The dreams started in December.
When the Yankees stunned baseball and traded for Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning National League MVP, manager Aaron Boone — just days into the job — immediately imagined lineup with Stanton and young stars Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez back-to-back-to-back.
Stanton also annihilated a solo shot in the ninth inning off ex-Yankee Tyler Clippard, tossing his bat to the side after it slammed into the second deck of the center-field seats.
When he returned to the dugout, Stanton was given the silent treatment.
I didn’t expect that, Stanton said with a smile. I had to get it late. But I got some air high-fives.
Stanton finished with four RBI and a run-scoring double.
Newman’s overtime heroics against Duke were part of a career-high 32-point performance. Scoring 14 points per game on the season, the sophomore guard has raised his game over the last seven outings, averaging 22.7 points on 54.2 percent shooting.
Kansas features three players shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range: Svi Mykhailiuk (45.1 percent), Newman (41.5) and leading scorer Devonte’ Graham (40.4).
Jalen Brunson, who leads Villanova in points (19.3) and assists (4.6) per game, is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor this season.
Udoka Azubuike, who leads the Jayhawks in rebounding (7.0) and blocks (1.7) per game, easily led the nation in field-goal percentage (77.4 percent) during the regular season.