Thursday, January 18, 2018

Insane-in-the-membrane games

Upset:

Penn State toppled #25 Rutgers, 70-67.

Almost upset:

#12 Florida State held off Wake Forest in overtime, 81-79.

More results:

Notre Dame staged the biggest comeback in school history to defeat Tennessee, 84-70.

Louisville is 20-0 after a win at Pitt.

South Carolina got past Vanderbilt, but the injuries continue to pile up.

Geno Auriemma says UConn's win over Tulsa was "the most disgraceful effort I’ve seen at Connecticut in 32 years I’ve been here.”

Minnesota routed Wisconsin for their tenth straight win.

Miami topped Syracuse, 72-65.

Purdue escaped Northwestern, 63-60.

North Carolina State put the hurt on North Carolina, 66-53.

Florida downed Arkansas, 65-51.

LSU squeezed by Auburn, 59-56.

All scores.

Pac-12 and Big East on tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

TCU doesn't view their two top 25 wins last week as upsets.

Vic Schaefer and Mississippi State have worked hard to reach elite status.

College player news:

Jasmine Jones' infectious energy invigorates Louisville.

Brianna Fraser has brought a Brooklyn swagger to Maryland.

Amber Smith has rediscovered her role for surging Missouri.

Cal's diminutive Asha Thomas is doing big things with the Bears.

Sophomore standout Jasmyne Harris is taking Houston to new heights.

Australian Lauren Mills has made a unique journey to Iowa State.

Katie McWilliams fills many roles for Oregon State.

College coach and administrator news:

Coaches are frustrated at the quick turnaround for Civil Wars.

Nevada senior women administrator Rhonda Bennett is the NCAA Tournament selection committee chair this year.

Final Four bid cities revealed:

Where are the West Coast cities on this list???

Bonus:

Podcast with Tamika Catchings.

High school news:

Madison Williams' McDonald's All American team selection was no surprise to anyone around her, except her mother.

NCAA's first top 16 reveal

What do you think of the NCAA's projected top 16 picks? (If the bracket were made today)

1. UConn (No. 1 seed – Albany Region)
2. Mississippi State (No. 1 seed – Kansas City Region)
3. Louisville (No. 1 seed – Lexington Region)
4. Oregon (No. 1 seed – Spokane Region)
5. Tennessee
6. Notre Dame
7. Texas
8. South Carolina
9. Baylor
10. Ohio State
11. Florida State
12. UCLA
13. Missouri
14. Texas A&M
15. Rutgers
16. Georgia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This news load is bananas

No corner of the basketball world left untouched today.....

Upset:

#24 Oklahoma State upended #17 West Virginia, 79-73. It's the second straight loss for the Mountaineers.

Thrillers:

Penn squeaked by Villanova, 79-77.

Dayton 63, Fordham 62.

Eastern Michigan 69, Western Michigan 67.

UNLV 68, New Mexico 66.

Washington State 78, Washington 75 (OT).

More results:

Oklahoma beat Kansas State, 76-71.

Buffalo 67, Ohio 63.

Toledo 72, Ball State 66.

Texas Tech 68, Kansas 56. It's the first win for the Raiders since they fired coach Candace Whitaker.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features #6 Tennessee at #5 Notre Dame.

NCAA news:

The Division I Council has approved a proposal to start women's college basketball season the Tuesday before the second Friday in November.

College team news:

Mid-majors are missing an opportunity for at-large inclusion in the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon-Oregon State Civil War preview. Defense could be the deciding factor.

Oregon needs to keep a firm grip on the wheel in Pac-12 play.

You know it's going well at Mississippi State when they redshirt five-star recruits.

Colorado is looking for road wins this weekend in Arizona.

The Buckeyes lament their mental errors in last night's Michigan loss.

Iowa is in the midst of a skid.

Stanford rountbable: LA schools rematch.

Purdue seeks consistency in the Big Ten.

The ship is turning slowly for the Loyola Phoenix.

UConn might actually try to go more than six deep.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

The Pac-12 has super sophomores.

