Bracketbuster Weekend, Blackhawks set record, Pistorius Bail + Friday Recap: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bracketbuster Weekend is Mid-Majors time to shine

Bracketbuster weekend started last night with Stephen F Austin pulling a minor upset of Long Beach State. The mid-majors will again have their chance to shine and add valuable RPI points to their Big Dance resumes with wins this weekend. Some of the more intriguing matchups include Creighton at St Marys, Denver at Northern Iowa, and Iona at Indiana State. Also on tap today is Georgetown at Syracuse.

Blackhawks set record with 2-1 win over San Jose

The Chicago Blackhawks have broken the record for the best start in NHL history. Friday’s 2-1 win over the San Jose Shark’s improved the the Blackhawks to 14-0-3 giving them at least one point in their first 17 games. No-one is yet to beat Chicago in regulation. Ray Emery was onece agains stellar between the pipes stopping 26 of 27 shots to improve to 7-0 on the year. The league’s previous best start was the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks who
got off to a 12-0-4 start that season and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Bubba is last Top 10 seed left in Match Play

It’s been upset after upset at the Match Play Championship. Bubba Watson is the last man standing of the original top ten seeds and he needed 22 holes to eliminate Jim Furyk. On Friday, Nicolas Colsaerts beat No.5 Justin Rose 3 & 2, Scott Piercy spanked No.3 Luke Donald 7 & 6 and No.4 Louis Oosthuizen fell to Robert Garrigus 3 & 2 in other matches. Keep an eye on Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Jason Day and Colsaerts from here on out.

UFC 157 Tonight: Rousey vs Carmouche

Women fight for the first time in the history of the UFC as “Rowdy” Rhonda Rousey defends her title for the first time against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. It’s a loaded card that also features Urijah Faber vs Ivan Menjivar, Court McGee vs Josh Neer, Josh Koscheck vs Robbie Lawler and Dan Henderson vs Lyoto Machida. Here is the official weigh-in. Sportsbetting3 will have highlights and results on the Sunday report.

Pistorius gets bail

After an almost two hour explanation of his ruling that basically cited that Oscar Pistorius was not a flight risk, a South African judge granted the “Blade Runner” bail. Pistorius was charged with the Valentine’s Day premeditated murder of his girlfriend who was shot four time while cowering behind a bathroom door. Pistorius claims he thought that it was a burgler. Bail was set at 1 million rand ($113,000), with $11,300 in cash up front and proof that the rest is available. Pistorius must also hand over his passports, turn in any other guns that he owns, cannot leave the district of Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, without the permission of his probation officer and cannot take drugs or drink alcohol.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Kansas State -3 over Texas (Saturday, February 23, 8:00 PM EST )

Free Pick record in February: 8-14