In today's bag, I'm talking national title, Metro State, and those damn Rox.
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Louisville vs Michigan for the crown -
A little late-game controversy notwithstanding, Louisville and Michigan survived Final Four Saturday, and will meet for the national championship this evening.
Louisville had to storm back multiple times against the Cinderella Wichita St Shockers, but was able to grind out a 72-68 win. With injured guard Kevin Ware looking on, the Cardinals were forced to turn to reserves Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson for an off-the-bench spark, and the pair rose to the occasion with 26 huge points. A too-quickly-blown jump-ball with only six seconds left sealed the deal, erasing any hopes of a last-second Shockers miracle.
|Hancock was key for the Cardinals.|
|Mitch McGary has been a force of nature for the Wolverines.|
Metro State stunned by late collapse -
While CU and CSU had made headlines with their second-consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, local D-II school Metro State had, in a way, leapfrogged the larger programs by navigating the lower-division's tournament all the way to the national title game. Unfortunately, despite leading Drury for almost the entire game, Metro couldn't seal the deal, as the Panthers from Springfield, MO roared past them in the final seconds for a 74-73 win.
|Heartbreak. From: the Post|
The final possession was endemic of the offensive struggles, with multiple drives at the basket bearing no fruit. Still, guard Brandon Jefferson had a chance to turn the slop into celebration, but looked past a quick-shot opportunity for a missed layup attempt that never had a chance to beat the buzzer. A bitter pill to swallow after enjoying a terrific 32-3 season.
Said Clark, "This hurts, but these kids shouldn't feel down when they leave the locker room. That would take away from the mission, the journey. They got to play for a national championship."
Someone break up the Rockies -
I don't mean to alarm everyone, but the Colorado Rockies are currently in a first place tie in the NL West. Yes, those Rockies, that team that was expected to lose 90+ ballgames.
Since losing in 10 innings on Opening Day, the Rox have won their last five in convincing fashion, including a 9-1 victory over the Padres yesterday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. Their 5-1 start is the best since 1995!
The big story has been the play of Dexter Fowler, who has 10 hits - only six of which have stayed in the ballpark - for the young season. Buoyed by the center fielder's blazing pace, the Rox have scored the most runs in baseball.
|Dexter did it again. From: the Post.|