Only two teams are left in the West Region of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as the top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers face number two team Arizona Wildcats.
The match is on March 28, 2015 and starts 6:09 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TBS network or online through live stream (details below).
In the second round, Wisconsin took care of Coast Carolina 86-72 with Frank Kaminsky coming up big with 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Badgers led big by the half and continued to pile on the pressure to eliminate their Big South competition. more >>
The Kentucky Wildcats will try to continue their dominance as they play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Tip-off is on March 28, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. ET.
Many predicted that Kentucky would go deep into the tournament, but slowly they've shown that they are a level above their opponents as they have dominated their way to this stage so far.
In their opening round, they thrashed Hampton 79-56 behind a double-double game from Karl-Anthony Towns. The forward scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while shooting 8-of-12 from the field. Cincinnati were up next for the Wildcats and the Bearcats stood no chance. After keeping the game close at the half, Kentucky turned up the intensity to eventually win 64-51 with Trey Lyles scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds in only 28 minutes on the court. more >>
There are not a lot of heated rivalries among sports teams anymore. Sure, there are the fans of one team that don't really like the other team, but by and large, the truly heated rivalries have become a thing of the past. In an era of free agency where players move around from team to team, more it is hard to build a heated rivalry the likes of the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche or the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.
Baseball teams in the same division play each other 18 times a year, and the hope beyond ticket sales in both cities was a rekindling of the rivalry between divisional opponents. There has not been a lot of that but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks have certainly entered into a pretty heated rivalry.
In a Sprint Training game no less yesterday there were four batters hit by pitches and a number of ejections as the two teams from the National League West went at each other once again. more >>
The NFL will not blackout games in local TV markets in 2015 no matter how many tickets remain. It has been the long practice of the league to blackout out the TV broadcast of that game if it was not sold out 72 hours before the scheduled kickoffs. There was a procedure in place for team to file a 24-hour extension to get the tickets sold and even a rule that allowed teams to buy up the remaining tickets at a substantial discount to insure the games would be broadcast in the local market. All of that appears to be a thing of the past.
This really boils down to simple economics. The NFL does not make the lion's share of its profits from tickets sales. It would still prefer you to see a game in person, pay for parking, pay for beer an a hot dog but the real profit in sports these days is in the TV contract, and the more people watching at home, the more the NFL can charge for its broadcast rights. That is where the big profit lays.
"Now it appears that there may never be a blackout again," David Smith wrote for Pro Football Talk. "More and more, the NFL is a television sport, and the fans expect to be able to see their teams on TV. That will be the case this year regardless of how many fans are watching the game inside the stadium." more >>
Oklahoma and Michigan State meet at Carrier Dome for their Sweet 16 battle in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The game is on March 27, 2015 and starts 10:07 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TBS network or online through live stream (details below).
The Sooners began their tournament with a match against Am. East's Albany. TaShawn Thomas and Buddy Hield led Oklahoma to a 69-60 victory. Thomas finished with a game high 18 points while shooting 7-of-11 from the field. He also was a stalwart on the defensive end with four blocks in 32 minutes. Meanwhile, Hield added 15 points despite only going 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Next was a match against 11th seed Dayton and things were much closer than their first match. more >>
Duke will try to continue their dominance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament as they face Utah in the Sweet 16. The game is on March 27, 2015 and begins at 9:45 p.m. ET, and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through live stream (details below).
The Blue Devils began the tournament against Robert Morris of NEC and took off as expected by many. They led big at the half and continued to pour on the pressure until they eventually won 85-56. Robert Morris could not find an answer for Duke's players, especially center Jahlil Okafor who scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Quinn Cook had another superb game with 22 points while also dishing out five assists and three steals.
Duke shot the ball with great efficiency, draining 63 percent of their shots and 48 percent from beyond the arc. more >>