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Friday Wrap: Ken Mercer Needs a Latin American Studies Class, Basketball Wrap-Up, and More...

by: Burnt Orange Report

Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

It's Friday! Time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to close some browser tabs and touch on the issues of the week.

First up this week, a map that gives you an idea of just how big Texas really is.

Texas is, at its tallest point, about 800 miles across, and the area in red shows everything that's within an 800 mile radius of Texas. That means, for example, Corpus Christi is closer to Cuba than it is to Denver!

Below the jump, catch up on your Texas NBA teams, check out BOR's nod from Pew Research, and more...

It's time for a look at your Texas NBA teams!

The regular season will wrap next week on Wednesday, April 16. Currently, in first place, is the San Antonio Spurs who secured their playoff spot all the way back on March 14. As of April 9, the Spurs don't just hold the best record in the entire NBA, but the best record in the history of the franchise at 0.769!

At the end of last week, the Houston Rockets also secured their spot in the playoffs with a narrow win over the Oklahoma City Thunder! Houston is still trying to secure a home court advantage in the playoffs, aiming for the fourth seed. If successful, this will be the first time Houston will enter the playoffs with home court advantage since the '96-'97 season.

The Dallas Mavericks are locked in a three-way race for the final two playoff spots with the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns. The 2011 World Champions currently are sitting in in the seventh seed in the west. Meanwhile, franchise player Dirk Nowitzki passed both Dominique Wilkins' 26,668 points  and Oscar Robinson's 26,710 points in the all time scoring list and is now the 10th most proficient scorer of all time! Houston Rockets icon Hakeem Olajuwon sits in ninth place with 26,946 points. As of Wednesday afternoon, Dirk sits at 26,714 points scored to date in the NBA. Kobe Bryant, currently in fourth place, is the only active NBA player ahead of Dirk.

If the Mavericks hold their seventh seed, this will be the first time since 2009 all three Texas teams advance to the playoffs!

-Joseph Vogas


Fun Fact: The UConn Men's Basketball Team has won 3 national championships, all of them in Texas.

I know what shirt I'll be ordering.

-Katherine Haenschen


When Conan O'Brien came to Texas last week, he knew he would need to pass a citizenship test to host his show from Dallas. To check his Texas credentials, Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki tested Conan to see if he was ready for Texas.

-Joseph Vogas


SBOE member Ken Mercer inadvertently proves why Texas needs a Mexican American studies course.

-Katie Singh


Burnt Orange Report was cited in a Pew Research report released this week on small digital news sites. "Young, lean, and local" indeed!

-Katherine Haenschen

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