Cavaliers vs Red Raiders...Kansas’ Dedric Lawson goes pro...Giants-Twins trade
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Virginia Cavaliers and the Red Raiders of Texas Tech meet tonight in the NCAA Tournament championship game in Minneapolis, each going for their first national titles backed by hard-nosed defenses that were among the best in the nation. Neither program has ever been this close to a title, making it a rare matchup of first-timers to the final game of the college basketball season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A look at advanced statistics for the NCAA Tournament shows that Virginia’s offense has been more efficient than Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders are locking down on opponents at a tougher rate. The Cavaliers have scored an average of nearly 1.14 points per possession while scoring on a little better than 50% of their possessions in the tournament. That was slightly better than the Red Raiders, who averaged 1.08 points per possession while scoring on about 48% of their tournament possessions. The real numbers will play out with tonight’s tip-off.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas forward Dedric Lawson will skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft, the latest move in what should be a significant overhaul of the Jayhawks’ roster for next season. Lawson transferred from Memphis and sat out last season, then led the Big 12 with 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds this past season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin has been traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler. The 27-year-old Austin played in two games for the Twins after making the team out of spring training. He will be added to the 25-man roster. San Francisco designated infielder/outfielder Connor Joe for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan youth basketball coach accused of punching a Kentucky referee, knocking him unconscious, has been charged with assault. News outlets cite a statement from the McCracken County sheriff’s office in Kentucky that says 40-year-old Keyon Menifield of Flint, Michigan, had a disagreement Saturday with the referee, 61-year-old Kenny Culp of Paducah.