Monday, December 10, 2018

The day after a big game day

College team news:

Michigan State showed what could be with their upset of Oregon yesterday.

The "center by committee" approach is working for Oregon State so far.

Northeastern is off to the best start in program history.

LSU is ready to get back on the court against McNeese State.

Arizona is off to their best start since 2011.

George Washington lacks scoring depth and has seen a decrease in point production.

College player news:

Kristin Scott's development is a key to Iowa State's success.

Kentucky's Rhyne Howard is a freshman to fear.

"Tough cookie" Ashtyn Verbeek has lead Nebraska to their first winning streak of the season, and the frosh are stepping up overall.

On and off the court, Katie Lou Samuelson is A-plus for UConn.

Michigan State's Jenna Allen is ESPNW's player of the week.

College coach news:

Coach's Chair: Bart Brooks, Belmont University.

Recruiting news:

Missouri recruit Aijha Blackwell will have to transfer to another high school to finish her career.

Today's scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

AP top 25 poll: predictable shiftings

Michigan State in, Drake out, Oregon tumbles, why is Minnesota ranked so high on a weak schedule? Oh wait, we know........

This week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Connecticut
2. Notre Dame
3. Baylor
4. Louisville
5. Mississippi State
6. Maryland
7. Oregon
8. Oregon State
9. Tennessee
10. North Carolina State
11. Stanford
12. Texas
13. Minnesota
14. California
15. Syracuse
16. Iowa
17. Arizona State
18. Marquette
19. Kentucky
20. DePaul
21. Gonzaga
22. Missouri
23. Michigan State
24. Miami
25. South Carolina

Sunday, December 9, 2018

And then there were 18

After the weekend's games, there are still 18 undefeated teams left in Division I:

NC State

UConn

Mississippi State

Maryland

Virginia Tech

Louisville

Northeastern

Ohio

Minnesota

California

Indiana

Utah

Southern California

South Alabama

Baylor

Bradley

Tennessee

Portland State

Heating up

Upset:

Michigan State came from behind to topple No. 3 Oregon, 88-82. Jenna Allen led the way for the Spartans with 27 points.

Close ones:

No. 5 Louisville survived No. 19 Kentucky, 80-75.

Meme Jackson's 33 points paced No. 9 Tennessee past No. 12 Texas, 88-82.

No. 14 Minnesota outlasted Boston College, 77-69.

Winthrop 58, Elon 57

Florida State 57, St. John's 53

CSUN 77, San Diego State 74

More results:

No. 17 Arizona State 70, Colorado State 39

No. 20 DePaul 87, Oklahoma 76

No. 23 Missouri 74, St. Louis 62

No. 24 Gonzaga 76, Washington State 53

Indiana 98, Missouri State 74

Villanova 76, Temple 68

Michigan 85, Oakland 69

Florida 62, Florida A&M 38

Portland State is now 6-0 after an 89-61 win over UTEP. The Miners have lost seven straight.

South Alabama moves to 8-0 on the year with a 77-65 victory over Alabama State.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Iowa State's narrow loss to Iowa is motivating them moving forward.

College player news:

On Friday, Channon Fluker became CSUN's all-time scoring leader.

Today, Allazia Blockton became Marquette's all-time scoring leader.

Florida State transfer Kiah Gillespie is making the most of her second chance.

Battle-tested Joyner Holmes is ready for her junior year at Texas.

Katie Lou Samuelson is evolving into an all-around threat for UConn.

Former UCLA forward Nicole Kornet won a shooting contest Friday, but is ineligible to win the car that goes with it.

College coach news:

As the Gopher's coach, Lindsay Whalen still pulls the right strings.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Previewing the weekend

College team news:

Tennessee and Texas face big questions as their rivalry resumes.

Two undefeateds: Louisville is ready to face Kentucky.

West Virginia heads to Pitt for a backyard brawl.

UConn will look to Kyla Irwin against Seton Hall, as Megan Walker is out.

Nebraska faces challenges despite their recent win.

The beginning of Kansas State basketball, 50 years in the making.

College player news:

A high-scoring trio is carrying the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats.

Gopher international players are bonding over distance.

Graduate transfar Recee Caldwell has been on point for Cal.

The importance of Gabby Burris' versatility for Ohio's offense.

