March 7th, 2019

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On This Day In Sports

  • 1930 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1940 Montreal Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1940 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  1. LSU Tigers Should Fire Will Wade and Miss The NCAA Tournament



  • When will it stop? To answer that question, only when head coaches get the same sentence as surrogates. A phone conversation intercepted by the FBI reveals LSU coach Will Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins discussed a recruiting deal offered to a prospect, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
  • In case you somehow missed the excerpt from the FBI wiretap that appears to be related to LSU guard Javonte Smart getting an “offer,” here it is, according to Yahoo:

Wade: “I was thinking last night on this Smart thing. I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”

Wade: “Dude. I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.

Wade: “The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit. It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”

Dawkins: “Hmmmm.”

Wade: “It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer. Hell of an offer.”

Dawkins: “Okay.”

Wade: “Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid.”

Even worse for Wade was that ESPN reported via court documents that Dawkins had “at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.” Smart announced his commitment to LSU on June 30. From By CONNOR O’GARA 

2. Was The Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 Title Winning Streak a Basketball Dynasty

For the first time in 14 seasons, the Kansas Jayhawks won’t be crowned Big 12 regular-season champions. Kansas’ run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended Tuesday night, as the Jayhawks’ 81-68 loss at Oklahoma mathematically eliminated them from the title race.

3. LeBron Passes Michael Jordan On The All-Time Scoring List

  • James said about passing Jordan, “A lot of stuff that I have done in my career, this ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship,” James said. “For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ. It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”

4. College Baseball Season Starting to Heat Up

Hawkins Field


Vanderbilt remains No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 after a 4-1 week. Vanderbilt began the year ranked No. 1 in the Preseason Top 25 for the second time in program history and have remained atop the rankings through the first three weeks of the season.

Updated on: 3/4/2019 FROM BASEBALL AMERICA
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Notes:Last week: 4-1
Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 2-0

Feb. 26: Southeast Missouri State: W 11-3
Feb. 27: Austin Peay: L 7-6
Mar. 1-3: Dayton: W 11-3, W 5-1, W 2-0
Mar. 5: Davidson
Mar. 6: East Tennessee State
Mar. 8-10: Illinois State

Top-ranked Vanderbilt made relatively routine work of a sweep of Dayton. Shortstop Ethan Paul continued his hot-hitting ways with a 5-for-10 weekend at the plate, pushing his average to .422 on the season. He’s also taken to the shortstop position nicely after sliding over from second base, as he has yet to make his first error there. Preseason All-American outfielder JJ Bleday added home runs in each of the first two games of the series, giving him a team-leading four on the year.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: @ Cal State Northridge: W 4-3
    Mar. 1-3: Sacramento State: W 2-1, W 6-0, L 2-1
    Mar. 5: Pepperdine
    Dodger Stadium Classic in Los Angeles, Calif.
    Mar. 8: (18) Michigan
    Mar. 9: Oklahoma State
    Mar. 10: vs. Southern California

    A moment of appreciation for UCLA reliever Kyle Mora, who has been virtually unhittable this season. He threw two scoreless innings in each of the first two games of the series against Sacramento State. In 13 innings across eight appearances, he has a 0.69 ERA, a 21-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and an .098 opponent batting average. The starting rotation has continued to carry more than its own weight, as the righthanded trio of Zach Pettway (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K), Jack Ralston (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), and Jesse Bergin (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K) were excellent once again.

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    North Carolina

    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: UNC Wilmington: W 4-3
    Feb. 27: Virginia Commonwealth: L 11-8
    Mar. 1-3: Massachusetts-Lowell: W 5-0, W 14-7, W 14-2
    Mar. 5: Charleston Southern
    Mar. 8-10: @ (21) Clemson

    Righthander Gianluca Dalatri is doing all he can to make sure last season’s injury-plagued season is but a distant memory. In Game 1 against Massachusetts-Lowell, he threw 7.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks with five strikeouts. On the season, he’s now sporting a 1.06 ERA, a 17-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and a .167 opponent batting average in 17 innings of work. The Tar Heels are still waiting on a few guys to get going for an offense that is hitting .263 as a team, but shortstop Ike Freeman has been locked in, hitting .410/.510/.692 with three homers, which already ties his career in home runs, set last season. UNC has a huge series coming up this weekend, as they open up ACC play against a Clemson team looking to bounce back from a series loss to rival South Carolina.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: San Francisco: W 8-3
    Mar. 1-3: @ Cal State Fullerton: W 4-3, W 8-1, L 6-5
    Mar. 7-10: (9) Texas

