700 ESPN Sports Beat | 3-28-16

Some March losses induce nothing but madness for weeks


A GRIP ON SPORTS • I wasn’t ready for what I saw this morning outside my window. Yep, there was snow out there. It looked awful cold for the end of March. And I wasn’t ready for what I saw yesterday afternoon either.

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Blanchette: Zags’ long, strange trip comes to abrupt end, now intrigue begins

So Gonzaga’s off-season begins much as this basketball season did, in a cocoon of intrigue.

Or doesn’t anyone remember all the mystery about how Mark Few was going to get Przemek Karnowski, Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer on the floor at the same time?

Such a quaint notion. Does that seem like 18 years ago or what?

But then, this was the season the Bulldogs made folks forget about a lot of things.

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The N.C.A.A.’s Women Problem

As they enter the third round of the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament this weekend, the University of Connecticut Huskies have won 71 consecutive games. Seventy-one! And they won national championships in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 — that’s 10 times in the last 21 years, and nine times in the last 15. Now, that’s major news. Only it isn’t … because this is the UConn women’steam.

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