Pitt senior Aysia Bugg is out indefinitely due to blood clots.

College coach news:

Gopher coach Lindsay Whalen says her team's No. 14 ranking shows good progress.

Megan Duffy has guided Miami to its best start in 37 years.

Drake graduate manager Chantel Osahor has a new blog post.

Three particularly notable scores:

3-5 Dayton took down 6-2 Buffalo, 72-59

UCLA snapped a four-game losing streak by grinding out an 89-80 win over Fresno State

LMU ran past CSUN, 72-53

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

WNBA news:

The Maya Moore x Air Jordan 10 "Court Lux" releases Dec. 22.

Kia Nurse has started an elite girls basketball program in Canada because she wants to give kids there opportunities to play at the highest levels.

Podcast with new Sparks coach Derek Fisher.

Today's press conference announcing Fisher as the new coach was oddly revealing.

Bonus:

UConn will retire Rebecca Lobo's number.

Lindsay Allen is making all the right moves for the Melbourne Boomers.

Lisa Willis has passed her first big test as a high school coach.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Things are (finals)-ally beginning to slow down

College team news:

What's behind Minnesota's hot start?

What's next for UConn after missing out on top prospects?

South Carolina's three-point barrage is primed to continue against Duke.

College player news:

Tania Davis' heroics last night for Iowa punctuated her long journey back from injury.

Arizona State fought for Sophie Elenga, and she is returning the favor.

Janessa Thropay is getting a chance to shine for Oregon State.

BYU's dual sport athlete Sara Hamson is making the most of her recovery.

Volleyball player Lexi Wallen has been added to the Illinois State roster.

Lexi Gordon will transfer from UConn.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa brings infinite potential and a unique personality to Storrs.

Crystal Dangerfield is redoubling her effort for the Huskies.

Turnarounds:

No. 19 Kentucky is 9-0 after their 75-52 win over Rhode Island.

Boston College is 8-1 after beating Bryant, 83-46.

More results:

No. 6 Mississippi State 87, No. 18 Marquette 82

Vanderbilt 60, Ball State 43

Villanova 60, George Washington 45

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

Remember that schools are in finals the next two weeks, so games will be spotty, and the schedule will be lighter than usual.

College bonus:

How a group of Rutgers alums are shining light on a ‘forgotten’ National Championship team.

Meet Crystal Hogan, the only female official in DI men's college basketball.

Recruiting news:

The secrets behind South Carolina's historic recruiting class.

WNBA news:

Great feature on Breanna Stewart.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"Pettiness," and more big news

Notre Dame and UConn have been having Twitter wars since Sunday's game.

A counterpoint.

More program news:

The NCAA has put Oregon on two years probation for compliance violations in women's and men's basketball.

WNBA coach news:

The Sparks named Derek Fischer their new head coach, and he has some things to prove.

Big battles:

No. 16 Iowa slipped past archrival Iowa State, 73-70.

Unbeaten Indiana routed Butler, 66-46, to hand them their first loss.

No. 20 DePaul eased past rival Northwestern, 76-60.

More results:

No. 9 Tennessee 65, Stetson 55

No. 22 South Carolina 80, Appalachian State 50

South Alabama 72, Alabama 67

North Carolina 82, UNCW 55

Colorado State 65, Northern Arizona 54

Elon 73, Davidson 72 (OT)

Florida State 57, Mercer 56

Ohio 80, Purdue 73

Washington 69, Ohio State 59

Duquesne 64, Penn State 58

Nebraska 58, Kansas 52

Pepperdine 68, Weber State 47

Oklahoma 65, Central Arkansas 52

New Mexico 69, UTEP 51

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks have work to do to keep their NCAA Tournament streak alive.

Arizona is exceeding expectations early.

Indiana currently has the longest active winning streak in the NCAA, at 14.

College player news:

One slight adjustment has changed things for Kentucky's "very stubborn" point guard.

Asha Thomas has been cleared to play for Cal after a knee injury Sunday.

Kansas State will miss Cymone Goodrich.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa is emerging off the bench for UConn.

College coach news:

Tulane coach Lisa Stockton has been coach of the program for 25 years, and won her 500th game last night.

More WNBA news:

Players are using their offseason to pursue their off-court careers.

