Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, NHL Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane reached a league-high 100-points for the season. He’s the first American-born player to reach 100 points since Doug Weight in 1995-96. USA! USA!
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Final Four Edition
And then there were two… The Final Four battled it out this weekend and –drumroll please… Villanova and UNC came out victorious! The teams will play tonight to find out who will take home the national championship title. Here is your cheatsheet on how they made it the big game:
- #2 Villanova crushed #2 Oklahoma (95-51). The Wildcats’ 44-point win was the biggest point-difference in a Final Four game. How did they do it? They looked dominant on both ends of the court, including shooting an unbelievable 71.4% from the field and holding Oklahoma’s superstar Buddy Hield to only 9 points. In fact, 6 of Nova’s players had more points than Buddy, with Josh Hart scoring a game-high 23 points.
- #1 UNC beat #10 Syracuse (83-66), by quickly getting the ball into the paint past Syracuse’s devastating 2-3 zone defense. When Syracuse rallied to make it a close game with a 10-0 run, UNC pulled away again with three 3-pointers hit by star Marcus Paige. This game marked the end of Syracuse’s fairytale run, but coach Jim Boeheim couldn’t be more proud.
Meanwhile, fighting for the women’s title… Tomorrow, the UConn women will try for their 4th straight national championship—only Syracuse stands in their way!
The beginning of the end? On Friday, the Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors (109-106), ending the Warriors’ 54 home-game winning streak. Warriors’ superstar Steph Curry uncharacteristically missed the final 3-point buzzer beater that would have tied the game. How’s that record looking? Now, the Warriors have to win 4 out of their last 5 games to beat the 72-10 regular season record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. It won’t be a walk in the park. The Warriors face some difficult competition in their remaining games, including 2 more meetings with the San Antonio Spurs who are their biggest threat in the West. The Spurs have their own record at stake… Now that the Warriors lost at home, the Spurs are the only team in NBA-history that could go undefeated at home for a whole season. Who cares? Not Spurs’ famed coach Gregg Popovich. He says that the home-game record means about as much to him as “a cup of coffee.” Instead, he’s focused on resting his star players until the playoffs start, which could be good news for the Warriors as they chase their record-setting season.
Seen and Heard
Next time, call an Uber... Famed U.S. soccer superstar Abby Wambach was arrested for a DUI this past weekend when leaving dinner at a friend’s house. What happened to going out on top? After winning the 2015 World Cup, Wambach retired from soccer this past fall. She also has 2 Olympic gold medals on her mantle and she holds the world record for most international goals scored (184) by either a man or woman.
It all comes down to this… March Madness culminates in the national championship game tonight between Villanova and UNC at 9:19pm ET on TBS. Tune in to find out who will win it all!
Getting off on the right foot… Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals beat the NY Mets (4-3) again, in the Opening Day rematch of last year’s World Series. Tune in today as more teams kick off the regular season! Don’t have a clue what the heck is going on in baseball? Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered.