Stat of the Week
120 The number of seconds (12.0) left on the clock with #15-seed Belmont holding a 70-69 lead over the #2-seed Duke Blue Devils during the first round of the NCAA Tournament - but after a driving basket by Gerald Henderson with 11.9 seconds left on the clock, Duke held on for a 71-70 victory. Belmont has never won a game in the NCAA Tournament, but the victory was number 69 in the tournament for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who later said, "Watching them [Belmont] on tape they looked good - watching them in person, they were even better."
4 The number of "upsets" (4) on Friday that took place at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. It is the first time in NCAA Tournament history that four lower seeds won on the same day, at the same site: #12-seed Villanova rallied from 18 points down to top #5-seed Clemson 75-69, #13-seed Siena beat #4-seed Vanderbilt 83-62, #13-seed San Diego beat #4-seed Connecticut 70-69 in overtime, and #12-seed Western Kentucky beat #5-seed Drake 101-99 on a desperation three-point heave at the buzzer in overtime. The guy who made that shot, Ty Rogers, said, "It kind of worked out good."
6 The number of times (6) during NCAA Tournament history that a #12- and #13-seed have advanced to meet each other during the second round of play. Siena and Villanova will meet on Sunday in the sixth such match-up. The Saints beat #4-seed Vanderbilt 83-62 and the Wildcats got past #5-seed Clemson 75-69 in the first round of play - but the team celebrating these upsets the most is #1-seed Kansas, because their path to the elite eight just got a heck of a lot easier.
60 Yes, it is hard to talk about hockey when March Madness is in full swing and Opening Day for MLB is so close - but Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin became the first NHL player in 12 years to score (60) goals in a season when he put two in the net against Atlanta this past Friday. The last players to hit that mark were Mario Lemieux and Jaromier Jagr, but Ovechkin insists making the playoffs is more important than individual performances. "I just do my job," he said. "I don't think about personal goals." He'll probably take that same approach when negotiating his next contract, too.
380 The number of career games (380) it took LeBron James to become the leading scorer in Cleveland Cavaliers franchise history. James surpassed Brad Daugherty after pouring in 29 points in a win against the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Daugherty took 548 games to score 10,389 points - but in less than five full seasons James has surpassed 10,400 career points. Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said, "The crazy thing about it is that he is only 23 years old."
800 The three-point shooting percentage (.800) for Stephen Curry during Davidson's 82-76 victory over Gonzaga during the first round of the Midwest Region. His dad is Dell Curry, the former NBA star who was known to knock down a few treys from time to time. Curry was 8 for 10 outside the arc and scored 30 of his game high 40 points in the second half to rally the Wildcats into the second round. Davidson coach Bob McKillop compared Curry's night to "a star performance on Broadway." Seeing as Curry's dad ranks among the top 20 in NBA history for career three-pointers, seems like there might have been a better comparison to be made there - but okay, that works too.
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