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Spurs Defeat Warriors, NCAA Tournament Continues

Just a Sunday open thread. Have a nice day.

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The Spurs beat the Warriors in San Antonio last night, maintaining their perfect home record while handing the Warriors only their seventh loss of the season. It was a real defensive battle, with the Spurs managing to slow the pace down and hold the Warriors to their lowest point total of the year in the 87-79 victory. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan to start the game and used him for only eight minutes overall against a Warriors team that went small in the absence of Andrew Bogut and Fesuts Ezeli.  The Warriors were also missing Andre Iguodala who is out with an ankle injury.

While the Spurs played terrific defense and controlled the glass, the Warriors had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night: under 40% overall and only 9-36 from three. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 2-19 from three, something unlikely to happen often no matter how good the defense is.  It was a terrific game overall that both teams can take something from. They meet twice more during April before the playoffs start (though I wouldn't expect either team, especially the Spurs, to reveal much during those meetings that will likely have little impact on the standings).  Everyone will await their anticipated Western Conference Finals showdown.

The Wolves get what will likely be a somewhat irritated Warriors team at home on Monday.

Meanwhile, the NCAA tournament continues today (All times CDT):

Iowa vs. Villanova
11:10 am CBS

Steven F. Austin v, Notre Dame
1:40 pm CBS

VCU vs. Oklahoma
4:15 pm CBS

MTSU vs. Syracuse
5:10 pm TNT

Hawaii vs. Maryland
6:10 pm TBS

Northern Iowa vs. Texas A&M
6:40 pm TruTV

Wisconsin vs. Xavier
7:40 pm TNT

St. Joes vs. Oregon 
8:40 pm TBS

Another note: so many good podcasts happening about the Wolves. We talked about it a little, but you might want to give a listen to Robson and Brauer's new podcast. Here's the Sound Cloud link.  In addition, to our own podcast hosted by Professor Cedar, you also might give a listen to the Awkward Bounce whose links you can find on their twitter feed @awkward_bounce.

Have a nice Sunday.