Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sweet 16: bring it

Action begins tomorrow.

The Tournament:

ESPN writers weigh in with Sweet 16 picks.

WNBA senior watch profiles the Sweet 16 players to keep an eye on.


WBCA All-American teams by region.

College team news:

Stanford wants to earn an "A" in aggressiveness in Lexington. They return to Rupp Arena.

A teammate's struggles helped Stanford maintain perspective.

Five things to know about Louisville's opponent, Stanford.

UCLA seeks its first Elite Eight since 1999.

The Wolfpack relishes their ride to the Sweet 16.

In Central Michigan, Oregon sees hallmarks of their own Tournament run last year.

Mississippi State got its respect. The Sweet 16 is about winning.

Baylor is still potent despite the loss of senior guard Kristy Wallace.

Australia has made an impact for Buffalo.

Oregon has a lot of ties to Spokane.

Oregon State faces a massive test in Baylor.

Duke prepares to face undefeated UConn.

Grambling State is building a strong foundation to the future.

College player news:

Her role has changed, but Dominique Dillingham is still helping Mississippi State win.

Arike: also known as nightmare.

Coach Muffet McGraw thinks Jackie Young could be Notre Dame's best player ever. The sophomore has taken a special step.

Challenged Lauren Cox has helped Baylor to the Sweet 16 again.

Texas' Sug Sutton is excited for her homecoming in Kansas City.

Jill Barta will leave Gonzaga and forego a fifth season of eligibility.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer is the WBCA Coach of the Year.

From death to a championship, Schaefer talks about how his son Logan almost died.

A look back at Dawn Staley.

What's in a seed number? Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack and Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara answer questions.

Surina Dixon is out as Jackson State's coach.

Final Four 2019:

The NCAA has revealed next year's logo. The Final Four will be in Tampa Bay.

WNIT scores:

Quarterfinal winners include Indiana, St. John's, Virginia Tech, TCU, Alabama and South Dakota.

WNBA news:

The WNBA and NBA has partnered with Headspace for league-wise access to meditation.

ESPN's "Dominant 20" features WNBA and college teams.

Liberty fans are still fuming about their team's exile to Westchester.

Imani McGhee-Stfford talks about relationships and unrealistic expectations.

USA Basketball:

The 3X3 U18 rosters have been set.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Catching you up on our Tournament coverage

UConn beats patient Quinnipiac for 25th straight Sweet 16.

Longhorns oust the Sun Devils, advance to Sweet 16.

UCLA routs Creighton for third straight trip to the round of 16.

Catching breath on a no-game day


College hoops attendance is up to its highest level in a decade.

The Tournament:

How each of the 16 remaining teams got here, and where they go next.

Eleven things to know considering the tourney still includes two 11-seeds.

The Spokane regional has something for every hoops fan.

College team news:

Do the Ducks have Final Four potential? Opposing coaches are believers.

Buffalo will fight as long as they can.

The success of Stanford lifts all in the Pac-12.

Another early exit continues the Lady Vols' slide.

Marquette hopes to emulate the culture of Louisville, who beat them last weekend.

For Maryland, a down year is still pretty successful.

College player news:

Victoria Vivians is now the second-leading scorer in Mississippi State history.

It's the end of an era for Kelsey Mitchell.

Buffalo point guard Stephanie Reid heaped praised on teammate Cierra Dillard last night.

Sierra Calhoun and Mikayla Waterman will return to a wildly different Ohio State team next year.

Villanova's Jannah Tucker will get an extra semester of eligibility.

UConn's Kia Nurse is savoring every moment of her last season.

College coach news:

Mississippi State associate head coach Johnnie Harris is the WBCA's assistant coach of the year.

Virginia coach Joanne Boyle has retired.

Sue Guevara has taken Central Michigan to new heights.

Felisha Legette-Jack is showing Buffalo how to win.

The mother-daughter Fabbri chapter at Quinnipiac ends.

Jeff Walz is discussing a contract extension at Louisville.

Vicki Hall has been named coach at Indiana State.

WNBA news:

Players are taking advantages of opportunities in the classroom.

Imani McGhee-Stafford says Texas is eyeing history.

Skylar Diggins-Smith picks Notre Dame to make a deep Tournament run.

USA Basketball news:

USA Basketball and the NBA have set age-appropriate standards for youth basketball.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Round 2, day 1


Oregon State took down Tennessee, 66-59.


