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March Madness in April Top 5

by Ronald A. Rowe April 3rd, 2012 | NCAA, NFL, Weekend Preview

This weekend wasn’t a long weekend in the strictest sense. Or even in the most common sense in which we get an extra day off from work. But this weekend counts as a long weekend because the marquee matchup, the big kahuna, didn’t come until Monday night. While Monday night was the main course, there were plenty of appetizers to keep us satisfied throughout the weekend.

#5 Tim Tebow vs. the New York Media
Tim Tebow has faced some daunting opponents in his career, but he faced a new challenge this weekend – the New York Media. New York’s finest members of the Fourth Estate descended on Tebow with tricks and traps, trying their very best to goad Tebow into saying something – ANYTHING — negative about someone — ANYONE. At the end of Round 1, the score is Tebow 1, New York Media 0.

#4 The Melee at Martinsville
People talk about the sportsmanship, about the symbiosis of man and machine, about the mental toughness that it takes to be a NASCAR champion. But when they get their butts in the grandstand, so many of them are really there to see some wrecks, or at least near-wrecks. Those fans got what they wanted in spades at the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. Actually, they could have stayed home for the first 490+ miles and still got their fill in the final laps of the race.

#3 When Four Quarters Aren’t Enough
The Notre Dame – Connecticut game in the NCAA Women’s Final Four was more than four quarters could contain. The high scoring thriller went to the final buzzer and then some, but the Irish had too much fire power for for the Lady Huskies to handle. We can only hope the Final, which will pit Notre Dame against Baylor, will be as exciting as this Semi-Final was.

#2 The Kansas Komeback
Ohio State jumped out to a solid lead in the first half of their Semi-Final game against Kansas. Up by 9 at the half, things looked good for the Buckeyes. Maybe too good. While they were making their travel plans for the NCAA Championship game, the Jayhawks were steadily chipping away until they came away with a two-point victory and a trip to the biggest of the big dance.

#1 UK KOs KU

Kentucky took an early, commanding lead in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game and never gave it up.  Kansas did not go down lightly, though.  The JayhawksThomas Robinson took the game in his hands and made a valiant effort to lead his team back from a 14-point halftime deficit, but the Wildcats were just too much for them.  Too much for anyone, really.  Kentucky‘s Doron Lamb led all scorers with 22 points, but it was Freshman Anthony Davis who stole the show.  Davis didn’t account for much in the way of scoring, just six points and one field goal, but he certainly made his presence felt.  Davis led the ‘Cats in in four of five statistical categories, racking up 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 6 blocks.

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