College Basketball: Big East Tournament Quarterfinals, Jim Boeheim’s Retirement

Xavier rallied in the second half to defeat DePaul by the final score of 89-84. Xavier ended the game on a 14-4 run. Forward Jack Nunge led Xavier with 23 points, ten rebounds, and four assists. Xavier had all the momentum in the last four minutes of the game.

St John’s had a chance to get revenge on Marquette after losing to them in a close game last week. The Red Storm led 36-26 by the end of the first half. Marquette was the better team in the second half and during the overtime period. Marquette defeated St John’s 72-70. It is one of the best games of the Big East Tournament this season. St John’s relief too much from the perimeter. Marquette, on the other hand, fought and rallied back and made better adjustments. They were resilient, and that’s why they won this game. 

Creighton took out the defending Big East champs, Villanova Wildcats, 87-74. Center Ryan Kalkbrenner led the team with 21 points on a 9-for-12 shooting from the field, 12 rebounds, nine assists, and two blocks. 

Jim Boeheim worked his last game as Syracuse’s head men’s basketball coach on Wednesday.

Adrian Autry is the successor of Jim Boeheim as the new head coach of the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team. 

Who is Adrian Autry? The 51-year-old played four seasons at Syracuse from 1990-94. After an overseas professional career as a player and a brief stint on the Virginia Tech sideline, Autry returned to Syracuse as an assistant coach in 2011.

During Jim’s 47-year career span, he went to 35 NCAA tournament appearances, five Final Fours, and the 2003 national championship featuring Carmelo Anthony.

His 1,015 career wins rank second all-time in Division I basketball, behind only Krzyzewski’s 1,202.

When you think about Syracuse basketball, you think about Jim. He was an integral part of the Golden Era of Big East in the 1980s alongside his rivals John Thompson, Rollie Massamino, and Lou Carsenneca. The battles between Georgetown and Syracuse were epic. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Villanova are the 2022 Big East Champions! Villanova took down Creighton with a final score of 54-48. Creighton is a very good defensive team, but Villanova’s offense, led by leader Collin Gillespie lifted the Wildcats in the second half. The Wildcats improve to 26-7 and have punched their ticket to the 2022 NCAA Tournament. It’s Villanova’s fifth Big East title since Jay Wright became the head coach. Gillespie, the Big East Player of the Year, got named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big East Tournament.

Baseball is back, and we are very excited about the news. One change that I’m excited about is the playoff format. Now, 12 teams can make the postseason. After the Mariners and Blue Jays failed to make the 2021 postseason, I thought that baseball would add more teams in the future to make the playoffs. My wish came true, and I didn’t expect it so soon. This is how the 12-team MLB Playoff Bracket will work:

Seeds No. 1 and No. 2 in each league get byes. No. 4 plays No. 5 for the right to face the top seed. No. 3 plays No. 6 for the second seed’s right—no more Game 163. Well, I hope I’m right about this.

The Chicago Bears traded six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Khalil Mack, to the Los Angeles Chargers. In return, the Chargers sent a 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2023 sixth-rounder to the Bears. In that first season with Chicago, Mack finished with 12.5 sacks and second place in the AP Defensive Player of the Year vote. It was the only double-digit-sack season in Chicago; he had six in 2021, but they came in seven games, as he had season-ending foot surgery in November. As for the Chargers, their defense got better. Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa will be an interesting defensive duo to watch next season. Over the past five seasons, Mack and Bosa both rank top four in total defensive pressures.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy left the game on a stretcher early in the first period of Saturday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators after being checked head-first into the boards by Senator’s rookie blueliner Parker Kelly. As Murphy left the ice on a stretcher, a broadcast camera caught him giving a thumbs up.