Gonzaga is No.1, Griner gets 50 and dunks, Rory fesses up + Monday Recap: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Gonzaga is No.1 for the first time in school history ….. and with a likely clear shot through this week’s WCC tournament in Las Vegas, have pretty much guaranteed themselves a top seed in the Big Dance. AP Top 25 RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Gonzaga (51) 29-2 1,607 2 Indiana (7) 25-4 1,517 3 Duke (5) 25-4 1,471 4 Kansas 25-4 1,433 5 Georgetown (2) 23-4 1,384 6 Miami (FL) 23-5 1,245 7 Michigan 24-5 1,240 8 Louisville 24-5 1,217 9 Kansas State 24-5 1,040 10 Michigan State 22-7 1,006 11 Florida 23-5 993 12 New Mexico 25-4 950 13 Oklahoma State 22-6 833 14 Ohio State 21-7 763 15 Marquette 21-7 687 16 Saint Louis 23-5 675 17 Syracuse 22-7 589 18 Arizona 23-6 394 19 Oregon 23-6 332 20 Pittsburgh 23-7 326 21 VCU 23-6 277 22 Wisconsin 20-9 217 23 UCLA 22-7 196 24 Notre Dame 22-7 164 25 Memphis 25-4 149 Others receiving votes: North Carolina 109, Louisiana Tech 103, Saint Mary’s 47, UNLV 43, California 33, Butler 26, Illinois 25, Minnesota 10, Creighton 7, Middle Tennessee 5, Akron 4, Missouri 4, Belmont 3, Colorado State 1 Dropped from rankings: Butler 20, Louisiana Tech 25 USA Today Poll RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Gonzaga (29) 29-2 773 2 Indiana 25-4 710 3 Kansas (1) 25-4 707 4 Duke 25-4 668 5 Georgetown 23-4 649 6 Louisville (1) 24-5 614 7 Miami (FL) 23-5 568 8 Michigan 24-5 566 9 Florida 23-5 522 10 Kansas State 24-5 494 11 New Mexico 25-4 453 12 Michigan State 22-7 430 13 Ohio State 21-7 399 14 Oklahoma State 22-6 366 15 Saint Louis 23-5 338 16 Syracuse 22-7 277 17 Marquette 21-7 253 18 Arizona 23-6 233 19 VCU 23-6 173 20 Memphis 25-4 172 21 Wisconsin 20-9 135 22 Pittsburgh 23-7 118 23 Saint Mary’s 26-5 84 24 Notre Dame 22-7 73 25 Oregon 23-6 59 Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 51, UCLA 42, Louisiana Tech 41, North Carolina 28, Butler 18, Creighton 10, UNLV 9, Oklahoma 7, San Diego State 7, Illinois 6, Akron 6, Colorado State 5, Belmont 4, Minnesota 3, Virginia 2, California 2 Dropped from rankings: Butler 21, Akron 24 Brittney Griner scores 50 points and dunks in Baylor home finale It was a fairytale ending for the most dominant women’s college basketball player over the last four years as Brittney Griner scored a conference record 50 points and dunked in her Baylor home finale. Griner made 21 of 28 shots from the field in the 90-68 win over Kansas State as the 29-1 top-ranked Lady Bears wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated conference title. Griner also registered her 14th career dunk and her first at home since 2009. Lady Irish survive Lady Huskies in 3 OTs The ladies really took center stage on Monday as Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins won her home finale with a triple-overtime win over UConn. In a battle of No.2 vs No.3. neither team could settle matters after 40 minutes of even an additional ten. Notre Dame needed the final 15-6 third overtime to secure the 96-87 win. These two will definitely see each other again in next week’s Big East tournament and possible again down the road in the tournament where both will likely be top seeds. Heat win franchise record 15th straight Just 24 hour after the sports world got the scare of it’s life when Lebron tweaked his knee against the Knicks, the Heat recorded their franchise record 15th straight win in a routine 97-81 spanking over the T-Wolves. Lebron was cleared to play and had 20-10-4 in the win but the night belonged to Dwayne Wade who recorded his best stat line of the year with a 32-7-10 performance. The Heat should run the streak with home games vs the Magic and 76ers on deck before a Sunday showdown at Indiana. Rory admits mistake in the Honda Classic In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated, Rory McIlroy admitted that it was a mistake to walk off the course at the Honda Open. McIlroy quit Friday after playing nine holes at seven-over par. McIlroy on quitting without a true medical emergency ….. “What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a five and play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85. What I did was not good for the tournament, not good for the kids and the fans who were out there watching me — it was not the right thing to do.” Unlike many other athletes, at least Rory manned up. You can get other tidbits from the SI article here. Chiefs lock up Bowe and Colquitt, tag Brandon Albert Free Play Buy up to five points and tease up to 21 at Wager Web New accounts at Top Bet and EZ Street get automatic 50% bumps (NCAAB) Clemson -4.5 over Boston College (Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 PM EST ) Free Pick record in March: 1-2 Get up to $900 in Free Play at Bet Online Earn Bet Points with EVERY wager at Bookmaker Claim your $100 Free bet today at Bovada