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.