HOT: CARDINAL VIRTUE
The undefeated Stanford women have supplanted Baylor at No. 1, snapping the Lady Bears' 42-game winning streak, and taking their last five by an average of 32.8 points. How so good? Start with junior F Chiney Ogwumike, who averages 20.9 points (best in the Pac-12) and 11.8 boards.
NOT: HORNS HOOKED
Texas was 279th in D-I in scoring (62.0 ppg), 257th in shooting (40.9%) and had dropped two straight, a 64--41 dud against Georgetown on Dec. 4, and last Saturday a two-point loss to just-as-miserable UCLA, of which, coach Rick Barnes said, "We gave this one away."
December 17, 2012
HOT: ROOKIE REDSKINS
Washington has ripped off four straight W's, its latest a 31--28 OT defeat of the Ravens, placing the Skins (7--6) back in the playoff hunt. Your main man? RG3, duh, but don't forget RB Alfred Morris (above), who rushed for 122 yards (and a TD) on Sunday, his sixth game in triple digits.
NOT: CLAWLESS CATS?
The Bobcats (7--12) already have as many wins this year as all of last, but they've hit a seven-game skid, and giving up 103.4 ppg isn't helping. Their 132--102 loss to the Spurs was just the second time in 15 years that a team scored 100 at home and lost by 30 or more.
HOT: LIONEL'S SHARE
Lionel Messi's 85th and 86th goals for Bar√ßa in a 2--1 win over Real Betis gives him the most—like, ever—in a calendar year, breaking Gerd Muller's 40-year-old mark. The Argentine striker also stars in a new Turkish Airlines ad with Kobe Bryant (already 21 million YouTube views).