April 9, 2015

This Week in Sports: By the Numbers

I think we all know that the one common characteristic of every UChicago student is their keen and devout passion for sports. And although the Maroon has historically heralded the countless accomplishments of our own athletes at the University, we thought it would also be nice to chronicle some of the other sporting action happening beyond the confines of Ratner, Stagg, and J. Kyle. Hence, the newspaper has introduced this new weekly column that will highlight some of the intriguing statistics and stories of the week in professional and collegiate sports. So for the 57 of you who watched parts of the Final Four or baseball’s Opening Day, this column may provide fascinating details you may not have known. And for you other 5,600, consider this your SportsCenter.

5 - Championships for Duke men’s head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski following the Blue Devils’ win over Wisconsin on Monday, the second-most all-time for a men’s coach behind UCLA legend John Wooden.

10 - Championships for University of Connecticut women’s head basketball coach Geno Auriemma after UConn won Tuesday, tied with Wooden for most ever by any Division I basketball coach.

60 - Points out of Duke’s 68 points that were scored by freshmen, most ever in a NCAA Championship game.

0 - Amount of current Duke basketball players alive at the time of 68-year-old Krzyzewski’s first NCAA Championship in 1991.

28.3 million - Estimated viewers of the men’s National Championship game, most ever for the event.

1934 - Year of the first Masters Tournament, 81 years antecedent to this weekend’s event in Augusta, GA.

12 - Strokes Tiger Woods won by in the 1997 Masters Tournament, the largest winning margin in the event’s history.

$726 - Room rate at the 2.5-star Ramada Plaza Hotel in Augusta for Saturday night during the Masters.

$123 - Room rate at the same hotel, the following Saturday.

115 - Players on Major League Baseball’s Disabled List on April 6th, an MLB record for the beginning of a season.

5,000 - Approximate number of bleacher seats under renovation and unavailable to Chicago Cubs fans until May 11 at Wrigley Field; an Ernie Banks tribute was seen covering the construction of the outfield seats on Opening Night this past Sunday.

12, 5, 2, 0 - Respectively, the amount of strikeouts, hits, errors, and runs the Cubs recorded against the St. Louis Cardinals in their first game.

201 - The current Las Vegas odds that the Cubs win the World Series.

107 - Seasons since the Cubs last won the World Series.

9 - Age of Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest living person, when the Cubs were last atop Major League Baseball.

1,488 - Undergraduate enrollment at UChicago at the time of the Cubs’ last World Series victory.