5 Things for April 8th: UConn Beats Kentucky to Win NCAA tournament
1. UConn has had a tumultuous two seasons since Jim Calhoun has retired. They were on probation and ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season. Then, the Big East pretty much fell apart, leaving the Huskies to join the new American Athletic Conference. Plus, they lost a hall of fame coach.
Kevin Ollie, Shabazz Napier, and Ryan Boatright picked up the pieces, and were able to keep their program on the same trajectory. The Huskies won their fourth national title last night, and their second in the last four seasons. Shabazz Napier did a fantastic Kemba Walker imitation all season, and scored 22 points last night. They hit 10 of 10 free throws, and were great from the free throw line all tournament long.
You have to give John Calipari and the Wildcats credit. They improved an incredible amount in a short period of time, and went on a great run.
2. The Tigers head out on a west coast road trip this week, and start with arguably the best team in baseball. They play the Dodgers tonight and Wednesday. Max Scherzer takes the hill against Dan Haren tonight, and it appears that Detroit will miss Clayton Kershaw. Meanwhile, Freep.com reports that relief pitcher Evan Reed has a bad situation on his hands.
3. The Red Wings have a great chance to pick up two points and further cement their playoff status tonight. They play the lowly Buffalo Sabres, who have the worst record in the east. Detroit got good news last night, as the Devils lost a 1-0 to the Calgary Flames.
4. Michigan State missed on a basketball recruit yesterday, as Yante Maten of Bloomfield Hills committed to Georgia. Mlive.com has the story.
5. Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart decided to enter his name into the NBA draft. Smart is projected to be a top-10 pick.
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