It's Chris. Happy Valentine's Day to all...especially those that consider this the greatest day of the year (my wife).
It wasn't a lovely day for the UNI men's basketball team. Star center, Jordan Eglseder, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), on Sunday morning. Panther head coach Ben Jacobson suspended the 7'1 senior for 3 games. UNI may be ranked 19th, right now, but they could fall out of the top-25 when the new poll comes out on Monday. At 22-3, they are by no means a lock for the NCAA tournament. With 4 regular season games remaining, the Panthers can't afford to lose more than 1. If they want to be dancing in March, they better plan on winning the Valley tournament.
On a side note, the Panthers almost clinched an outright regular season Valley title, on Sunday. However, Wichita State held off Missouri State by 2. The Panthers can wrap it up on Tuesday, at home, against Creighton.
Iowa and Iowa State notched blowout wins, today. You're right to assume that I'm talking about wrestling. I thought that poor Minnesota wrestler that lost, big, to Brent Metcalf was going to walk off the mat after the 2nd period.
Register sports-writer, Andrew Logue, had an interesting 'tweet', this evening. He says that the Iowa and ISU men's bball teams have combined to lose 37 straight games against ranked opponents. That's shocking. I thought it would be much higher.
If you're surprised at how well the ISU women's team is playing, this year...you're not alone. ISU was planning on celebrating Bill Fennelly's 500th win, next winter. Well, the 'Silver Fox' is now just 8 wins away from that milestone. The Cyclone's are guarenteed at least 8 more games this year. If I had to guess, I'd say they'll play at least 10 more.
Canada is off to a great start in Women's hockey. They beat Slovakia, 18-0, this weekend. The good news, for the losing team...their goalie made 49 saves.
I'm not a NASCAR fan, but I tried to watch some of the Daytona 500, today. I, honestly, don't know what makes better television; Racing, or pot-hole analysis. At least superstar Jamie McMurray was able to get back into the winner's circle, and hold off that no-name who finished 2nd.