    In a quality series that went a bit under the radar due to the presence of so many other marquee series and tournaments across the country, Stanford took two of three on the road from Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal offense still isn’t quite clicking as a whole, but catcher Maverick Handley continues to be a bright spot. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in game 1, 2-for-4 with three RBI in the second game, and while he was just 1-for-5 in the finale, his one hit was an RBI double that scored Stanford’s first run of the game. A four-game home series with Texas this weekend promises to be a barnburner.

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    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: @ Jacksonville: W 5-4
    Feb. 27: Central Florida: L 12-9
    Mar. 1-3: Winthrop: W 16-4, W 28-5, W 5-3
    Mar. 5-6: Florida Gulf Coast
    Mar. 8-10: Yale

    There has been concern at various points over what could be expected from Florida’s offense, but they looked quite good in scoring 49 runs in their sweep of a Winthrop team that boasts some talented arms. The Gators’ Game 2 effort, when they plated 28 runs on 23 hits, was particularly impressive. It’s not just those gaudy totals. It’s also that they hit not one, not two, but three grand slams over the course of game, one each from Kendrick Calilao, Jacob Young and Santino Miozzi. Though they are still waiting on some key offensive pieces to come around, the offensive outburst against Winthrop raised the team average to .287 on the season.

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    Florida State

    Notes:Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Mar. 1-3: Mercer: W 9-5, W 12-1, W 5-1
    Mar. 6: North Florida
    Mar. 8-10: Virginia Tech

    Florida State just continues to roll on in nonconference play. They got their stiffest test of the season from a Mercer program that is annually a contender in the Southern Conference, but the Seminoles handled the Bears with little incident. Few hitters have been as hot as FSU outfielder Robby Martin in the early going. With a 6-for-11 weekend against Mercer with a pair of doubles, he’s now hitting .538 with seven doubles on the season. Third baseman Drew Mendoza is off to a great start in his own right. He homered twice in the series finale, giving him a team-best five.

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    Oregon State

    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Mar. 1-3: West Virginia: W 9-2, W 4-2, L 2-0
    Safeco Baseball Showcase in Seattle
    Mar. 8: vs. Minnesota
    Mar. 9: vs. Indiana
    Mar.10: vs. (19) Coastal Carolina

    A much-anticipated pitching matchup between West Virginia’s Alek Manoah and Oregon State’s Kevin Abel ended up not living up to expectations in Game 1 of last weekend’s series, but that’s only because OSU took the suspense out of the game so quickly. They plated seven runs (four earned) off of Manoah in the second inning and never looked back. Meanwhile, Abel threw six innings of one-hit, one-run baseball with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The series finale might have been a 2-0 defeat, but the continuing dominance of lefthanded reliever Brandon Eisert is notable. He tossed two scoreless innings in Sunday’s game, which now gives him 11 scoreless innings on the season with 13 strikeouts and just one walk.

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    Mississippi State

    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC (3-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: Jackson State: W 17-4
    Feb. 27: Southeastern Louisiana: W 12-0
    Frisco College Baseball Classic
    Mar. 1: vs. Sam Houston State: W 5-4
    Mar. 2: vs. (8) Texas Tech: W 4-2
    Mar. 5: (14) East Carolina
    Mar. 6: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    Mar. 8-10: Maine

    The Friday-Saturday rotation combination of lefthander Ethan Small and righthander JT Ginn showed, once again, that they might be the best such combo in the Southeastern Conference, if not the entire country. Against Sam Houston State, Small threw six innings, giving up seven hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts. The lack of walks in his start is no fluke, as the redshirt junior has yet to walk a single batter in his 18 innings this season. Ginn silenced the powerful Texas Tech offense over seven innings, allowing just three hits and two runs with one walk and eight strikeouts.

