewart wins rain shortened Fontana 400
(NBA) Knicks -5.5 over Milwaukee
(NBA) Utah +1.5 over NJ Nets
(NHL) Ottawa +113 over Winnipeg