Michigan State is the first No.1 seed to fall, Syracuse escapes Wisconsin, Andre Luck has successful Pro Day at Stanford
Mar 23rd, 2012 by dmack
Michigan State and Marquette can’t buy a basket, Syracuse survives 14 Wisky threes, Buckeyes bully Bearcats late
Michigan State became the first No.1 seed to bite the dust when the Spartans were disptached 57-44 by Louisville and the Cardinals stifling press defense. Sparty shot just 14-49 from the field and never challenged in the second half after trailing 23-18 after 20 minutes. Rick Pitino is now 10-0 in the Round of 16. He’ll face former player Billy Donovan and his Florida Gators in the Great Eight. Florida dumped an ice-cold Marquette 68-58. The Golden Eagles shot just 20-66 from the field and couldn’t deal with the more efficient Gators. Wisconsin shot 14-27 from downtown but just 7-22 from inside the arc as the top-seeded Orangemen survived another close call. Syracuse outscored the Badgers 31-10 in the paint. They’ll meet No.2 Ohio State who outscored Cincinnati 30-14 in the final 10:56 to blow out the Bearcats. The Field of 68 will be reduced to eight at the end of action tonight.
Tonight in the NCAA Tournament
Baylor -6.5 over Xavier (142), 7:15 PM EST
North Carolina -10.5 over Ohio (143), 7:45 PM EST
Kentucky -9.5 over Indiana (144.5), 9:45 PM EST
Kansas -8 over North Carolina State (142.5), 10:15 PM EST
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Shockey was not the whistle blower in Bountygate
Mike Freeman from NFL Insider is reporting that Jeremy Shockey was not the whistleblower in Bountygate and that no single source was responsible for the investigation. According to Freeman, “There was no one person who got the ball rolling. Based on people I speak to the NFL heard of the bounty system from a variety of sources. The league cast a very wide net and caught many fish simultaneously.” Further, “The idea of one whistleblower also shows a lack of understanding of how the NFL’s security arm works. NFL Security is full of ex-FBI agents and police officers. They are the best of the best. They can find out anything.” … and finally … ” a nice chunk of the NFL’s proof are e-mails between Saints officials themselves. This can’t be stressed enough. In much of this case the Saints outed themselves with their own internal communications. One example is the e-mail from two-time convicted felon Mike Ornstein to coach Sean Payton asking Payton to put cash into the bounty pool. That’s not Shockey. That’s the dumbass Saints putting things in writing.”
The Celtics snap the Bucks six-game win streak
Boston used big first and fourth quarters plus 25/9 from Paul Pierce to beat Milwaukee 100-91. The loss dropped the Bucks into ninth place, behind the NY Knicks, in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It was the first of B2B2B games for Milwaukee. Chris Paul’s return to New Orleans was greeted with a 50/50 mix of boos and cherrs and a 97-90 loss the the Hornets. New Orleans snappped a six-game home losing streak. The Clippers lost their third straight. Al Jefferson put back a Devin Harris short jumper with less than a second left as Utah beat the Kings 103-102. Indiana overcame a 51-31 halftime deficit to beat the Wiz 85-83. Houston trounced Golden State and Portland nipped Memphis.
Pens win sixth straight home game crushing Nashville
The Pittsburg Penguins won their sixth straight home game with a 5-1 beat down of the Nashville Predators. Evgeni Malkin continued his MVP type season with his 44th and 45th goals. The Pens closed to within one point of the Rangers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The other seven games on the eight-game card were all decided by one goal. Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Minneosta, and the LA Kings were shootout winners over Washington, Edmonton, Calgary, and St Louis. The Caps picked up a point which kept them a point ahead of Buffalo for the final playoff spot in the East. The Blues and Kings were scoreless after regulation and overtime. Vancouver was a 2-1 winner over Dallas, Phoenix a 3-2 winner over Colorado, and San Jose edged Boston 2-1.
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