Chennedy Carter scored 37 points to lead Texas A&M over DePaul, 80-79, including a momentous three-point shot with seconds to go.

More results:

Louisville dismantled Marquette, 90-72.

Baylor thrashed Michigan, 80-58.

Notre Dame routed Villanova, 98-72.

North Carolina State defeated Maryland, 74-60, for their first Sweet 16 in 11 years.

South Carolina stopped Virginia, 66-56.

Oregon blew out Minnesota, 101-73.

Tomorrow's matchups:

Ohio State expects to be challenged by Central Michigan.

Duke and Georgia take rich histories into round 2.

Stopping Kiana Williams is just as important for FGCU.

Arizona State and Texas will clash.

How much will Oklahoma State challenge Mississippi State?

College team news:

UCLA is playing with a target on their backs.

With their win yesterday, FGCU proves they belong. The team did some sightseeing today.

Iowa exceeded expectations this year, and will see higher expectations next season.

Make that 66 straight for Amherst.

College player news:

Marisa Romeo has a new perspective after playing for Syracuse this year.

College coach news:

Is Holly Warlick the right person to continue to lead the Lady Vols?

Will Virginia go after Dawn Staley?

How Joni Taylor balances basketball, outreach and family.

After their Tournament loss, Robin Pingeton wants to elevate Missouri even higher.

The game:

Let's talk about what's truly wrong with women's basketball.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Round 1, day 2 features upsets

Mid-majors ruled the day, in upset after upset:

Central Michigan knocked off LSU, 78-69. It's the first NCAA Tournament win in program history.

Buffalo toppled South Florida, 102-79. It was their first tourney win in program history, too.

FGCU stunned Missouri, 80-70.

Oklahoma State exploded on Syracuse, 84-57.

Creighton felled Iowa, 76-70.

Kansas City regional:

Mississippi State 95, Nicholls State 50.

UCLA 71, American 60.

Arizona State 73, Nebraska 62.

Texas 83, Maine 54.

Spokane regional:

Ohio State 87, George Washington 45.

Lexington regional:

Stanford 82, Gonzaga 68.

Albany regional:

Florida State 91, Little Rock 49.

Duke 72, Belmont 58.

Georgia 68, Mercer 63.

Quinnipiac 86, Mercer 72.

UConn 140, St. Francis 52.

Tomorrow's previews:

Oregonians play key roles for Tennessee.

The Lady Vols will rely on thee Oregon players against Oregon State.

Minnesota and Oregon are in for a shootout. They already have a connection from last fall.

The Ducks see themselves in the year ago.

Dawn Staley's team faces her alma mater. Their game doesn't start until 9 p.m.

A'ja Wilson's last home game is tomorrow.

It'll be like old times for Maryland and NC State.


Is TCU now a basketball school?

Drake is optimistic about the future after their first-round loss.


Amherst caps a second perfect season with another national championship.


Last of the round 1 recaps and first of round 2.

Round 2 features a Purdue-Ball State rematch.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Our cub reporters are getting it done

Jatarie White is moving past more than just defenders.

Minnesota rallies to take down Green Bay, 89-77, in tournament first round.

Behind another Ionescu triple-dub, Oregon makes easy work of Seattle U.

Tomorrow Drew King will cover the Austin games and I will cover the LA games.

Follow us: @hoopism and @drewking0222.

Round 1, day 1

Lexington regional:

Kylee Shook led Louisville over Boise State, 74-42.

Marquette downed Dayton, 84-65.

Oregon State routed Western Kentucky, 82-58.

Tennessee set a Tournament record in thrashing Liberty, 100-60.

Michigan stopped Northern Colorado, 75-61.

Baylor snuffed out Grambling, 96-46.

Spokane regional:

DePaul held off Oklahoma, 90-79.

Texas A&M got past Drake, 89-76.

Minnesota rallied to upset Green Bay, 89-77.

Oregon blew out Seattle U, 88-45. Sabrina Ionescu notched her tenth career triple-double.

Notre Dame handled CSUN, 99-81.

Three-pointers helped Villanova sink higher-seeded SDSU in overtime, 81-74.

Kansas City regional:

Maryland beat Princeton, 77-57.

NC State took care of Elon, 62-35.

Albany regional:

Virginia upended Cal, who was short Kristine Anigwe, 68-62.

South Carolina sweated out a 63-52 win over North Carolina A&T.

Tomorrow's matchups.

College team news:

Oregon prepared for the Tournament by searching for "scoops."

