SP3’s Sunday Sports Recap: Lakers put out the Heat, Kentucky completes SEC sweep, Hamlin wins Phoenix, McIlroy new world #1 after win at Honda Classic. Tiger shoots career best final round 62. Deron Williams drops 57 on the Bobcats.
There was no hard feelings, no retaliation, just good hard basketball as the Lakers sent a message to Miami that they are still a team to be reckoned with. Kobe Bryant had 33 wearing a protective mask for the third straight game since haveing his nose broke by Dwayne Wade in the All-Star Game. Lebron had 25 and Flash 16 before fouling out. Chris Bosh didn’t play for the second straight game due to a death in the family.
In other action in “The Association”, Deron Williams poured in 57 as the Nets dispatched the Bobcats 104-101. Paul Pierce had 34 points and Rejean Rondo had a rare 18/17/20 triple-double in the Celtics OT win over the Knicks. The Clippers were also OT winners at Houston. Toronto, Chicago, Phoenix, and Denver were the other winners on the made for TV Sunday.
Kentucky completed their rampage through the SEC with an easy double-digit win over Florida in Gainesville. The Wildcats went 16-0 in conference and broke the school record with 30 regualar season wins. The Cats have won 22 in-a-row. Michigan State’s home loss to Ohio State was costly in many ways. Sparty missed an opportunity to win the Big Ten regualar season crown. and instead share top spot with hated Michigan. Not only will the Izzo’s not only get a one-seed, they will be without starting PF Branden Dawson who tore an ACL in the game. Creighton punched their ticket to The Dance beating Illinois State in overtime in the final of the Missouri Valley Tournament.
On frozen pond, the New York Rangers continue to prove that they are the Beat in the East with a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. The win gave the the Broadway Blueshirts the points lead over Vancouver and Detroit and also sent them ten points clear of second place Pittsburg in the East. The Rangers are a sparkling 10-2 in twelve games against the Bruins, Flyers, and Penguins.
Denny Hamlin won in Phoenix when Kevin Harvick ran out of gas on the final lap. Harvick still managed to finish second with Greg Biffle third. Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, and Joey Lagano rounded out the top ten. Now it’s on to Las Vegas for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Ex-Saints DC Gregg Williams will get the business today in New York as he meets with NFL security and commissioner Roger Goddell regarding the Bounty-Gate scandal. Williams will certainly be grilled about his time with the Saints and also his time with the Skins, Titans, and Bills. Expect Williams to get a hefty fine and suspension as he will be the example for the rest of the league.
(CBB) Fairfield -2 Loyola Maryland
19-13 Fairield was an underachiever early on but seems to have found itself when it matters. The Stags were picked by most to walk through MAAC but instead tied for third. They’re 9-3 in their L12 with the three losses at Iona, at Rider, and at Wisc-Milwaukee in the bracketbuster. No shame there. Loyola had an easy road to this point after Manhattan got knocked off and has won both tourney games by double-digits. Team split the regular season with each team winning on the others home court. This in neutral court but backing Stags here as I was able to watch every minute of second game that Loyola won and Fairfield was much the better team giving it up late in improbable style. Not tonight.
(CBB) Denver -8.5 over Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky has covered 11 of 13 and won four straight, the last two as straight up dogs. That said, they’re 13-18 for the year and up against it tonight vs the class of the Sunbelt in the Denver Pioneers. WKU lost at Denver 78-65 all the ay back on Jan 15th, the Pioneers cashing 10 of 19 treys. Denver has hit another gear winning last five all by 11+ points with the only non-cover in game they won by 19 points. No Cinderella story for the Hilltoppers. Denver 73-59.
(CBB) South Dakota State -12.5 over Southern Utah
Southern Utah pulled a Duke/North Carolina miracle off last night coming from 11 down in the final 2:40 to upset Oakland in their quarters. The Thunderbirds needed to shoot 58% for the game to counter 15-27 from behind the arc from Oakland. They find the same problem here as the Jacks are fourth in the country from beyond the arc with four starters
shooting 40% from behind the arc. SDSU won both regualr season meetings by 11 and 7 but key here is that the conference top seeds had off last night where Southern Utah pretty much had to leave it on the floor. The Jackrabbits roll.
(NBA) Denver -9.5 over Sacramento -9.5
The Kings play their fifth game in seven nights and the Nuggets their four game in six. Denver trounced the Spurs last night so both teams figure to be on equal footing here. Denver has won three straight and seem to finally be adapting to life without Galinari. The Kings are 2-9 their L11 and granted eight of those losses are on the road, they are 0-2 vs Denver this year losing 122-103 at home and 110-83 here at the Pepsi Center. This is obviously just not a good matchup for the Kings. Denver by 15-18.