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Wyoming defeats North Carolina Central 73-60

Wyoming defeats North Carolina Central 73-60

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Luke Martinez sank four 3-pointers and scored 20 points while Leonard Washington had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wyoming over North Carolina Central 73-60 Wednesday night on the opening day of Global Sports Hoops Showcase.

Derrious Gilmore added 10 points for Wyoming (2-0). Larry Nance Jr. pulled down 13 rebounds and had five points for the Cowboys. Ray Willis scored 20 points and had eight rebounds while Jeremy Ingram added 11 points for North Carolina Central (1-2).

The Eagles erased early 10-0 and 25-10 deficits, taking their first lead on Stanton Kidd's 3-pointer early in the second half. The teams traded the lead until Austin Haldorson put the Cowboys ahead for good with a layup at the 14:27 mark. It started a 13-0 surge that ended with Wyoming up 57-45 at the 10:54 mark.

North Carolina Central did not come within seven the rest of the way.

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Capitals listed as underdogs in their first Stanley Cup since 1998

Capitals listed as underdogs in their first Stanley Cup since 1998

The odds have never gone the way of the Washington Capitals.

After years of being the common pick to finally break through and win the Stanley Cup, this was most definitely not the year.

Yet, here we are with the Capitals as one of the final two teams standing.

For their upcoming Stanley Cup Final, the Caps are the underdogs against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.  The opening line from OddsShark has the Golden Knights as -135 money line favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals were listed as +115 underdogs.

Vegas (the betting entity, not the team) has not exactly been the most reliable this year though. After all, the Golden Knights were 100/1 odds to win the whole thing. Now they are four games away.

In their past two series, Washington was not the favorites. The Capitals have not been favorites since the First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For years in the Alex Ovechkin era, they have been the favorites to not only go on to play for the Stanley Cup but winning it.

In 2018 they started the season tied for the fifth best odds to win the Cup (14/1), one of their lowest opening marks in the past decade. For the full perspective, Washington was tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs and behind the Dallas Stars at the start of the season.

Without question this underdog role has fit them quite well, they shouldn’t want anything to change heading into the biggest postseason series in 20 years for Washington D.C.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!