Fun Fact of the Day: This weekend, Golden State Warriors Steph Curry scored a ridiculous game winning 3-pointer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime. With that shot, he tied Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall to have the most 3-pointers in one game (12) and passed his own record of 286 3-pointers in one season (btw—there are still 24 games left in this season). Now, Steph has the top 3 single-season 3-pointer totals in NBA history.
This weekend while you busy were making your Oscar picks, lots of college basketball teams were getting upset. You can expect some serious shakeups in this week’s college rankings. Two of the biggest upsets were come from behind victories by #12 Miami to beat #11 Louisville (73-65) and #25 Texas to beat #3 Oklahoma (76-63). Who didn’t catch upset fever? #3 UVA who beat #7 UNC (79-74) and #2 Kansas who beat unranked Texas Tech (67-58) to clinch their 12th straight Big 12 title.
Tough job description. On Friday Gianni Infantino was elected as the new president of FIFA. He will replace former prez Sepp Blatter, who was suspended 6 years for a sketchy $2M under-the-table payment. Infantino has promised to root out corruption, saying “We will restore the image of FIFA, and the world will applaud us…” Hold your applause. Many are skeptical because bribery within FIFA has been rampant. But maybe they are serious this time, because they are already taking some steps, including imposing term limits for top officials and creating a new governing body that must have a minimum of 6 women members (an all time high).
Spotlight on Miami
After this weekend’s big win against Louisville, it’s time to spotlight Miami so you know what to watch out for as you fill out your bracket next week!
What are their strengths? Miami does not shy away from big moments. They have a bunch of quality wins against ranked opponents, including against Virginia, Duke, and Louisville.
What are their weaknesses? Inconsistency. Miami also has a few embarrassing losses to unranked teams, including to Northeastern at home and to Clemson and North Carolina State on the road. Some think that the problem is a lack of team chemistry, because 4 of their players are transfers from other schools, including leading scorers Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez.
Who should I watch out for? The aforementioned senior Sheldon McClellan, who is one of the most efficient scorers in the country. He gets support from the team’s other leading scorers Angel Rodriguez and Davon Reed. Also, look out for the Hurricanes’ best defensive player Tonye Jekiri.
Seen and Heard
Calling all Duke-haters. Duke-haters have a new target for their anger in leading scorer Grayson Allen. Allen was seen tripping an opposing player at the end of a big 85-60 win against Florida State. Likely story… Allen said that it was just a physical game, but this is the second time he’s tripped an opponent on the court. So far it looks like he’s going to get away with it.
Today is the last day before the NHL trade deadline! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s rundown to find out if there were any big moves. Yesterday, we already saw the NY Rangers acquire Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, who had been with the Hurricanes his entire 12-year career and holds nearly all their franchise records including most games played (909), goals (332), and points (775). He should be a big help as the Rangers make their final push for the Stanley Cup playoffs this year!