FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM) NBA: Pistons at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Albany vs. Duke, 12:15 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Mississippi vs. Wisconsin, 12:40 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Temple vs. NC State, 1:40 p.m. (TBS) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Pacific vs. Miami, 2:10 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Cincinnati vs. Creighton, 2:45 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, La Salle vs. Kansas State, 3:10 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, James Madison vs. Indiana, 4:10 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado vs. Illinois, 4:40 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, FGCU vs. Georgetown, 6:50 p.m. (TBS) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iona vs Ohio State, 7:15 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Villanova vs. North Carolina, 7:20 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Northwestern State vs. Florida, 7:27 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Oklahoma vs. San Diego State, 9:20 p.m. (TBS) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iowa State vs Notre Dame, 9:45 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Kansas, 9:50 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Minnesota vs. UCLA, 9:57 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NIT tournament, Arizona State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: NIT tournament, Stony Brook at Iowa, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Penguins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) NHL: Red Wings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network) College hockey: Hockey East semifinal, Providence vs. Lowell, 5 p.m. (NESN) College hockey: Hockey East semifinal, Boston University vs. Boston College, 8 p.m. (NESN) MLB preseason: Tigers at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB preseason: Cubs at Brewers, 4 p.m. (WGN) MLB preseason: Royals at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
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♦ Harvard’s upset of New Mexico late Thursday night might have messed up most of America’s NCAA tournament brackets, but those with Harvard ties were celebrating the win.
The school’s only current NBA alumnus, Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, posted a message and photo on Facebook, writing: YYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you…. #threepointgoggles
Tweeted the Harvard Lampoon: America, we are sorry for messing up your brackets and also your financial system and everything else
Not all Harvard alumni were believers. President Barack Obama predicted a New Mexico win, even though he attended Harvard Law School and is close friends with the father of Crimson sophomore walk-on guard Alex Nesbitt.
Said Nesbitt in the days leading up to the game: “If we were to pull off an upset, [the president] would know about it and be excited for sure.”
♦ The Royce White saga continues, as the would-be Rockets rookie tweeted that he’s leaving his D-League team and returning to Houston in order to prepare for next season. White, who battles anxiety disorder, has yet to play for the Rockets this season.
Tweeted White: Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season. Thank @rgvvipers for having me.
Added White: Working out in Houston to transition to next year has been medically deemed the healthiest option. I’m excited to get to work.
The Rockets, who reportedly did not take part in White’s decision, said only that White is still on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster.
Following negative feedback, White tweeted later: Don’t understand the uproar because I’m working out in Houston… Lol relax ppl Showing you’re too high strung over sports.
♦ Lakers center Dwight Howard turned up at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, working the Delta Airlines check-in counter and taking boarding passes for a flight to Hawaii. Accompanied by the Laker Girls, he also ran a trivia contest.
“I am part of Delta, the team. They are the official airline for the Laker Girls and the Lakers,” Howard said. “This is a great experience for me to come out and enjoy L.A.”
It provided a rare lighthearted moment in what has mostly been a rough season for Howard, due to be a free agent this offseason. He had little to say regarding his future Thursday, only joking: “Will I re-sign with Delta? That’s a good one.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 22, 1995, the Celtics raised a number to the rafters in honor of which player?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m exceptionally proud of our guys. They had to believe. We talked about preparation, we talked about passion, we talked about belief. We battled a really good basketball team in a tough environment. I’m very proud of our guys.” – Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, after Thursday’s 68-62 upset of New Mexico in the NCAA tournament
STAT OF THE DAY: 12-0-1 – The Bruins’ record in their last 13 games against the Senators, after Thursday night’s 2-1 victory
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Devils goalie Martin Brodeur gets credit for a goal against the Hurricanes in Thursday night’s game.
This video pokes fun at the Sabres’ “fire sale.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: The late Reggie Lewis (35)
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy was born on this day in 1941.
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Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
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Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Mookie sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season and his preparation for playing in the outfield. Mookie also details one of his favorite hobbies, bowling.
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DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
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We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
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