One Shining Moment, Two Playoff Races, and a Jacket

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All times listed in EST.

Monday, April 4th – 6:19PM, TBS

#1 North Carolina vs. #2 Villanova

On the last episode of the podcast I mentioned the fact that I’d never picked a March Madness bracket as poorly as the one I did this year. Turns out, if you picked the Tar Heels to win it all you could still claim plenty of prize money, despite ranking in the bottom three percent of the Tournament Challenge playing public after the first weekend. Today, I’m one final Carolina victory away from sweeping both of my bracket pools and claiming a hundred-plus dollar cash prize.

The only thing standing in my way of course, is the red hot Villanova Wildcats basketball team who just crushed Buddy Hield’s Oklahoma in their Final Four semi. Roy Williams will be looking for his third national championship (and Carolina’s sixth), while Jay Wright is trying to bring home Villanova’s second ever title to Philadelphia.

Both teams won their Final Four games handedly, so here’s hoping that this one will be a more competitive contest (with Brice Johnson cutting down the net, for my sake).

Thursday, April 7th @ 10:30PM, TNT

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors will need to get past the Spurs at least once more before they can claim the NBA record of 73 wins. Last time out San Antonio held Steph Curry to 14 points (and just one three-pointer), and kept Golden State under 80! I’ve seen them score 80 in a half, so that kind of defense is nuts.

Has Pop figured out the cheat code to beat the NBA’s cheat code team? Who knows? Thankfully we get to see this match up two more times before the inevitable Western Conference final.

Thursday, April 7th @ 10:30PM, Fox Sports West

Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Sorry America, while you watch the NBA’s titans on TNT, only the greater Los Angeles metro area gets to watch their region’s two hockey powers collide in a clash for the Pacific Division’s crown. With just weeks remaining in the season, one point separates the Ducks from the Kings. Anaheim can pad their lead to four points with a victory, or the Kings could leapfrog into first place, but hockey-loving fans across the nation will miss the action. It’s almost playoff time, put more hockey games on national TV already.

Sunday, April 10th @ 2:00PM, CBS

The Masters

If all goes to plan, on the final day of The Masters Jordan Spieth will be looking to repeat as Champion and collect the most sartorial trophy in all of sports. Of course, there’s a whole field of golfers that he’ll have to outlast through four rounds of play, including Adam Scott and Jason Day, who have each won two events already this season.

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Justin Hargett is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Eephus, and the host of The Big Game podcast.

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