A'ja Wilson is expected to miss her second straight game tomorrow with a sprained ankle.

Natalie Butler left UConn, and became college basketball's leading rebounder at George Mason.

Oregon's Ruthy Hebard faces off with Marie Gulich this weekend in Oregon's Civil War.

Maddie Washington is happy to do what the Beavers need.

Destiny Pitts is one of Minnesota's best players as a freshman.

Maurane Corbin is having new adventures in her first season at Utah.

Kiana "Lucky" Rudd has been added to the West Virginia roster.

Starting young has helped UTEP's Najala Howell in clutch moments.

College coach news:

Keep room in your heart for Jackie Stiles as she battles cancer.

Dawn Staley will look for the same effort and performance from her Gamecocks even without A'ja Wilson.

UC Santa Barbara coach Bonnie Henrickson's contract has been extended one year, through 2020-2021.

Milestones:

Longtime Bentley coach Barbara Stevens notched her 1,000th career win today.

Central Michigan senior Tinara Moore broke the school's career blocks record tonight.

WNBA news:

Liz Cambage is set to return to the Dallas Wings this season.

Sun guard Rachel Banham got into the spirit overseas.

International news:

Courtney Williams was named the WNBL Perth Lynx's most valuable player.

Jr. WNBA graduate Arielle Lanot pushes for women's basketball in the Philipines.

High school news:

Eighth-grader Jaden Newman made 17 three-point shots in a high school game to tie the national record.

Sexual assault lawsuit:

Layshia Clarendon is suing the University of California regents in alleging she was sexually assaulted as a freshman by a longtime athletic department employee.

Dawn Staley spoke out to support Clarendon.

High school rankings, by region

Best high school rankings I've seen, because they go by region:

Northeast

Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (14-1)
Christ the King, Middle Village, N.Y. (12-0)
Riverdale Baptist, Upper Marlboro, Md. (11-3)
Rock Creek Christian, Upper Marlboro, Md. (17-4)
Manasquan, N.J. (8-1)
Bishop McNamara, Forestville, Md. (12-2)
Newton South, Newton, Mass. (11-0)
North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (11-0)
Long Island Lutheran, Brooksville, N.Y. (9-3)
Baldwin, N.Y. (9-1)

South

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Louisiana.

Riverdale, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (18-1)
Winter Haven, Fla. (17-0)
Paul VI, Fairfax, Va. (14-2)
Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Chattanooga, Tenn. (17-2)
Westridge Academy, Kernersville, N.C. (17-1)
Holy Innocents Episcopal, Atlanta (16-1)
Southeast Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C. (17-0)
Hoover, Ala. (21-1)
Princess Anne, Virginia Beach (11-1)
Westwood, Blythewood, S.C. (16-1)

Frontier

Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Duncanville, Texas (28-1)
Eagle, Idaho (17-0)
Copper Hills, West Jordan, Utah (15-1)
Belt, Mont. (11-0)
Steele, Cibolo, Texas (25-3)
Conway, Ark. (16-1)
Regis Jesuit, Aurora, Colo. (11-3)
Putnam City West, Oklahoma City (13-2)
Richardson, Texas (23-3)
Bartlesville, Okla. (12-0)

Pacific

California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Alaska.

Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif. (16-0)
St. Mary’s, Stockton, Calif. (17-2)
Centennial, Las Vegas (17-3)
Central Valley, Spokane, Wash. (14-0)
Southridge, Beaverton, Ore. (13-1)
Mesquite, Gilbert, Ariz. (17-3)
Pinewood, Los Altos Hills (14-1)
Eastlake, Sammamish, Wash. (14-0)
Seton Catholic, Chandler, Ariz. (16-3)
Windward, Los Angeles (11-3)

Midwest

Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Edwardsville, Ill. (18-0)
Eastview, Apple Valley, Minn. (13-0)
Mercer County, Harrodsburg, Ky. (17-2)
Montini Catholic, Lombard, Ill. (22-1)
Boylan Catholic, Rockford, Ill. (17-0)
Newark, Ohio (11-0)
Carmel, Ind. (20-1)
Lakota West, West Chester, Ohio (12-1)
East Kentwood, Kentwood, Mich. (10-0)
Strafford, Mo. (15-0)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Down they go (again).....and more rich storylines

Upendings:

#19 Michigan took down #8 Ohio State.

