Friday's top plays are the Russell Westbrook pass, the Vanderbilt foul, and the Zlatan back-heel pass.
Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about on Friday:
The Russell Westbrook pass. As Westbrook makes a push to average a triple-double for the season, the one stat that might trip him up has been assists. Well, over the past four games, Westbrook has averaged 15.5 assists a game, pushing his season average up to 10.4 a game. His passing game is so fire right now that he is even throwing half-court, cross-court passes between the legs of defenders. And this was the pass that gave Russ his 10th assist in what would end up being his fourth straight triple-double. Unreal.
The Vanderbilt foul. Northwestern won the first NCAA Tournament game in which it had played in dramatic fashion, but it also got some help. With less than 20 seconds to go, Vandy took a one-point lead. Vanderbilt's Matthew Fisher-Davis thought his team was still trailing, however, and intentionally fouled Bryant McIntosh as he moved up the court. McIntosh hit both free throws, giving Northwestern the lead, and Vanderbilt missed a 3-pointer before Northwestern made another free throw and won, 68-66 (read and see more here).
The Zlatan back-heel pass. Manchester United advanced in the Europa League with a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) win over Rostov. Juan Mata scored the lone goal, but it was the back-heel pass from Zlatan Ibrahimović that has the soccer world buzzing. And there was no luck involved here, as Zlatan knew exactly where Mata was the entire time. On the wide view of the goal, you can see Zlatan racing up the middle of the field, and twice he peeks to his left to see where Mata is going. Beautiful.