The championship trophy for the South Region is headed back to Ann Arbor, Michigan to commemorate another group of young Wolverines trip to the Final Four. Led by their all world point guard Trey Burke and sharp-shooting guard Nik Stauskas, one of three freshmen starters, Michigan controlled Florida from start to finish in a 79-59 win Sunday. Michigan jumped out to a 13 – 0 lead and Florida could mount a meaningful response until late in the first half, and the Gators tried to make several runs in the second half and were unable to catch up. Stauskas scored 22 points while making all six of his 3-pointers. Burke, the South Region’s most outstanding player, scored 15 points even while dealing with some spasms in his upper back, and 6-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary had 11 points and nine rebounds. Even with three straight Elite Eight appearances Billy Donovans Gators came up short, and Michigan will play Syracuse next Saturday for a trip to the championship game.
The best player in the NHL and face of the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with a broken jaw. The injury, caused by a Brooks Orpik whose slap shot went of course and struck Crosby early in yesterday’s 2-0 win over the Islanders. Crosby leads the entire NHL in points and is a favorite to win the MVP, so his production and presence on the ice will be missed. He has successful surgery on his jaw Saturday night, and with Pittsburgh boasting the NHL’s best record and a 15 game win streak we will see how this changes things. Jarome Iginla was recently traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, so he may be able to provide some help is Crosby’s absence.
Even though the Miami Heat’s win streak ended, the team continues to show why they are the defending champs. They took on the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, and both Dwayne Wade and Lebron James were taking the night off due to injuries. Chris Bosh the lone member of the big 3 playing on Sunday night scored 23 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Heat defeated San Antonio 88-86. Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who had a seven-game home winning streak snapped. Danny Green and Tony Parker added 12 points apiece and Stephen Jackson had 11, and Manu Ginobili did not play due to injury as well.