Last week we were excited to watch the Final Four and in a matter of a week we have a National Champion. #2 Michigan State lost over the weekend to Texas Tech (TT) 51-61, and #5 Auburn lost a close one to Virginia (UVA) 62-63.
On Monday #3 Texas Tech took on #1 Virginia at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota for the NCAA Championship. The game was everything basketball fans could have asked for. Texas Tech went into the half trailing by three and came out with a new sense of purpose in the second half tying the game at 68 a piece, and forcing overtime. But it was UVA who came out on top in the end, one year after being the number one seed and losing to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in last year’s tournament.
Virginia gained the redemption they so deserved, after exiting last year’s tournament prematurely. Virginia obviously had a chip on their shoulders as they came from behind in their past three games starting off with their game against Purdue. UVA sent the game into overtime back on March 30th, and ended up wining after outscoring the Boilermakers 10-5 in OT, beating Purdue 80-75.
Fast forward to Saturday night when Auburn (the team who knocked off #1 UNC) lost in regulation. Auburn led Virginia 59-57 with 1:53 left in the game, but failed to capitalize after a missed three by Virginia. Virginia missed a second three pointer and Auburn scored again giving them a 61-57 lead with only 12 seconds to play. That’s when Virginia guard Kyle Guy, put up a contested three and cut the lead to one. On the ensuing possession, Auburn was fouled and only made one of two at the line giving them a two-point lead with 7.4 left to play.
Virginia rebounded the missed shot and immediately fouled Kyle Guy. Guy made his first two shots and with 0.6 seconds left to play, sunk his third foul shot giving Virginia the lead and the win 63-62.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies lost all three opening games at Coors over the weekend to the division foes, the L.A. Dodgers. Colorado has won just three games since the season begin last week and have lost eight. While it’s still early, Rockies fans are a little perplexed on how the Rockies have played thus far. The norm over the past several seasons is a club that comes out swinging for the fences and overwhelming opponents with offense. This year there hasn’t been much offensive production and at one point Colorado was shut out for two straight games against the Tampa Bay Rays last week.
This week the Colorado Rockies wrap up their series with the Atlanta Braves before heading out to the West Coast to face the San Francisco Giants.