Friday, February 22, 2019

Whoa, whoa, whoa

Upsets:

UCLA toppled No. 2 Oregon, 74-69. The Ducks were playing without Ruthy Hebard and the Bruins rallied from 22 behind.

Butler rallied to take down No. 11 Marquette, 61-57.

Cal upended No. 17 Arizona State, 69-60.

Almost-upsets:

No. 7 Stanford survived Arizona, 56-54.

No. 12 Oregon State held off USC, 68-61.

More results:

Georgetown 51, Seton Hall 43

Penn 79, Columbia 56

Princeton 68, Cornell 64

Colorado 72, Washington State 61

Utah 88, Washington 56

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

From ACC basement to NCAA Tournament hopeful: how Clemson was turned around so quickly.

Utah won tonight, but saw freshman standout Dre'Una Edwards injured.

No. 20 Iowa will need to play its best basketball to beat No. 1 Baylor.

College player news:

Destiny Slocum has proven to be a good fit at Oregon State.

On and off the court, Texas point guard Sug Sutton likes to take charge.

Emily Engstler's block parties add an extra dimension for Syracuse.

Utah's seniors have left an indelible mark on the program, and they want to end their years on a high note.

Vivian Gray is trying to lead Oklahoma State out of a tough stretch.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is hopeful Te'a Cooper can return Sunday after being injured in last night's game.

Rutgers senior forward Caitlin Jenkins has been dismissed from the team.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley is still searching for her team's signature win.

Kim Barnes Arico: from Mastic Beach to Michigan - an underdog's story.

UMBC coach Phil Stern has resigned.

Bonus:

Former WNBA president Lisa Borders resigned from her new job at Time's Up after her son was accused of sexual assault.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Another day of amazing storylines

Upsets:

Indiana stopped No. 10 Iowa, 75-73, on a last-second floater.

No. 16 Kentucky took down No. 13 South Carolina, 65-57.

Virginia Tech upended No. 14 Miami, 73-65.

Almost upset:

No. 8 Maryland escaped, 71-69 over Minnesota, on the back of Kaila Charles.

More results.....and some are QUITE interesting:

No. 5 Notre Dame 89, Duke 61

No. 6 Mississippi State 80, Ole Miss 66

No. 15 Gonzaga 74, Santa Clara 61

No. 21 Texas A&M 79, Tennessee 62

Ohio State 77, Michigan State 70

Michigan 86, Rutgers 76

Penn State 72, Purdue 61

Georgia 93, Arkansas 83

Georgia Tech 75, Clemson 53

North Carolina 93, Boston College 78

Nebraska 71, Northwestern 64

Pepperdine 96, Pacific 76

Loyola Marymount 69, Saint Mary's 56

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

Milestone:

Arike Ogunbowale passed Skylar Diggins as Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer.

College team news:

Oregon is preparing for senior weekend without Ruthy Hebard.

Arizona State closes the regular season facing for NCAA-caliber teams.

Oregon State's defense is taking shape with improved post presence.

South Dakota has won 11 straight.

It's gut check time for Michigan State after dropping their third straight.

College player news:

Bridget Carleton has exceeded expectations and now has a shot at Iowa State's all-time scoring record.

Utah's seniors are building for the future. And they want to end their home court careers on a high note.

UCLA guard Japreece Dean is hitting her stride.

UConn's Olivia Nelson-Ododa is earning playing time with "dirty work."

BYU is back on track after a slump, and Brenna Chase is a big reason why.

Maya Caldwell is cementing her place in Georgia's starting lineup.

Aarion McDonald's work ethic and quick learning curve lead Arizona's resurgence.

Oregon State's Katie McWilliams fulfilled her basketball dream by staying home.

Colorado's Kennedy Leonard and Alexis Robinson are set for their final home games.

Former Ute Emily Potter has become a health advocate.

Seven DII post players ready to make an impact in the postseason.

College coach news:

Two days after giving birth, Georgia coach Joni Taylor returned to the huddle tonight to coach her team. Pictures.

Kelly Graves podcast.

Adia Barnes has Arizona on the rise.

Q&A with UMES coach Fred Batchelor.

Purdue Fort Wayne coach Niecee Nelson has been cleared of wrongdoing.

WNBA news:

New owner Joe Tsai is providing resources to the Liberty, and Isiah Thomas is out.

Veteran Noelle Quinn has retired and joined the Seattle Storm's coaching staff.

Bonus:

How the NBA's Indiana Pacers became a top destination for hiring women.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Just try to take all this news in

Tourney time:

The NCAA has revealed Final Four details.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is packed with intensity

College team news:

Sunday's South Dakota-South Dakota State game is a must-see match up.

The top seeds are still up for grabs in the final two weeks of Pac-12 play.

Breaking down the postseason for the Pac-12's bubble teams.

A poor Mountain West is hurting Boise State's chances of an at-large Tourney bid.

Iowa looks to finish strong.

It's another feature on surging Rice. But you know who did the first one.

All eyes are on the Oregon schools right now.

Syracuse will set an attendance record this season.

UCLA is picking up speed as it races toward March.

Minnesota is back in the March Madness discussion.

Freshmen have been key contributors for Kent State.

Attendance rankings.

ESPNW's bi-weekly mid-major rankings.

College player news:

Arike Ogunbowale is closing in on Skylar Diggins' scoring record at Notre Dame.