Ashland: can you say 71 in a row?

College player news:

Kelli Hayes is UCLA's strongest link.

LSU starting center Faustine Aifuwa will sit out tomorrow's game after violating team rules.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is looking to continue her ascension on the NCAA Tournament stage.

Kelsey Mitchell begins the final chapter of her historic career at Ohio State.

College coach news:

A new Dawn (Staley). Check this piece out.

Susie Gardner is ready to lead Mercer against her alma mater, Georgia.

Now it's mom's turn: the Plaisance family embraces the latest tourney berth.

Welcome to March madhouse? Oregon coach Kelly Graves thinks so.


Women's hoops needs madness, not sameness.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

NCAA Tournament storylines bursting at the seams

Predictions, etc:

The AP has round-by-round predictions.

ESPN has players to watch.

Around the Rim breaks down the bracket.

College team news:

Defending champs South Carolina embraces the underdog role heading into the Dance.

The Gamecocks are ready for North Carolina A&T.

Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA is set to take on American.

The road starts early for Maryland.

A homage to Pat Summitt is part of Tennessee's NCAA Tournament preparation.

Louisville faces the field as a No. 1 seed for the first time.

Michigan's basketball road goes through Waco. A guide to the Wolverine's first tourney since 2013.

Nebraska rides the biggest turnaround into the NCAA Tournament.

Inside Drakes's rebuild that never was.

Storylines are abundant in Virginia's return to the tourney.

It'll be the Gopher's offense vs. the Green Bay defense tomorrow.

Buffalo has built itself into a destination program.

Drake and Texas A&M are approaching their game with confidence.

Oregon State is ready for Western Kentucky, and they have some familiarity with their draw.

Ohio State and USF enter the Tournament under the radar.

The Sooners and Blue Demons are preparing for their rematch.

Oregon feels no pressure hosting.

Utah is embracing the opportunity to send seniors out right in the WNIT.

Rice savors the chance to get more experience in the WNIT.

Navy is happy to be playing on spring break.

The Mountain West Conference has an identity crisis.

The state of Maine marches to the women's beat in college hoops.

Wartburg is two wins shy of a DIII title, and perfection.

WBCA DIII All-America team.

College player news:

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell is a reluctant star.

Makayla Waterman is worked her way into a key role for the Buckeyes.

Don't get comfortable, because Louisville's Asia Durr is ready to life her team in the Tournament. Her teammate Arica Carter's floor leadership is pivotal for the Cardinals.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is set to cap a huge season in NCAA tournament.

Asha Thomas is in control for Cal.

It was no coincidence that LSU made a run as Ayana Mitchell caught fire.

Kiana Williams is getting her shot at Stanford.

China Dow's transition from MTSU to FGCU has been quite a ride.

Minnesota sharp-shooter Carlie Wagner is looking for her first Tournament win. It's her diligence and pure shot that has lifted her to "great" status.

Wagner is (finally) getting a shot at the tourney.

Big players lead the Baylor roster.

With Marina Mabrey on point, Notre Dame is a top seed.

Q&A with Bruin point guard Jordin Canada.

UCLA's Monique Billings talks hoops, modeling and future plans.

For Princeton's Bella Alarie, playing against Maryland means a little more.

For Quinnipiac's Paula Strautmane, the NCAA Tournament is now a family matter.

Taya Reimer is playing loose to help the Spartans finish strong.

Kayla Overbeck and Erin Whalen are exploring transfer options from Vanderbilt.

College coach news:

WBCA names 30 under-30 great coaches.

Familiarity among coaches highlights the Cal-Virginia matchup.

Sue Semrau has taken Florida State from ACC afterthought to consistent contender.

SDSU coach Aaron Johnston faces an even more veteran coach in Villanova's Harry Perretta.

UConn players feel prepared, but Geno Auriemma wonders if they actually are.

Kevin Borseth has the ideal job as Green Bay's coach.

Former Oregon coach Jody Runge is complimentary of the current team.

Georgia State has fired coach Sharon Baldwin.


Today's results include Indiana, Rice, Ball State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Duquesne, St. John's, Radford, Michigan State, , TCU, UAB, New Mexico, UC Davis and West Virginia advancing.

WNBA news:

Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi became parents two weeks ago.

A look at Candace Parker in high school.

High school news:

Dara Mabrey - younger sister of Michaela and Marina - is right behind them.

McDonald's All-Americans are vocal about the progress of girl's basketball.