Nebraska knocked off #20 Iowa, 74-65.

Almost upset:

#14 Maryland hung on to beat Indiana, 74-70.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features #17 West Virginia at #24 Oklahoma State.

College team news:

TCU is the NCAA's team of the week.

UConn has to work on rebounding and rotation.

The Longhorns must build on their eye-opening loss to UConn.

It's rivalry week in the Pac-12.

The rankings of Oregon and Oregon State make this year's Civil War a rarity.

Oklahoma State needs multiple players to fill the void left by Areanna Combs.

MAC power rankings.

Division II roundup.

College player news:

Kelsey Mitchell reflects on her climb up the scoring list.

Consistent Teana Muldrow is driving West Virginia.

Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two for Oregon.

After her 14th concussion, Missouri State's Audrey Holt is stepping away from basketball.

FGCU have added William & Mary transfer Tyra Cox.

Tatum Rembao is making an immediate impact for Creighton.

How the McNeill twins have sparked Virginia Union to a 16-1 start.

Ursuline College's Camryn Hill becomes one of the youngest in NCAA history to score 1,000 points.

NCAA top 16 seeds:

Continuing a two-year-old tradition, the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee will reveal their mock top 16 seeds on Thursday.

WNBA news:

A mock WNBA draft, chosen by a panel of league's coaches, GMs.

Crystal Robinson is a new assistant coach for the Seattle Storm.

Tina Charles has been given a franchise tag by the New York Liberty.

The Dream's Bria Holmes will miss the 2018 season due to pregnancy.

Candace Parker and Skylar Diggins-Smith will be features in Nickelodean's upcoming series "Crashletes."

McDonald's All American Game:

Rosters were revealed today.

Teammates will be divided for the game.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Just another Big Monday

Today's result:

#9 Texas came close to upsetting #1 UConn. Final: Huskies 75, Longhorns 71.

Without leading scorer Maci Morris, Kentucky fell to Vanderbilt, 70-55.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features only 12 games, but one is #19 Michigan at #8 Ohio State.

The Buckeyes seek their second win over the Wolverines.

College team news:

Is Louisville a Final Four team? These former stars think so.

Iowa is searching for a more balanced approach.

Oregon State bounced back over the weekend.

Central Michigan improves every game and is undefeated in MAC play.

Lehigh is poised to make a move in the Patriot League.

College player news:

Louisville's Asia Durr is ESPNW's player of the week.

Linnae Harper's offense helps spread the scoring load at Ohio State.

In case you missed it, Buckeye Kelsey Mitchell became the 13th player in NCAA history to notch 3,000 points last week.

Katelyn Flaherty is leaving quite a legacy at Michigan.

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu is about more than triple-doubles.

Not knowing English when she arrived, Oklahoma State's Maria Castro has quickly adjusted to American life.

College coach news:

With Amy Williams in charge, Nebraska is on the rise.

WNBA news:

Free agency begins. See who's available.

What you need to know about free agency.

Erin Phillips is retiring from basketball.

From pain to power: Ruthie Bolton has found purpose in her pain and struggle.

(Surprisingly) Not too many changes in the AP top 25 poll

Despite all the upsets this past week, not much has changed in this week's AP top 25 poll:

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

Coaches Chair: Stefanie Pemper, Naval Academy

Q&A with the longtime coach of Navy.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The upsets flow

Upset, upset, upset:

For the second time this week, TCU has upset a ranked opponent. This time it was #15 West Virginia: 76-74 in OT.

The Megan Gustafson show wasn't enough for #18 Iowa, as they fell to Purdue, 76-70.

Kansas State lit up #20 Oklahoma State, 80-64.

Florida International 68, Rice 58.

