Thursday, January 19, 2017

Catching up on scores

About last night:

Can anyone beat Baylor? They might be the Championship team: #2 Baylor 68, Iowa State 42

#13 UCLA 74, USC 59

All scores.

Today's (interesting) results:

#4 Mississippi State is 20-0 after downing Alabama, 67-54.

#6 Notre Dame bounced back to beat Boston College, 80-69.

#15 Duke routed #17 Virginia Tech, 84-59.

#7 Florida State dominated Syracuse, 77-58.

Auburn thrashed Tennessee, 79-61, making the Lady Vols the most inconsistent team I can think of this season.

Kentucky outlasted LSU, 55-42.

Indiana won the battle with Purdue, 74-60.

Arkansas edged Vanderbilt, 59-56. The 'Dores are winless in SEC play.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

Every team has a story

College team news:

Mississippi State has exceeded expectations.

Notre Dame's match up with Boston College earlier tonight had been preceded by introspection following their loss to Tennessee Monday.

Ohio State's fast starts have slowed lately.

Oregon State is happy, but not satisfied with their Pac 12 start. That's because they're looking for stronger fourth quarters.

Syracuse still sinks many three's, but their three's are also sinking them.

Struggles on the court continue to mount for Fresno State.

Dayton has turned a corner and found success in the A-10.

The Huskers aren't good enough to overcome letdowns with a young team.

Oregon has a chance to build momentum at home this weekend.

Depth allows Penn State to thrive off the bench.

Arizona State is ready for a postseason run.

Memphis looks to improve in conference play.

Coaches from Incarnate Word, SIU-Edwarsville and Northern Kentucky talk about the transition from D2 to D1 basketball.

College player news:

Kristine Anigwe is an unstoppable force for Cal.

Marie Gulich is blending finesse and power for Oregon State.

Wright State forward Lexi Smith's perfect streak continues.

Furman's Whitney Bunn lets her production do the talking.

Central Michigan's Presley Hudson is a name you need to get to know.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves and Colorado coach JR Payne share a close relationship.

Wichita State is replacing coach Jody Adams-Birch for two games while they investigate new allegations around the program.

"We Back Pat" week:

Around the Rim podcast with Tamika Catchings and Kara Lawson.

ESPN honors Pat Summitt.

WNBA news:

President Obama wrote a congratulatory letter to the LA Sparks before he left the White House.

Tamika Catchings interview.

Ability, work elevating UCLA’s Monique Billings to a new level

UCLA junior forward is one of the best posts in the country now, and it's all because of her hard work.

Awesome kid, too.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

While we wait for scores......

Many games still in progress, and I'm going to one that doesn't start until 8 p.m. Pacific, in USC-UCLA. So in the meantime.......

College team news:

The Lady Vols want to take the mystery out of the season.

Tennessee is trying to maintain momentum away from Knoxville.

Virginia Tech is a transformed program under coach Kenny Brooks.

Notre Dame is turning their attention to details.

Cal is on a different course from 2016.

Penn State is focusing on depth and defense.

Texas Tech is challenging ranked opponents.

BYU seniors are aiming to lead the team.

Seton Hall is keeping their morale up during a six-game skid.

Robert Morris will play at a temporary home next season while upgraded facilities are built.

Loyola Chicago isn't discouraged, despite their poor record.

Chris Matlock is thriving in his new role with South Carolina.

College player news:

How much will Alexis Peterson rewrite the Syracuse record book before she's done?

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson is day-to-day in recovering from an ankle sprain.

Former high school teammates Whitney Tinjum and Bryanna Fernstrom have reunited at Minnesota.

Playing for Seattle Pacific works for Jordan McPhee, whose twin Brittany plays for Stanford.

Senior Ronni Williams says Florida needs to win their next 11 games.

Oliana Squires is an increasing threat in Montana State's back court.

The NCAA's starting five for the week includes Brionna Jones and Kelsey Plum.

Jordan Hankins:

Northwestern's Amber Jamison is finding motivation in Jordan Hankins' memory.

Injuries:

The balancing act when your child has a major sports injury.

Arena news:

The story behind KeyArena, and how it could be reborn.

Upcoming games:

LSU leads nation in steals. Kentucky rarely coughs it up. Who has the edge?

