3.2.15: March is HERE

Welcome to March! It’s no shocker that we are excited for the upcoming March Madness, and it appears that Tekele Cotton is too. Check out his awesome tomahawk dunk from over the weekend as his #11 Wichita State squad defeated #10 Northern Iowa to secure the MVC regular season title.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The playoffs are about six weeks away and things are heating up in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost an intense game to the Houston Rockets in OT on Sunday night. The game featured MVP candidates James Harden and LeBron James. Despite the loss, the Cavs are looking pretty good these days and may be the team to beat in the East.

Stephen Curry dropped 37 points as the Golden State Warriors posted an impressive comeback from 26 down to beat the Boston Celtics on the road. The Dubs remain the team to beat in the wild wild West (for now).

We’ve also got some injury updates. Last week Chicago Bulls’ player Derrick Rose suffered a knee injury that required surgical repair. He is expected to return in about 4-6 weeks (in time for the playoffs). Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook also had surgery to repair a broken cheek bone, but should return within the week. That’s good news for the Thunder because he’s been playing out of his mind and posting up triple doubles left and right.

There was also sad news over the weekend, as former New York Knick Anthony Mason passed away at the age of 48. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

College Basketball

Like we said in our intro, March is here and so many things are happening. After another strong weekend, #1 Kentucky looks awesome and remains undefeated, #2 Virginia remains strong and #4 Duke continues to impress in their 9 game winning streak since losing to #9 Notre Dame back in January. Despite losing last week to #14 Maryland, #5 Wisconsin looked solid this weekend and #7 Arizona picked up a big win on Saturday night against #13 Utah. So, what was the big surprise of the weekend? That would be #3 Gonzaga, who fell to BYU in a big upset on Saturday night.

#8 Kansas is working with the NCAA to examine the eligibility of star player Cliff Alexander. Time will tell how long the investigation will take.

In all things impressive in women’s college hoops, #5 Maryland defeated #25 Northwestern to finish with an 18-0 record in their first season of the Big Ten in their overall record of 27-2.

What to watch this week? Tune in for these awesome upcoming games in men’s hoops:

  • #2 Virginia at Syracuse – Monday
  • #20 West Virginia at #8 Kansas – Tuesday
  • #9 Notre Dame at #17 Louisville – Wednesday
  • Florida at #1 Kentucky – Saturday
  • #4 Duke at #15 North Carolina – Saturday
  • #8 Kansas at #16 Oklahoma – Saturday

NHL

The NHL trade deadline offered many impressive and noteworthy deals over the weekend. Of note: Keith Yandle was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the New York Rangers.

The Florida Panthers and Jaromir Jagr may still be getting to know each other, but things appear to be going well so far as Jagr picked up 1 goal and 1 assist in a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’s now tied for 5th all-time in goals in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks have added Antoine Vermette to their squad. The Blackhawks have had to make some quick moves as they try to readjust to life without Patrick Kane, who’s out recovering from an injury.

NFL

The NFL draft may not be until the end of April, but there are still a few football stories to report this week:

The Dallas Cowboys have decided to put the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant. This is expected to happen before the deadline on Monday.

The Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch spoke to a Turkish sports network over the weekend about his expectations for the final play of Super Bowl XLIX. He stated: “To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport.” 

Other

Rest in Peace to baseball legend Minnie Minoso of the Chicago White Sox. Minoso was the first black player in the league from Latin America and remains huge part of baseball history.

Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Sunday to win the Capital One Cup final. Oh, and in other futbol news, Liverpool came out on top against Manchester City 2-1.

It took Ronda Rousey only 14 seconds to become a champion. The UFC fighter defeated Cat Zingano in an impressive fight on Saturday night.

Let’s talk tennis, and the fact that Rafa is back on top! Rafael Nadal picked up a big win at the Argentina Open over the weekend to get his first title in roughly 9 months.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Better with age
Stephen Curry was the bomb even in the 8th grade

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Just how important are analytics?
All of the important info you need to know about what went down over the weekend

Thank you!
Kevin Garnett shows his appreciation
He bought 1000 tickets to his first game back in Minnesota to thank his fans for their support

Have you seen the Browns’ new logo?
Neither have we!
They claim that they’ve rebranded, but we’re not really seeing much change

David Blatt
How the Cavs coach has shaped their team
He knows he’s got star players, but he needed to make them into a family — a little bowling trip may have done the trick!

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