By: Lucas Kochevar
The past week included many exciting events that had the NCAA Men's and Women's Championships, and the Masters. The first event that lead all these great events was the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs. MSU was able to advance to the championship after beating the greatest dynasty in women's basketball in the UCONN Huskies. The Lady Bulldogs were able to break UCONN's winning streak that was 111 games. South Carolina also advanced to the championship after beating the Stanford Cardinals. The championship was set and the South Carolina Gamecocks won the game 67-55. The Gamecocks are the first SEC team to win the women's title game since Pat Summitt in 2008. This is South Carolina's first ever title in Women's Basketball
The Men's title game was on Monday as Gonzaga played North Carolina, as I predicted, and the game was rather disappointing due to the referee's that keep calling foul's in the second half and almost fouled out many of the players. The game was back and fourth as the Zags would have the lead but the Tar Heels would fight back and take the lead back. The centers and forwards of UNC were able to dominate and score many baskets because the Gonzaga big men did not want to commit fouls and foul out. The Tar Heels would eventually end up by three points and Gonzaga tried to respond but could not make the play needed and they turned it over to the Tar Heels, where Justin Jackson would end up with a breakaway dunk that would seal the game. This was Roy Williams' 3rd national championship and this gave UNC their sixth national championship.
Another event that happened was the Masters which turned out to be pretty exciting. Sergio Garcia was winning a majority of the tournament and it seemed as if he was going to blow his lead to Justin Rose and he was going to have a collapse and lose another major. Then, Justin Rose had a bogey on hole 17 as he missed a short putt. This was able to keep Sergio Garcia alive as the two would become tied through all the holes and would go into a sudden death playoff. Justin Rose would hit his ball into a rough spot as a tree was right in his way, meanwhile, Sergio Garcia had to two very solid hits and would be ahead on Rose and it seemed as if he was on his way to winning. That is exactly what happened as Justin Rose would tap his ball in and set Sergio Garcia up for the win with one putt and he delivered. Obviously both Garcia and Rose finished -9 but Garcia won the playoff 3-5. This is Garcia's first major win on the PGA tour.