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On the heels of a second consecutive missed NCAA Tournament, Indiana has decided to part ways with head coach Tom Crean after nine seasons. Crean’s tenure featured some ’70s Cheech highs and ’30s stock market lows, epitomized this season with wins against teams like UNC and Kansas but losses to teams like Fort Wayne. From a school like Indiana that demands greatness from their basketball program, Tommy lacked the Gene Hackman-like steadfastness that Hoosier fans came to expect. In short, twas inconsistency that killed the Crean…

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March Madness kicked off yesterday with an astonishing lack of the aforementioned madness, as evidenced by the fact that we chose an intentional foul as our premier highlight. Here’s a brief recap of some of the best games…

#8 Northwestern (68) vs. #9 Vanderbilt (66)
Playing in their first ever NCAA Tournament, Northwestern received the most fortuitous of welcome gifts from Vandy guard Matthew Fisher-Davis. After the Commodores took the lead with 18 seconds left, Fisher-Davis, thinking his team was down one instead of up one, inexplicably fouled Bryant McIntosh, who proceeded to sink the go-ahead free throws and send Vandy home early…

#5 Minnesota (72) vs. #12 Middle Tennessee (81)
One of only two games yesterday that finished with a lower-seeded team victorious, this could hardly be considered an upset. A favorite despite being the 12-seed (first time since 1999) Middle Tennessee had the Gophers digging tunnels from the opening tip, constantly putting their superior athleticism on full display…

#6 Maryland (65) vs. #11 Xavier (76)
It should come as no surprise that the only other higher seed to fall yesterday also came from the lackluster Big Ten. Things started all right for the Terrapins until Trevon Bluiett caught fire for the Musketeers, scoring 18 of his 21 points in the second half and helping Xavier pull away for good. Maryland blew it, Xavier: Bluiett…

#5 Notre Dame (60) vs. #12 Princeton (58)
The Fighting Irish nearly busted some brackets but eventually escaped with a two-point victory over a pesky Princeton bunch. Neither side shot well as this game exposed more bricks than a Greenwich Village apartment, but Notre Dame was bailed out by Bonzie Colson’s 18 points. As for Princeton, they can finally leave the basketball court and get back to the classroom where they belong. JK we value all student-athletes equally. But seriously, go cure cancer or something…

Click here to get all of yesterday’s tournament scores…

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NBA

  • In case you forgot, people were also getting paid to play basketball last night and Russell Westbrook and Co. put on quite a show in OKC’s 123-102 win over the Raptors. Russ delivered his 34th triple-double, but more importantly, six Thunder players scored in double-digits…
  • K-Love returned and defense reigned supreme as the Cavs silenced the Jazz 91-83
  • Check the scores. All the cool kids are doing it…

NFL

  • The Adrian Peterson era quietly came to an end in Minnesota yesterday as the Vikings announced the signing of former Raider Latavius Murray to a three-year deal. It seems AP will finally be getting the switch…
  • Not to be confused with the Teletubby of the same name, former Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe signed a one-year deal with the reigning NFC champion Falcons…

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