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In today's Sprint:
🏀 March Madness is back
🏆 Weekend recap
🏒 San Jose... actual sharks?
Trivia: What team broke the
longest active NCAA Tournament drought with a bid on
If a friend tells you Gonzaga is a mid-major, please correct them. Mark Few
is building a dynasty from the ground up, reminiscent of what Coach K did
This Zags team looks to become the first undefeated national champion since
Indiana in 1976.
Turns out college football’s historic programs know how to play a little
In coach Juwan Howard’s second season, he led Michigan to its first one seed
since 1993, when Howard and the rest of the Fab Five ruled college
Baylor earned its first one seed in school history by going 22-2 in one of
the toughest Big 12’s we’ve seen in years.
Illinois has won seven straight, including four against top 10 teams. Plus,
Ayo Dosunmu (20.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.4 apg) may be college basketball’s best
player you haven’t seen play. Don’t worry, he’ll give us plenty more of these
highlights in the coming weeks.
Best of the rest
First out: Louisville. If a team drops from the
tournament before Thursday due to Covid-19, the Cards take their spot.
Who got snubbed? Belmont (26-4) got left out of
both the NCAA and NIT tournaments after losing to Morehead State in the Ohio
Valley championship game.
Before the selections, we crowned a bunch of new conference champions. Let’s
check them out:
ACC: (17-8) Georgia Tech 80 vs. (16-6) #15 Florida State 75
The Yellow Jackets snapped an 11-year NCAA Tournament drought.
PAC-12: (17-12) Oregon State 70 vs. (22-8) #23 Colorado 68
After being projected among the PAC-12 cellar dwellers, the Beavers
won three games in four days to win an outright bid to the big
BIG10: (23-6) #3 Illinois 91 vs. (21-9) #9 Ohio State 88 - OT
Illinois captured its first BIG10 tournament championship since
Big 12: (19-7) #13 Texas 91 vs. (20-8) #12 Oklahoma State 86
After passing through the semifinals thanks to a Kansas positive
COVID-19 test, the Longhorns more than earned their first ever Big
12 Tournament championship.
SEC: (24-6) #6 Alabama 80 vs. (18-9) LSU 79
After winning the SEC Tournament, the Crimson Tide matched their
highest ever NCAA Tournament seed. But, until they win a few titles,
we can’t quite call them a basketball school.
Big 12: (25-2) #6 Baylor 76 vs. (21-6) #17 West Virginia 50
Baylor continued its dominance of the Big 12, winning its 9th
Conference Tournament in 10 years.
BIG10: (24-2) #7 Maryland 104 vs. (18-9) Iowa 84
The Terps used their superior firepower to set a BIG10 record for
first half points with 68.
(17-20) Indiana Pacers 122 vs. (25-12) Phoenix Suns 111
Indiana’s Caris LaVert (13 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast) played his first game
after having surgery to remove a mass on his kidney in January.
(22-16) Portland Trail Blazers 125 vs. (9-30) Minnesota Timberwolves
Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony (26 pts, 6 ast) passed Hakeem Olajuwon to
become the NBA’s 11th all-time scoring leader.
(41 pts) Arsenal 2 vs.
(45 pts) Tottenham 1
Without running mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, stand-in captain
Alexandre Lacazette put the match away in the 64th minute.
Justin Thomas (-14) navigated a terrifying
last three holes to hold off Lee Westwood (-13), who has
placed second in back-to-back tournaments.
New York Knicks (20-19) vs. Brooklyn Nets (26-13) - 8:00 ET on ESPN
LA Lakers (25-13) vs. Golden State Warriors (20-19) - 10:30 ET on ESPN
Philadelphia Flyers (13-9-3) vs. New York Rangers (11-12-3) - 7:00 ET on
Edmonton Oilers (18-12-0) vs. Calgary Flames (13-13-3) - 9:00 ET on ESPN+
(35 pts) Wolves vs. (43 pts) Liverpool - 4:00 ET on NBCSN
WATER COOLER TALK
television anchor held it together after her station aired real
shark reels instead of highlights of the San Jose Sharks.
🏈 Taysom Hill and the New Orleans Saints agreed to a deceiving
4-year, $140 million contract minutes after Drew Brees officially
retired. Fun fact: Drew Brees retired 15 years to the day he first
signed with New Orleans. Next stop, Canton.
🏈 The Green Bay Packers resigned
Aaron Jones to a 4-year $48 million contract, keeping the Packers’ offensive
core together for 2021.
⚾️ The Mets’ Luis Guillorme worked an impeccable
22 pitch at bat. He fouled off 16 pitches and saw 10 over 99 mph before
C. The Scarlet Knights made their first tournament
since 1991, the final year of the Cold War.