DALLAS DOES MINNESOTA
The Mavericks ripped the Timberwolves to run up their 12th straight win overall, and their 8th straight in Minneapolis. That ties the longest current road win streak by any NBA team against any other NBA team (see also: Spurs at Clippers, Celtics at Nets). They've closed the Lakers' lead out West to 2.5 games, and by next week, it could be closer still. Because the Mavs play their next two games against teams a combined 68 games under .500 (see: Nets tomorrow, Knicks on Saturday).
More from The Rundown, including why terriers should be your very favorite breed, and Allen Iverson tweeting about his current predicament, after the jump.
THEY'RE CUTE AND CUDDLY, EASY DOGS TO FEED
Terriers are my very favorite breed. And now I'll finally get to watch them dance, after Wofford held on to beat Appalachian State by five to punch their first-ever ticket. Meanwhile, Siena is also in, after an overtime win over Fairfield. Which shouldn't surprise anyone, since Siena advanced to the second round last year after a double-overtime win over Ohio State. Old Dominion is also back for the first time in three years. And St. Mary's upset No. 14 Gonzaga by 19 to clinch a bid for the first time in two years. But all of that doesn't change the fact that it's time to do the terrier dance. (No, let's not.)
AND THE BEAT GOES ON
Three more bids up for grabs today:
Horizon League Championship - 2 Wright State at 1 Butler (9 ET, ESPN)
Butler is in the conference title game for the fifth straight season. And this is Wright State's first title game appearance since a 2007 win over Butler.
Sun Belt Championship - 2 North Texas vs 1 Troy (7 ET, ESPN2)
Troy is the Sun Belt finals for the first time in school history. But the Trojans are looking for their second NCAA Tournament appearance. (Wait, what?) The last time they made it was in 2003 when they were a member of the Atlantic Sun. (Oh.)
Summit League Championship - 2 IUPUI vs 1 Oakland (9 ET, ESPN2)
Oakland went 17-1 in the regular season, but its one loss came at IUPUI by 24 on January 28th. And that was the last loss for the Golden Grizzlies - they've won 10 straight since.
"To my fans: You all know that my life isn't perfect. I am going through some very tough times right now, like I am sure that we all do from time to time. However, I will stand tall like always with 'rhino' thick skin."
"Even though I have become used to hearing people say things about me that aren't true, it still hurts. I encourage you to continue your ongoing support and I want you to trust that this is another obstacle in my life that, with God's help I will overcome."
- Allen Iverson tweets a response to reports that he "will either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away".
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