It was a big night for college basketball last night and it started out in Philadelphia. La Salle welcomed the No. 9 Butler Bulldogs to Tom Gola Arena last night in front of a sell out crowd. Butler was without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke against the Explorers. Butler trailed 52-51 with 8 seconds left when center Andrew Smith hit a layup to give the Bulldogs a 53-52 lead with La Salle out of timeouts. Senior Ramon Galloway took the ball the length of the court and hit a layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to give La Salle a 54-53 lead. Butler would miss a desperation heave and give the Explorers their first top 10 win since 1980. More here.
The talk of Coral Gables, Florida all day yesterday was “Beat Duke” as the No. 25 Hurricanes welcomed top ranked Duke to town last night. This one was over before it started. The Hurricanes came out on fire in the first half opening up a huge 23 point halftime lead, 42-13. The Blue Devils would be more competitive in the second half but Miami still controlled the game as they would go on to win 90-63. The 27 point loss is the sixth worse loss for Duke under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. It is the second time Duke has lost this year as the nation’s No. 1 team. More here.
Tom Brady had a rough day on Sunday. His Patriots fell to the Ravens 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game. During the game, Brady was scrambling and slide to avoid contact. But, instead of a normal slide, Brady slide with his cleats in the air aimed at Ravens safety Ed Reed and caught him in the thigh. Brady was not penalized and later reached out to Reed to apologize. It was not enough as the NFL slapped him with a $10,000 fine for the slide. More here.