Latest Basketball News (Week 4 March 2018)

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Loyola gets into the final four of the NCAA Tournament

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers were not the team you would have expected to see in the final fours at the start of the tournament with more than ninety nine percent of the ESPN prediction polls tagging the team to advance to the semi-final stages of the NCAA Tournament. But nonetheless the Ramblers have wrestled their way into the top fours. The Ramblers defeated Kansas State in Atlanta which propelled them into the semis. With the team returning the whole campus seemed to be pepped up and rightly so. The coach Porter Moser and the players addressed the whole crowd in the Gentile Arena amidst deafening cheers from the Loyola-Chicago students.

Kansas gets past Duke into top four in style

A stellar performance from Malik Newman saw Kansas brush past Duke on their way to a top four place in the NCAA Tournament. Newman scored a career best with 32 points scoring all 13 of Kansas’s overtime points to carry his team through to the semi-finals. Emerging as the champion in the Midwest region defeating second seed Duke 85-81 in overtime, top seed the Jayhawks is into the first four for the first time since 2012. San Antonio will host the second semi-finals between the Jayhawks and the East region champions Villanova next Saturday and it promises to be a thrilling bout. Duke was also looking to make their first semi-finals since winning the national championship in 2015. The Jayhawks were trailing 36-33 at halftime but Newman scored 10 points right off the bat at the beginning of the second half within the first five minutes to quickly nullify the deficit. Newman made two free throws to tie the game and then gave Kansas the lead for good with a minute and forty-nine seconds on the clock. Trevon Duvall was the only redeeming quality for duke netting 20 points.

Injured Stephen Curry out for three weeks

The Golden State Warriors had a rude shock from their medical team when they declared Curry unfit to play and recommending rest for at least three weeks following a sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee. This occurred during the Warriors match against Atlanta Hawks on Friday. The team made and official declaration saying that after an MRI scan it was concluded that Curry had picked up a grade 2 MCL sprain and would therefore be sitting on the bench for the next three weeks subject to re-evaluation after that. This will clash with the beginning of the NBA playoffs which are scheduled to begin from April 14th. Curry is arguably the most important player on the Warriors team and there is no doubt that going will be a little rougher for the team with him on the bench.



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