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UVA Win Tops Thuuz Sports Most Exciting Rankings For April


Thuuz Sports, the most powerful automated video highlights production platform for worldwide sports, today announced their April Top 10 most exciting games, with the NBA and the Stanley Cup Playoffs taking most of the attention of fans around the country. Topping the list however was The University of Virginia’s controversial last second win to take home the NCAA title, as well as the LA Clipper’s record NBA Playoff comeback and two NHL Game seven heart stopping finishes. The first MLB game of the season also made the list.

Using their custom designed algorithms to measure real-time event excitement, Thuuz will provide a unique look into what games have gotten fans the most excited and engaged as 2019 rolls along.

The game excitement ratings are measured on a 0 to 100 scale and take into consideration game pace, team parity, play novelty, momentum shifts, social buzz, and historical context. The algorithms behind the excitement ratings are statistically calibrated to insure the appropriate distribution of ratings across the duration of a season or course of a tournament.

Using the Thuuz excitement measurement platform, the top five most exciting games were:

1) Virgina 63 Auburn 62 (NCAA): 4/6/19-  A highly competitive and thrilling Final Four matchup resulted in one of the most controversial endings in March Madness history. Seeking their first ever National Championship appearance, Auburn thought they had the game won after a missed Virginia 3-pointer in the corner. As Auburn started to celebrate, they began to realize that a foul was called on Virginia’s Kyle Guy. To add controversy to the situation there was a missed double-dribble call with 1.5 seconds left that would have given Auburn the ball up by 1. Kyle Guy went to the free throw line, drained all 3 pressure-packed FT’s, and helped UVA advance to the National Championship game, that they would go on to win.

2) San Jose 5 Las Vegas 4 (NHL): 4/23/19 San Jose defeated Vegas in a winner-take-all Game 7. Down 3-0 in the 3rd period, the Sharks made their comeback, racking up 4 power play goals on a controversial 5-min major penalty. Sharks forward Kevin LaBanc had a hand in all 4 goals, including the 4th goal as the PP came through in the clutch for San Jose. Vegas scored a goal with under a minute left in regulation tying the game, before the Shark Tank erupted after Sharks 4th liner Barclay Goodrow scored the series-clinching goal late in overtime to send the Sharks through to the 2nd round.

3) Los Angeles Clippers 135, Golden State 131 (NBA): 4/15/19 Up 94-63 with 7:31 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Warriors looked to be in full juggernaut cruise control. But the Clippers’ belief never wavered, and they clawed their way back into the game. After tying the game with a minute left, it looked like the Warriors would still be victorious after a Steph Curry 3-pointer with 55.8 seconds remaining. Those would be the last points Golden State scored as a Landry Shamet 3-pointer gave the Clips a lead with 15.9 seconds left that they wouldn’t relinquish, completing the greatest comeback in NBA postseason history.

4) Carolina 4, Washington 3 (NHL): 4/24/19 Carolina’s Brock McGinn scored the double OT goal in Game 7 off an assist from “Mr. Game 7” Justin Williams as the Hurricanes knocked the defending champs out of the playoffs. The home team had won all previous 6 games of the series, and looked as if the home team would win again after Washington led 2-0 at the end of the 1st and 3-2 at the end of the 2nd. But a 3rd period goal from Jordan Staal and an excellent overtime save on Alex Ovechkin from Petr Mrazek gave the Canes the opportunity to shock the Caps in the 2nd overtime and move on to the 2nd round.

5) Seattle 11, Los Angeles Angels 10 (MLB): 4/18/19 The first MLB entry of the season saw the Angels stage a thrilling 8-run comeback over the surprising Seattle Mariners, only to have the Mariners score the game-winning run in the 9th. The Angels rallied for 7 runs in the 7th inning, and collected 16 hits overall with Angels’ superstar Mike Trout only going 1-5 in the game. It wasn’t enough as the Mariners continued their streak of hitting a HR in every game to start the season. Ryon Healy led the way with 2 HRs and and 5 RBIs, and Jay Bruce had the clutch 2-out RBI single to put his Mariners back on top.