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First, Kemba Walker of Connecticut is continuing to make a legend out of himself. He made the game winning shot to advance the Huskies in the Big East tournament yesterday to eliminate one seed Pittsburgh. Today, he will try to work his magic heroics against Syracuse.
Here is his game winning shot agaisnt the Panthers:
Also, this weekend college basketball is at its finest, as teams are trying to secure top seeds or even get into the NCAA tournament. On Sunday, at 5 p.m., the brackets will be announced on CBS.
Some match-ups we might see are: Duke vs Carolina for the third time this season. It would be on neutral court. Duke needs to win the ACC tournament for some serious momentum heading into the NCAA tournament and a possible a one seed. North Carolina came back from 19 down to win earlier today against Miami. Duke plays Maryland tonight.
In the Big East, Connecticut could play Notre Dame for the title. A match-up of two guards who have played tremedously this year. Kemba Walker and Ben Hansbourgh. You could also see Connecticut vs Louisville, or Syracuse vs Notre Dame or Louisville vs Syracuse.
In the SEC, Florida could meet Kentucky again. This is always a good rivalry. Chandler Parsons vs Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight.
In the Big 12, Kansas could meet Texas. Texas has been on the downhill lately. A Big 12 championship could motivate them.
In the Pac-10, Arizona and freshman phenom Derrick Williams could face Washington and star guard Isaiah Thomas. However, USC and Oregon could be tough match-ups for both. USC is reeling and E.J. Singler is carrying the Ducks.
In the Big Ten, Ohio State could meet Wisconsin and Purdue again, two teams that have beat them in the regular season. Not to long ago, Northwestern gave the Buckeyes a scare.
In the Mountain West, BYU and San Diego State could face off again, but first BYU has to get by New Mexico, who has beat the Cougars twice already. A BYU and SDSU game would mark the third time the teams face and provide another interesting match-up between Kwahi Leonard and Jimmer Fredette.
In the Alantic 10, Dayton upsetted Xavier today, and will push for a tournament bid, but must win the conference tournament. Temple is the favorite now in the Alantic 10.
Teams already in the tournament are: Long Island, St. Peter’s, Bucknell, Utah St., Oakland, Indiana State, Wofford, UNC-Asheville, Harvard, Kent St., UNLV, Northern Colorado, Long Beach St, Butler, Morehead St., Tulsa, Belmont, and Old Dominion.
My teams that could make statements in the tournament are: Oakland, Morehead St, with big man Kenneth Faried, and Old Dominion.
My teams from the big conferences that could make runs in the tournament are: Ohio St., Purdue, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Duke, UNC, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame, Texas, St. John’s, or Arizona.
Michigan and Illinois are darkhorses. As well as St. Mary’s or Gonzaga.
Second, today is the NFL’s deadline to get a deal done. Will they? I hope so, but not sure. Could they also extend the deadline once again? Quite possibly, and more likely. The last few days, I’ve become more and more less optimistic, but who knows.
Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith met earlier today. Goodell also was joined by nine owners. Smith had a few older players from the past and Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The two sides met for the 16th day to try and see how to divide the 9 billion in annual revenue.
If no deal is made, the player’s union could dissolve and more than likely, seek antitrust cases in court and owners would get a lockout.
With the NFL flourishing, especially since the last two Super Bowls have been the most watched TV progams, a lockout would be terrible.
Brees tweeted earlier today, “To our fans – I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal,” and continued to say, “The NFL brought this fight to us – they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request.”And more: “We have a responsibility to our players – past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back.”
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