Sue Bird is scouting for the Nuggets.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Takedowns and milestones: count 'em

Upsets:

No. 2 UConn routed No. 1 Notre Dame, 89-71.

Gonzaga toppled No. 8 Stanford, 79-73.

Creighton 74, Nebraska 65

Crushed:

No. 4 Baylor 94, No. 18 South Carolina 69

No. 6 Mississippi State 67, No. 10 Texas 49

No. 12 Syracuse 98, Towson 55

No. 13 NC State 85, Old Dominion 56

No. 14 Iowa 92, Robert Morris 63

No. 20 Minnesota 67, Air Force 50

Close ones:

No. 11 Tennessee 76, Oklahoma State 63

No. 22 Marquette 85, Michigan 74

No. 23 Iowa State 91, Arkansas 82

Indiana 67, UCLA 65

Clemson 65, Belmont 62

Florida 72, Texas Tech 67.....first win of the season for the Gators

Wake Forest 64, St. John's 59

Duke 64, Marist 56

More results:

Central Michigan 67, Quinnipiac 52

Missouri 68, West Virginia 51

Maine 85, North Carolina 73

Princeton 65, Davidson 57......second win of the year for the Tigers

Auburn 95, Oklahoma 79

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

Milestones:

Sabrina Ionescu dished out a school record 17 assists today in Oregon's win over Long Beach State.

Kristine Anigwe became just the third player in Cal history to reach 2,000 career points.

Teaira McCowan became Mississippi State's all-time leading rebounder.

College player news:

Syracuse's Kadiatou Sissoko will miss 3-5 weeks with a knee injury sustained last week.

College coach news:

Felisha Legette-Jack: make them hear your story.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Week four: the season take a little shape

Upset:

South Dakota tossed No. 23 Iowa State, 64-59.

More results:

No. 2 UConn 99, No. 16 DePaul 63

No. 6 Mississippi State 99, Little Rock 63

No. 10 Texas 98, UTSA 54

No. 18 South Carolina 65, Dayton 55

FGCU 76, Houston 71

Ball State 75, Cincinnati 63

Villanova 67, Princeton 46

Georgia 67, Mercer 60

Michigan State 91, Virginia 66

Virginia Tech 67, Rutgers 51

Arkansas 74, Oral Roberts 61

Duke 60, Wisconsin 53

New Mexico 84, Oklahoma 80

All scores

Some big match ups on tap tomorrow

College team news:

A massive opportunity awaits Iowa in their showdown with Notre Dame.

Georgia looks forward to returning home after a tough road trip. The Bulldogs have renewed their rivalry with Mercer.

Oregon State looks to grow after their loss in the Vancouver Showcase over the weekend.

Louisville will offer another road test for young Nebraska.

December is paramount to the success of Seton Hall.

A closer look at Ohio's hot offense.

Illinois State returns home facing another injury.

ESPN's mid-major rankings.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Five seniors want to spearhead a turnaround for Pitt.

Syracuse freshman Emily Engstler patiently fits into the offense.

Sophomore forward Abby O’Connor is preparing for a bigger role for Loyola Chicago.

Ashley Bolston hopes to cement her legacy at Portland State with a strong senior season.

This Wichita State freshman is becoming a defensive nightmare for opponents.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley asks: where are all the black coaches?

Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen has had a high school gym named after her.

Recruiting news:

No. 1 prospect Haley Jones has signed with Stanford.

Jones is "excited."

UConn's dominance on the recruiting trail has stalled.

WNBA news:

Lisa Leslie is interested in becoming WNBA president.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Not a darned upset happened today

Today's results:

No. 8 Stanford 81, Hawaii 59

No. 10 Texas 72, Fordham 54

No. 21 Missouri 62, Duke 54

No. 24 Miami 73, Temple 61

Quinnipiac 69, Ball State 66

Nebraska 77, Radford 39

Seton Hall 100, St. Francis 77

UCF 71, Villanova 56

Colorado 78, Utah State 68

Old Dominion 80, Tennessee Tech 73

Stony Brook 81, Penn State 70......it's the first win over a Power 5 school in program history for the Seawolves

LSU 60, Little Rock 45

Maine 47, Penn 46

Arkansas 69, Wisconsin 68

St. Louis 67, Virginia 65

USC 72, Nevada 51

Michigan 60, Washington 73

FGCU 90, American 71

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College player news:

No Belmont player matches up to senior Darby Maggard's scoring.

