- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008


The reeling Wizards look for a big win against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. 8 p.m. CSN, ESPN


Chatter: Mark Zuckerman and Thom Loverro report on the latest news from spring training as position players arrive in Viera, Fla.


1. UCLA, 1971-1974: The Bruins went 88 games without a loss until Digger Phelps and Notre Dame came along. Digger has never let anyone forget it.

2. Indiana, 1976: The Hoosiers are the last team to go undefeated and win the national championship.

3. San Francisco, 1956: Bill Russell snared a combined 50 rebounds in the semifinal and final of the NCAA tournament, leading the Dons to a second straight national title. Russell went on to have a nice little NBA career.

4. North Carolina, 1957: The Tar Heels knocked off Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas to win the title in triple overtime. The day before, North Carolina needed three overtimes to top Michigan State.

5. UNLV, 1991: The Runnin’ Rebels looked unstoppable, winning 45 straight games over two seasons and going without a loss. Duke, which had lost to UNLV in the final in 1990, got its revenge by beating UNLV in the championship game.


No. 2 Tennessee at No. 1 Memphis

If the Tigers are going to lose a game before the NCAA tournament, it will be against the Vols tomorrow night. Look out for Tennessee guard Chris Lofton, who has connected on half of his 3-point attempts in the last month.

Pistons at Suns

A win over Phoenix on Sunday would restore some confidence to a Detroit team coming off bad losses to the Magic and Bucks. The Suns, meanwhile, are in a division dogfight with the Lakers and could use a win.

Auto Club 500

Ryan Newman will try to follow his win at Daytona with a victory Sunday at California Speedway. But keep an eye on Matt Kenseth, who has won there twice.

No. 16 Drake at No. 8 Butler

Probably the best mid-major matchup of the year, though both teams likely will earn single-digit seeds in the NCAA tournament. Tune in tomorrow to see Drake’s Klayton Korver, the brother of Utah Jazz forward Kyle.

No. 10 Xavier at Dayton

A win Sunday would probably mean more for the Flyers, who have struggled with injuries in the last month and are on the NCAA tournament bubble.

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