What happened on Wednesday, February 18, 2015?

  1. A rivalry renewed: Duke and North Carolina have one of the best rivalries in all of men’s college basketball. That doesn’t mean that games between those teams are always good but it does mean that when they are good, they are even more exciting than a good game between any other teams. Last night’s game wasn’t just good, it was great. Duke ended up winning 92-90 in overtime. North Carolina will surely wake up this morning feeling like they blew the game but from my perspective, Duke just grabbed it from them.
    Line: College basketball doesn’t get any better than that!
  2. The calm before the storm: The NBA trade deadline is today and although there were lots of rumors yesterday, there were no deals to speak of.
    Line: This year’s trade deadline might be much ado about nothing.
  3. Better than last year but still not good enough for Schalke: The German soccer club, Schalke 04 was embarrassed 6-1 last year by Real Madrid in the first leg of a Champions League playoff. They had their chance at revenge yesterday but were only able to come up with a 2-0 loss. It likely won’t be good enough, because it’s hard to imagine Real Madrid losing by more than two goals at home in a couple weeks when the two teams play again.
    Line: Imagine waiting all year for revenge and coming up short. Ouch!
  4. Beware of Kings in low seeds: The Los Angeles Kings seem to make a habit of sneaking into the playoffs as one of the last seeds and then winning the Stanley Cup. They’re on the outside of the playoffs now but they beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 last night. That makes six wins in a row and there’s still plenty of time for the Kings to make the playoffs. They’ll be dangerous if they get in.
    Line: You’d almost rather play the Kings as an underdog than an overdog. They always seem to upset people in the playoffs.

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