The Scorecard: The Madness starts early. Caitlin Clark chasing more history. Plus, the College Football Playoff’s new format.

It’s not March, but the Madness is already here.

It’s been a wild ride for college basketball already. I can’t remember a year when there were so many Top 25 upsets, and seemingly no one is safe.

We’d already seen back-to-back-to-back upsets with Top 5 teams. On Tuesday night, No. 15 Creighton upset No. 1 UConn and it wasn’t close. The Blue Jays won 85-66 behind the momentum of 14 three-pointers, snapping UConn’s 14-game winning streak.

Then, the Creighton fans stormed the court.

In the early days of 2024, the men’s side of the NCAA basketball season saw then-No. 1 ranked Purdue, then-No. 2 ranked Houston, and then-ranked No. 3 Kansas all upset by Nebraska, Iowa State and UCF, respectively. Shortly after that tumultuous first two weeks of the year, UConn moved into No. 1 and has been there ever since.

Here’s a look at the latest Top 25 poll.

Caitlin Clark is the NCAA Women’s All-Time Leading Scorer

College basketball’s favorite women’s player, Caitlin Clark, became the NCAA women’s all-time scoring leader last week. She only needed eight points when Iowa faced Michigan on Thursday night. Watch her break the record here.

Now, there’s a new countdown on - Clark is on pace to also take Pete Maravich’s record to take the NCAA all-time scoring leader record. Period.

Clark has currently banked 3,569 points, which is third all-time. Antoine Davis sits in second with 3,664 and “Pistol” Pete Maravich is in first with 3,667.

She needs 99 points. Clark averages 32.8 points per game, meaning it would take her three average games to take Maravich’s record. Iowa has four regular season games left. The next one is tonight, against Indiana.

Yet, Las Vegas Aces (the 2023 WNBA champs) star A’ja Wilson said she can’t even consider Clark the GOAT yet, and here’s why. Meanwhile, WNBA legend Sue Bird made a bold prediction about Clark’s potential rookie year in the WNBA.

Clark hasn’t declared for the draft yet.

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Other Top Sports Stories:

  • The new 12-team College Football Playoff will feature the five highest-ranked conference champions and the next seven highest ranked teams, the CFP board announced. We knew the CFP format was expanding from four teams to 12, but no one knew how the format would work. Here’s how the seeding will play out in the new format.

  • Spring Training is underway. Today marks the first live game, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, who also open the season in Seoul in a month. My favorite storyline so far has been in the Cincinnati Reds camp in Goodyear, Arizona. Reds’ shortstop Elly De La Cruz was taking live batting practice off former No. 2 MLB draft pick Hunter Greene. De La Cruz launched a foul ball into the players’ parking lot, where it shattered a car window. Hunter Greene’s car window. Read how Greene reacted when he realized.

Read the last edition of The Scorecard here.