February’s Big Sports News

The saying is that the college years fly by. A quick glimpse at the calendar shows that, as we have hit mid-February.

It is this time of year that seems like the sports world grinds to a halt. Most of that blame rests on the NFL being over.

Truthfully though, that is not the case. There is plenty going on, so here is a brief update on big sports stories.

UCONN women hit the Century

Face it, the New England Patriots are not the most dominate dynasty alive. Not by a long shot. The women’s basketball team at the University of Connecticut are. It has been over two straight years of wins for Geno Auriemma’s squad. With a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina, the Huskies made it 100 straight wins. They are the first team to achieve the feat. It is total dominance, with 40 wins of 40+ points and 28 wins over ranked opponents.

Minnesota Wild lead the West

Wild fans can finally hold their sticks high (ok, not that high in Jared Spurgeon’s face). Minnesota holds the second-best record in the NHL as well. The State of Hockey is looking good for the playoffs, and maybe home-ice advantage to propel them past the second round.

Kevin Durant’s mom likes cupcakes

Kevin Durant may have left Oklahoma City for Golden State, and OKC fans will let him remember that. Upon KD’s return to face the Thunder, the home fans taunted him with cupcake t-shirts. The cupcake was based off Thunder’s Russell Westbrook’s Instagram post back in July. Durant and the Warriors cruised to easy win. After the game, both Draymond Green and Setphen Curry wore the shirt, joking with their teammate. Not only that, but the day after, Durant’s mom went to Twitter with the shirts. OKC’s attempt to troll their former hero has backfired.

A couple more weeks until March

The NCAA likes their gimmicks. Case and point the idea to release the top-four seeds in each region of the March Madness bracket. Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga are the current No. 1 seeds. The only thing is, this is not football. There is a possibility that these teams aren’t top seeds come March, as college basketball is always unpredictable. Heck, Texas Tech just upset Baylor on Monday.

Champion’s League returns

This week marks the beginning of the knock-out rounds of the European intercontinental tournaments. First legs of the Round of 16 matches were played Tuesday and Wednesday. The headliner is Paris-St. Germain up against Barcelona. Leicester City look to create a dream in a nightmare. While domesitaclly, the Foxes may be facing relegation; the Champion’s League offers another escape.

Pitchers and catchers report

The unofficial start of spring is here. Spring training has opened up, and full squads will begin workouts in the next week.

NDSU makes it to ESPN

Remember that time when Khy Kabellis hit a behind the back, no-look shot as the ball was going out-of-bounds? ESPN does. Given the fact that the ball fell through Denver’s hoop, expect it to be on the SportsCenter Not Top 10 on Friday.

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