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April 7 MLB Roundup: No Lead Is Safe

Obviously, Monday’s biggest sports story had nothing to do with baseball. As we predicted less than a month ago, the Kansas Jayhawks knocked off the Memphis Tigers in overtime, 75-68, to be crowned the collegiate national champions for the first time since 1988.

It was an incredible back-and-forth affair, as neither team could seemingly pull away when it took the lead. It wasn’t until late in the second half, when the Tigers took a nine-point advantage with 2:12 left on the clock, that the game looked to be in hand. Kansas had chosen to foul Robert Dozier, with its apparent game plan being to exploit what was perceived to be Memphis’s glaring weakness, foul shooting. But when Dozier sank both shots, the game looked to be over.

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March Madness: Big 12 Conference Tournament Projection

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The Big 12 Conference Tournament is a bit of a sleeper tournament with regard to marquee matchups. A lot of experts seem to be looking forward to a potential showdown between Duke and North Carolina in the finals of the ACC Tournament. Others are rooting for a UCLA-Stanford rematch in the Pac 10 tournament — particularly in the aftermath of their controversial game over the weekend. But, if things go as the seeding projects, the #5 and #6 teams in the nation could collide with a #1 seed in the Big Dance at stake. That’s a pretty intriguing matchup, too.

Of course, for that to happen, the Jayhawks will have to get past Michael Beasley and third-seeded Kansas State. Beasley has continued the trend started last year by Kevin Durant of rookie dominance in the Big 12. Beasley averages over 26 points and 12 rebounds per game, and — along with North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough — is a favorite to be named the player of the year.

Does our formula think Beasley — or somebody else (hey, remember when Texas A&M used to be good?) — can spoil the big game? Jump!

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