Morning Monologue: The Final Four Is Set, Tiger Returns To The Winners’ Circle, And The Hawks Go 4 OTs With Utah

Our daily stroll through last night (or weekend’s) action. On tap today: the Elite Eight, golf, the NBA, and more.

Men’s NCAA Tournament

2. Kentucky Wildcats 82 — Baylor Bears 70

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Particularly after Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall broke his wrist, saying Kentucky’s the best team in the tournament this year is one of the least controversial statements you can make. Walking toupee Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals have the unenviable task of trying to stop the Wildcats from making the National Championship game in an all-Kentucky-schools semifinal.

3. Kansas Jayhawks 80 — UNC Tar Heels 67

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Ironically, the fan base that best understands Carolina’s current anguish is Duke’s. Last year, the Blue Devils lost phenom point guard Kyrie Irving for much of the season and exited in the Sweet 16, while in 2012, the injury of Kendall Marshall meant that UNC didn’t have much of a shot past the Elite Eight.

4. Louisville Cardinals 72 — Florida Gators 68

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Somewhere deep within the folds of Rick Pitino’s hair helmet, there is a button that, if pressed, will open up his face to reveal a tiny mammal sitting inside his head, pulling levers and drinking a soy latte.

5. Ohio State Buckeyes 77 — Syracause Orange 70

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Confused Jim Boeheim looks confused.

Golf

7. Tiger Woods Wins The Arnold Palmer Invitational At Bay Hill

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Tiger has finally ended his two-and-a-half-year tailspin with a PGA tournament win, and with the Masters in two weeks, chances of a thrilling Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy Sunday pairing are at an all-time high.

NBA

9. Atlanta Hawks 139 — Utah Jazz 133 (4OT)

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FOUR OVERTIMES. You think I’m kidding. Some of the weirdest stats from the first quadruple-overtime contest since 1997:

Joe Johnson played 55 minutes and scored 37 points on 28 shots.
Zaza Pachulia had 20 rebounds in 54 minutes.
Kirk Hinrich had 0 turnovers in 44 minutes.
Tracy McGrady got a DNP-Coach’s Decision. IN A FOUR-OVERTIME GAME.
The Hawks only played nine guys.
Three Jazz players fouled out, and Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson shot a combined 24-52. (Gordon Hayward and Devin Harris went 8-33.)

10. Oklahoma City Thunder 103 — Miami Heat 87

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Shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kevin Durant put up a LeBron-esque 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists against LeBron’s Heat. The Thunder dominated despite only four points from their non-James Harden bench and a foul-plagued game from Russ Westbrook, meaning that the NBA title might not be as foregone a conclusion as many thought.

Other Scores:
Phoenix 108 — Cleveland 103
Minnesota 117 — Denver 100
Boston 88 — Washington 76
San Antonio 93 — Philadelphia 76
Portland 90 — Golden State 87
Memphis 102 — Los Angeles Clippers 96

NHL

13. Washington Capitals 3 — Minnesota Wild 0

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After struggling for nearly two years now, Alex Ovechkin is on a tear. With his goal against the Wild, he has nine in Washington’s last seven games, and the Caps are back in the last playoff spot.

Other scores
Edmonton 6 — Columbus 3
New York Islanders 3 — Florida 2
Pittsburgh 5 — New Jersey 2
Nashville 6 — Blackhawks 1
Boston 3 — Anaheim 2
St. Louis 4 — Phoenix 0

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