Top 25 Capsules

Top 25 Capsules

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Seth Curry scored 24 points to lead No. 3 Duke past Georgia Tech 73-57 on Thursday night.

Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds after going just 2 for 12 during an awful first half, and the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 53 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes to bounce back from their only loss.

Freshman Chris Bolden's 20 points were the most scored by a Georgia Tech player this season.

But the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 0-4) had 21 turnovers in losing their fourth straight, remaining the only team winless in ACC play and falling to 5-32 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon broke out of a slump with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting after coming off the bench for the first time in his Duke career.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists for Michigan.

Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who had the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fast break. Nik Stauskas added 11 points.

Austin Hollins led the Gophers (15-3, 3-2) with 21 points and four steals, and Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Andre Hollins was drawn into early foul trouble, but he came alive after halftime to finish with 13 points and four assists.

The Gophers crept back in the game after falling behind by 19 points early in the second half. After Rodney Williams cut the margin to 77-70 with 2:40 remaining, the Gophers got the ball back but Williams had an open 3-pointer rim out and Andre Hollins had his putback attempt blocked underneath.

Burke stretched the lead to nine with two free throws with 43 seconds left.



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and eight rebounds as Gonzaga won its eighth straight.

Olynyk, the 7-foot center who leads the West Coast Conference in scoring, got off to a slow start against the Pilots after two straight games with more than 30 points, scoring just one basket in the first half.

Kevin Pangos added 14 points, including four 3-pointers for Gonzaga (17-1, 4-0 WCC), as the Bulldogs extended the best start in school history.

Kevin Bailey had 16 points for the Pilots (8-11, 1-3) who trailed by as many as 21 points and dropped their 19th straight game in the series with the Zags.


No. 10 FLORIDA 68, TEXAS A&M 47

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Mike Rosario scored 19 points and Patric Young added 18 for Florida.

The Aggies led by one point midway through the first half before a big run by the Gators gave them a 35-18 halftime lead.

It was a letdown for Texas A&M (12-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which was coming off an 83-71 victory at Kentucky on Saturday. Elston Turner scored a career-high 40 points in that win, but managed just four points Thursday on 1-of-10 shooting.

It is the fifth straight win for Florida (13-2, 3-0) which is in the midst of playing four of five games on the road.

Jordan Greene had 12 points for the Aggies, while J'Mychal Reese added 10.



LOS ANGELES (AP) - Damyean Dotson scored 16 points and Oregon won its sixth straight.

The Ducks (15-2, 4-0 Pac-12) opened with four straight conference wins for the first time in 39 years when they started 4-0 in the Pac-8.

USC (7-11, 2-3) was coming off a victory over Utah last week, but it marked the final game for coach Kevin O'Neill, who was fired on Monday. Bob Cantu, in his 12th season as an assistant with the program, is the interim coach.

The Trojans were down 75-67 with 2:11 remaining. J.J. Terrell, who had 22 points, made two free throws to cut Oregon's lead to 75-74 with 33.1 seconds left. USC was able to get the ball back but missed a 3-pointer and a couple of putbacks with Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi finally grabbing the rebound.

E.J. Singler had 14 points, while Dominic Artis, Carl Emory and Tony Woods each added 10, but the Ducks shot just 42.9 percent (27 for 63) from the field.

Eric Wise had 17 points for the Trojans.


No. 22 VCU 92, SAINT JOSEPH'S 86, OT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Treveon Graham scored six of his 25 points in overtime after Virginia Commonwealth rallied late in regulation to tie it.

Darius Theus added a career-high 22 points and 10 assists and four steals for the Rams (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th straight. Juvonte Reddic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Rams, who were playing their first game as a ranked team since 1984-85.

Langston Galloway had 22 points, Carl Jones 21 and C.J. Aiken had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks (9-6, 1-2).



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Reggie Hearn scored 20 points and Northwestern built an early lead using 3-point shooting to hand Illinois its third straight loss.

Illinois has lost five of seven - and three straight in the Big Ten - after starting 12-0.

The Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) were 8 of 15 from 3-point range but hit five of those shots in the first half to build a 36-21 lead.

Northwestern made 26 of 31 free throws, many of them late with Illinois forced to foul.

The Illini (14-5, 1-4) closed within 48-39 on a free throw by Brandon Paul with 4:36 to play and got no closer.

Jared Swopshire had 12 points and six rebounds for Northwestern, while Alex Marcotullio scored 12 points and Dave Sobolewski added 10.

Paul had 21 points for Illinois, which shot 38 percent from the field, including going 3 of 20 from 3-point range.



LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and Kyle Anderson added 17 as UCLA won its 10th straight.

Travis Wear added 17 points for the Bruins (15-3, 5-0 Pac-12), who equaled their longest winning streak since 2008-09. They have won 23 of the last 24 games played against Oregon State on their home court.