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    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (3-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Sam Houston State: W 10-3
    Feb. 27: Texas-San Antonio: L 10-7
    Mar. 1-3: (2) Louisiana State: W 8-1, W 8-4, W 7-6
    Mar. 5: Texas-Rio Grande Valley
    Mar. 7-10: @ (4) Stanford

    Texas made by far the loudest statement of the weekend by sweeping LSU. In each of the first two games, they wasted no time in getting to the Tigers’ starting pitchers. On Friday, it scored three runs with the help of six hits and four walks in four innings against righthander Zack Hess. On Saturday, LSU freshman righthander Landon Marceaux was done after 1.1 innings, having given up six earned runs. In the finale, it took coming back from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, but Texas pulled it off, with the winning run coming home on an Austin Todd RBI single. On the mound, Bryce Elder was outstanding again, throwing 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one unearned run. The tough tests don’t end here for Texas, as it hits the road this weekend for four games at Stanford.

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    Louisiana State

    Notes:Last week: 1-3
    Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in SEC (0-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 1-1

    Feb. 27: Southern: W 17-4
    Mar. 1-3: @ (19) Texas: L 8-1, L 8-4, L 7-6
    Mar. 6: Holy Cross
    Mar. 8-10: California

    There’s no other way to describe it. LSU simply took it on the chin this past weekend on the road at Texas. The Longhorns blitzed the Tigers’ starting pitchers in each of the first two games of the series on the way to victory, but the loss in the finale was in more heartbreaking fashion, as the Tigers held a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, only to have Texas storm back for three runs for the walk-off win. Their opportunity for a bounce back comes this weekend when Andrew Vaughn and California pay a visit to Alex Box Stadium.

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 1-2
    Overall: 6-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: New Mexico State: W 7-0
    Frisco College Baseball Classic
    Mar. 1: vs. Nebraska: L 2-1
    Mar. 2: vs. (9) Mississippi State: L 4-2
    Mar. 5-6: @ San Diego State
    Mar. 8-10: Wichita State

    It was a tough weekend for Texas Tech in cold, rainy Frisco, as the Red Raiders dropped a pair of close games to Nebraska and Mississippi State. After pitching had been more of a concern earlier in the season, it was the Tech offense that scuffled this time around. In 18 innings of play, they were held to just three runs on seven hits. On the mound, lefthander Erikson Lanning was a steadying force on Friday once again, throwing five shutout innings against the Cornhuskers, giving up two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

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    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0-1

    Feb. 26: Tennessee-Martin: W 12-6
    Mar. 1-3: Long Beach State: W 7-2, W 7-6, W 5-3
    Mar. 5: Little Rock
    Mar. 6: (14) East Carolina
    Mar. 8-10: Alabama-Birmingham

    Senior outfielder Ryan Olenek, a classic college baseball grinder type, is off to an outstanding start to the season. In three games against Long Beach State, he went 6-for-13 with a pair of doubles, helping bring his slash line to .475/.542/.650 on the year. The effort of freshman righthander Gunnar Hoglund was a bright spot in Game 3, as he turned in the best start of his young career. He tossed five innings, giving up six hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts. Connor Green continued his run as the Rebels’ most effective reliever, tossing two perfect innings in the Game 2 victory, running his scoreless innings total to 7.2 on the season.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-1

    Feb. 26: Xavier: L 5-4
    Mar. 1-3: James Madison: W 5-0, W 11-1, W 1-0
    Mar. 5: Morehead State
    Mar. 8-10: Boston College

    Louisville starting pitchers allowed just one run on nine hits over the course of the entire weekend in a sweep of James Madison. Lefthander Reid Detmers allowing just one hit and one walk with 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings in Game 1 was just par for the course with how well he’s pitched so far this season. In 20 innings, he has an 0.45 ERA, 28 strikeouts, five walks and an .078 opponent batting average. Logan Wyatt walked six times in the three games against the Dukes, bringing his season walk total to an absurd 19, which means he’s only made one more out this season (20) than he has walks.

