HOT: JOHNSON CONTROLS
This is an article from the Feb. 4, 2013 issue
Demetrious Johnson defended his UFC flyweight crown for the first time last Saturday night in Chicago, defeating John Dodson in a unanimous five-round decision. Johnson, 26, said afterward, "I was stunned, but I am in great shape and my head cleared very quick."
NOT: GOPHER FOUR
No. 23 Minnesota (15--5) dropped four straight, including an agonizing 45--44 loss at the buzzer to Wisconsin last Saturday. Andre Hollins had a game-high 20 points for the Golden Gophers but turned the ball over with 39.1 seconds left when he was called for charging.
HOT: WIN-D CITY
The 6--0 Blackhawks got off to the best start in team history, outscoring opponents 22--13 and killing penalties at a 95.6% rate (second best in the NHL). Goalie Corey Crawford (1.78 GAA), meanwhile, stopped 29 of 30 Red Wings shots on Sunday night in a 2--1 Chicago win.
NOT: PANTHER PROBLEMS
Florida (1--4), which was outscored 18--3 in four consecutive losses last week, was off to its worst start in four years. Said coach Kevin Dineen last Saturday, after an ugly 7--1 loss to the Flyers at home, "We don't have the chemistry to play as a team.... It's stupid."
HOT: FIVE GUYS
A pair of Big Five teams—Villanova and La Salle—scored a quartet of major upsets last week. 'Nova (13--7) knocked off No. 3 Louisville and No. 5 Syracuse, while the Explorers (14--5) blitzed No. 9 Butler and—behind Ramon Galloway's 31 points—No. 19 VCU.