Five Things: Best NCAA Championship Game Ever?Villanova claimed its second national championship last night with a 77-74 victory over North Carolina on a buzzer-beating three from Kris Jenkins.
5 Things: Final Four Margin Of Victory Record ObliteratedVillanova blasted Oklahoma 95-51, a semifinal record for margin, and North Carolina topped Syracuse 83-66. It sets up what should be—what we hope will be—a competitive final tonight.
Five Things: Syracuse Crashes Final FourThe Final Four in Houston is set and features three teams that spent time at No. 1 in the rankings this season and…Syracuse, a 10 seed that saved its best basketball for the Big Dance.
5 Things: Wild Finishes In NCAA Tournament Opening WeekendA season that provided a carousel of teams at the top of the rankings and plenty of upsets portended an unpredictable and entertaining March Madness.
5 Things: Fantastic Finishes And Selection SundayAs always, the committee made some puzzling decisions, but unless you’re a fan of a snubbed team, you’ve already moved on.
5 Things: NCAA Tournament Bids ClinchedSeveral one-bid leagues crowned their tournament champion this past weekend. The other conferences wrapped up their regular season.
5 Things: Mets Advance to World SeriesThe New York Mets are headed to their first World Series since the 2000 Subway Series.
5 Things: Championship Series’ SetBaseball’s final four is set: Blue Jays and Royals in the American League and Mets and Cubs in the National League. The fun continues tonight in Kansas City.
5 Things: Road Teams Dominate Start of PlayoffsThrough four playoff games, the road teams are undefeated. The home teams will try to turn it around Friday in the first day of full playoff action: four games spread throughout the day for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
Five Things: Scherzer’s Streak And Rose AllegationsA Kansas City Royal still leads in All-Star voting at catcher, third, short, second, two outfield spots, and DH, but Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has jumped ahead at first base and the Angels’ Mike Trout is still the leading vote-getter in the outfield. Voting ends in less than a week.
5 Things: Holt's Cycle And St. Louis HackThere is some important off-field news to report, and not all of it is in the spirit of the game. But there was plenty of excitement on the field to remind us why baseball is fun, starting with a rare batting achievement.
5 Things: Heston's No-Hitter And A Switch PitcherBryce Harper finally faced a pitcher younger than he is. Harper debuted at 19 years old, so it’s not totally unexpected that it took him 415 games to face a younger pitcher.