College coach news:

FGCU's win today was coach Karl Smesko's 500th for his career.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Results in a world of parity are upsetting, and close

What a day of games!!!

Upsets:

North Carolina knocked off No. 17 South Florida, 71-69.

Michigan took care of No. 21 Missouri, 70-54.

Kentucky nipped UCLA in OT, 75-74. Sophomore Michaela Onyenwere dropped a career-high 28 points for the Bruins.

Washington stopped Duke, 71-64.

Rallies and close games:

No. 2 UConn pulled away from St. John's in the game's final minutes to win, 65-55.

No. 4 Baylor outlasted South Dakota State, 72-66.

A last-second layup propelled No. 5 Louisville by No. 19 Arizona State, 58-56.

No. 9 held off No. 13 South Carolina, 70-68.

No. 10 Texas survived Quinnipiac, 56-55.

No. 12 Iowa rallied from a 24-point deficit to top No. 25 West Virginia, 84-81.

Fordham fought past Ball State, 78-70.

Northern Arizona edged LMU, 63-62.

CSUN rallied from 14 down to defeat Washington State, 65-52.

BYU 61, TCU 58.

More results:

No. 1 Notre Dame 82, Drake 64.

No. 3 crushed UC Riverside, 94-44.

No. 14 Syracuse thrashed Princeton, 92-61.

No. 15 NC State is undefeated after a 69-61 win over George Washington.

Gonzaga routed Rutgers, 57-40.

Wisconsin is 5-0 after handling Pitt, 57-42.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Boise State and Idaho have renewed their in-state rivalry in California.

A very long flight helped Nebraska land an Australian player. The Huskers drop to 1-3 with today's loss to Miami.

College player news:

Meet Megan Huff, Utah's most valuable player.

College coach news:

Arizona coach Adia Barnes hosted Thanksgiving dinner for her team yesterday.

Women's hoops coaches talk about getting players to the pros.

WNBA news:

Can new Sky coach James Wade instill a new culture with the team?

Podcast with Sue Bird.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Weekend of holiday tournament games begins tomorrow

College kids used to get Thanksgiving off, but now they just take the week as a vacation and travel to a tournament to play.

Vancouver Showcase:

Conversation with Vancouver Showcase coaches Muffet McGraw and Dawn Staley.

Rutgers will face and elite field at the tournament.

Well-traveled Notre Dame mean business in Canada.

Oregon State is set for a strong challenge in the Showcase.

Watch all 12 Vancouver Showcase games online.

College team news:

Ahead of a tough nonconference schedule, No. 14 Iowa hopes to follow the success of their men's team.

South Florida must reply on depth and experience after the loss of Kitija Laska.

Youth development is key to JMU reaching their goals.

Senior leadership is boosting Stony Brook.

Ohio will play on Thanksgiving.

College player news:

Sophie Cunningham is right at home for her senior season at Missouri.

Aarion McDonald's play at Arizona is inspired by her late grandfather. At this moment, McDonald leads the nation in scoring.

Purdue walk-on Ajah Stallings is excited to contribute in any way.

Two of Colorado's best players said goodbye to their longtime rivalry last night.

Audrey Holt retired at Missouri State after suffering 14 concussions.

Introducing the Pac-12's stand out freshmen.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

Missouri has extended coach Robin Pingeton's contract four years, through the 2024-2025 season.

Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie got some fight out of forward Kali Jones.

Today's scores

Tomorrow's schedule

Recruiting news:

No. 3 prospect Aliyah Boston has committed to South Carolina.

WNBA news:

Team general managers have tabbed Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan as the top pick in next year's draft.

Sue Bird talks about her new Nuggets job.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is confident the league will hire a female head coach.

The Milwaukee Aces have joined the Women’s Basketball Development Association, which functions as a D-league for the WNBA, and international play.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Some poll shifting and shaking

Polls:

In this week's AP top 25 poll, the top six are unchanged: Notre Dame, UConn, Oregon, Baylor, Louisville and Mississippi State. South Carolina's 89-week run in the top 10 ended, as they fell to No. 13. West Virginia is in and Georgia drops out.

WomensHoopsWorld's weekly poll is similar.

