The Men’s 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament comes to an end tonight after Louisville defeated Wichita State 72 – 68 on Saturday night, and Michigan defeated Syracuse 61 – 56. Both games were close, and in reality no one expected Wichita State to give Louisville the game that they did. The Shockers actually led for most of the game, and held a 12 point lead with about 11 minutes to go in the game. Then one of Louisville’s reserve players hit two three pointers to cut the lead to six points, and the teams traded ties for the rest of the game. Louisville had enough down the stretch to put the game away for good in the final seconds. The Michigan Wolverines were in control for most of the game against Syracuse, but then decided to play keep away for the rest of the game. That strategy almost cost the Wolverines the game as Syracuse started pressing and tied the game late, but the Wolverines were able to foul out Syracuse’s starting backcourt which ultimately proved to be the deciding factor. Tonight it will be Michigan’s offensive weapons vs. the defense and pressure of Louisville, and when the Final Four was decided this is the match up everyone wanted to see.
Reports have started to surface that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski might need to undergo a fourth surgery on his left forearm. The reason behind the surgery is that doctors must remove the plate that’s in the arm due to the fact that an infection has developed. The plate was put in to assist with the healing process, and doctors have been fighting the infection unsuccessfully. A new plate must be installed when the old one is removed, but doctors have to make sure that the infection is completely gone. The bad news for the Patriots is that the recover time for this second surgery will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 weeks, and that time frame could be extended if the infection still persists. All of these setbacks could cause Gronkowski to miss the start of the season, bur right now that’s just speculation.
The New York Knicks started out the season looking like one of the best teams in the NBA, but they hit a snag in the middle of the season. With the playoffs fast approaching the Knicks seem to have found their stride again, and were on an 11 game win streak going into their game with the OKC Thunder on Sunday. The Thunder are currently the second seed in the West, and coming off of a victory over the #1 seeded San Antonio Spurs earlier this week. Carmelo Anthony went of for 36 points and 12 rebounds moving ahead of Kevin Durant in the process to become the NBA’s top scorer. The Knicks won the gam 125 – 120 even with Russell Westbrook scoring 37 points, 11 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists. The Thunder don’t seem to be as good as they were last season, and that could become a problem if they hope to make it back to the NBA Finals.