Five Things you Need to Know for Monday, Febuary 3rd
1. Leading up to the Super Bowl, the Broncos offense vs. the Seahawks defense was sold as the 'unstoppable force against the immovable object'. Well, the immovable object won this battle handily. Seattle is your new world champions, as they routed Denver 43-8.
Seattle's defense, specifically their secondary, delivered one of the most impressive performances in Super Bowl history. They picked off Peyton Manning twice, forced four Denver fumbles (two of which they recovered), and scored a defensive touchdown when MVP Malcolm Smith returned an interception 69 yards to the end zone. The #1 offense in the league was completely shut down.
Every look Manning had came underneath, with very few throws open beyond 10 yards. When Manning completed those throws, the Seahawks defense quickly gang-tackled whoever had the ball.
On the other side of the ball, Percy Harvin had a major impact in the only game he was able to complete of the season. Harvin, who has battled injuries all season long, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and had 45 yards on the ground.
2. It was a rough weekend for major college hoops in Michigan. Lets start with the Spartans, who fell to a mediocre Georgetown team 64-60 on Saturday. MSU was out-rebounded 39-33, and Tom Izzo was not happy with his team's toughness. The Spartans also shot 29 three pointers, and only hit nine of them. I thought they got good looks, and you would expect a few more of them to drop when you consider who was shooting them. MSU welcomes Penn State to East Lansing Thursday night.
3. Michigan also lost this weekend, getting topped by Indiana 63-52. Yogi Ferrell was terrific, scoring 27 points on 8-10 shooting. The Hoosiers held Nik Stauskas in check, as he had only six points on 1-6 shooting. Indiana also hammered Michigan on the glass, winning that battle by a margin of 34-24. The Wolverines will have to regroup Wednesday when they host Nebraska.
4. The MSU Women's team got a nice win yesterday, as they knocked off Purdue 89-73. The Spartans had 5 players in double figures, including 19 points from Aerial Powers. Michigan State is now 2nd in the conference with a 7-2 record.
5. The Red Wings fell to the Capitals yesterday afternoon, but grabbed an important point with a 6-5 overtime loss. Gustav Nyquist scored his first career hat trick in the loss. The Wings have three games left before the Olympic break.