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Big Night in College Hoops

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If you’re like me, your favorite time of the year is March. The snow is starting to melt, flowers are starting to bloom and, most importantly, March Madness begins. I may be biased because I have been an avid college basketball fan my entire life but I truly believe the NCAA Tournament is the best event in all of sports. Continuous great college basketball games between some of the best teams in the country; what more could you want? Thankfully, we have midseason hoops to hold us over until March and that is exactly what last night was all about. 12 of the Top 25 teams in the country were in action and although only two of them lost, it still made for an exciting night of college basketball.

Leading the headlines was a top 10 matchup between #8 Texas Tech and #9 Oklahoma. The main storyline coming into this game was Oklahoma freshman phenom Trae Young. Could he maintain his rapid pace in a season where he is averaging 29.2 points and 10.1 assists per game? In short, yes he could. Texas Tech was able to shut down Young in the first half, holding him to just 5 points on 1-12 shooting. However, the game is 40 minutes long for a reason and Young took advantage of all 40, finishing the game with 27 points, 9 assists and leading his team to a 75-65 victory over a tough Texas Tech team. Keenan Evans led the Red Raiders with 19 points.

Last night was a night that finally saw North Carolina come back into form after losing 3 out of their last 5 games. This was due in large part to Luke Maye, who finished the game with 32 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels to a 96-66 victory over Boston College. This is the same Luke Maye that averaged a lowly 5.5 points last year in his sophomore season. “The basket was pretty big tonight,” Maye said after the win. “It was really fun.” It just goes to show what work in the offseason and trust from your coach will get you.

Last night was almost a very exciting night with three missed buzzer beaters that if made, would have resulted in three top 25 upsets, two of which would have been top 5 upsets. Texas A&M, Baylor and Michigan all had last second possessions that could have resulted in three huge upsets. However, it was not to be and #21 Kentucky, #2 West Virginia and #5 Purdue could breathe a sigh of relief as they escaped with victories against their respective opponents. Despite the lack of upsets, Tuesday night was a great night for college basketball and we can only hope that it is a sign of things to come.

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Lebron James And Ben Simmons Go Off In Epic Duel

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The Sixers have won 13 straight games and now sit alone in third place in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Cavaliers, 132-130 on Friday night. The win knocked the Cavaliers down to fourth place with less than a week remaining on the season.

Simmons finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists, while James threw down his own line of 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lebron James had high praise for Simmons after the game. “He’s a student of the game. He wants to be great,” James said.

Simmons posted a photo on Instagram of the two with the caption “FRESH PRINCE X KING JAMES,” LeBron returned the favor in the comment section by relaying the same message complete with fire emojis and a couple of crowns:

FRESH PRINCE X KING JAMES 👑

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This could be one of the best playoff matches we will see.

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Dwayne Wade Thanks Ray Allen For Game 6 Three

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Allen’s induction was officially announced on Saturday hours before the NCAA Men’s Final Four, joining an impressive group of 13 basketball legends including Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Tina Thompson.

Allen, who won a title each with the Celtics and Heat, saw former Miami teammate Dwyane Wade shower him with praise after the announcement. Wade posted his congratulations to Twitter on Saturday afternoon, crediting Allen for “saving” the Heat’s title with his game-tying shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2013.

Wade wrote: Game 6!!! Enough said!!! Congrts to my brother Ray Allen for being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame!!! & THANK you for saving our Championship season. #Yousabadboy”

Allen and his Celtics teammates have been beefing since he took his talents to South Beach. It doesn’t seem that Allen has the same problems with the Heat.

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Anthony Davis Shaves His Unibrow For Fans On April Fools Day

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Anthony Davis unibrow has been his trademark since he entered the league. The All-Star power-forward even trademarked phrases like “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow.”

Davis took asked on fans on Twitter rather he should keep the brow or shave it. 51% of fans voted yes and Davis followed through with the vote.

In a clip, Davis applies shaving cream to the middle of his unibrow and holds the shaver right over it. But just then, the camera drops and when we see Davis again the hair between his eyebrows are gone. It’s a bit skeptical though since the camera drops and viewers don’t see Davis with any leftover shaving cream on his head.

Of course, it was just a prank.

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