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DICK VITALE TOP 25

March 18th, 2019

 

1-Duke

2-North Carolina

3-Virginia

4-Gonzaga

5-Michigan St

6-Tennessee

7-Kentucky

8-Florida State

9-Michigan

10-Texas Tech

11-LSU

12-Houston

13-Purdue

14-Iowa State

15-Buffalo

16-Auburn

17-Kansas

18-Virginia Tech

19-Wisconsin

20-Wofford

21-Kansas State

22-Cincinnati

23-Maryland

24-Mississippi State

25-Murray State

Weekly Awards

March 18th, 2019

 

PTP’ER OF THE WEEK: Zion Williamson

TEAM OF THE WEEK: San Antonio Spurs

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: St. Mary’s over Gonzaga

STOCK UP: Duke basketball

STOCK DOWN: New York Knicks

 

 

This and That

 

Week of March 18th, 2019

Each week I’ll write about the world of sports:

*The field of 68 was announced. Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Gonzaga were 1-seeds. Bubble burst for Texas, TCU, Indiana, NC State and Alabama.

*What a busy week in the NFL. The Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr. The Jets landed LeVeon Bell and CJ Mosley. The Ravens added Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. The Jaguars signed Nick Foles. The Redskins signed Landon Collins. The Lions added WR Danny Amendola. The Bills signed Frank Gore. The Eagles acquired DeSean Jackson. The Chiefs landed Tyrann Mathieu. The Cardinals landed Terrell Suggs. The Niners acquired Dee Ford.

The Titans got Cameron Wake.

*If the NCAA Tournament wats to avoid controversy, with mid-majors missing out and power conference teams four games below .500 in league play dancing, I have a thought. Using my plan of 28 at-large bids to power conference and insure eight for Mid majors creates excitement. Reward success instead of mediocrity.

*Great to see Killian Tillie back on the court for Gonzaga. He has been injury-plagued the last two years. Mark Few is thrilled to have him back. Unfortunately the Zags lost in the WCC title game for the first time since 2012. Fans at Las Vegas airports said they were stunned.

*Congratulations to Tom Izzo of Michigan State. He earned his 600th win as the Spartans beat Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament.

Stock Up and Down

Week of March 18th, 2019


Up

The field of 68 was announced.

The Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr.

The Jets landed LeVeon Bell and CJ Mosley.

The Ravens added Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram.

The Jaguars signed Nick Foles.

The Redskins signed Landon Collins.

Tom Izzo earned his 600th win.

The Lions added WR Danny Amendola.

The Bills signed Frank Gore.

The Eagles acquired DeSean Jackson.

The Chiefs landed Tyrann Mathieu.

The Cardinals landed Terrell Suggs.

The Niners acquired Dee Ford.

The Titans got Cameron Wake and Ryan Tannehill.

The Indians signed Carlos Gonzalez.

Errol Spence retained his welterweight title.

The Dolphins signed Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

Down

Gonzaga was stunned by St. Mary’s in the WCC final.

Connor McGregor arrested again.

Russell Westbrook was fined $25 K, while a Jazz fan was banned for life.

The Raptors lost to the Cavaliers.

Several coaches indicted in admissions scandal.

The Jaguars released QB Blake Bortles.

The Chiefs let go of Eric Berry.

The Raiders released Jordy Nelson.

Kareem Hunt received an eight-game suspension.

Malcolm Brogdon sidelined for Bucks

Quote of the Week

“The big dance is all set. Bubbles were burst, and now March Madness goes full swing!”

-Dick Vitale