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March 31, 2014

Ramblin' Reck: April brings showers of closings, openings

TERRE HAUTE — It's the first of April, no April fool – a month marking the wrapup of college basketball, the first month of baseball and the close of the regular season in the National Basketball Association.

• In the NBA, the Indiana Pacers took on red-hot San Antonio on Monday. It was a big game in several ways for the Pacers.

They won a big game with Miami last week but haven't done much else in the last month or so. They lost at Cleveland on Sunday 90-76, their fifth loss in a row on the road.

In the latest power rankings, San Antonio is No. 1 and took a 17-game winning streak into its game with Indiana and would set a franchise record by winning on Monday.

The Pacers, meanwhile, have dropped to No. 6 in the power rankings after having been in the top spot early in the season.

Philadelphia avoided setting a league mark when the 76ers beat Detroit to end a 26-game losing streak, tying Cleveland for the longest in history – 27 would have been a record.

Individually, Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City has scored 25 points or better in 38 straight games. Two more and he will tie the mark of 40 set by Michael Jordan in the 1986-87 season.

• In the NCAA, it'll be Wisconsin vs. Kentucky and Connecticut and Florida in the Final Four. Michigan and Michigan State nearly joined the Badgers in the finals but lost out in weekend action.

It'll be the first trip to the finals in 13 seasons for Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and one reason his team was able to knock off West Region top seed Arizona was the play of Frank Kaminsky, who had 28 points in a great game.

Because of its experience, Florida probably is the team to beat in the finals but it won't be easy.

We did OK in the Sweet Sixteen picks, having 7 of 8 correct in Thursday-Friday games, missing only on Louisville-Kentucky. And we picked Florida and Wisconsin to win their regionals. Unfortunately, we picked Michigan State not only to win its regional but to win it all. So, our  picks for the finals are dead. And so are the President's pick . . . he also picked the Spartans.

•  It was good to be able to watch my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, on television in their opening game against the Chicago Cubs.

It would be nice if the Bucs can be winners again this season after ending that long string of non-winning campaigns last year.

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• Tom-Cattin' It – Jim Nabors will sing Back Home Again in Indiana for the final time at the Indianapolis 500 this year . . . Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car.

•  Our thoughts and prayers are with former Indiana State men's basketball coach Gordon Stauffer. He suffered a stroke last month.

•  Trey Boor, who was the kicker for Northview in football last season, has signed to play college football at Anderson University.

•  Tri-County claimed Illinois 8AA honors in volleyball.

•  Tyra Buss has claimed back-to-back Illinois Miss Basketball honors.

•  Terre Haute North golfer Megan Ramer recently took sectional honors in a national competition and was second in the regional in the Chicago area with the winner earning a trip to the nationals.

•  In case you missed it, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera has agreed to an eight-year contract extension making it worth $292 million for 10 years.  Yes, the Tigers admit it is a gamble since the player will be 41 at the end of the contract.

•  Indianapolis North Central has named longtime assistant Kevin Kreinhagen as its new football coach. He replaces Keith Shelton who resigned after five seasons and a 16-38 record.

•  Drew Cook of Brazil has qualified for the nationals of the Elks Hoop Shoot competition in the 8-9 division.

 

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.

 

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