After the Sweet 16 featured the highest
sum of seeds since the 80s, two one seeds and a two seed advanced to
the Final Four. The outlier? 11 seed UCLA, just the second team to play in
both the First Four and Final Four.
Breaking it down
#1 Baylor (26-2) vs. #2 Houston (28-3) - Saturday 5:14 ET on CBS
Baylor: The Bears’ sixth best scoring offense in the country rolled
a great Arkansas defense in the Elite Eight to the tune of 81
Houston: After playing
zero single-digit seeds en route to the Final Four,
Houston’s second ranked scoring defense must adapt quickly to clamp
Spread: Baylor -5; Over / under: 135.5
#1 Gonzaga (30-0) vs. #11 UCLA (22-9) - Saturday 8:34 ET on CBS
Gonzaga: Behind Drew Timme and Jalen Suggs, the Zags score 92.1
points per game, the most in the nation.
UCLA: Johnny Juzang needs to continue his fantastic play and get
help from Jaime Jaquez to give the Bruins a chance late.
Fun Fact: Out of 30 games, Gonzaga has won
29 by 10+ points.
Spread: Gonzaga -14 (highest spread in Final Four history); Over /
#1 South Carolina (26-4) vs. #1 Stanford (29-2) - Friday 6:00 ET on ESPN
South Carolina: The Gamecocks have dominated in the tournament thus
far, winning all games by at least 11 points.
Stanford: This team is elite from deep. The Cardinals made the fifth
most 3s this year and shot 38.3% on those shots, good for sixth in
Spread: Stanford -6.5; Over / under: 133.5
#3 Arizona (20-5) vs. #1 UConn (28-1) - Friday 9:30 ET on ESPN
UConn: Paige Bueckers, fresh off winning NCAA Player of the Year, is
looking to put together a perfect freshman season.
Arizona: Senior Aari McDonald, who has two 30 point games in the
tournament, needs another one to keep up with UConn and Paige.
Fun Fact: UConn has reached 13 consecutive
Final Fours, each without having a senior on the roster.
Spread: UConn -12.5; Over / under: 127.5
Women’s - Sunday 6:00 ET on ESPN
Men’s - Monday 9:00 ET on CBS
ICYMI: Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams announced
his retirement. Williams won 903 games, the third most in men’s D-1
history, and three national titles in his time at Kansas and UNC. He goes
out as one of the greats.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
MLB seasons certainly aren’t defined, let alone won or lost, on April first.
Listen to this broadcaster go
off on a caller for insinuating just that.
(1-0) Philadelphia Phillies 3 vs. (0-1) Atlanta Braves 2 - 10
The Phillies executed on all facets of the game, receiving 6+
scoreless innings from ace Aaron Nola and a walk-off hit by Jean
(1-0) Pittsburgh Pirates 5 vs. (0-1) Chicago Cubs 3
In his first at bat of the season, Pirates rookie Ke’bryan Hayes
launched a 410-foot
(34-15) Brooklyn Nets 111 vs. (24-23) Charlotte Hornets 89
LaMarcus Aldridge (11 pts, 9 reb, 8 ast) balled out in his Nets
debut. The Nets have won 20 of their last 23, with Kevin Durant
missing 22 of those games. That’s terrifying.
(17-31) Orlando Magic 115 vs. (21-26) New Orleans Pelicans 110
After trading nearly their whole starting lineup, the Magic have
been surprisingly competitive, going 2-2 since the trade deadline.
(24-11-2) Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. (18-10-5) Boston Bruins 1
The Penguins won their fifth straight and their first in Boston
Milwaukee Bucks (30-17) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (29-18) - Fri. 10:00 ET
LA Lakers (30-18) vs. LA Clippers (32-18) - Sun. 3:30 ET on ABC
New York Yankees (0-1) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (1-0) - Sat. 1:05 PM ET
Atlanta Braves (0-1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) - Sun. 1:05pm ET on
Detroit Red Wings (12-21-5) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (25-9-2) - Sun. 12 PM ET
(56 pts) Leicester City vs. (71 pts) Man City - Sat. 12:30 ET on NBCS
(42 pts) Arsenal vs. (46 pts) Liverpool - Sat. 3:00 ET on NBCS
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Both NFL
players and fans
had some fun on April Fool’s day, convincing naive friends and fans that
some of the league’s biggest names were traded.
⚾️ The Opening Day matchup between the NY Mets and Washington
Nationals was postponed due to Covid-19 concerns on the Nats.
🏀 Texas got
its guy. Former Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, a Longhorn alum, is
the team’s new head coach.
⛳ The Masters hosts an annual dinner to celebrate past winners, and
the most recent winner, Dustin Johnson, picked
the menu. Pretty standard across the board, with the only surprise
being the classic pigs in a blanket appetizer.
🥍 The Duke men’s lacrosse team stayed undefeated (9-0), beating rival
UNC in overtime with this
beauty of a goal.
D. Villanova embarrassed Oklahoma in 2016, winning
95-51. Nova would go on to win the title thanks to Kris Jenkins legendary