Sunday Scaries Series: Vol. V

What winning streak?

What do Michigan, Virginia and Roger Federer all have in common this week? They all had undefeated streaks ruined by the Sunday Scaries.

Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball

The No. 2 men’s basketball team in the NCAA was 17-0 coming into Saturday’s matchup against unranked Wisconsin. The 12-6 Badgers had a sold out stadium of more than 17,000 fans in attendance for the unlikely victory against powerhouse Michigan. Going into halftime, the Wolverines had a 2-point lead on the Badgers. Michigan led an early second-half charge, but Wisconsin was able to keep the game close. Redshirt senior Ethan Happ led the way with 26 points for Wisconsin, propelling the Badgers to a 64-54 victory. Rest up, Michigan, the Sunday Scaries should be gone in 3-5 business days.

University of Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball

Coming off a close loss to Syracuse, the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils were without defensive leader Tre Jones for their Saturday contest against undefeated No. 4 Virginia. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were very capable of holding down the home court, edging out Virginia 72-70. Williamson had a monster jam and smooth offense-to-defense transition in the win. Virginia was the last undefeated team in NCAA D1 men’s basketball, but the Sunday Scaries seem to always prey on undefeated teams when the odds are seamingly in their favor.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer has been on the top of the ATP scene for more than a decade with 20 grand slam titles under his belt. He started 2019 on a 17-match win streak before losing in the round of 16 of the Australian Open to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets. All but one of the sets ended via tie-breaker in a match that lasted three hours and 45 minutes. Tsitsipas is Greece’s first ever men’s tennis player to reach the quarter finals of the Australian Open. One must wonder how much longer Federer has left in his ATP career, especially because the Sunday Scaries becomes more severe with age.

Dominick Waldman is a University of Maryland Broadcast Journalism major. He is an avid sports fan and fitness enthusiast from New Jersey. Dominick is also a co-host and producer for WMUC News' After the Fact, every Friday at 6 pm on WMUC Digital.

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