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Appearing Tuesday on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show, former NBA great and current TNT analyst Chris Webber went in on the Kentucky Wildcats and, specifically, junior big man Willie Cauley-Stein.
"Let me just say Kentucky's great," Webber said to Mike Greenberg and guest hosts Jemele Hill and Michael Smith. "But they have three big guys, guys that are 6-10 and taller. So when you have three 7-footers in college there's no way you shouldn't dominate the boards.
"[Notre Dame 6-foot-5 senior Pat] Connaughton ... beasted them inside."
Connaughton indeed pulled down nine rebounds against a front line of Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, while Cauley-Stein scored just six points and grabbed four rebounds in 33 minutes of Kentucky's 68-66 victory in regional final.
That, Webber said, is clear evidence Cauley-Stein -- who averages 9.1 points (on 57.8 percent shooting) and 6.5 rebounds in 25.8 minutes -- is not the future DeAndre Jordan many say he is.
"It's really tough because he's a college kid and I don't want him to be [subject] to the type of dogging of athletes that we're going to do at this level," Webber said. "But that's where we get in trouble. There's no way in the world that he is a DeAndre Jordan. That's one of the most ridiculous statements that I've ever heard. That's almost as ridiculous as coach Larry Brown saying they could win a division or a game in the Eastern Conference.
"These days in basketball, if you're a junior in basketball, and you're 7-feet and you don't average 10 points, you're telling me he could be a DeAndre Jordan? There's no way. ... There is no way in the world. He can't jump as high. DeAndre Jordan is like 7-15, he's big, he weighs like 1,000 pounds. This kid is like 7-foot, he weighs like 200.
"He will not start in the league. He's a great kid, and hopefully he will have an NBA career."
Now, in fairness we must point out that Jordan averaged only 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds on a much-less-stacked Texas A&M team, but that was as a freshman (and in 20.1 minutes per game). Also, Cauley-Stein is listed at 240, not the exaggerated 200 Webber said.
Kentucky Twitter, however, did not react with even-handedness. And Webber did not back down.
If you say any big on Kentucky's team is like Deandre Jordan on the Clipps, you don't know B-Ball. You are a ... http://t.co/2MmO4Xtght— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
The truth hurts.... I see!— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
I'm going to get a time machine for these grown men on my timeline -that left their life back on the highschool bleacher... #obviouslybitter— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
Ronda Rousey continues to conquer the world.
At WrestleMania 31, the UFC champion was sitting ringside when she was invited into the ring by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- and challenged Triple H and WWE chief brand officer/part owner Stephanie McMahon.
THE ROCK AND RONDA ROUSEY! WHAAAAAT!?! pic.twitter.com/caQw7gvkdf— SportsNation (@SportsNation) March 30, 2015
As basically nobody could take out Rousey at this point, the confrontation went as expected, with the MMA star doing this to McMahon:
All the while, the Internet lost its mind:
Even UFC president Dana White enjoyed it:
"SportsNation" host and wrestling superfan Michelle Beadle took a trip up the coast (well, to be technical, the 5 goes through the heart of California) to the Bay Area for WWE Wrestlemania 31 ... and chronicled her adventures on Twitter.
Here are some of Beadle's favorite moments and images inside and outside the ring, featuring wrestling personalities such as announcer Jim Ross, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ronda Rousey and more:
His "YES! YES! YES!" chant inspired the Pittsburgh Pirates last April, Michigan State basketball last January and, most triumphantly, the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants last season.
On Sunday at Wrestlemania 31 in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California -- not far from the Giants' home field -- Daniel Bryan took the Intercontinental Title, beating out defending champion Bad News Barrett, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Stardust, Luke Harper and Dolph Ziggler.
This is the second year in a row Bryan won a Wrestlemania title; the man behind the "YES!" movement won the Heavyweight Championship in 2014.
Daniel Bryan is your NEW IC champion. Quite an exchange of headbutts with Ziggler. 1st step in elevating the title back to prestige.— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) March 29, 2015
Somewhere, Hunter Pence is pleased.
It has been five years since Duke's most recent Final Four appearance -- an eternity for the Blue Devils -- so a certain amount of uninhibited joy was to be expected after they beat Gonzaga 66-52.
But man, was Coach K pumped to be headed to Indianapolis.
GIF: Coach K goes nuts pic.twitter.com/2WVhhHd02Q— Jamie O'Grady (@JamieOGrady) March 29, 2015
Believe it or not, that wasn't the most enthusiastic celebratory jig that took place in Houston on Sunday. That title goes to this band member who was quite pleased to get a high-five from Quinn Cook.
We're gonna go out on a limb and say that kid won't be washing his left hand any time soon.
H/T The Cauldron and Vinny Viner