Purdue and Indiana will meet tomorrow for the only time this season.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Not much shifting in USA Today top 25 coaches poll

This week's coaches poll sees a bit of movement. Cal drops out and Green Bay drops in:

1. Connecticut
2. Baylor
3. Maryland
4. Mississippi State
5. South Carolina
6. Florida State
7. Washington
8. Louisville
9. Notre Dame
10. Stanford
11. UCLA
12. Oregon State
13. Ohio State
14. Miami
15. Texas
16. Duke
16. Virginia Tech
18. DePaul
19. Arizona State
20. Oklahoma
21. NC State
22. South Florida
23. West Virginia
24. Syracuse
25. Green Bay

The Tuesday grind

Today's results:

Northwestern 76, Michigan State 65

#12 Texas 86, #20 Oklahoma 68

Iowa 71, Rutgers 59

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Does Florida still have a chance in the SEC?

Ohio State seeks defensive improvement.

Washington State is reeling from injuries.

Wisconsin's struggles continue.

Ohio's improved zone offense has made it harder for opponents.

Long Beach State shows that a team-first philosophy works.

College player news:

Kalani Brown is blossoming into a premiere post player for Baylor.

Oklahoma's Gioya Carter is comfortable with her role.

Cassie Broadhead is becoming a star at BYU.

UConn's Gabby Williams is proving to be more than a dynamic player.

College coach news:

Montana coach Robin Selvig's impact on the Big Sky Conference is hard to measure.

Memphis has extended coach Melissa McFerrin's contract through April, 2019.

WNBA news:

The WNBA is offering players internships in the offseason.

Former WNBA player news:

Penny Taylor is enjoying retired life.

Big and heavy news

NCAA news:

The Division I Championship will maintain its current format.

The first of three top 16 reveals to air live on ESPN2 Monday.

Northwestern player suicide:

The Chicago basketball community has come together in the wake of Jordan Hankins' suicide.

Northwestern has pulled together too.

"Everything we do is now dedicated to Jordan."

Health news:

Player suicides lead to a tough set of questions for coaches.

Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant will take a medical leave of absence after an episode over the weekend that was similar to her Jan. 1 collapse. Assistant coach Amaka Agugua will be interim head coach.

Washington State has lost freshman guard Chanelle Molina for the season with a torn ACL. Poor kid.

Four Gillette players were injured when their team bus collided with cows.

Civil rights:

Lesbian college coaches still face difficult atmosphere to come out.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Putting the Big in Big Monday

Wow:

Tennessee upset #6 Notre Dame, 71-69.

Photos.

Then this happened......#4 Mississippi State topped Mississippi, 73-62, to go 19-0 - a program best start.

Close to an upset:

#17 Virginia Tech fended off Wake Forest, 72-70.

All scores.

Only 17 games on tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Several Pac 12 teams are finding early success on the road.

Iowa says farewell, Aladdin, hello C. Vivian tomorrow.

College player news:

Why is Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu one of the nation's best freshmen?

WNBA news:

The vision that brought Vickie Johnson to the San Antonio Stars.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame finalists announced:

The list includes Sheryl Swoopes, Rick Insell, Kara Wolters, Sally Bell and Crystal Robinson, among others.

AP poll not as dramatic this week

After a couple weeks of tumult, this week's top 25 AP poll is relatively stable:

1. Connecticut
2. Baylor
3. Maryland
4. Mississippi State
5. South Carolina
6. Notre Dame
7. Florida State
8. Washington
9. Louisville
10. Stanford
11. Oregon State
12. Texas
13. UCLA
14. Miami
15. Duke
16. Ohio State
17. Virginia Tech
18. Arizona State
19. DePaul
20. Oklahoma
21. North Carolina State
22. Kansas State
23. South Florida
24. West Virginia
25. Texas A&M

Game stories and more

About yesterday:

Bruins’ defensive pressure stifles young Oregon, 79-63

Beavers prove to be too much for depleted Trojans

This weeks Coach's Chair:

Lisa Stone, St. Louis University

WHW player of the week:

Maryland’s Brionna Jones is WomensHoopsWorld’s player of the week.

College coach news:

Got a problem? UConn coach Geno Auriemma teaches his players to figure it out.

WNBA news:

Breanna Stewart sprained her posterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in a game last week in China, and is returning home this week.

High school news:

Destiny Littleton is California's new all-time leading scorer.