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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NCAA Tournament
• Gonzaga defeated Indiana 90-80 in Salt Lake City on Saturday, despite the fact that the Hoosiers connected on 16 3-point field goals compared to only two for the Bulldogs.

No other team in NCAA men's tournament history has ever won a game in which it lost the battle of the threes by so great a margin.

• Wichita State's 80-73 victory over Tennessee in Greensboro sent the Shockers to the round of 16 and sent the Volunteers home. Tennessee is now 2-8 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in round-of-32 games; that ties Weber State and Brigham Young for the lowest winning percentage among all teams that have played at least 10 round-of-32 games.

• Duke defeated George Washington 74-61 in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference and Atlantic-10 teams. ACC teams have now won 16 of the 18 meetings in the NCAA men's tournament, with Saint Joseph's winning both games for the A-10 (it beat Wake Forest in the 2004 Sweet 16 and Georgia Tech in the round of 64 in 2001.)

Duke has reigned supreme over A-10 schools as it has over no other conference, winning all seven head-to-head matchups.

World Baseball Classic
• If there were a Cy Young Award for the World Baseball Classic, several contenders for it would have been on display in Saturday's games:
-- Cuba's Yadel Marti, the starter on Saturday, threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, extending to 12 2/3 innings his scoreless performance in four tournament games. During that time, he has 11 strikeouts, has permitted only six hits (all singles), and has held opponents hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

-- Cuba's Pedro Lazo, who earned a five-inning save vs. Venezuela in a second-round game, threw 4 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win in the semifinal game on Saturday.

-- Dominican Republic's Bartolo Colon threw six scoreless innings, and finished the WBC having allowed one run in 14 innings. And he did it the hard way: Opponents batted .429 (6-for-14) when leading off an inning.

-- Korea's Jae Weong Seo threw five scoreless innings and matched Colon's tournament performance of allowing only one run in 14 innings. He allowed seven hits in 46 at-bats.

-- Japan's Koji Uehara tossed seven scoreless innings and fanned eight in defeating Korea and propelling his team into the Finals. Uehara went 2-0 in the tournament, allowed only three runs, and leads all pitchers in innings (17) and strikeouts (16), all without issuing a single base on balls.

• Anyone watching Cuba's team in the World Baseball Classic is impressed by its skill level, its clutch ability, its teamwork -- and the ability to do its job in a slow ... deliberate ... style.

Cuba's 3-1 victory over the Dominican Republic gave it a spot in the WBC championship game. That victory took 3 hours and 42 minutes, leaving Cuba with an average time-of-game of 3 hours and 33 minutes for its seven WBC games; WBC games not involving Cuba have taken an average of 2 hours and 55 minutes.

NHL
• Stars rookie Jussi Jokinen failed on a shootout attempt for the first time (he had been 9-for-9) but Dallas won the shootout anyway, 2-1, and the game, 4-3, over San Jose. The Stars are 10-0 in games decided in shootouts, having beaten the Avs (twice), Sharks (twice), Hurricanes, Mighty Ducks, Bruins, Blues, Red Wings and Oilers. Dallas has converted 69 percent of its shootout attempts (20 of 29), compared to a league average of 34 percent.

• Jaromir Jagr became the first NHL player to reach the 100-point plateau this season, doing so in the Rangers' 67th game. He reached 100 points in fewer team games than has any NHL player since the 1998-99 season, when Jagr himself, then with Pittsburgh, did it in the Penguins' 65th game.

• Brad Boyes scored three goals in the third period for his first NHL hat trick in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. He now has 21 goals this season, the most by a Boston rookie since Sergei Samsonov scored 22 times in the 1997-98 season.

Boyes became the third NHL player this season to score three times in a third period. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson did it at Buffalo on Nov. 2 and the Kings' Alexander Frolov did it at Boston on Jan. 12.

Moreover, Boyes joined a fraternity of players who produced their first NHL hat trick by scoring three third-period goals. That group includes Brett Hull, Mike Gartner, Dave Christian, John Tonelli, Dale Hunter and Bob Nystrom, among others. But the last Bruins player to achieve his first NHL hat trick with three third-period goals was not a big name: Doug Morrison did it on Dec. 14, 1980, but he scored only four other goals in his 23-game NHL career.

NBA
• The Heat defeated the Bulls 85-84 despite making only 23 of 71 field-goal attempts -- a rate of only 32.4 percent. Miami was the 15th NBA team this season to register such a low field-goal percentage in a game, but it was the first of those 15 teams to win such a game.

• Gary Payton's free throw broke an 84-84 tie with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Heat-Bulls game -- and no one scored again. An odd circumstance, certainly, but not unprecedented; two other NBA games this season have ended with longer scoreless sequences.

On Nov. 5, Charlotte defeated Boston 107-105, with no one scoring for the last 2:23 of overtime; and on Dec. 12, Philadelphia defeated Minnesota 90-89 as the teams played the final 2:48 of overtime scorelessly.

• Dwyane Wade committed 10 turnovers in Miami's 85-84 win at Chicago, matching the high in the NBA this season -- a total achieved only once previously -- by Wade himself on Nov. 9, in a 95-90 loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis.

In addition, Wade made only one of eight field-goal attempts against the Bulls, though he went 13-for-13 from the foul line. Since the NBA began recording turnovers for individuals nearly 30 years ago, there have been more than 150 games in which a player had 10-or-more turnovers -- but only one player coupled that total with such a low shooting percentage: in 1978, Washington's Bob Dandridge shot 1-for-8 with 11 turnovers in a loss to the Warriors in Oakland.

• The Spurs won in Houston 92-77, sending the Rockets to their 12th loss in 12 division games this season.

With only four division games remaining on their schedule, the Rockets will try to avoid becoming the first team in NBA history to go through an entire season without winning a single game within its own division. The lowest winning percentage in division game in NBA history: Boston's .042 (based on a 1-23 record) in 1996-97.

NFL
• Terrell Owens, who signed a three-year contract with the Cowboys, has already caught at least 20 touchdown passes from three different quarterbacks: He caught 50 from Jeff Garcia, 24 from Steve Young and 20 from Donovan McNabb.

Only one other player in NFL history has at least 20 touchdown receptions from each of three different teammates; Cris Carter caught 31 from Randall Cunningham, 26 from Warren Moon and 20 from Brad Johnson.

Golf
• Darren Clarke recorded six consecutive birdies on holes nine through 14 in Saturday's third round of the Bay Hill Invitational. He is the second golfer to record six consecutive holes below par in a PGA Tour event this year; J.J. Henry recorded seven straight holes below par on holes nine through 15 in the second round at the FBR Open.

The last golfer to play six consecutive below-par holes at Bay Hill was Curt Byrum on Nos. 1 through 6 of the third round in the 1996 tournament.