The Week That Was (March 11th Edition)

Another week has come and gone and the sports landscape is slowly changing. The college basketball regular season came to a close and tournament play starts this week. Some teams have punched their tickets already, while others look to break some hearts and automatically qualify for the big dance. Golf saw more of the same from last week, while the NBA chugs along and friendlies dominated the soccer landscape.

College Basketball

Wichita State completed a perfect regular season, going 34-0 and winning the Missouri Valley Conference. I can’t see any way they won’t be a number 1 seed when the brackets are released Sunday evening. Can they keep up this momentum?

Florida completed a perfect regular season in the SEC, going 18-0 and pretty much locking up a number 1 seed in the process. Even if they were to lose, which is highly unlikely, they have shown enough to warrant a top seed in the tournament. Who can beat Florida?

North Carolina extended their win streak to 13 games, only to see it end to Duke Saturday night; Speaking of Duke, they lost to Wake in a game no one saw coming; Syracuse lost their 4th game out of 5 on Tuesday, before bouncing back and beating Maryland on Sunday; Arkansas put up 110 points on Ole Miss Wednesday, not sure if that says more about Arkansas or Ole Miss.

Along with Wichita St, Mercer and Coastal Carolina clinched berths in the NCAA tournament by winning their conference tournaments. I expect both to be low seeds, between 13-15 and both will probably make 1st round exits.

NBA

Lebron dropped 61 points on Monday, shooting 22-33 from the field, including 8-10 from behind the arc and 9-12 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. That’s impressive shooting from a guy who, before this season, wasn’t known for his jump shot.

The triple double was the stat of the week for me. Russell Westbrook had one on Tuesday (13-10-14 in 20 minutes), Joakim Noah had one on Wednesday (10-11-11) and Kyle Lowery had one on Sunday (20-12-11). Kevin Love was 1 assist shy of having one on Sunday as well. Noah continues to impress me has he had his 2nd triple double in 3 games and told Carmelo if he wants to win a championship, he needs to come to Chicago.

Team from LA beat the other team from LA by 48 points, with the winning team being the Clippers. It’s the worst loss in franchise history for the Lakers and pretty much sums up their season. Not real sure how an NBA team plays that poorly and loses by that much. I’d say the tank is on for the Lake show but I do believe they traded their 1st round draft pick in the Steve Nash trade, so even if they get a high pick, I think it belongs to Phoenix.

Soccer

Chelsea remained atop the BPL table with a dominating 4-0 win over Spurs on Saturday. They are 7 points clear and have played 29 games; Manchester United finally won a game they were supposed to, beating West Brom 3-0. They moved up to 7th in the table.

The USMNT lost to Ukraine 2-0 in an International friendly on Wednesday. They showed no true form and the back 4 were awful; The USWNT tied with Japan 1-1 on Wednesday and then lost their next 2 games. The first loss snapped a 43 match unbeaten streak.

Whip Around

Nike Golf must be very upset so far this season. Tiger and Rory have both posted back-to-back awful finishes. Tiger went into Sunday 3 shots back and he finished at +5, 9 shots back. Rory never really got going after Thursday, finishing +5 as well. Patrick Reed secured his 2nd win of the year, shooting an even par 72 in the final round to edge Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson.

NFL cuts have been a major talking point and last week was no exception. The Broncos parted ways with Champ Bailey and the Saints parted ways with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles. Bailey didn’t have his best year last season and at 34, his better days are well behind him. It’s an age + money cut for Denver. The Saints let both Moore(30) and Sproles(30) go to save money. Both should find teams to play for next season but for what the Saints were paying them + their age + their production, it makes sense.

The Saints have cut some huge names from their team this season. Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Lance Moore, and Darren Sproles have all been let go by the Saints. Saints fans have come out in droves to show disappointment over management getting rid of fan favorites, but I think all the moves are 100% correct and it frees up a ton of money, plus gets rid of players past their prime who weren’t producing what they were being paid. Younger, cheaper, and more talented players are on the roster.

By Ryan Griffin
3/11/14

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