College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
I sure they are people this morning suffering from a severe case of bracket – itis, but they’ll have to wait until at least Thursday to get their fix. Contrary to popular belief the rest of the world isn’t on hold until the end of March Madness, in fact there is a tight race going down in the Eastern conference of the Association. In the middle of the race or none other then the eighth place Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are two and a half games up on the ninth seeded Chicago Bulls and within a game of the sixth place Miami Heat. Toronto is in the Gopher State tonight to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is one of those games that the Raptors absolutely have to win. Following this game the Raptors play two home games against tough teams out of the West, the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. Then they’re on the road to take on the two teams they’re looking to leap-frog in the standings. First, the Raptors are in South Beach for a date with the Miami Heat and the very next night they’re in Charlotte to tangle with the Bobcats. Holy potential make-or-break stretch of the season! Back to Minnesota, the Timberwolves are the worst team in the West and have lost 12 straight games. There is only one team worse in the league and that’s the New Jersey Nets – the team the Raptors beat 100-90 on Saturday night. Minnesota is obviously coming off a lose, but they held in tough against the defending World Champs- the LA Lakers on Friday night. The Lake-show lit up the ‘T-wolves for 31 in the first quarter, but Minnesota outscored the Lakers the rest of the way, losing 104-96. If the Raptors decide to over-look the home team tonight, the post game report could be summed up in two words – let down.
For all the puck heads out there, it’s a repeat of the last two Stanley Cup finals tonight in Hockeytown as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh comes into this one as the second seed in the East with 90 points and two points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for the Atlantic Division lead. Detroit is fighting for their playoff lives. They’re in eighth place and only two points ahead of the ninth place Calgary Flames.