If Villanova’s Collin Gillespie is out, where do the Wildcats go from here?

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PHILADELPHIA — Wednesday was supposed to be a night of celebration for Villanova.

The Wildcats secured their seventh Big East regular-season title in the last eight years with a 72-60 win over Creighton, the same team that handled them effortlessly on Feb. 13 inside the CHI Health Center Omaha. When the game clock hit double zeros, revenge was supposed to taste sweeter. Their championship moment was supposed to feel a little more satisfying, but it didn’t.

It was senior night for Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and walk-on Kevin Hoehn, four members of Villanova’s 2017 class who contributed to 101 victories, two Big East regular-season championships, two Big East tournament titles and a national championship win in 2018 over

West Indian Kieron Pollard hits six sixes in an over off Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya


Kieron Pollard has become just the second player to smash six sixes in an over in a T20 international, as the West Indies stormed to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

Pollard’s incredible innings of 38 off just 11 balls stole the headlines away from Akila Dananjaya, after the Sri Lanka legspinner claimed a hat-trick which included the wicket of Chris Gayle for a first-ball duck.

Dananjaya experienced the precipitous highs and lows of the T20 game when he was the victim of Pollard’s brutal batting attack in Antigua.

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Chasing 132 for victory, the hosts won the match with 41 balls to spare.

Dananjaya became only the 15th player and the fourth Sri Lankan to take a T20 international hat-trick when he dismissed Evin Lewis (28), Gayle and Nicholas Pooran (0) with consecutive deliveries in the fourth over.

He had little time to reflect on his new-found fame when it turned to notoriety: in his next over he was hit to all parts of the ground by Pollard, who become only the second player after Yuvraj Singh to hit six sixes in an over in a T20 international and the third player to achieve the feat in all international formats – the first being Herschelle Gibbs in an ODI.

LAVINE’S 36 POINTS LIFT BULLS PAST PELICANS 128-124

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zach LaVine capped a 36-point performance with a driving layup and four free throws during the final minute, and the Chicago Bulls held off a late rally to beat the mercurial New Orleans Pelicans 128-124 on Wednesday night.

“I’ve got to stay aggressive,” LaVine said, noting that he might have been too eager to pass when the Pelicans tightened the game up in the final five minutes. “It makes the play a little bit easier, because if they don’t stop me, then obviously I’m at the rim or have an open shot.

“I feel comfortable taking those free throws at the end of the game,” LaVine added.

Coby White scored 25 for the Bulls, who led by as many as 19 and were still up 18 in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans’ late surge pulled them as close as 117-113 on Jaxson Hayes alley-oop dunk as he was fouled with 1:49 left.

Hayes missed the free throw, however, and Zion Williamson, who scored 28 points, missed two free throws with a chance to cut it to two with 1:23 left.

“I really feel like I let my team down, man,” said Williamson, who missed eight of 16 free throws in the game and returned to the empty court afterward to work on his foul shots. “I’ve got to be better in that situation. If I want to be one of those great players and I take a lot of responsibility, I’ve got to be ready for those moments.”

Kelly Oubre Jr. out with a sprained wrist

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The Golden State Warriors are wrapping up their first half schedule, but they’re suddenly without the services of one of their hottest offensive players. Kelly Oubre Jr. sprained his left wrist during Tuesday’s practice, and will miss Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to coach Steve Kerr, Oubre suffered the injury on a dunk attempt with a bad landing. It sounds like it could have been a lot worse.
Kent Bazemore will start in Oubre’s place, and it seems likely that Jordan Poole — who just rejoined the team after a scorching hot stint with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors — will see some significant minutes off the bench.

There’s never a good time to lose a player to injury, especially since Oubre had a sensational February in which he averaged 20.1 points per game and shot 43.0% from three-point range. With that said, suffering an injury right before the start of the All-Star break is about as good of timing as possible.

The Warriors play again on Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns, a game in which Oubre has not yet been ruled out for. Then they’re off for a week before returning next Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

TJ McConnell tallies triple-double with steals vs. Cavaliers

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McConnell was one steal shy of tying the NBA’s single-game record but notched a triple-double that broke the main slate on DraftKings. He tallied 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting to go along with 10 steals and 13 assists. McConnell tallied 66 DKFP and helped power the Pacers to a comeback win. Indiana claimed a 114-111 victory.

Indiana Pacers guard TJ McConnell is the ultimate glue guy, and he could etch his name in the NBA’s record books on Wednesday in his team’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. McConnell is known for making hustle plays, but his spectacular defense is what’s turning heads against Cleveland.

McConnell racked up a ridiculous nine steals in the first half. The record for most steals by a player in an NBA game is 11, and there’s plenty of time for McConnell to catch up. The undersized guard is a perfect 4-for-4 from the field with 8 points and has dished out 6 dimes as well in a well-rounded performance. Despite all his ball-hawking, the Pacers trial 61-51.

The Cavs have been careless with the ball and amassed 17 turnovers in the first half. However, they’re shooting a blistering 59.5% from the field and 46.2% from deep. Four Cavs scored at least 10 points in the first half. Cleveland will have to protect the ball a lot better in the second half to hold onto its lead.