Almost upset:

#21 Rutgers needed an OT to defeat Minnesota, 80-70.

#23 Michigan edged Nebraska in OT, 69-64.

More results:

#10 Ohio State downed Indiana, 77-62.

Buffalo felled Ball State, 84-80.

Wyoming nipped Colorado State, 53-49.

All scores.

So many tasty matchups tomorrow.

College team news:

How South Carolina could beat Tennessee without A'ja Wilson.

The Lady Vols must move on from their loss Thursday to face the Gamecocks.

Cal's young stars and chemistry help in handling pressure.

Short-handed Maryland is still in the mix in a tight Big Ten race.

UConn is amassing assists at an historic rate.

Notre Dame looks to bounce back against Boston College.

Central Michigan is unbeaten in the MAC.

College player news:

Reliable Maite Cazorla lets her game do the talking for No. 8 Oregon.

College coach news:

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb is balancing her job with being a new mom.

Q&A with Arizona coach Adia Barnes.

Episode six of Mike Neighbors' radio show, "the Neighborhood."

Jacksonville coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin's podcast: No Ceilings.

Milestones:

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell surpassed the 3,000-point career mark - only the 13th player in NCAA history to do so.

Katelynn Flaherty today became Michigan's all-time scoring leader, woman or man.

High school news:

She's 6-2, in eighth grade and can dunk. And she's on the Gamecocks' radar.

WNBA news:

Donald Trump's view of Africa isn't what Chiney Ogwumike sees.

The Connecticut Sun are still looking for that missing piece.

Tiffany Bias continues her basketball career while pursuing modeling.

Bonus:

Why do we let immigrants into our country? Because of people like Nicky Anosike.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Conference play heats up, as does the news load

Pac-12:

AKA the heart attack conference this evening.

#22 Oregon State 57, #18 Arizona State 54

#14 UCLA 81, Utah 74

#24 Cal 69, Washington 60

And.....

USC 86, Colorado 51

#8 Oregon 62, Arizona 44

Big East:

Marquette 69, Butler 67

Villanova 67, Seton Hall 59

St. John's 64, Georgetown 41

Colonial:

JMU 70, Elon 67

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features a huge Big Ten lineup and some key matchups in the Big 12.

College team news:

Louisville deserves attention.

Short-handed Maryland is losing their grip on elite status in the Big Ten.

Oregon State is remaining calm and focused after last weekend's two losses.

Playing free is paying off for Nebraska.

Toledo hopes to spread a positive message.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lady Vols. But she may still play.

Senior Mikayla Cowling is already a legend of Cal basketball.

Kyra Lambert's leadership buoys Duke, despite her ACL tear.

UConn freshman Andra Espinoza-Hunter will transfer.

Meet the sauce that spices up Colorado State.

Arizona State's Kianna Ibis has risen from injury to lead her ranked team.

Courtney Fredrickson's free throw streak helps her maintain consistency at Wisconsin.

WNBA's senior watch has its eye on several more great college prospects.

College coach news:

Capital's Dixie Jeffers becomes fifth DIII women's basketball coach to reach 700 wins.

The coordinator of player development for Iowa State, Adam Urness, resigned Friday amid a Twitter message scandal involving a high school basketball player.

College AD news:

Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose reflects on her pioneering career.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner backed Dawn Staley in a call to the SEC office.

WNBA news:

The Seattle Storm has ignited social justice.

Post-up with Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Post-up with Imani McGhee-Stafford.

USA Basketball news:

Sun coach Curt Miller will serve on the Women's National Team player selection committee.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame names 10 finalist for 2018 induction

What a list. Can we just put them all in?

YELENA BARANOVA (International Player - Russia)
1992 Olympic Games gold medalist.
1998 European Player of the Year.
2001 WNBA All-Star.

CEAL BARRY (Coach)
All-time coaching record of 510-284 in 26 seasons with 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including six Sweet 16, and three Elite Eight appearances.
Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995).
1994 U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year.