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    East Carolina

    Notes:Last week: 3-2
    Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in AAC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Feb. 25: Air Force: L 3-2
    Feb. 27: Elon: W 5-3
    LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.
    Mar. 1: Utah: W 7-6 (10)
    Mar. 2: Wright State: L 12-4
    Mar. 3: Western Carolina: W 12-6
    Mar. 5: @ (8) Mississippi State
    Mar. 6: @ (12) Mississippi
    Mar. 8-10: Marist

    East Carolina got pushed in their home tournament, the LeClair Classic. It took extra innings for the Pirates to dispatch Utah in the opener, and they were downed by Wright State before securing a winning weekend with the win over Western Carolina. The walk-off win against Utah came courtesy of an RBI single from center fielder Dusty Baker, who entered as a defensive replacement a few innings prior. Two-way player Alec Burleson continues to rake, going 6-for-14 in the tournament, although that actually served to lower his average to .542. ECU has a couple of interesting midweek games on deck, as they will complete the Magnolia State double-dip with games against both Mississippi State and Mississippi.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-2
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Long Island-Brooklyn: L 1-0
    Feb. 27: Kennesaw State: W 11-1
    Mar. 1-3: @ Georgia Southern: W 3-1, W 4-2, L 10-7
    Mar. 5: Alabama State
    Mar. 6: Jacksonville State
    Mar. 8-10: Presbyterian

    For the third weekend in a row, Georgia Southern pushed a major conference foe. This time around, it was Georgia, which won two tight games to start the weekend before dropping the finale. Third baseman L.J. Talley has helped carry the Georgia offense in the early going. He had five hits over the weekend, including three in the Game 2 win, and is now hitting .447/.532/.763 with a team-leading three home run. Righthander Emerson Hancock did give up his first run of the season in the series opener, but he limited the Eagles to just one run in his five innings of work, giving him a nifty 0.50 ERA to this point.

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    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 9-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 27: Memphis: W 10-3
    Mar. 1-3: Stony Brook: W 3-1, W 4-3, W 15-7
    Mar. 5-6: Charlotte
    Mar. 8-10: Louisiana Tech

    Dave Van Horn and his staff have to be elated with what they got from starting pitcher Isaiah Campbell in the series-opening win. The righthander, who is prone to bouts of inconsistency, threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts. First baseman Trevor Ezell, a graduate transfer from Southeast Missouri State, has been a real shot in the arm for the Razorbacks’ offense. After a five-hit weekend that featured a triple in the opener and a home run in the finale, he’s hitting .432/.511/.703 and he’s a perfect six-for-six in stolen bases for good measure. Arkansas welcomes a veteran Louisiana Tech team for three games this weekend in what could be a competitive series.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Mar. 1-3: Cincinnati: W 5-0, W 5-0, W 9-5
    Mar. 5-6: Tennessee-Martin
    Mar. 8-10: Texas-San Antonio

    Auburn swept Cincinnati with little incident, including back-to-back shutouts to begin the series. Righthander Tanner Burns shined in the first of those two, throwing a two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts. It was sophomore lefthander Jack Owen, in his first start of the season, who did the heavy lifting in the second of those team shutouts, throwing seven scoreless innings with only three hits allowed to go along with ten strikeouts. In 16 innings this season, he’s yet to allow an earned run and he has a 22-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on top of it.

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    Big 10
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 3-0

    Mar. 1-3: @ Cal State Northridge: W 2-1, W 4-2, L 5-2
    Mar. 5: @ Long Beach State
    Mar. 6: @ (24) UC Irvine
    Dodger Stadium Classic in Los Angeles
    Mar. 8: @ (2) UCLA
    Mar. 9: @ Southern California
    Mar. 10: vs. Oklahoma State

    Lefthander Tommy Henry simply continues to dominate. His latest masterpiece was eight shutout innings against Cal State Northridge in the first game of the series, giving up three hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts. Prepare yourself for some truly mind-blowing stats through Henry’s first three starts. He’s now thrown 23 innings without allowing so much as a single run. He’s fanned 34, walked just two and allowed a microscopic .132 batting average against him. The Wolverines’ offense has just two players hitting better than .250 at this juncture, but with Henry and the rest of the staff combining for a 1.58 team ERA, they’ve had more than enough offense to get the job done.

