3.30.15: Final Four

Welcome back to SQ after an awesome weekend of college hoops. Check out this clutch 3-pointer from Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison during their game against Notre Dame this weekend:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

Needless to say, the Elite Eight lived up to the hype this weekend. Wisconsin beat Arizona to win the West, Kentucky beat Notre Dame in a thriller to win the Midwest, Michigan State upset Louisville to win the East and Duke topped Gonzaga to win the South.

Next weekend, all four teams will meet in Indianapolis for the Final Four where Duke will take on Michigan State in the first semifinal followed by Kentucky versus Wisconsin in the second semifinal. On Monday night, the two winners will meet in the National Championship game for the chance to claim their one shining moment.

In the women’s college basketball tournament, we’ve got quite the Final Four coming up so far with South Carolina and Notre Dame heading to Tampa. Who else will join them? Stay tuned for Monday’s match-up between UConn and Dayton as well as Maryland and Tennessee to find out.

NBA

Let’s start with an injury report. Sadly, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that star Kevin Durant will have season-ending foot surgery to repair the broken bone he’s been suffering from all season. Here’s to hoping he’ll be back on his feet by next season!

In on the court news, the Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference on Saturday night with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Warriors also achieved the greatest number of wins in franchise history with the victory.

This week, make sure to check out:

  • Golden State at LA Clippers – Tuesday
  • Miami at Cleveland – Thursday
  • Oklahoma City at Memphis – Friday

Other

Australia defeated New Zealand to win the Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin picked up his 25th victory at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Race.

Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson participated in a one day work out with the Texas Rangers (yes, the baseball team!).

JUST FOR FUN

You’re a Wizard
The Washington Wizards signed a 13-year-old to their team for a day

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

So happy together
Careers aren’t always about the next move
Geno Auriemma and Chris Dailey have worked with UConn basketball since 1985, and neither of them are looking to leave

Hot Rod
Rest in peace, Rod Hundley
He made a name for himself at West Virginia, played for the Lakers, and broadcasted for the Jazz (as well as other teams)

The floor slap
When you need a helping hand on defense
Historically, Duke players slap the floor to lift the intensity of the game. If you’re an opponent, this means trouble.

Hamburglar
Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators gets free burgers for life
He’s the most trending player in the NHL after a Cinderella-esque rise to the top

One of a kind
Dean Smith left a gift for each of his players
A small check was sent out to each UNC letterman that played under him on behalf of his trust

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