Latest Basketball News (Week 1 April 2018)

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Warriors breaks losing streak defeating the Kings

The Golden State Warriors are in a sorry state of affairs this season with their all-star guard Stephen Curry being out with a knee injury the fourth consecutive game this season. Their last match with the Sacramento Kings was therefore a brutal test of their abilities to pull through as a team. Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors posted 27 points on the board with 10 rebounds and 5 assists on their way to rout hosts Sacramento Kings 112-96. Klay Thomson who came in after recovering from a thumb injury also put in a vital 25 points for the Warriors. This was only their third win in their last eleven games so it was a welcome change. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox’s 19 and 15 points respectively for the Kings went in vain as they slid to their fourth straight loss. They have now lost six of their last seven matches. Golden State’s reserve guard picked up an injury and was stretchered out with 41.8 seconds left in the third quarter.

Notre Dame takes NCAA women’s national championship title

It was a game of comebacks in the NCAA women’s national championship title game between Notre Dame and Mississippi State. Notre Dame was down 30-17 at halftime and the results were looking extremely bleak for them. But they did not give up and rallied and pulled off a great comeback to take the title 61-58 from Mississippi State. Notre Dame’s point guard ArikeOgunbowale put in a last second 3 pointer to make a clutch point taking Notre Dame through. It was Notre Dame’s first championship win since 2001. Ogunbowale with that last shot also became the top UConn in the national final. Jessica Shepard though had more points with 19 than Ogunbowale’s 18 but it was her point that made the final cheer as confetti fell to the floor as the Notre Dame’s supporters and players alike burst into celebrations. It was their 5th final in the last eight years of national championship.

NCAA title all set to be a battle for 3 pointers

Villanova is projecting itself as the greatest 3-point scoring team in college basketball history. It is somewhat legit as they secured title spot defeating Kansas scoring record 18 three pointers. The Wildcats have posted a record score with these many three pointers in one single game at the college level basketball. Villanova’s only claim to the title is not only the 18 three pointer game but also they have an unbelievable 454 three pointers as a whole this season and another 66 in the NCAA tournament which are both records respectively. Their motion offense enables them to shoot three pointers from any position on the court. Michigan though is a team which have effectively countered three pointers throughout the season and have been very effective in redirecting shots and therefore Villanova face a tough challenge ahead of them.

 

 

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