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Sweet Sixteen (CBS/TBS) Four Game Slate

North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks is a game time decision due to a sprained knee  as is with guard Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson who has yet to play in the tournament game after breaking his right foot in a loss at Rutgers on Jan. 11. Badger head coach Bo Ryan says Jackson will play tonight if ready.

If you were to ask West Virginia Freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr.,  the juggernaut that is Kentucky 2015 will get an L before it’s done. Via ESPN 

“I give them their props,” West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr. told reporters Wednesday.

“Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1.”

Miles went on to say Kentucky does not “play hard” and “they should be more intimidated”

One strategy to beat Kentucky: “Press Virginia” 

Kentucky guard  Tyler Ulis thinks the Wildcats will be able to handle the Mountaineer press.

“With two point guards in most of the game it’s hard to press us,” Tyler Ulis said.

“(Andrew Harrison) can get the ball, I can get the ball, Aaron and Book can also handle the pressure, and Trey (Lyles). It’s hard to press us, and then once we get in the open court it’s lobs.”

Thursday’s NCAA Schedule

7:15 pm ET CBS #3 Notre Dame vs #7 Wichita State  (Cleveland Regional)

7:47 pm ET TBS 1#Wisconsin vs #4 North Carolina  (Los Angeles Regional)

9:45 pm ET CBS #1 Kentucky vs #5 West Virginia (Cleveland Regional)

10:17 PM ET TBS #2 Arizona vs #6 Xavier (Los Angeles Regional (AP Game Preview)

Today in Sports History:  1949 Kentucky routed Oklahoma State, 46-36, to capture the NCAA Championship.

Quote of the day:  “The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play “Drop the Handkerchief.”
~ James Naismith

Stats of the Day:   Kentucky has advanced to play in the Elite Eight on 34 occasions, owning a 34-10 (.773) record in the round of 16.  UK is 20-3 (.870) in NCAA Tournament games under head coach John Calipari.

End Zone Replay Gently Suggested

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick strongly voiced his displeasure regarding the NFL’s refusal to put up the dough for end zone cameras for use with instant replay.  Via Sports Illustrated

Via NESN Schefter told ESPN’s Keith Olberman:

And Bill Belichick got up there, and in profane language, told the NFL: ‘We spend money to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil, we spend money to go overseas to London, but we can’t spend money to have four cameras in the end zone, four cameras to help determine the correct call in the end zone on certain plays?’ He went off, and the way it was explained to me, from people in the room at the time, they were laughing at it because his language was so profane and because he was so incensed about it, and the NFL didn’t know how to handle it.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin tells of his displeasure with Siri, who he calls the “GPS Lady” in his iPhone.

Two weeks ago I’m trying to get to a roller hockey game that my grandson is playing in, so Marc Ross [the Giants’ director of college scouting] had showed me how to talk to this phone,” Coughlin said. “I don’t trust the lady in GPS, I don’t trust her, because they don’t send you the right way. I hit the button and I go ‘Park Ridge, New Jersey.’ And she comes back on, she’s giving me directions. So now I figure out where I am. I hit the thing and I said, ‘Thank you very much, I know exactly where I am now.’ And she comes back and says, ‘You don’t have to thank me.’ I swear to God that’s what she said. And then I couldn’t get her to shut up. Every turn. ‘Take a right here.’ I know where I am. I know where I am. I’m a block away from my house, and she’s telling me where to go. I said, ‘I know where I’m going.’ “

Via Yahoo Sports

Playoff Picture-if the NBA Season ended Today 

Eastern Conference

(1) Atlanta vs 8) Boston

(2) Cleveland vs (7) Miami

(3) Chicago vs (6) Milwaukee

(4) Toronto vs (5) Washington

Western Conference 

(1) Golden State vs. (8) Oklahoma City

(2) Memphis vs. (7) Dallas

(3) Houston vs. (6) San Antonio

(4) Portland vs. (5) Los Angeles

The Return of Rose

Derrick Rose wants to return sometime before the start of the playoffs, reports ESPN Chicago.  Rose is hopeful to begin practicing this week or next.

The Bulls are doing just fine without him, having won 5 straight after defeating the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night.

Steph Curry 

Steph Curry may be the best shooter the NBA has ever seen. No Joke. The key may be his confidence. Via the Sacramento Bee:

“I’m never afraid of a shot,” Curry said calmly and firmly. “Never.”

Dead solid truth: Curry is not afraid of any shot, even the ones you can’t imagine, because he has already pictured them, tried them and made them.

Woods 50/50 for Masters

There is a 50/50 chance Tiger Woods will play in The Masters according to friend Notah Begay. 

“I think his golf game as a whole is in a great place. I think it was good for him to take a step back and assess a variety of things and do things on his timeline. It’s easy to get bullied into trying to acquiesce to the media’s concerns, or the PGA Tour’s concerns, or other people’s agendas.”

Deep Fried Nachos on a Stick

Darren Rovell of ESPN reports  the Milwaukee Brewers will feature Nachos on a stick at Miller Park this season. The concession features “a stick of beef, loaded with refried beans, rolled in Doritos, and then deep fried and drizzled with sour cream and cheese.”

NCAA vs USC

USC AD Pat Haden says internal e-mails which the NCAA fought to keep sealed show USC was treated unfairly.

Via SI.COM

Nike re-ups with Sprinter Justin Gatlin

Nike reportedly has renewed a contract with U.S. Sprinter Justin Gatlin who served a four year doping ban from 2006 to 2010- and some are not happy about it. 

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