Fun Fact of the Day: Tennessee’s women’s basketball team dropped out of the top-25 rankings for the first time since 1985. Now UConn has the longest active streak, but they will still need another 7 years to break Tennessee’s 31-year record… Check back in with us in 2023!
- #12 Miami upset #3 UVA (64-61). Miami really needed this win after losing by 25-points to UNC this past weekend.
- #14 WVU beat #17 Iowa State (97-87). WVU's Jaysean Paige was back from a twisted ankle and scored a career-high 34 points.
Off the invite list. Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested after being the worst party guest ever this past weekend. He reportedly got kicked out of a housewarming party and backed into 3 people with his car. Later he went back to the party—you know, just in case they missed him. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. That's the end of that. Randle was dropped by the Cowboys at the end of last season, but last week he tweeted that he expected to make a big comeback… now, probably not so much.
This is our year! Spring training just started but the Chicago Cubs are already the 4-1 favorites to win the World Series. That was not a typo. Everyone is amped to see what the Cubs can do, even though they have not won the World Series in 107 years, which is the longest championship drought of any North American professional sport. What’s so special about this year? Things are on an upswing. Last season the Cubs had a great 97-win season and they spent $300 million in the off-season to add stars Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, and John Lackey to their roster. You know what they say, the 108th time is the charm.
Spotlight on Kansas
March Madness is just around the corner, so it’s about time that we spotlight basketball powerhouse Kansas.
Why Kansas? Kansas has one of the oldest and winningest basketball programs in the country. They have a long illustrious basketball history, including the fact that James Naismith (the inventor of basketball) was the school’s very first basketball coach.
What are their strengths? Consistency, consistency, consistency. They have won or shared the Big 12 title the past 11 straight seasons and played in March Madness for 26 straight seasons, the longest live streak. Even though there have been upsets galore this season, Kansas has shown that they are the real deal by being the only team to maintain a top-7 ranking in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls for the past 16 weeks. How do they do it? They win big, averaging a 14.1-point scoring margin.
What are their weaknesses? They aren’t the best at defense and it could hurt them in the long run. According to basketball analysts, only one other team with a similar defensive efficiency ranking has won the National Championship.
Who should I watch out for? The Jayhawks leading scorer and rebounder is Perry Ellis (yep, like the moderately priced men’s clothing brand). Starters Wayne Selden, Frank Mason, Devonte’ Graham are also great scorers and they have backup from Kansas’s really deep bench.
Dollar Shave Club anyone? The Miami Marlins announced that they are going to adopt a no facial hair policy. Some are calling Marlins manager Don Mattingly a big old hypocrite because he was known for having quite the ‘stache and luscious long locks when he was an infielder for the NY Yankees in the early 1990s. He was even fined and benched for violating the long hair policy back in the day. We’ll see if his players rebel against the man like he did. #longhairdontcare
Use what you learned in our Spotlight when checking out #2 Kansas v. #19 Baylor tonight, 8pm ET!