ROSE MARIE BATTAGLIA (Veteran - Contributor)
NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with four NJCAA Final Four in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240-2.
Led Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, New Jersey) to two consecutive state championships.
1998 WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

CHRISTINE DAILEY (Contributor - Assistant Coach)
As Connecticut's top assistant coach for the last 32 years, the Huskies have posted a 991-135 overall record en route to 11 NCAA National Championships.
Helped develop 19 Huskies into First Team All-Americans and eight National Players of the Year.
Inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

MICKIE DEMOSS (Contributor - Assistant Coach)
Her overall record as an assistant coach is 829-200.
As an assistant, she helped guide Tennessee to six NCAA National Championships and 12 NCAA Women's Final Four appearances.
Two-year stint as an assistant for the Indiana Fever including their 2012 WNBA Championship season.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (U.S. Player)
All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, leading the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and was recognized as a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
Helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.

VICTORIA "VICKIE" ORR (U.S. Player)
Three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1987, 1988, 1989).
Ranks third all-time at Auburn University in scoring with 2,035 career points, leading Auburn to two NCAA Women's Final Fours (1988 & 1989).
1988 SEC Player of the Year.

KATIE SMITH (U.S. Player)
Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008).
Led Detroit Shock to two WNBA Championships in 2006 and 2008, and was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP.
Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State.

VALERIE STILL (U.S. Player)
Kentucky's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, guiding them to the 1982 SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
1982 & 1983 Kodak/WBCA All-American.
First female to have her jersey retired at Kentucky, in any sport, and inducted in the charter class of the University of Kentucky's Hall of Fame.

TINA THOMPSON (U.S. Player)
Two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008).
Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000).
Named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011.

And then there were three, and other upendings

#17 Texas A&M handed #7 Tennessee their first loss of the season in overtime, 79-76.

Now only three undefeated teams remain: Mississippi State, UConn and.......

Equally shocking upsets:

#3 Louisville dominated #2 Notre Dame, 100-67. The Cardinals are 19-0.

Instant analysis.

Michigan State took down #11 Maryland, 82-68.

More results:

#9 South Carolina scrapped by Auburn, A'ja Wilson scored her 2000th career point, and then sprained her ankle at the end of the matchup.

Kentucky beat Florida to end an eight-game losing streak.

#4 Mississippi State routed Ole Miss, 76-45.

Alabama topped LSU, 65-51.

Georgia took care of Arkansas, 78-65, and is now 15-2.

North Carolina got past Clemson, 59-52.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features Pac-12 action.

College team news:

No longer an upstart. Oregon is handling life as the hunted in the Pac-12.

Texas women's basketball will receive $20 million - the largest donation in program history.

Loyola Marymount is turning their all-around chemistry into success.

College player news:

Cal has a Cowling connection.

Amber Smith changed from post player to guard for Missouri.

Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia and forward Miranda Drummond will return from injury Sunday.

At 6-7, Jaimie Curtis adds a physical presence for Colorado.

Felicia Aiyeotan is playing big for Virginia.

Cornell has a Diamond in Boyd.

Junior post player Bride Kennedy-Hopoate is making a difference for Iowa State.

Less than a year after tearing her ACL, the Buff's Alexis Robinson is back at full speed.

Jenn Hamson's little sister is getting it done at BYU.

Maryland sophomore Blair Watson is out for the season after sustaining an ACL tear in practice.

WNBA news:

Overseas report.

Mistie Bass says playing in the WNBL three months after having her son is the hardest thing she's ever done.

Former NBA player Awvee Story is the Chicago Sky's new assistant coach.

Former pro news:

Lisa Leslie joins Fox Sports Florida as the pre- and post-game analyst for the NBA's Orlando Magic.

High school news:

Louisville recruit Seygan Robins is on a mission to win back-to-back Kentucky state titles.

Wooden Award mid-season top 25

The mid-season top 25 Wooden Award watch list was released today:

Kristine Anigwe, California

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Monique Billings, UCLA

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Lexie Brown, Duke

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Shakayla Thomas, Florida State

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

This is one award list that I voted on.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Another night of upsets

Upendings:

TCU just toppled #7 Texas, 79-77.