Today's results:

No. 5, Louisville 74, Boise State 55

No. 21 Missouri 59, SIUE 36

Virginia Tech 74, Chattanooga 59

Alabama 76, Clemson 56

Wisconsin 65, IUPUI 64 (OT)

Utah 74, Idaho State 60

Georgetown 70, Pitt 41

All scores

Tomorrow's schedule

College team news:

How rhythm might be a key for South Carolina in shaking off a bad shooting night vs. Maryland.

"Completely different" Iowa State is off to a strong start.

Georgia is searching for an identity after dropping two straight games.

Duke's back court impressed in their win yesterday.

College player news:

Asia Durr is poised for an epic final chapter at Louisville.

Why Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard are college basketball's best 1-2 punch.

Rodrea Echols is providing stability at point guard for New Mexico State.

The development of Cece Hooks' jumper for Ohio.

Louisiana Tech's Kierra Anthony is ESPNW's player of the week.

College coach news:

Coach's Chair: Amy Williams, University of Nebraska.

Syracuse's Quentin Hillsman schedules with an eye for the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Tech is unbeaten, but coach Kenny Brooks isn't happy.

WNBA news:

The WNBA is at a crossroads.

Sue Bird discusses her new role with the Denver Nuggets.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

On day 13, a few surprises

Upsets:

Georgia Tech 63, No. 14 Georgia 53

Iowa State 75, No. 24 Miami 52.....the Cyclones are undefeated

LSU 58, Florida State 45

More results:

No. 3 Oregon 102, Buffalo 82

No. 9 Maryland 85, No. 10 South Carolina 61

No. 12 Tennessee 96, Florida A&M 31

No. 18 Syracuse 70, Bucknell 56

No. 21 South Florida 87, Oklahoma 70

No. 22 Arizona State 88, Arkansas 85

No. 23 Cal 81, Pacific 69

Iona 52, George Washington 43

Drake 73, CSUN 63

Duke 81, Elon 64

Northwestern 83, Florida 74 (OT)....the Wildcats are undefeated

Boston College 64, Houston 57

Kentucky 71, High Point 49.....the Wildcats are undefeated

Penn State 79, Princeton 71 (OT).......the Tigers are struggling so far this season

Colorado 86, North Carolina 74

Fordham 71, Charlotte 64

Cincinnati 51, St. Louis 50

TCU 65, SMU 63

Tulane 63, Washington 51

UCLA 78, Seton Hall 62

All scores

Tomorrow's schedule

College team news:

How a beer and a bite brought a Final Four team to Boise.

Virginia won their first game of the Tina Thompson era with a 73-67 decision over Old Dominion.

Mississippi State raised their Final Four banner today before dismantling Coppin State.

How Tennessee continues to sign strong recruiting classes.

Missouri looks to get back to their winning ways tomorrow against SIUE.

Northwestern is 4-0 after an OT win over Florida today.

Portland is looking to prove doubters wrong.

College player news:

Despite shooting a career-low 1-7, Sabrina Inoescu racked up her 12th career triple-double, tying the NCAA record.

College coach news:

Former UMaine coach Joanne P. McCallie is still going strong at Duke.

Penn State coach Coquese Washington won her 200th career game today.

Lindsay Whalen: the whims of being a hometown hero.

WNBA news:

Chicago Sky players are at home in Deerfield.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

No upsets today

Today's results:

No. 1 Notre Dame 101, No. 15 DePaul 77

No. 2 UConn 80, Vanderbilt 42

No. 25 Minnesota 53, San Diego 48

Central Michigan 108, Western Kentucky 90

Northeastern 84, Dayton 79 (OT)

Missouri State 74, Ball State 54

New Mexico State 69, UTEP 65

Idaho 88, Texas Tech 77

USC 77, Santa Clara 46

Gonzaga 70, UNLV 59

All scores

Tomorrow's schedule is full of tasty match ups

College team news:

An exciting point guard match up will be on tap tomorrow when Pacific visits Cal.

UTEP marked the program's 45th anniversary with a tribute to the first Miner team.

College player news:

Rider's Stella Johnson notched a triple-double today: 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Sirena "Peanut" Tuitele is off to strong start for Colorado.

Sanjana Ramesh's potential is unlimited for Northern Arizona, according to coach Loree Payne.

UConn guard Crystal Dangerfield is playing with a newfound toughness.