The GIST: With March Madness just around the corner, it’s that time of the college basketball season where wins matter more and feel even better than usual.
Cause this is thriller: It’s always intense when men’s longtime rivals No. 7 Duke and North Carolina (UNC) face off, but Saturday’s game took things to another level. Duke was down 13 with four minutes remaining and somehow rallied to hit a crazy shot that sent the game to overtime (OT). And when Duke was down by five with 20 seconds left in OT, they did it again, hitting a nail-biting buzzer beater to win 98–96. You can’t make this sh!t up.
- And get this: Saturday’s game came exactly eight years after current Houston Rocket Austin Rivers (aka LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers’ son) hit Duke’s classic heartbreaking game-winner over UNC. Mind-blowing, we know.
Who’s bad?: No. 3 Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu — but bad in the good-bad, bad-b!tch type of way. She notched her 24th career triple-double in Friday’s 85–52 rout over No. 12 Arizona, which she dedicated to her late mentor Kobe Bryant. Even though she followed with a quiet (for her) 19-point performance in last night’s 79–48 beat down of No. 19 Arizona State, Sabrina proved she might indeed be a witch, she’s that good.