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QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
In all things impressive, the #2 Wichita State Shockers finished their regular season undefeated with a 31-0 record. Last year’s surprise final four team has been nothing short of consistent this season and easily defeated the majority of their opponents. They are the first team to have an undefeated regular season since the 2004 St. Joseph team. Why aren’t more people talking about them? Well, they play in a very weak conference, so there are many who question whether they are actually as good as their record indicates. There’s only one way to find out… that’s right, the NCAA Tournament!
Talk about a tough week for #4 Syracuse. After a very strong start to the season, they have now lost 3 of their last 4 games. One of those losses came to underrated #12 Virginia, who won the ACC regular season title outright with a 16-1 record. Also on Saturday, #5 Kansas lost a close game on the road to Oklahoma State while #17 Kentucky lost to unranked South Carolina in a game where Coach Calipari was ejected from the game.
Stay tuned for the last couple of great regular season match-ups in college hoops next Saturday when #6 Duke plays #19 UNC and #1 Florida takes on #17 Kentucky. After that, it’s on to championship week, when the conference tournaments kick off.
The #14 UNC women’s basketball team defeated #7 Duke at home on Sunday. UNC’s coach, Sylvia Hatchell – who is recovering and in remission from leukemia – attended the big win and is hoping to return to the team for the NCAA Tournament. Coming up this Monday, undefeated #1 UConn will face #3 Louisville in another rematch from last year’s title game in women’s hoops.
Need to get ready for the NCAA Tournament? Look out for our March Madness primer coming to you later this month!
Talk about triple trouble for the New York Knicks. The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry had his third triple double of year in a win against the Knicks with 27 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds on Friday night during his return to Madison Square Garden. Who else had a triple double this weekend against the New York Knicks? Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. Noah had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists in a win on Sunday. Both the Bulls and the Warriors are in good shape to make the playoffs, while the Knicks will have to do a lot of work to get back on track.
While speaking at the Sloan Sports Conference at MIT this past Saturday, new commissioner Adam Silver mentioned some possible changes to the NBA. Going forward, Silver talked about being open to ideas that might change the format of the NBA playoffs as well as the entry age requirement for the NBA draft.
After breaking his nose in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James donned a dark carbon-fiber mask for his first game back last Thursday night for the Miami Heat. Well, that may be the last of the mask – the NBA has asked James to wear a clear mask in games going forward while he recovers this season.
‘Tis the season of mid-season moves. After being traded from the Indiana Pacers and receiving a buyout from Philadelphia 76ers, Danny Granger has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. In other moves, Caron Butler signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Miami Heat and Jimmer Fredette signed with the Chicago Bulls.
What’s the one game you should be aware of this week? The Miami Heat vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Not only is this a rematch from last season’s NBA Finals, but star point guard Tony Parker will be back in the lineup for the Spurs when the teams face off Thursday. Oh, and if you need one more, the Indiana Pacers take on the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
After only 13 holes in the Honda Classic, Tiger Woods withdrew from the event because of back pain. After Rory McIlroy stumbled a strong lead, Russell Henley ended up winning the Classic in a playoff.
Paula Creamer won the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament with an incredible 75 foot putt in Singapore that gave her her first LPGA title since 2010.
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