The Latest on the Final Four 4:15 p.M. Auburn has Sir Charles, Michigan State has Magic, and Virginia has Ralph Sampson. Texas Tech may have Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs quarterback and reigning NFL MVP plans to watch the Red Raiders play the Spartans within the Final Four on Saturday night time. Mahomes doesn’t have any legit duties, even though he may also give the group a shout-out. However, he’s looking forward to the festive Final Four ecosystem.
Mahomes played excessive faculty basketball and still loves the game, although it got him into trouble recently. Mahomes’ grainy video creating a slick crossover circulate in a pickup sport went viral. Chiefs well-known manager Brett Veach — worried approximately a capability injury — positioned a give up to the one’s endeavors. He’ll settle for purchasing his basketball fix as a fan. — Dave Skretta was reporting from Minneapolis. 3:50 p.M. Texas Tech assistant train Mark Adams loves spinning a yarn, often telling of conflicts to encourage the Red Raiders.
One of his favorites entails puppies named Sugarfoot and Foxy.
“They’re real puppies and teach (Chris) Beard has talked plenty about avenue puppies and has labelled this team that,” Adams said. “He likes the underdogs, the canine street mentality, kind of a blue-collar man anyway. Those tales were tales of approximately two puppies, friendly dogs, and some other canine in the neighborhood. There also have been properly combatants, and we talk loads about fighting.” No phrase if Adams will use Sugarfoot and Foxy for Saturday’s Final Four-sport in opposition to Michigan State. Rest assured, though, there could be a tale or two. — John Marshall is reporting from Minneapolis.
1: 45p.M., Virginia’s Braxton Key can’t escape from Auburn. The 6-foot-8 junior transferred after seasons at Alabama and acquired a waiver from the NCAA to play proper away this season instead of getting to sit out a year. His first yr with the Cavaliers now has him set to play the Tigers —Alabama’s fiercest rival— in Saturday’s national semifinals.
Key said he’s heard from “quite a few my frat buddies, former teammates, all of us” from his Alabama days approximately the importance of thrashing Key’s (former) in-state rival.
This may be the sixth time Key has faced Auburn. He scored 18 factors and 17 points in two conferences at some stage in the 2016-17 season. However, he controlled 24 points in 3 meetings remaining season.