On this day in sports, on the eve of the National Signing Day, we had some high impact college basketball action, an NBA Eastern Conference thriller, a big hometown contract in baseball, and a D-League unworldy performance from a guy who many doubt because of his size.
The Indiana Pacers just barely pulled a 89-85 win tonight over the Atlanta Hawks. This was a one possession game until there was three seconds left on the clock, but the Hawks had to foul Danny Granger at 87-85 and he hit both free throws to ice the game. Mike Scott would end up missing the jumper with less than a second left anyway to end it. David West had a double double for the Pacers with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Texas almost slipped up against TCU just one game after a convincing win over Kansas. Kansas bounced back and took down Baylor in Waco. This was a step back for the Bears who had just upset Oklahoma State in Stillwater. This win most likely would've put Baylor back on the bracket but now they're climbing a steep hill to get there again. Ohio State took down #17 Iowa in Iowa after just going unranked. Aaron Craft is really playing tough lately to try and get his Buckeyes back on track.
A few days just after his teammate Kevin Murphy approached the D-League scoring record of 53 at 51, Pierre Jackson dropped 58 points on the Texas Legends to officially break it. He also had 8 assists to pair with it. He is making it harder by the day for the New Orleans Pelicans not to call up the potent weapon that is putting up crazy numbers in Idaho for them.
Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves agreed to an eight year deal that is reported to be as much as $135 million. It is the longest year in Braves history passing the six year $90 million contract given to Chipper Jones in 2000. Freeman broke into the major leagues in 2010 and has improved in every year since. He is coming off a 2013 campaign in which he hit .319 with 23 home runs, 109 RBIs and 89 runs scored in 147 games, making the National League All-Star team for the first time.
The Dallas Stars won a key 3-1 match against the Phoenix Coyotes who are neck and neck with them in the Western Conference standings. They are now just 1 point behind the Coyotes. They are a 10 seed at the moment while the Coyotes are 1 seed out of the playoffs in the 9 spot. The Stars can make up some more ground tomorrow night against the fifth-seed San Jose Sharks.