Michigan drills Florida, Louisville pounds Duke
The Final Four is set with Michigan and Louisville joining Syracuse and Wichita State in Atlanta. Michigan jumped out to an early 13-0 lead and never looked back in the Wolverines 79-59 spanking of Florida. Nik Stauskas led the way with 22 points including 6-for-6 from behind the arc. Louisville let Duke hang around for a half but the final 20 minutes was all Cardinals in an 85-63 win. Louisville got 39 combined points from their backcourt tandom of Russ Smith and Payton Siva. Gorgui Dieng chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards but really made the difference in the paint with five blocks.
So the Final Four is set for Saturday in Atlanta. In the early 6:05 PM EST tip, Louisville opened a 9.5 point favorite over Wichita State. Early Louisville money has seen the number rise to Cards minus 10 1/2. No total has been posted. In the 8:45 late game, Michigan opened as a two-point favorite over Syracuse with the high/low 130 1/2. Neith number has moved in the early going.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware breaks leg
You’ve seen the play at leas a thousand times this year. A guy jumps out at a wide open jump shooter just trying to get a hand in his face. The defender flies by and the shooter either knocks down his shot or puts up a brick. Both players go on their way and the game continues …. right ??? Yesterday in the Duke/Louisville game at the around the 6:33 mark of the first half, that scenario played out terribly wrong. Louisville guard Kevin Ware jumped out at Duke spot shooter Tyler Thorton, landed wrong and snapped his leg. It was a gruesome injury reminiscent of the Joe Theisman or Marcus Lattimore injuries. The game was delayed nine minutes while the leg was immobilized and Ware was brought to the hospital where he underwent successful surgery last night. The injury was very graphic so we will not show it here but instead provide you the link.
Big day for Louisville as Lady Cards upset Baylor
The top-seeded Baylor Lady Bears had won 74 of their last 75 games and featured the best woman college basketball player in the country in Brittney Griner. Saturday, Louisville put and end to any thoughts of Baylor repeating as national champs with an 82-81 win in the regional semi at Oklahoma City.
Heat sit Lebron, Wade, and Chalmers but still beat Spurs
It was supposed to be the game that ended the streak or at worse, a possible NBA finals preview. Instead, it was Miami beating San Antonio 88-86 in a battle of primarily bench players. Lebron James an Dwayne Wade were late surprise scratches for the Heat, probably retaliation for the November 29th first meeting between the clubs when Spur coach Greg Popovich didn’t dress Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Danny Green or Manu Ginobli. The Spurs were fined 250K for that episode and it will be interesting to see what David Stern and the league does here. On the floor, Chris Bosh scored 23 points including a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1.9 second left to get the win for Miami.
MLB opens with the Astros beating the Rangers in their first AL game
Lost in the hoopla of this week’s college basketball was the start of the major league baseball season. Sunday night in Houston, the Astros made their debut in the American League a winning one with an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Buck Norris pitched 5 2/3 innings of five-hit ball to get the win. Rick Ankiel hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the sixth to seal the deal. MLB opening days continue today with a big card that features lots of matinee games.
Crosby out indefinitely with broken jaw
On yesterday’s report, we showed you the clip of Penguins star Sidney Crosby getting hit in the mouth with a slap shot. Sid the Kid required oral surgery to replace some teeth but the injury was more severe including a broken jaw. The jaw did not need to be wired but will require time to heal. Crosby will be out indefinitely and will be re-examined when the swelling goes down. Crosby leads the league in scoring with 56 points and the Penguins have won 15 in-a-row.
(NBA) Milwaukee -12 over Charlotte (Monday, April 1, 8:05 PM EST )