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    Coastal Carolina

    Sun Belt
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 0-0

    Feb. 27: @ College of Charleston: L 8-5
    CCU Baseball Tournament in Conway, S.C.
    Mar. 1: Illinois: W 11-3
    Mar. 2: Connecticut: W 10-7
    Mar. 3: Indiana: W 6-5
    Mar. 5-6: Wake Forest
    Safeco Baseball Showcase in Seattle
    Mar. 8: vs. San Diego
    Mar. 9: vs. Washington
    Mar. 10: vs. (7) Oregon State

    Of Coastal Carolina’s three consecutive home tournaments to begin the season, last weekend’s, with games against Illinois, Connecticut and Indiana, promised to be the toughest, but the Chanticleers passed that test with flying colors. The Coastal offense was humming along all weekend, as they collected at least ten hits in each of the three games. The standout on that side of the ball last weekend was shortstop and nine-hole hitter Scott McKeon, who went 6-for-9 with three walks, driving his batting average up to a team-leading .417, and giving him, somewhat strangely, his first three walks of the season. Coastal is piecing things together a little bit on the mound, but it’s working for them thanks in large part to a deep bullpen, led by righthander Alaska Abney (0.00 in 10 IP), lefthander Trevor Damron (0.00 in 7 IP) and righthander Matt Eardensohn (2.19 ERA in 12.1 IP).

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    South Carolina

    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Appalachian State: W 3-1
    Mar. 1-3: @/vs. (14) Clemson: W 5-4, L 11-5, W 14-3
    Mar. 5: Citadel
    Mar. 6: Gardner-Webb
    Mar. 8-10: Valparaiso

    South Carolina endured a series with rival Clemson that featured wild swings of emotion, with each team securing a blowout win in addition to the Gamecocks’ nail-biting victory on Friday. Reid Morgan turned in a solid start in the series-clinching win on Sunday. The righthander threw 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs (two earned) with no walks and five strikeouts. Bullpen work has been a strength for the Gamecocks thus far and that continued in the Game 1 victory as the trio of Wesley Sweatt, Cam Tringali, and Brett Kerry combined to throw 6.2 innings with six hits and one run allowed. It’s mostly good news with this series win for South Carolina, but there was a bit of bad news with the announcement that Carmen Mlodzinki, a key piece of the starting rotation, will miss some time with a fractured foot. That will make the efforts of the South Carolina bullpen and young lefty starting pitcher Dylan Harley even more important.

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    Notes:Previous ranking: 2-2
    Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 2-1

    Feb. 26: East Tennessee State: W 14-3
    Mar. 1-3: vs./@: South Carolina: L 5-4, W 11-5, L 14-3
    Mar. 5: @ Furman
    Mar. 8-10: (3) North Carolina

    Starting pitching faltered in Clemson’s series loss to rival South Carolina. In the opener, Brooks Crawford lasted just two innings, having given up five runs on home runs by South Carolina’s Andrew Eyster and T.J. Hopkins. In the finale, Justin Wrobleski was hung with five earned runs in just one-third of an inning. In the Game 2 victory, Davis Sharpe struggled for the first time this season to the tune of seven hits and four runs in 3.2 innings, but four innings of shutout relief from Holt Jones allowed the Tigers’ offense to pick the team up. Things don’t get much easier for Clemson this coming weekend, as they’ll welcome in a red-hot North Carolina club for the start of ACC play.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Richmond: W 8-2
    Mar. 1-3: @ Penn State in Bradenton, Fla.: W 14-0, L 8-7, W 9-2
    Mar. 5-6: Pennsylvania
    Mar. 8-10: @ Virginia

    Duke began the weekend by getting a combined no-hitter from Graeme Stinson, Matt Dockman and Jack Carey in a blowout win over Penn State. After that point, things got a bit stickier, as a three-homer game from PSU left fielder Kris Kremer helped push the Nittany Lions to a Game 2 win, and as late as the seventh inning in Game 3, the Blue Devils trailed 2-0. It was in that seventh inning, however, that the dam broke and Duke poured it on in a 9-2 win to capture the series. Center fielder Kennie Taylor had his own offensive outburst in the Sunday win, as he clubbed two homers and drove in six runs.

