13) Gonzaga 93, UCLA 90 OT:
— Suggs banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win a tremendous game.
— Gonzaga shot 71.4% inside arc, scored 1.27 ppp- they were only 12-20 on foul line.
— This was UCLA’s 7th OT game this season; it was only Gonzaga’s second game this year decided by fewer than 10 points- the other one was December 2nd.
12) Baylor 78, Houston 59:
— Game was 45-20 at halftime.
— To win their region, Houston beat seeds #15-10-11-12.
— Baylor is 10-2 since their 21-day COVID shutdown.
11) Opening line for Monday’s championship game: Gonzaga, minus 5
10) In three days of major league baseball:
— Giants’ Johnny Cueto is only pitcher to throw 100+ pitches (105) in a game.
— Seattle’s Marco Gonzales, Chicago’s Lance Lynn both threw 99 pitches in their starts.
9) Tampa Bay pitcher Rich Hill is the only pitcher EVER to lose a perfect game in the 9th inning, when one of his fielders made an error. Later in that same game he became the only pitcher EVER to lose a no-hitter on a walk-off hit in extra innings.
Hill has thrown to 35 different catchers in his big league career; one of them was Kevin Cash, who is now his manager with the Rays.
8) Arizona Diamondback manager Tory Lovullo hit only 15 homers in his 8-year big league career (303 games); three of them were against Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, all great pitchers.
7) WHIP is a stat that calculates how many baserunners a pitcher allows, but for whatever reason, hit batters aren’t counted- they should be.
6) MLB Network did a very smart thing and hired Buck Showalter to work games; he called a game with Matt Vasgersian Friday night, and pointed out that on Opening Day, there were 256 players on major league rosters who weren’t born in this country, that is 8.5 per team.
5) Showalter offered an interesting player comp: Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena and the old Houston outfielder Jimmy Wynn, known back then as the Toy Cannon. Wynn hit 291 homers, stole 225 bases in his 15-year big league career, playing in three All-Star Games.
4) Major League Baseball moved this July’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta for political reasons, heading off a probable showdown with the Players’ Association had they not done that. No word on where the game will be played now.
3) Third day of baseball season, and two of the three outfielders on my fantasy team left their game with injuries/illness. Awesome.
2) Since start of last season, Chicago White Sox are 15-0 against lefty starting pitchers.
1) Dodgers’ president Andrew Friedman was on TV the other night, and admitted that no one is really sure how the 2021 season is going to play out, as far as pitcher usage goes. Last year was obviously a short season, so pitchers will throw a lot more this year than they did last year, but how much more? No one knows.