Sunday, March 25, 2012

3/25: Half of the Final Four is Set

Greetings all... lots to get to...
  • Louisville is your first Final Four team. After trailing by 8 at the half and by double-digits in the 2nd frame, the Cardinals made a furious comeback keyed by Russ Smith's 19 points in 22 minutes and put Florida away. The final sequence saw a Freshman mistake from Bradley Beal (on the traveling violation) and back-to-back missed triples from Beal and Kenny Boynton to seal the win for Louisville. When you only commit 6 turnovers, good things happen.
  • Ohio State is joining Louisville in New Orleans. Another tight, well-played game here that saw Jared Sullinger ice the game at the line late, and the OSU starters going for 69 of their 77 points. I think the better team won this matchup from what I saw of it, and Syracuse's inability to rebound (getting hammered 37 to 22 on the glass) ultimately did them in IMO.
  • Tiger Woods has a 54-hole lead in a PGA tour event. Bay Hill is a course that he owns, and I'd be shocked if he blew this lead. Oh, and I'm openly rooting for him to throw up a 65 and run away with it.
  • Former Falcon LB Curtis Lofton has signed a 5-year deal..... with the dreaded Saints. The money must've been right to walk into that disaster area at the moment, but the Falcons clearly lowballed him (still against this move) and he's a tackling machine that is certainly an above-average player at his position. Good luck to him.
  • Baseball! Well, at least a couple injury looks. Chipper Jones is already hurt. Yes, the legend tore his meniscus while STRETCHING and will be out 4 weeks at least. They claim that he'll play in the home opener, but I'm skeptical. There are too many jokes to pick one here. And in worse news, Cincy closer Ryan Madson is set to have Tommy John. He's on a 1-year deal after Boras botched his free agency, and this is so brutal for that guy.
  • NBA Check - The Hawks came from 16 down to win in Washington. That's not a "good" win, but road wins are road wins, and it's nice to see Marvin Williams (13 points in 25 minutes) play well. The Clippers are reportedly "behind" Vinny Del Negro (which I don't believe) and they went out and beat Memphis at home last night. Blake Griffin led the way with 20 and 10 while CP3 added 13 dimes. Klay Thompson notched a career-high 31 points for Golden State, and his efforts led GWS to a win over Sacto despite Demarcus Cousins throwing up a 28/18. He's a man. And finally, Indiana hung 125 on a normally good-defending Milwaukee team... on the road! George Hill sparked the high-scoring play with 24 off the bench, but 7 guys had 8 points or more for the Pacers.
What to watch for on Sunday...
  • Elite 8 Games! - Baylor vs. Kentucky (2:20 CBS) is the appetizer, and I like Kentucky in a rout (as previewed yesterday), and Kansas vs. UNC (5:00 CBS) is the main course, pitting 2 of the top 5 historical programs in the land. Big-time stuff.
  • Golf - Bay Hill (Arnold Palmer Invitational) - 2:30 NBC - Something to flick to on commercials if Tiger has it going. Eldrick!
  • NBA - Suns @ Cavs - 3:00 NBATV - If you like the NBA that much more than college hoops.
  • NBA - Jazz @ Hawks - 6:00 SportSouth - Pretty nice match up here, and Al Jefferson's offensive game is worth the price of admission.
  • NBA - Heat @ Thunder - 8:00 ESPN - Clearly the highlight of the NBA day as this one pits (IMO) the best two teams in the league against each other in front of that ridiculous OKC crowd. Must-see.
  • NBA - Grizz @ Lakers - 10:30 ESPN - Front-court battle worth watching. Gasol vs. Bynum.

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