Questions we want answered tonight in the quarterfinals


It will be awfully tough to top this afternoon’s quarterfinal action, but let’s try anyhow. Here are a couple questions we want answered in tonight’s games:

Game 3: Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Can the Irish win when the shots aren’t falling?

The Bearcats boast the league’s best defense and limited POY Ben Hansbrough to jus 1 of 8 from the field in a 66-58 Notre Dame win Jan. 19. All five of the Irish’s losses have come when they shoot less than 34 percent from behind that arc.

Hansbrough has taken over games with isolation, but those were at home and against much softer defenses. We’d like to see how they respond in a hostile environment – the mostly neutral MSG crowd will quickly root on the underdog if it’s close — in need of a drive or defensive stop late in the game.

Line: ND -3

Sheen meter: “Panicking is for amateurs and morons.” Those are two things student athletes at Notre Dame are not. This all-upperclassmen starting lineup has been through the whole tournament grind before, but they’re still searching for national respect. They’ve always been an easy out with the right matchup in the NCAA tournament, well here’s a chance to show they can win a matchup that may not be totally in their favor.

Prediction: Notre Dame 69, Cincinnati 62

Game 4: Marquette vs. Louisville, 9:20 (ESPN)

Can Preston Knowles rise up on the national stage?

The Cardinals’ leading scorer is talked about only in Big East circles. That could change with a few 20-point performances at the world’s most famous arena. We’ll see how much moxy this senior has after committing an unfathomable foul at the end of Saturday’s game at West Virginia.

Line: Louisville -3.5

Sheen meter: “I can’t pee in front of you guys.” We just don’t think this Cardinals team is built for the big stage. It’s lost seven of its last nine away from home.

Prediction: Marquette brings as much intensity as any team in the conference. It’s a direct result of animated coach Buzz Williams. Jimmy Butler shuts down Knowles and Marquette rocks the offensive boards like it did against West Virginia.

Marquette 75, Louisville 65


NYPD: Suspect fleeing traffic stop shot by cop…

The NYPD said an officer temporarily reassigned for the Summer All Out program shot a suspect who slammed into two NYPD cars and hit a cop in Brooklyn.


De Blasio and first family will travel to…

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City's first family will travel to Italy later this month for a summer vacation.


TIPS: How to take great photos during 'Manhattanhenge'

Grab your camera and make the perfect picture this Saturday.


Seinfeld emoji cound be available next week

Get your puffy shirts and your marble rye ready, America. Seinfeld emoji could become available as early as next week.


PHOTOS: Topless Cara Delevingne advocates for 'Free the…

Supermodel Cara Delevingne is never one to shy away from the gaze of social media. Yesterday, she chose to advocate for the 'Free the Nipple' campaign via Instagram, where she…


PHOTOS: Axelle Despiegelaere AKA "most beautiful" fan gets…

Axelle Despiegelaere, the "most beautiful" soccer supporter of this year's World Cup, was fired by L'Oreal for a hunting photo on her Facebook account.


Final season of 'Glee' will be only 13…

The final season of "Glee" will officially be only 13 episodes, instead of the usual 22.


Complex characters, juicy scripts boost Netflix's Emmy nominations

The unconventional approach to TV at Netflix netted 31 Emmy nominations, a major achievement after plunging into original programing just last year.


GIF: LeBron James returns to Cleveland so deal…

To anyone out there who is upset about his decision, this .GIF is for you. Enjoy.

World Cup

A game of two popes: Vatican plays down…

By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry…


Which Jets player has the best odds at…

Metro New York asked Bovada.LV to rank the top three contenders for the NFL MVP on the Jets.

World Cup

Argentina prevails in penalties, advances to final

The drama never seems to subside as the World Cup finally has its final two.


Fart gas might prevent cancer

You might not like the smell, but fart gas might help prevent cancer.


Mesh sheds light on top 10 dating deal…

What are New Yorkers' top 10 dating deal breakers? Find out here.


This Week in Health: Sexual headaches can be…

Sexual headaches: an under-discussed health issue Location: U.S. Results: If getting frisky brings on a headache, you’re not alone. Headaches associated with sexual activity represent a…


Head to FiDi for free Chia Pods from…

They may have been last summer's darlings, but chia seeds have definitely not gone out of style. A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, they…