The GIST: Winter sports are officially under way and we still have fall champions to crown. What a time to be alive.
🏀Basketball: Yesterday marked the start of the college basketball season (check out yesterday’s special edition for a full preview) and opening day did not disappoint, with two pivotal ranked matchups.
- On the women’s side, Zia Cooke poured in 17 points and Aliyah Boston had five blocks to lift No. 1 South Carolina to a 66–57 win over No. 5 NC State.
- And for the men, No. 9 Duke bested No. 10 Kentucky 79–71, starting Duke head coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski’s (pronounced shuh-SHEF-skee) farewell tour with a win.
🏑Field hockey: The 18-team single-elimination National Championship tourney begins today with two Opening Round games. The winner of the 1 p.m. ET tilt between Delaware and Fairfield will face No. 1 Rutgers on Friday, then Miami hosts Maine at 2 p.m. ET, with a date with No. 3 Michigan on the line.
- Visual learner? Here’s the full bracket.
⚽️Soccer: ICYMI: the 64-team women’s College Cup field was released on Monday, and Virginia, Rutgers, Duke and last season’s runner-up Florida State snagged the No. 1 seeds. Kick back and eat some gouda — first round action begins Friday.