Syracuse and Kansas fall on an upset filled Friday, Redskins trade up to get RG III
Five ranked teams fell and several barely survived on an upset filled judgement Friday. The day started with Syracuse getting buried by a barage of Cincinnati Bearcat threes in 71-68 loss. The Orange were down 12 at half and were never able to recover. Six Baylor Bears scored in double-digits in their win over Kansas. The Bears connected on 9-19 threes and 24-28 free throws in twisting the knife. Syracuse will likely still get a #1 seed, Kansas my drop to a #2. Cincinnati will meet Louisville in the Big East Tournament final. Louisville was an easy winner over Notre Dame. Baylor will get a chance to avenge two regular season losses to Missouri in the Big 12 final. The Tigers riolled over Texas in the other Big 12 semi.
In the ACC Tournament, North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, and North Carolina State were winners, the Blue Devils lif and death to survive Virginia Tech. In Big Ten action, Michigan State pounded Iowa, Wisconsin took down Indiana, Michigan survived fiesty Minnesota, and Ohio State crushed Purdue.
The Atlantic Ten semis are set with UMass atking on St Bonny and Xavier facing St Louis. UMass stunned #21 ranked Temple 77-71, the Bonnies beat St Joes 71-68, Xavier edged Dayton 70-69, and St Louis dispateched LaSalle 78-71. In CUSA, Memphis put an 83-52 beat down on UCF. The Tigers will meet Marshall who overcame 3OTs the night before to send Southern Miss to the NIT with a 73-62 win.
Out West, the Pac Ten and Mountain West proved that there is not much basketball played West of the Mississippi. Arizona was an easy winner of Oregon State and Colorado rolled over Cal to set up a Wildcat/Buffalo final. Thankfully it looks likely that just onec school out of the Pac Ten will be dancing. In the MWC, San Diego State beat Colorado State to set up a rubber match with New Mexico. The Lobos beat #20 UNLV 72-67 on their home court to move on.
Several smaller conferences will play their championships tonight and SP3 will be on it like white on rice with an early Sunday report. Don’t miss it.
It was upset Friday in the NBA too
The Sacramento stopped their 10-game losing streak with a 110-97 romp of the slumping defending World Champion Mavs. Tyreke Evans led seven Kings in double figures with 17 points and 9 assists. The Cleveland Cavs handed OKC just their second home loss of the year with a 96-90 win. Antawn Jameson has 21/9 for the intruders. The Pistons beat Atlanta and the Clippers punked the Spurs as straight up dog winners. Philadelphia, Boston, New Jersey, and Denver all rolled. The Lakers got a much need road win and extended the NBA’s longest series winning streak by beating the T-Wolves for the 18th straight time. Milwaukee sent the Knicks down to their fifth straight loss 119-114.
The Skins go all in the get Robert Griffin III
Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls with a strong-armed scrambling roll out QB in John Elway. He’ll apparently try the same blueprint in Washington as the Skins will swap first-round picks with the Rams this year (#2 for #6 overall), in addition to two future first-round picks and additional selections. The trade can’t be finalized until the new league year begins on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. A brilliant move or was the price to high ??? We’ll see soon enough.
Bubba Watson shoots 62 to lead to grab the lead at Doral
Despite breezes blowing 20-25 MPH all over the Blue Monster of Doaral, players continue to shoot big scores. Friday it was a Bubba Watson and his pink driver posting nine birdies and an eagle for a 10-under 62 to take the lead at the half way mark of the WGC Cadillac Championship. Watson was just one shot off the course record and leads Justin Rose by a stroke and first-round leader Adam Scott by two shots. Tiger Woods shot a 67 and is T15 seven shots back. There is no cut so the entire field advances to the weekend.
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(CBB) UMass +2.5 over La Salle (Please note that this is a 1:00 PM EST tip)
(CBB) Michigan State -4 over Wisconsin (Please note that this a 1:40 PM EST matinee tip)
(NBA) Chicago -11 over Utah
(NBA) OKC -15.5 over Charlotte
(NHL) Ottawa -139 over Buffalo