THE theme of the week was clearly basketball, with the NBA and College competitions dominating the majority of the headlines. UFC 208 in Brooklyn was a massive success and we saw most of the favourites win their Premier League matches. What else did we learn this week though?
WE learned the UConn women program is on one of the most dominant stretches in sports history. They chalked up their 100th consecutive win the other night against #6 South California. The last time they lost was back on November 17th, 2014. To put that into perspective, Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ was the #1 song and Lebron just started his second stint with Cleveland.
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WE learned the Washington Wizards aren’t afraid of the challenges that lie in front of them. After going toe to toe with the defending champs in their own building, eventually losing in OT to the Cavs, the Wizards showed flashes of their potential. Actually that’s not fair, considering they have one of the best records since the calendar flipped to 2017. Don’t be surprised if they claim a top two seed and cause some upsets come playoff time.
WE learned that Kansas can keep winning these nail bitters. Six of their last seven wins have been by six points or less, which included a one point win over Texas Tech and an incredible overtime comeback win against #9 West Virginia this week. Winning close, tight games is a good recipe for success when March rolls around.
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WE learned trade season is upon us. It seems the Nuggets are making a legit push for the #8 seed in the West, after trading Jusuf Nurkic and the Grizzlies 1st rounder for Mason Plumlee. A few days after that the Toronto Raptors made a MASSIVE roster move shipping their 1st round draft pick this year and Terrence Ross for the Orlando Magic’s Serge Ibaka.
LASTLY we learned that Westbrook and Durant still aren’t friends. Their icy reunion in KD’s return to Oklahoma Saturday night went pretty much as expected. Trading verbal and visual barbs, the pair starred for the Thunder and Warriors, with Durant’s Dubs claiming a 130-114 win. Can we please just fast forward to when these two meet in the playoffs already?