Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a busy Saturday…….

Saint Peter’s 70, Murray State 60:
— Saint Peter’s first-ever NCAA tourney wins were both this week.
— Peacocks never trailed; they held Murray State to 34.6% from floor.
— 15-seeds to make the Sweet 16:
2013— Florida Gulf Coast
2021— Oral Roberts
2022— Saint Peter’s

Bad news for Saint Peter’s: There is no way in hell Shaheen Holloway will be the coach at Saint Peter’s next season, The big money $chool$ will come calling.

Gonzaga 82, Memphis 78:
— Memphis led this game 41-31 at halftime.
— Timme had 25 points, 11 rebounds for Gonzaga.
— Very intense, spirited contest; seemed like a Final Four game.

Arkansas 53, New Mexico State 48:
— Razorbacks held Aggies star Teddy Allen to 12 points.
— Arkansas won despite shooting 27.5% from floor.
— Razorbacks move on to play Gonzaga Thursday. 

North Carolina 93, Baylor 86, OT:
— Carolina led 67-42 with 10:20 left in regulation.
— Tar Heels made 11-25 on arc, 26-37 on foul line, needed OT to win.
— Baylor made only 9-37 shots on the arc.

Kansas 79, Creighton 72:
— Jayhawks scored last six points to salt game away.
— Bluejays were down two starters; they shot 12-28 on arc, 9-31 inside arc. — Three guys on Creighton played all 40:00.

Michigan 76, Tennessee 68:
— Michigan trailed 37-32 at half; they were down 15 in Thursday’s win.
— Tennessee shot 2-18 on arc; hard to win that way.
— Last four years, #3-seeds are 5-11 ATS in second round.

Providence 79, Richmond 51:
— Friars were 12-22 on arc, Richmond 1-22 (8-21 on foul line)
— Spiders shot 64.5% inside arc and still lost by 28.
— Providence advances to play Kansas in Sweet 16. 

UCLA 79, Saint Mary’s 72:
— UCLA won 10 of its last 12 games.
— Bruins shot 59.5% inside arc.
— UCLA star Juzang re-injured his ankle (check status)

Elsewhere in the world………
5) Some baseball teams are spending lot of money…….
— Phillies gave OF Nick Castellanos $100M for five years.
— Phillies also gave OF/DH Kyle Schwarber a 4-year for just under $20M/year.
— Twins gave SS Carlos Correa $105M for three years.
— Braves gave closer Kenley Jansen $16M for one year. 

Phillies’ on-base %age from their leadoff spot last year was their lowest since 2009, which is why the Schwarber signing is a big deal.

4) Cleveland Browns traded three first-round picks and couple other picks to Houston, in exchange for QB Deshaun Watson. Browns are 30-31 with Baker Mayfield as their starter, a vast improvement from the pre-Mayfield years.

Watson didn’t play last year because of his legal issues; he figures to be suspended for at least six games. Texans were 29-27 with Watson starting at QB.

3) Las Vegas Raiders traded a first round pick to Green Bay for WR Davante Adams, re-uniting him with his college QB, Derek Carr. Adams will make $67.5M for three years, with lot more available in incentives. Plus, I’m guessing it is more fun to live in Las Vegas than Green Bay. 

2) Saturday was a busy day for the Super Bowl champion LA Rams:
— Matthew Stafford signed a four-year, $160M contract extension.
— Rams traded WR Robert Woods to Tennessee for a draft pick; this is a tough one. Woods was a great Ram; he blocks well, is a productive receiver, great teammate. He will be missed. 

1) College basketball coaching moves:
— Louisville hired Knicks’ assistant Kenny Payne as its new coach.
— Florida hired San Francisco coach Todd Golden
— USF replaced Golden with assistant Chris Gerlufsen.
— Rhode Island hired former Indiana coach Archie Miller.
— Xavier hired Archie’s brother Sean to be its hoop coach (again)

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.