He called it
I told you yesterday to watch out for Kid Reporter Dylan Goldman's bracket buster pick of University of Arkansas Little Rock. Well, UALR pulled off an amazing come-from-behind-double-OT victory against Purdue yesterday, winning 85–83. And then they celebrated the upset appropriately with a locker room mosh pit:
They now advance to play No. 4 seed Iowa state in the next round.
Sean Miller sweats through his shirt...twice
If you watched the Arizona-Wichita State game yesterday you probably noticed Wildcats coach Sean Miller sweat through two shirts. Hey — some people sweat more than others. What can you do? Unfortunately he had plenty of reason to perspire, as his team lost to the lower-seeded Shockers, 65–55.
NBA draft big board
Read up on the top NBA draft prospects, many of whom are still alive in the tourney.
Both Tony Bennetts are O.K.
Legendary singer Tony Bennett took to Twitter to assure confused fans that both he and UVA coach Tony Bennett were in good shape after the younger Bennett collapsed during the Cavs' game:
I wanted to let all my fans know that Im ok. Glad to hear UVA coach Tony Bennett is fine after his fall. Congrats @UVAMensHoops on the win!— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) March 17, 2016
Jake Arrieta gets lit up by his son
Jamie Benn is unfair
This entire sequence by Jamie Benn pic.twitter.com/H2bA7Q07xJ— Kyle WIIM (@KyleWIIM) March 18, 2016
(Photo credit: Lance King/Getty Images)
When Chip Kelly was still the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he reportedly offered the Tennessee Titans a huge package in return for their No. 2 draft pick, Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager told Colin Cowherd on Thursday.
The Titans selected quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second pick of the 2015 NFL draft. For the opportunity to do the same, the Eagles offered the following, according to Schrager:
- A 2015 first-round pick (20th overall)
- A 2015 second-round pick (47th overall)
- A 2016 first-round pick (13th overall)
- Any quarterback on the roster
- Any defensive player on the roster
The Titans rejected the trade, and with their first-round pick the Eagles chose wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
Agholor started in 12 of 13 games for the Eagles last season and caught 23 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown. Mariota started in 12 games before being sidelined with a knee injury. He completed 62.2% of his passes for 2,818 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Mariota was a freshman at Oregon in Kelly’s final year as head coach, and was the starting quarterback in Oregon’s Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State in 2012.
The first half of the game between No. 10 seed Syracuse and No. 10 Dayton in the Midwest Regional in St. Louis was competitive, ending in a 30–28 lead for the Orange. But the Flyers were flat coming out of the locker room, allowing Syracuse to go on a 12–1 run in the first six minutes. Dayton scored just 23 points in the second half. Syracuse freshman guard Malachi Richardson led all scorers with 21 points en route to the Orange’s 70–51 win.
Why it mattered
Syracuse was one of the most controversial inclusions in the field of 68. The Orange ended the year by losing four out of their last five ACC games and then dropping their second-round conference tournament game against Pittsburgh. Syracuse’s win here doesn’t validate the Selection Committee’s decision to include the team, but it is an indication that the Orange could be better than their record, which is now 20-13. Still, Syracuse’s bench is almost nonexistent—the Orange were 350th in bench minutes this season and only used seven players on Thursday—which makes it hard to image a deep run for this team. Dayton’s loss also means that Archie Miller Watch 2016 will officially begin. Last summer, Miller signed a contract extension through 2022 and four of his top five scorers from this team will return next year, but his name will still be linked to every major job opening this spring.
The Orange will face the winner of No. 2 seed Michigan State and No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State on Sunday in St. Louis. The Spartans and the Blue Raiders tip at approximately 2:45 p.m.