Purdue took down #21 Rutgers, 47-33.

More results:

#23 Michigan 84, Indiana 79.

Villanova 60, Georgetown 58.

Wyoming 66, New Mexico 55.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features SEC action and the Louisville-Notre Dame showdown.

College conference news:

Connie Hurlburt has been named the West Coast Conference's interim commissioner.

College team news:

Oregon State's current season is similar to that of 2013-2014.

North Carolina has begun a new era on the right foot.

Undefeated Louisville prepares for #2 Notre Dame tomorrow.

Florida will try to put together a complete game against Kentucky tomorrow.

Also manana: South Carolina must withstand a relentless Auburn team to avoid their first losing streak since 2013.

Mid-major rankings:

FGCU takes over the top spot.

College player news:

Shakyla Hill is keeping her head up, despite negative comments about her quadruple-double last week.

Hill heads up the NCAA's starting five for the week.

'I want people to know who I am': Myisha Hines-Allen leads undefeated Louisville women with guts.

Asia Durr's offense has helped spark a record start for #3 Louisville.

Michigan’s Hallie Thome takes center stage.

Makenzie Meyer's broken left hand needs more time to heal for Iowa.

Former Ute Malia Nawahine is flourishing at BYU.

Azura Stevens' defense must catch up with her offense, UConn coach Geno Auriemma says.

College coach news:

UCLA coach Cori Close and OSU coach Scott Rueck discuss the significance of their matchup this past weekend.

Hampton coach David Six has become the program's all-time wins leader.

What else Dawn Staley said about the referees at the Missouri game.

Staley called the SEC league office after the game.

Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick on the next four games: "we'll see how good we are."

High school news:

McDonald's All-American Game nominees were announced.

15-year-old Azzi Fudd of St. John's is already one of the nation's top recruits.

USA Basketball news:

Court coaches for the USA National Team's February mini-camp are WNBA coaches Brian Agler, Cheryl Reeve and Dan Hughes.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Final Four in the distance

Final Four:

When the Final Four comes to Columbus this spring, it will be one of the most prestigious sporting events in the city's history.

College team news:

Oregon is the NCAA's team of the week.

What's going on with Kentucky?

Despite splitting games over the weekend, UCLA remains optimistic.

The University of Houston is reaching new heights.

Iowa State is struggling with shooting.

A more intense, focused Northwestern looks to step up in Big Ten play.

Improved defense has helped Nebraska win more.

Opportunities await Purdue.

Round table discussing Stanford.

Illinois has a long way to go.

MAC power rankings.

SEC power rankings: are the Lady Vols number one?

This week in the Pac-12.

The Mountain West Conference will realign the women's tournament dates to increase visibility, beginning next year.

WBCA DII top 25 rankings.

Just your typical 100-point blowout: Division II women's team wins 134-34.

College player news:

Baylor's Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox form an unstoppable post duo.

Around the Rim talks with quadruple-double master Shakyla Hill and Oregon's Kelly Graves and Sabrina Ionescu.

TCU senior Toree Thompson is "rapping" up her college career in style.

Utah guard Daneesha Provo's renewed confidence is carrying Utes to new heights.

West Virginia's Kristina King is happy to be back on the court.

DII all-stats starting five.

Carroll College players rescued a homeless woman stuck in the snow.

College coach news:

Coach Cam Newbauer is frustrated at Florida's 0-3 SEC start.

Today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule includes Big 12, Big Ten and Big East action.

WNBA news:

Sun coach Curt Miller is enjoying his offseason routine.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Slowing this party down for a moment

Emotional weekend of games and news. Maybe fortunately, there's not much to report today.

College team news:

Oregon State is having growing pains.

Pitt is poised for an upset.

Dartmouth has already surpassed last season's win total.

The Buckeyes are confident after their win at Michigan.

UConn has another milestone on the horizon.

College player news:

Houston's Jazmyne Harris is ESPNW's player of the week.

College coach news:

Will Dawn Staley be fined and what will the USC-Mizzou rematch bring?

