Martin Mayhew was once the protégé of Matt Millen, who is generally considered a bad NFL General Manger. Longtime suffering Detroit Lions fans were hopeful that Mayhew had learned the way to not run a football team, however, after almost eight years on the job, it is becoming increasingly clear Mayhew has many of the same defects that his former mentor had. Those defects stand out most notably in the NFL draft.
When Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley left the team in free agency it wiped out the 2010 and 2011 draft classes for the team. At the NFL meetings this week in Phoenix Mayhew admitted that he was "over aggressive" in the 2011 draft. That class has been marred by gambles taken by the Lions that were destined to fail.
It seems like a good idea to draft Fairley to play next to Suh. However, in four NFL seasons Fairley has never lived up to his potential. It is hard to fault Mayhew for that. But his second round selection of WR Titus Young looked so much like a Millen move that it is hard to conceive that story ending up in a different way that it has. Another Lions high round draft pick was taken out of the league and is now facing a lengthy prison sentence. more >>
NC State Wolfpack are looking for another upset as they face the Louisville Cardinals in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The match is on March 27, 2015 and tip-off is at 7:37 p.m. ET.
Meeting LSU in the second round of the competition, NC State had to rely on BeeJay Anya to provide the winning shot in the 66-65 match.
LSU held the lead at the half, but the Wolfpack clawed their way back into the game behind Anthony Barber's 17 points. Guard Trevor Lacey overcame a poor shooting night by filling up other stats as he scored nine points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists. more >>
Jeremy Lin is coming off his best stretch in the season.
After playing poorly during the past few months, the 26-year-old point guard managed to get himself going right after the All-Star Break.
According to a report by Lakers Nation, coach Byron Scott has given Lin another crack at the starting line-up. more >>
Number two seeded Arizona Wildcats play sixth-seeded Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 of the West Region in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday night. The game is scheduled to have a start time of 10.17 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TBS network, or online through live stream (details below).
Xavier started their tournament with a 76-57 win over Ole Miss.
It was a dominant game from the beginning as the Musketeers led by 12 after the first half. They would not lift their foot off the gas as they eliminated the Rebels behind a 20-point performance from Matt Stainbrook. more >>
Things start to heat up in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament as we enter the Sweet 16 when the Kentucky Wildcats play the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Midwest Region. The game starts at 9:45 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through live stream (details below).
Blazing a trail with a 36-0 record, the Wildcats are once again chasing history as they try to win the title without a single loss in a season.
They dominated Hampton in the second round, winning 79-56 behind Karl-Anthony Towns' 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. more >>
In the West Region of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels face top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers on March 26, 2015 at 7:47 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the TBS network or online through live stream (details below).
After only losing three times this season, big things were expected of Wisconsin and they have delivered. Their second round match against Coast Carolina was not even close.
In the 86-72 victory, Frank Kaminsky had a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds. more >>