3.28.16: Final Four

So, this weekend happened… and all roads lead to Houston now! How did we get here? Let’s check out a mini-recap:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

College hoops was nothing short of dramatic this past week/end…but we’ve finally reached the Final Four.

Like we said in the intro, how did we get here? On Saturday, No. 2 seed Oklahoma dominated No. 1 seed Oregon with the help of 37 points from Buddy Hield to win the West 80-68, while No. 2 seed Villanova beat No. 1 seed Kansas 64-59 in a tough match-up to win the South. On Sunday, Syracuse came back from a 16-point deficit in the second half to become the 4th 10 seed to reach the Final Four in a 68-62 win over No. 1 seed UVA in the Midwest, while No. 1 seed UNC scored an 88-74 win over No. 6 seed Notre Dame.

Next week we’re headed to NRG Stadium in Houston, where #2 Villanova will play #2 Oklahoma and #1 Syracuse will play #1 UNC (scheduling TBD).

In women’s hoops news, Coach Geno Auriemma defended the dominance of his UConn program. Even though the team is three wins away from their fourth straight national championship, critics are saying UConn’s success may not be beneficial to the sport.

NBA

LA Clippers star Blake Griffin has finally healed from his broken hand incident and will now begin his 4-game suspension before returning to his team (who just clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs).

It appears that LeBron James might be interested in teaming up with Carmelo Anthony and Co. sometime before their playing days are over… as indicated in this Bleacher Report longread.

Other

With less than 30 seconds left in OT, Sidney Crosby scored his Pittsburgh Penguins a big win over the New York Rangers, 3-2. We’re getting geared up for NHL playoffs, which are drawing nearer and nearer. Your current top 5 teams headed into the end of regular season play are the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers. Check out the current playoff pairings here.

In soccer, international games took place this weekend and domestic league action will return next weekend. In international soccer community news, Johan Cruyff, Dutch football hero, passed away at the age of 68. Rest in peace.

JUST FOR FUN

Cubs with cubs
In case your Monday morning needed a little pick me up, take a look at the baby bears at the Cubs’ spring training

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Resignation
Indian Wells CEO and tournament director steps down
Raymond Moore made unacceptable comments regarding equal prize money for male and female tennis players

Rest in Peace
Joe Garagiola spent 9 years playing baseball and 57 years in broadcasting
The fan favorite will be sincerely missed

 

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