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    North Carolina State

    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall 11-0, 0-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-

    Feb. 27: @ Campbell: W 10-1
    Mar. 1-3: Minnesota: W 3-2, W 8-4, W 5-4
    Mar. 6: @ North Carolina Central
    Mar. 8-10: Pittsburgh

    North Carolina State has done nothing but impress so far in 2019 with their series sweep of a solid Minnesota club just the latest example. A pitching staff with a team ERA of 2.36 on the season came through again. In Game 1, it was righthander Jason Parker who led the way with 5.1 innings in his start, giving up four hits and one run. The second game featured a solid start from lefthander Canaan Silver, who threw six innings, giving up three hits and two runs. The bullpen stepped up in the series finale, with the quartet of Evan Justice, Nolan Clenney, NIck Swiney and MIchael Bienlien combining to throw five innings with only three hits and one run allowed.

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    UC Irvine

    Big West
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: @ Loyola Marymount: L 7-3
    Mar. 1: @ Missouri State: W 3-2, W 4-1 (11)
    Mar. 6: (18) Michigan
    Mar. 8-10: St. John’s

    What was supposed to be UC Irvine’s three-game series on the road at Missouri State turned into a Friday doubleheader between the two teams, as they worked to get in as much baseball as they could before inclement weather rolled into Springfield, Mo. The Anteaters made the most of the double dip, taking home wins in both halves. Ace Andre Pallante looked more like his old self in Game 1, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up two hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. In the second game, the righthanded trio of Tanner Brubaker, Trenton Denholm and Jordan Bocko held the Bears largely at bay for the first ten innings, allowing third baseman Brandon Lewis to connect for a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eleventh.

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    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: Dallas Baptist: W 10-4
    Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston
    Mar. 1: vs. Texas A&M: L 5-2
    Mar. 2: vs. Rice: L 6-3
    Mar. 3: vs. Texas State: W 5-4
    Mar. 5: Texas-Arlington
    Mar. 8-10: Nebraska

    Baylor was dangerously close to going home winless in the Shriners Classic in Houston. After losses to Texas A&M and Rice in the first two games of the weekend, the Bears trailed Texas State 4-3 heading into the ninth inning of their third game. But instead of pulling the ripcord and packing up mentally, they did what veteran teams do and fought back. Just one strike away from being the final out of the game, Baylor center fielder Richard Cunningham dumped a double just inside the left field line on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to get a rally going. One batter later, he scored on a Nick Loftin single to right, and one batter after that, the Bears took the lead on a Davis Wendzel double off the wall in left. Baylor was scheduled to hit the road this coming weekend for a tough series at Nebraska, but due to lingering winter weather across the Midwest, that series is now a home series at Baylor Ballpark.

5. What Happened To The Women’s Basketball Dynasties


Photo: Louisiana Tech was a women’s basketball powerhouse in the 1980s and ’90s. The Techsters lost the 1998 title game to Tennessee. (GARY CASKEY / REUTERS)

  • The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs women’s basketball team contributed to the initial rise in popularity of women’s intercollegiate basketball in the United States in the 1970s. Women’s college basketball was organized under the auspices of the AIAW in the early 1970s, at a time when competitive power was distributed among small colleges that had established a niche (such as ImmaculataDelta StateWest Chester StateWayland Baptist and Stephen F. Austin). Later in the decade, ODU won two national championships in dominating fashion with star players, Nancy Lieberman and Anne Donovan. ODU, along with UCLA and Tennessee, among others, led the rise to prominence of large schools with national reputations to the top intercollegiate level, before the NCAA began sponsoring sports for women.
  • The very first women’s NCAA basketball tournament was held in 1982, and Louisiana Tech took center stage. The Lady Techsters had already compiled a 109-9 record over the previous three seasons, winning the 1981 AIAW Championship (the precursor to the women’s tourney) with a perfect 34-0 record. The Lady Techsters haven’t made the NCAA field since 2011 at 14-14 this season, they aren’t likely to end that drought soon.
  • Tennessee Volunteers were the women’s college basketball team of the ’90s with four titles, including three in a row from 1996 to ’98, one unbeaten season and a 310-39 record under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt.
  • Summitt won a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as a member of the United States women’s national basketball team. She returned to the Olympics in 1984 as a head coach, guiding the U.S. women’s basketball team to a gold medal. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her at number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports; she was the only woman on the list. In 38 years as a coach, she never had a losing season. In 2012, Summitt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards.


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