The Field of 68 is set. Vandy upsets Kentucky, Florida State takes ACC, Michigan State tops Ohio State, St Bonny is best in the A-10. The Lakers edge the Celtics. The Pens in 9th straight, Sid the Kid still out. Rose wins WGC at Doral, Tiger withdraws with an injury. Tony Stewart is money in Las Vegas, Peyton visits Arizona. Kobayashi sets world record.
The upsets just kept on coming in college basketball this weekend as all five underdogs won straight up in Sunday’s championship week “Final Cuatro”. The No.1 Kentucky Wildcats lost to Vanderbilt 71-64 in the SEC Conference final. UK had a brutal shooting game knocking down just 35% from the field including 6-28 from downtown and just 12-19 (3%) from the foul line. Florida State became just the fourth team ever to beat Duke and North Carolina twice in the same year with an 85-82 win over the Tar Heels. Rebounder/Shot Blocker John Hensen (wrist) didn’t play for UNC. St Bonaventure completed their walk through the A-10 tournament with an easy win over Xavier, dashing the hopes of Drexel and Washington by eating up a precious at large bid.
The NCAA selection show provided little controversy with few arguments about seeding and with no real egrious snubs. Despite Kentucky, Syracuse, and North Carolina all losing in conference tournament action, all three gained top seeds along with Michigan State. The two seeds, Missouri (out West with Michigan State) , Duke (in the South with Kentucky), Ohio State (in the East with Syracuse), and Kansas (matched with North Carolina in the Midwest) all appear to have clear paths to the Elite Ocho. Missouri bacame the first 30 game winner to not get a No.1 seed. Southern Miss, BYU, Cal, and Iona made it in. Drexel, UWub, and Seton Hall did not. Drexl had won 25 of their L27 games. Washington was the first power conference regular season winner to not get an invite. Follow SP3 throughout the week for previews, analysis, free picks, and opinion.
Kobe Bryant had 26 points but passed on the winning jumper in favor of Andrew Bynum who connected with 41 seconds left to seal the win. Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the 97-94 win. The collar is tightening on Knick coach Mike D’Antoni as the Knicks lost their fifth straight (106-94 to the 76ers)and are just 2-7 since the return of Carmelo Anthony. The Magic pounded the Pacers the Pacers 107-94 as Dwight Howard had 30 and 13 for Orlando. Cleveland’s 37-23 fourth quarter got the job done against Houstin. Ersan Ilyasova had 31 as the Bucks have climbed back into contention for the 7-8 spot in the East. Memphis, Atlanta, and Golden State rounded out Sunday winners in “The Association”.
Sid the Kid didn’t play Sunday but that didn’t stop the Penguins from winning their ninth straight game, a 5-2 waxing of the Bruins. The Crosby’s return has been put back to Thursday’s showdown with the Rangers. The Blues continue to roll as the NHL point leader with a 2-1 win over Columbus. The Caps shut out Toronto 2-0, ditto the Panthers over Carolina.
The Rangers OT’s the Islanders and the Devils drilled the Flyers 4-1 in Atlantic Division matchups. The Kings beat the Blackhawks in a shootout.
Justin Rose moved back into the world top 10 with his fourth career win at the Blue Monster of Doral. Rose was a shot better than Bubba Watson and two better than Rory McIlroy. Rose started the day two back of Watson and three back of Keegan Bradley but his final round 70 held up as Watson stumbled to a two-over 74 and Bradley crashed and burned with a 75. Tiger Woods withdrew after 11 holes after aggrevating his achilles, not great timing for Tiger with the Masters less than a month away.
Tony Stewart “smoked” Las Vegas in winning the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stewart was dominant in leading 127 of the 267 laps. Stewart dominated this race last year but didn’t win after encountering late pit problems. This was Stewart’s sixth win in the last 13 Nascar events and extended his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to fourteen. Jimmie Johnson finished second and Greg Biffle finished third.
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Competitive eating may or may not be a sport but from time to time you can bet on it, like the Nathan’s hotdog eating contest in Coney Island on the 4th of July. Past Nathan’s winner Kobayashi is in fine form as he sets the world record by scarfing down 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute.