13) Kansas is favored by 7.5 points over Providence Friday night; if the Jayhawks lose, it’ll be the first time EVER (in the 64+-team era) that no #-1 seeds made it to the Elite 8.
Thursday was a rough night for number one seeds.
12) Arkansas 74, Gonzaga 68:
— Razorbacks ended first half on 15-4 run, led 32-29 at halftime.
— Arkansas is 14-2 outside the SEC.
— Gonzaga was 28-4 this season, but 0-2 vs SEC teams (Alabama/Arkansas)
11) Houston 72, Arizona 60:
— Cougars never trailed, were by far the more physical team.
— Arizona shot 33.3% from floor, gave up 1.16 points/possession.
— Houston gave up 68-53-60 points in three NCAA tourney wins.
10) Villanova 63, Michigan 55:
— Villanova has won eight in row, 13 of last 14 games.
— Michigan shot 34.4% from floor, 34.9% inside arc.
— Villanova is in Elite 8 for third time in last six years.
9) Duke 78, Texas Tech 73:
— Free throws: Duke 15-17, Texas Tech 5-9
— Red Raiders led 68-66 with 3:00 left in game.
— Duke is shooting 37% on arc (#29), 56.2% inside arc (#8)
8) NC-Wilmington 96, Middle Tennessee 90, 2OT:
— Seahawks won CBI championship Wednesday afternoon.
— UNCW won four games in four days; title game was day game after a nite game.
— MTSU led by 11 with 12:33 left to play.
— UNCW was 36-43 on foul line, Blue Raiders 34-46.
7) New York City lifted its vaccine mandate this week, meaning Kyrie Irving and any unvaccinated players on the two NYC baseball teams can play in home games.
6) Strange stat of the day: Memphis Grizzlies are 15-2 when star G Ja Morant doesn’t play; that stat will get tested some more, as Morant will miss the next two weeks with a knee problem.
5) Brian Schottenheimer will serve as a consultant to the Dallas Cowboys in 2022, working on both sides of the ball. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy broke into the NFL working for Brian’s dad Marty Schottenheimer with Kansas City back in 1993.
This will be Schottenheimer’s 8th NFL team; he was with Jacksonville LY, was OC in Seattle the three years before that.
4) Los Angeles Angels signed C Max Stassi to a 3-year, $17.5M deal
3) Colorado Rockies traded OF Raimel Tapia and a minor league to Toronto, for OF Randal Grichuk.
2) Was reading about a 12-team fantasy draft, where all the owners were fantasy baseball experts; none of the first 44 guys drafted are on my fantasy team. Cedric Mullins was 45th pick, Kris Bryant 48th. Now, either my team isn’t very good, or those guys aren’t so expert.
1) I’d like to thank the good people at MGM Grand Sportsbook for letting me hang out Thursday night. Was fun watching the ballgames there. This is a really good sportsbook that is well-run, comfortable and around the corner from an excellent pizza place.