Roberto Nelson scored 17 points and Joe Burton added 12 points for the Beavers (10-7, 0-4). They lost their fourth straight and fifth in their last six.

The Beavers were held under their 75.7-point scoring average. They are one of two Pac-12 teams with five players averaging double figures, but only three players reached that mark in the game.

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 


Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)


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Recognizing Max Scherzer’s 5 best moments with the Nationals on the 5-year anniversary of his signing

Recognizing Max Scherzer’s 5 best moments with the Nationals on the 5-year anniversary of his signing

When Max Scherzer signed with the Nationals on January 21, 2015, an ESPN poll of MLB executives deemed it the worst free-agent signing of the offseason.

Five years later, it’s clear the findings of that poll couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Scherzer has built up the bulk of his Hall of Fame resume while in Washington, securing two Cy Youngs, three top-10 MVP finishes and more strikeouts than any other pitcher in baseball. He made the jump from star to legend and no one has stood to benefit more than the Nationals.

On the five-year anniversary of him agreeing to come to D.C., here are Scherzer’s five best moments while donning the Curly W.

5. The black eye game (June 19, 2019)

It’s one thing to blank your division rival with 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. It’s another thing entirely to do it one day after fouling a ball off your face and breaking your nose.

But that’s exactly what Scherzer did. As if the man who literally grunts when he throws and stalks around the mound couldn’t be any more of an animal, he pitched through the pain and mowed down a Philadelphia Phillies team that entered the game with the third-best record in the National League.

The game was also part of a historic month for Scherzer, who went 6-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 68 strikeouts in June. He became only the fourth pitcher in MLB history to record a month with an ERA that low and strikeout total that high, joining Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson.

4. Game 7 of the 2019 World Series (Oct. 30, 2019)

When Scherzer woke up on the morning of his scheduled Game 5 start against the Houston Astros in the World Series, he needed the assistance of his wife to get out of bed. He’d dealt with back issues during the second half, but these neck spasms sprung up at the worst possible time and forced Washington to scratch Scherzer from his start.

But three days and one cortisone shot later, Scherzer was back out on the mound for Game 7 looking to save the Nationals’ season. With his injury being so severe and so recent, no one was sure what to expect out of Scherzer in that game.

He gutted his way through five innings of two-run ball, handing the game over to Patrick Corbin. The Nationals won the game, and the World Series, with Scherzer playing a significant role. It wasn’t one of the vintage, masterful performances that Nationals fans have grown accustomed to seeing over the years, but it was enough to return baseball glory to the District for the first time in 95 years.

3. Pair of no-hitters (June 20 & Oct. 3, 2015)

OK, this is technically cheating. But Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters in his career and they both came within four months of each other. He’s only the fifth pitcher to ever achieve the feat twice in the same season, making their historical significance forever intertwined.

That’s not the only thing they have in common, either. Both were also one blip away from being perfect games as well. Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Scherzer was one out away from a perfecto when pinch hitter Jose Tabata leaned in and took a pitch off his elbow guard to become the first player to reach base against him in that game.

When facing the New York Mets in his final start of the season, Scherzer once again had a perfect game entering the sixth inning. But a groundball to third base was thrown wide by Yunel Escobar, allowing Kevin Plawecki to reach base. Scherzer would recover and still finish out the no-hitter, but the perfect game eluded him once again.

2. Game 2 of the 2019 NLCS (Oct. 12, 2019)

When Aníbal Sánchez led off the NLCS by carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning, he set the bar high for the rest of the Nationals’ pitching staff to reach the rest of the series. That didn’t stop Scherzer from doing his best to try and match it, carrying a no-hitter of his own into the seventh.

He allowed a single to Paul Goldschmidt to open the frame but finished it off with a double play to erase the baserunner. By Bill James’ metric Game Score, Scherzer’s start graded out at an 84—the highest mark Scherzer has ever accrued in a postseason start.

It would be a defining performance for Scherzer in the 2019 playoffs, as the Nationals went 5-0 in games he started. When fans look back on his contributions to Washington’s World Series run, no game will stand out more than this one.

1. 20-strikeout game (May 11, 2016)

This game may have come on a random Wednesday night in the middle of May, but the single-most historic achievement Scherzer has earned in his career was striking out 20 Detroit Tigers in a game.

Two of his first three outs were recorded via strikeout. Then five of six. Then eight of nine. Then 11 of 15. Then 15 of 21. Then 18 of 24. He got the first two outs of the ninth inning via the strikeout and had the chance to set the record with 21 but James McCann eked out a grounder to end the game.

Scherzer had to settle with 20, tying Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood, Roger Clemens (twice) and Tom Cheney for the most in a nine-inning game. Forget the no-hitters and postseason performers. Those have been done hundreds of times and they’ll be done hundreds of times again. Twenty strikeouts is a truly elite accomplishment only done by the very few.

If any performance truly encapsulates his historic career, it was May 11, 2016.

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