Monday, December 11, 2017

Finals week, day one

Today's results:

No surprises in today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule continues to be light.

College player news:

For Utah's Megan Jacobs, athletics runs in the family.

“You will see”: Eleanna Christinaki is confident she’ll boost Maryland basketball.

Oregon State freshmen Taya Corosdale and Aleah Goodman are finding success.

Colorado freshman Annika Jank is showing star qualities.

Oklahoma State's Loryn Goodwin is ESPNW's player of the week.

WNBA news:

MGM Resorts International will call Las Vegas' new WNBA franchise "The Las Vegas Aces." The announcement was made and the logo unveiled today.

Big changes in this week's AP top 25 poll

This week's rankings:

1. UConn
2. Notre Dame
3. Louisville
4. South Carolina
5. Mississippi State
6. Baylor
7. Tennessee
8. Texas
9. Oregon
10. West Virginia
11. UCLA
12. Florida State
13. Ohio State
14. Duke
15. Maryland
16. Missouri
17. Oregon State
18. Stanford
19. Texas A&M
20. Villanova
21. Green Bay
22. South Florida
23. Michigan
24. California
25. Iowa

Oklahoma out, Iowa in; Texas drops like a stone; so does UCLA; others rise.

Whew!

Coach’s Chair: Kelly Graves, University of Oregon

My extensive Q&A with Oregon coach Kelly Graves.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tennessee grabs signature win over Texas

What a day on the court!

The biggest win of the day - and the week - was #11 Tennessee's takedown of previously-undefeated #2 Texas, 82-75.

No team in the Holly Warlick era has upset a higher-ranked opponent. Seniors Jamie Nared and Mercedes Russell lead the way, but freshman Evina Westbrook had a career-high 15 points, and the entire team played cohesively and aggressively. It was the kind of basketball Lady Vol fans have been waiting to see again for years. This team is for real this season.

Also:

Balanced Miami toppled #20 Kentucky, 65-54.

Think about all that's happened the last seven days, and how different the AP top 25 poll will look tomorrow.

Other upendings:

San Diego knocked off Minnesota, 72-69.

Ohio's 77-71 win over Purdue is the Bobcat's first victory over the Boilermakers since 1982.

More results:

#13 Florida State held back Arizona State, 77-66.

#22 Villanova escaped Temple, 69-65, to remain unbeaten.

#25 Cal held off Pacific, 92-85.

New Mexico got past Navy, 94-87, in OT. The Lobos are now 11-0; it was the first loss of the year for Navy.

Virginia Tech routed Chattanooga, 64-44.

All scores.

Most teams are wrapping up finals this week, so the game schedule will be light. Tomorrow's schedule features only 15 games.

College player news:

Shakayla Thomas is confidently carrying the Seminoles.

Crystal Dangerfield's evolution is sparking UConn.

Freshman Sara Hamson is the latest family member to make a mark in BYU's blocks record book.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey are always pushing to get the most out of players.

Bonus:

RPI continues to be impressed with MAC teams.

Samantha Prahalis is now coaching high school girls basketball.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Only 14 undefeated Division I teams remain

Only 14 teams left in the unbeaten ranks:

Rank Team W W-L L Pct

1 New Mexico (Mountain West) 10 10-0 0 100.0
1 Louisville (Atlantic Coast) 10 10-0 0 100.0
1 Syracuse (Atlantic Coast) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Navy (Patriot) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Tennessee (Southeastern) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Florida St. (Atlantic Coast) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Southern California (Pac-12) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 Mississippi St. (Southeastern) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 Villanova (Big East) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 UC Davis (Big West) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 Ball St. (Mid-American) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 West Virginia (Big 12) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 UConn (AAC) 7 7-0 0 100.0
1 Texas (Big 12) 7 7-0 0 100.0

Several more teams have only one loss so far:

15 South Carolina (Southeastern) 9 9-1 1 90.0
15 Iowa (Big Ten) 9 9-1 1 90.0
15 Minnesota (Big Ten) 9 9-1 1 90.0
18 Notre Dame (Atlantic Coast) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 Baylor (Big 12) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 Brown (Ivy League) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 William & Mary (Colonial) 8 8-1 1 88.9
24 Georgia (Southeastern) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Missouri (Southeastern) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Ole Miss (Southeastern) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Oregon (Pac-12) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Kansas (Big 12) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Green Bay (Horizon) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 UAB (Conference USA) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Austin Peay (OVC) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Bowling Green (Mid-American) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Central Mich. (Mid-American) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Colorado (Pac-12) 7 7-1 1 87.5
39 Buffalo (Mid-American) 6 6-1 1 85.7
39 Dartmouth (Ivy League) 6 6-1 1 85.7

Source: stats.ncaa.org

Stats reflect team records as of Friday morning.

Surprises on the day

Upsetting for some:

Gabbi Ortiz's career game lifted Oklahoma over #16 South Florida, 79-74.

BYU broke out of a slump to down Utah, 77-68.

CSUN toppled LMU, 75-68.

More results:

#4 Louisville overwhelmed Middle Tennessee, 80-26.

Princeton stopped struggling Quinnipiac on the road, 60-46.

Nebraska outlasted Drake in two overtimes, 89-84.

All scores.

Looking to tomorrow's games:

#2 Texas will match up with #11 Tennessee.

Arizona State faces a rebounding test at #13 Florida State.

#19 Oregon State returns home after three weeks.

Ohio looks to show improvement on offense against Purdue.

Tomorrow's full game schedule.

College team news:

From ‘chicks’ to champions: How South Carolina women’s basketball got its start.

College player news:

With Megan Gustafson, Iowa is shining.

Freshman Annika Jank is making a seamless transition to college ball to lead Colorado to a 7-1 start.

Sophomore Crystal Dangerfield continues to open eyes at UConn.

Bonus:

Former Stanford star Kate Starbird is a leader in her field.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Some big-time wins

Today's results:

Iowa beat Iowa State, 61-55, on their home court for the first time since 1989.

#11 Tennessee scored the third-most points in program history in a 131-69 rout of Troy.

South Dakota State held off Oklahoma, 67-61.

#3 Notre Dame handled Michigan State, 90-59.

#12 Ohio State pounded Florida, 103-77.

#21 Texas A&M put out TCU's fire, 71-58.

#23 Green Bay topped Dayton, 75-64.

Colorado nipped Colorado State, 70-67.

Penn State escaped Fordham, 65-60.

New Mexico's win over Texas Tech pushes them to 10-0.

And just moments ago, Gonzaga downed Washington State, 64-56.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

What we learned from Iowa-Iowa State.

Duquesne is looking to take a big step forward to the big time.

High-powered offense has Seton Hall off to a great start.

#4 Louisville hosts Vanderbilt tomorrow.

College player news:

Kelsey Mitchell became Ohio State's all-time leading scorer tonight, surpassing Jantel Lavender.

Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun is finding her niche with the Buckeyes.

94 feet with Kennesaw State freshman Kamiyah Street. AWESOME way to do a player interview.

Nebraska's Rachel Blackburn has returned to the court after injuries.

From practice player to team captain: Jenna Moser's incredible journey at Washington.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

WNBA news:

For the WNBA, business isn't as bad as it looks.

Lindsay Whalen was fighting nerves before her broadcasting debut tonight.

Q&A with Maya Moore on criminal justice reform.

Storm statement on the city's approval of the KeyArena remodel.

Bonus:

Coaches, college athletics officials and several agents are supporting an effort to strengthen laws that regulate sports agent conduct.