The Viral Roundup – Severed Sixteen Edition
Good morning! Welcome to today’s installment of The Viral Roundup. We’re the convenient one stop shop where you can get caught up on all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining the world of sports you’re waking up to. In this TGIF (R.I.P. Teen Angel) edition: School’s out for four NCAA tourney hopefuls, the Hamburglar gets lit up in Ottawa and the Bucks play the role of inhospitable hosts versus the Pacers.
Did You Hear?
Can anyone stop Kentucky? Even the U.S. National Guard is a longshot to bring down the #1 Wildcats and ruin their perfect season. #5 West Virginia were slaughtered 78-39 in last night’s tangle with Kentucky, a margin going well beyond the SEC squad’s 13 point favourite status. Wildcats freshman Trey Lyles led KU in scoring with 14 points.
Did You See?
Is there anything sweeter in this world than a crappy local TV ad starring an uncomfortable athlete? It’s like these things were crafted in heaven and rappelled down an enchanted mountain to come into our world. We’d like to direct you to this commercial featuring Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov brutalizing a competitor’s plate, powering through clunky dialogue and wearing his jersey backwards. Why wouldn’t you want to go to the Beer Garden in Middleburg Heights after this?
Did You Know?
- So long Shockers. #7 Wichita State are finished thanks to the efforts of #3 Notre Dame. Demetrius Jackson put up 20 points and Pat Connaughton provided 16 points and 10 boards in the 81-70 Fighting Irish victory, a win that puts Notre Dame in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1979. Junior guard Fred VanVleet put 25 on the scoreboard in a losing cause for the Shockers.
- #1 Wisconsin advance to the Elite Eight following a 79-72 win over #4 North Carolina in Los Angeles. Sam Decker’s 23 points and 10 rebounds were crucial in giving the Tar Heels the boot on Thursday night. One more win for the Badgers and they’re headed to their second consecutive Final Four. Oddsmakers have Wisconsin as an 8/1 bet to win the NCAA title.
- Wisconsin’s Elite Eight opponent will be… #2 Arizona. Powered by senior T.J. McConnell’s 13 2nd half points, the Wildcats knocked #6 Xavier from the tournament. Not helping matters for the Musketeers was an ugly night from 3 point land, going 3 for 17 on their attempts at triples. Arizona were heavily favoured to win the game, coming in as a 12 point favourite and leaving with a 68-60 final score.
- There was only one game on the slate in the NBA last night. A season-high 34 points from Ersan Ilyasova helped give the Milwaukee Bucks (favoured by 3 going in) a 111-107 victory of the Indiana Pacers. The loss dropped Indiana to a half game back of Boston for the final spot in the Eastern Conference, while Milwaukee remain situated in the #6 position. If you believe in the Bucks, let it be known that the club is a 200/1 bet to win the title this summer.
- The Hamburglar got torched for five goals on 22 shots in a 5-1 bludgeoning at the hands of the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts clinched a playoff spot with the win and Chris Kreider contributed two goals and an assist over the 60 minutes. Ottawa’s loss and Boston’s charity point from a 3-2 OT loss to Anaheim has the two clubs tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Saturday could see some separation with the Bruins taking on the Rangers while the Senators square off against the Maple Leafs.
- The defending Stanley Cup champs are still looking to scratch and claw their way into the postseason and their odds are improving thanks to their recent run of positive results. The Los Angeles Kings racked up their third straight win with a 3-2 victory at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum over the Islanders. Jonathan Quick turned aside 25 shots and Anze Kopitar notched his 16 goal of the season in last night’s contest. The Kings continue to duke it out with the likes of Calgary, Vancouver, Minnesota and Winnipeg in the lower portion of the Western Conference’s playoff seeding picture.
- Big Buff is back! Dustin Byfuglien opened the scoring in his return to the Jets lineup as Winnipeg thumped the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 at the MTS Centre. Ondrej Pavelec continued his stellar play making 39 saves and outdueled Habs backup Dustin Tokarski in the process. The freshly acquired two points provide the Jets with a three point cushion over the Calgary Flames for the final playoff spot in the West.
- Nashville appear to have shaken off the nasty tailspin that’s plagued them this summer. The Preds pulled back into the Central Division’s peak position courtesy of their third straight win, a 3-2 squeaker in Tampa. Pekka Rinne stopped 17 shots for Nashville to collect his 40th W of the season. Both clubs had dismal nights on the power play, each going 0/5 with the man advantage.
- The overtime heroics of defenseman Matt Niskanen pulled the Captials past the Devils for a 2-1 home win. Washington starter Braden Hotlby’s 29 saves gave the Caps an edge between the pipes and the W pulls the red, white and blue one point back of Pittsburgh in the competitive Metropolitan Division. By the way, opponents will want to be on their best behaviour whenever they play the Caps. Washington has the second best power play percentage in the National Hockey League.
- #Lumbus will be without forward Jared Boll for three games following a head shot on Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon. The lost time will cost the 28-year-old over $27,000 of his salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Boll’s provided the Blue Jackets with one goal, four assists and 109 penalty minutes this season.
- In “yeah, I just kinda assumed” news: Alex Rodriguez will undergo increased drug testing in 2015. MLB commish Rob Manfred told the press that A-Rod will be tested just like any other player that’s violated the drug policy in the Majors. The three-time AL MVP was suspended for the entire 2014 season for using performance enhancing drugs. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has suggested that A-Rod might be the club’s full-time DH this season. The Yanks are currently pegged as a 33/1 shot to win the Fall Classic.
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