South Carolina's men's basketball coach Staley handled her ejection with "unbelievable class" yesterday.

Related: Judge for yourself: dirty plays by Missouri against South Carolina or not?

Today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

High school news:

Blair Green is standing by Kentucky as her college choice, as interest in her increases.

AP top 25 poll revolutions

Wow. What changes in this week's AP top 25 poll. South Carolina drops like a stone, Arizona State rises like a kite. Villanova and Stanford out, and Rutgers and Green Bay in. Welcome back, Scarlet Knights. It's been a while.

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

Coach’s Chair: Brady Sallee, Ball State University

Q&A with Brady Sallee.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Upsets, and upsetting upset

Upsetting upset:

#15 Missouri took down #4 South Carolina, 73-84, in a controversial game. A'ja Wilson fouled out after 19 minutes of play, and coach Dawn Staley was ejected after receiving her second technical foul for not subbing for Wilson in the allotted time. Staley had issues with the officiating:

Staley said she texted Sally Bell, the SEC coordinator of women’s basketball officials, before the game to complain that two of the officials — Metta Roberts and Luis Gonzalez — worked last year’s game at Missouri, when she was also upset about the whistles.

Staley said she had to protect her players from name-calling by Missouri fans, for one, who allegedly referred to her and the team as "thugs."

The game was emotional.

Other upsets:

Syracuse upended #11 Florida State, 76-69.

USC came from 12 points behind at halftime to topple #16 Oregon State, 65-61.

#25 Arizona State upset #24 Stanford, 73-66.

Almost upset:

#10 Ohio State needed overtime to get past Michigan, 78-71.

#23 Cal nipped Arizona, 53-51.

Still undefeated:

Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Also:

#8 Texas 75, Kansas State 64

#19 Texas A&M 82, Auburn 73

Georgia 56, Kentucky 42. That's eight straight losses for the Wildcats.

North Carolina 68, Pitt 67

Marquette 92, Creighton 77

Utah 81, Washington State 79

Towson 67, William & Mary 66

Ole Miss 78, Florida 75 (2OT)

Nebraska 69, Northwestern 59

TCU 93, Texas Tech 72

Minnesota 83, Michigan State 77

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College coach news:

Missouri State assistant coach Jackie Stiles will undergo treatment for ocular melanoma. It was detected early, she said.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Pac-12 attendance average thus far

Pac-12 attendance average

Oregon State, 3872
Stanford, 3213
Oregon, 3033
California, 2459
UCLA, 2455
Arizona State, 2175
Washington, 1598
Arizona, 1521
Washington State, 1440
USC, 1396
Colorado, 1361
Utah, 1289

Statistics as of Jan. 4, 2018, courtesy of the Pac-12

Wins-losses inspire new questions, answer old ones

Upsets:

LSU tripped up #16 Missouri, 69-65.

Virginia downed NC State, 73-63.

Undefeateds:

#3 Louisville held off #17 Duke, 66-60. The Cardinals are 17-0.

#5 Mississippi State routed Arkansas, 11-69. The Bulldogs are 16-0.

#7 Tennessee pushed past Auburn, 70-59. The Lady Vols are 14-0.

More results:

#2 Notre Dame fended off Miami, 83-76.

#4 South Carolina dominated Mississippi, 88-62.

#10 Ohio State handled Minnesota, 91-75. (Gophers freshman Destiny Pitts had a career-high 28 points).

#13 Maryland took care of #18 Iowa, 80-64.

#19 Texas A&M gave Kentucky their seventh straight loss, 74-70.

All scores.

Old questions answered:

Iowa probably isn't quite ready to knock off Maryland.

Yep: Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee ARE that good. The Lady Vols can close out down the stretch now, when the going gets tough.

Destiny Pitts is one of the best freshmen in the country.

Yes, the SEC will be wild this year.

Northern Colorado appears to be for real.

New questions:

How long can Louisville, Tennessee, Mississippi State and UConn remain undefeated?

Notre Dame has been unbelievably cursed with injuries this year. How long will they be able to keep winning?

