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Breakfast Club: Sympathy for the Devil?

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Jamie Squire

  • The NCAA Tournament title game is set and tips off at 9:10pm tonight. As you probably know, seventh-seeded UConn plays eighth-seeded Kentucky in the game, proving yet again that a team needs only to get hot at the right time (and have a clutch three-point shooter like Aaron Harrison) to win a single-elimination tournament. Now of course I'll be rooting for Shabazz Napier and the Huskies tonight, but in the interest of fairness I also wanted to link to this piece about Calipari, because it helps a bit in explaining some of his methods and why so many McDonald's All-Americans want to go and play for him. By the way, is it any surprise that Drake is the biggest front-runner in all of sports?

  • On the women's side, Notre Dame and UConn breezed through their Final Four games in Nashville last night, and will play each other in the women's final tomorrow night. What's notable about this match is that for the first time ever, both teams will head into championship game undefeated. And like they did in 2004, UConn now has a chance to win both the men's and women's titles.

  • The 24th-ranked IU baseball team improved to 7-1 in conference play with a 14-3 win over Iowa yesterday. The Hoosiers wrap up their weekend series in Iowa City today at 2pm. You'll have plenty of chances to catch the Hoosiers at Bart Kaufman Field this week, as they host Indiana State at 6pm on Wednesday, then host Morehead State for three games this coming weekend. 

  • IU basketball has missed out on another recruiting target. 6-7 Forward Yante Maten, from suburban Detroit, has committed to play at Georgia. I visited Athens last month over break and loved the town, so I cannot blame the guy for wanting to play there, but barring any last-minute moves, it's looking more and more like the Hoosiers will maintain the status quo of their roster going into next season. (Mid-morning update: we are apparently one of Trevor Thompson's top three choices.)

  • Former IU WR Cody Latimer continues to see his draft stock improving. Latimer, who had over 1,000 yards receiving last fall, has visited with at least seven NFL teams and has even been considered as a potential first-round pick. Personally, as a Philly pro sports fan, I wouldn't mind seeing him on the Eagles to help replace DeSean Jackson.