4.6.15: it’s the final countdown

This year’s March Madness is wilder than we ever would have believed it to be! Now that we’re nearing the end, it’s more important than ever to hold on tight to our dreams. Dream big, and then dream a little bigger, because only the real believers will become the champions.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

Duke and Wisconsin meet tonight to see who will become college basketball’s new NCAA Tournament champion. How did we get here? Duke beat Michigan State convincingly in the first semifinal match-up on Saturday evening in Indianapolis. In the second semifinal, Wisconsin upset and ruined Kentucky’s perfect season (they finished at 38-1) in a close game to move on the championship.

The Championship game tip-offs in Indy at 9:18pm. This will be a rematch from an earlier game this season where Duke beat Wisconsin on the road in December. Regardless, both teams are different and much improved and this game should be a really really good one.

The Women’s NCAA Final Four kicked off in Tampa on Sunday night with Notre Dame defeated South Carolina and UConn crushed Maryland, which means familiar rivals Notre Dame and UConn will face off for the rights to this year’s championship on Tuesday evening.

NBA

Paul George is back. After suffering a bad leg injury last summer in a USA Basketball scrimmage, PG13 is finally back on the court for the Indiana Pacers. He returned to action in a game where the Pacers defeated the Miami Heat at home. In other injury news, Derrick Rose is hoping to return to the Chicago Bulls this weekend.

Speaking of the Bulls, they looked strong but not strong enough in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. JR Smith put up some good numbers for the Cavs but the real star of the show was LeBron James who posted a casual triple double. Seriously, this weekend was all about the triple double as Russell Westbrook collected his 11th of the season in a loss to the Houston Rockets. That game also featured an impressive performance by MVP candidate James Harden.

Finally, the San Antonio Spurs stopped the Golden State Warriors’ 12 game winning streak on Sunday afternoon in a game where Kawhi Leonard played in star form at home.

This week, make sure to check out:

  • San Antonio at Oklahoma City – Tuesday
  • Portland at Golden State – Thursday
  • San Antonio at Houston – Friday

MLB

Major League Baseball is back! The season opened on Sunday night with a St. Louis Cardinals victory over the Chicago Cubs.

In other baseball news, the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves pulled off a multi-player trade that will shake up both squads. Key moves included: Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. heading to San Diego while the Braves picked up draft picks along with Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin.

Finally, it looks like the MLB All-Star game is headed to Washington D.C. in 2018.

JUST FOR FUN

Who do you love?
What NBA team should you adopt as your very own next season? Get on the Bandwagon.

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Enormity
Making a basketball court out of Lucas Oil Stadium
Think about it… 80,000 fans watching basketball in a stadium that’s large enough to be part of the city skyline

Keeping it in the family
The worst season ever for the Lakers
Jeanie Buss says the league is only as strong as its weakest team – but when the team is her family business, can she make the decisions necessary to improve it and improve the league?

Heartwarming
The rare moment when an ad makes you tear up
Nike’s Rory McIlroy spot reminds us of how important it is to have a hero

Running is like breathing
Usain Bolt and the success of Jamaican sprinters
Young athletes compete in Champs – a five day long event where world records are broken and a love for running is fostered

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