Minnesota has had a rough start in Big Ten play, after a stellar preconference showing. Will they pick it back up?

When will Kentucky stop the bleeding?

When will Detroit Mercy win a game?

Tomorrow's schedule includes Pac-12 play, so we're excited.

Senior CLASS Award nominees announced

The list:

Name Position School

Raigyne Louis Guard LSU
Ariel Atkins Guard University of Texas
Briana Betz-White Guard Loyola University Maryland
Lexie Brown Guard Duke University
Tyra Buss Guard Indiana University
Amanda Cahill Forward Indiana University
Emily Clemens Guard Western Illinois University
Kylie Giebelhausen Guard Southern Illinois
Rebecca Greenwell Guard Duke University
Delaney Hodgins Forward Eastern Washington University
Faith Ihim Forward Oral Roberts University
Kaylee Jensen Center Oklahoma State
Jackie Kemph Point Guard Saint Louis University
Jordan Korinek Forward Kent State
Grace Lennox Guard Eastern Illinois University
Sally McCabe Center Belmont University
Brooke McCarty Guard University of Texas
Brittany McPhee Guard Stanford
Sydni Means Guard Mercer
Kia Nurse Guard UConn
Michelle Nwokedi Forward University of Pennsylvania
Vionise Pierre-Louis Center University of Oklahoma
Tianna Tarter Guard East Tennessee State University
Ellie Thompson Forward South Dakota State
Rebekah VanDijk Center UT Arlington
Victoria Vivians Guard Mississippi State
Carlie Wagner Guard University of Minnesota
Kristy Wallace Guard Baylor University
Morgan William Guard Mississippi State
Gabby Williams Forward UConn

Good and bad news, mixed

College team news:

Seattle University seems primed to compete for the WAC title.

College player news:

It is as feared for Notre Dame point guard Lili Thompson: she's torn her ACL and is out for the season.

Tyra Buss is cementing her legacy at Indiana.

Kianna Ibis is blossoming into a leading scorer for Arizona State.

Michigan State's Lexi Gussert lends support to a grieving Upper Peninsula community.

How Oregon's Lexi Bando became a sharp-shooter.

College coach news:

Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne and Utah coach Lynne Roberts talk start of the season.

LMU coach Charity Elliott's contract has been extended through 2021.

High school news:

MaxPreps high school top 25 rankings. They are the best around, and they are what we will use from here on out.

Coach Samantha Prahalis was ejected in her return to her former high school, coaching the opponent.

College coaches are waiting on speedy Good Counsel star Chloe Chapman.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

More milestones

What a year for milestones in college hoops:

Grambling State guard Shakyla Hill grabbed a quadruple-double tonight: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. It's only the fourth quadruple-double in Division I history.

Tyra Buss became Indiana's all-time scoring leader in the Hoosier's win tonight.

Today's results:

Upset......Kansas State toppled #12 West Virginia, 60-52.

#8 Texas got past #20 Oklahoma State, 84-79.

Penn State slipped by Indiana, 77-74.

Rutgers buried Illinois, 76-37.

Michigan State blew out Northwestern, 81-51.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule includes some tasty matchups.

College team news:

Maryland has owned the Big Ten. Could Iowa knock them off?

Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings likes the current team's light mood.

South Carolina is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA on Te'a Cooper's hardship waiver.

Three questions for MTSU as conference play begins.

Previewing the Power 5 conferences.

Mid-American Conference power rankings.

College player news:

Missouri's Sophie Cunningham has a right knee sprain only.

The status of injured Notre Dame guard Lili Thompson is being kept quiet by the school. Uh oh.

Mallory McGwire accepts her new role as a reserve for Oregon.

Gabrielle Cooper attacks rebounds for Syracuse. Her teammate Desiree Elmore may not play.

NCAA starting five for the week.

Broadcast schedule for the next week:

Stacked.

WNBA news:

Overseas update.

Darius Taylor has returned to the bench to help coach the Atlanta Dream.

Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi are reportedly expecting a child.