Megan Gustafson is at the top of her game.

Oregon's Ruthy Hebard is questionable for Friday's game, though an MRI showed no structural damage to her knee from Monday's match up.

Three UConn starters are peaking at the right time.

Napheesa Collier has started 100 straight games for UConn.

Syracuse star Isis Young gave a surprise pep talk to a high school team.

Jill Townsend is bringing grit and hustle to Gonzaga.

Iowa State's Alexa Middleton is balancing fundamentals and flash.

Hannah Whitish looks to be more aggressive for Nebraska.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

Georgia coach Joni Taylor's display of strength in the hours leading up to the birth of her daughter.

Podcast with Oregon State's Scott Rueck.

First-year coach Melissa Jackson is infusing enthusiasm into Akron.

Hampton coach David Six had a stroke last year and came back to coach. Will receive the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award.

Why Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer did something he's never done in his coaching career.

High school news:

Maori Davenport's season ended with a stunning loss today in Alabama's regional.

Her lawsuit was dismissed shortly thereafter.

WNBA and international news:

The Liberty are excited for the upcoming season, with new owners.

The Wings have announced their coaching staff.

Senegal's Khady Camara hopes to go global.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The day after

Pretty quiet on the surface of the news front, but I mined and mined and got some great nuggets.........

College team news:

Miami is the NCAA's team of the week.

Could Oregon and Oregon State both play in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Portland?

Both teams have risen to elite status.

The Beaver's win over the Ducks last night has boosted their confidence.

The plot thickens for Oregon.

Baylor can clinch a share of their ninth straight Big 12 title tomorrow.

Iowa State is increasingly reliant on their starting five.

Streaking Miami Ohio wants more.

Drexel is eyeing a Tournament run after a big win.

Indiana is starving for a win.

College player news:

Naismith defensive POY semifinalists.

Arizona State's international players are thriving in the desert environment.

Caitlin Hose is seeing more minutes at Georgia.

Senior guard Adrianna Hahn hopes to lead Villanova to the Tournament.

Long-distance dialing is still the hallmark of Suzanne Gilreath's game for Wisconsin.

Q&A with Oklahoma freshman Nydia Lampkin.

Hawaii's leading scorer, Makenna Woodfolk, is pregnant and will step away from the game.

College coach news:

Georgia coach Joni Taylor gave birth to a girl this morning, not 12 hours after coaching a game.

This Saturday's cancer walk will have special meaning for Louisiana coach Garry Brodhead, whose wife died of breast cancer.

Bracketology:

The latest.

Today's results.

Tomorrow's game schedule.

Bonus:

Five of the most surprising Tourney runs in NCAA history.

Pioneering Vanderbilt administrator June Stewart has passed away.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Big Monday

Still breathing? I am, finally. But I aged 212 years during the Oregon-Oregon State game that ended a short time ago.

Upset:

No. 9 Oregon State held off No. 2 Oregon, 67-62.

More results:

No. 5 Notre Dame used a strong late run to run past No. 9 NC State, 95-72.

No. 23 Rutgers 69, Indiana 61.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Gonzaga is on track for an historic finish.

Before the sellouts, Oregon struggled for legitimacy.

Why Louisville women's hoops still loses money despite their winning record.

College player news:

Player of the year candidate Sabrina Ionescu is much more than a triple-double queen.

Oregon senior Oti Gildon is leading a path on and off the court.

Clemson's fantastic four are leading them toward a postseason run.

Bridget Carleton is inching closer to becoming Iowa State's all-time leading scorer.

After tearing her ACL last January, Maryland's Blair Watson worked hard to return this year.

WNBA news:

Liz Cambage is up and running, but her future in the WNBA is uncertain.

Could Tamika Catchings be the first female GM?

Top 25 polls

WomensHoopsWorld top 25:

1. Oregon
2. Baylor
3. UConn
4. Louisville
5. Mississippi State
6. Notre Dame
7. Maryland
8. Iowa
9. South Carolina
10. Marquette
11. Stanford
12. Arizona State
13. Oregon State
14. North Carolina State
15. Miami (FL)
16. Gonzaga
17. South Dakota
18. Iowa State
19. Kentucky
20. Syracuse
21. Texas
22. Florida State
23. Missouri
24. Drake
25. BYU

AP's top 25:

1. Baylor
2. Oregon
3. Connecticut
4. Louisville
5. Notre Dame
6. Mississippi State
7. Stanford
8. Maryland
9. North Carolina State
10. Iowa
11. Marquettte
12. Oregon State
13. South Carolina
14. Miami
15. Gonzaga
16. Kentucky
17. Arizona State
18. Syracuse
19. Texas
20. Iowa State
21. Texas A&M
22. Florida State
23. South Dakota
24. Drake
25. Rice

Friday, February 15, 2019

Big games poppin'

Upset:

St. John's rallied to stun No. 8 Marquette, 81-74.

Big showdown:

No. 3 Oregon surged past No. 9 Oregon State, 77-68.

The Ducks sold out the arena for this one - more than 12,000 fans, and a hefty student section.

More results:

No. 10 Stanford 65, UCLA 51

No. 19 Arizona State 66, Colorado 49

Arizona 66, Utah 55

USC 86, Cal 76

Penn 60, Dartmouth 44

Youngstown State 70, Green Bay 59

DePaul 94, Seton Hall 85

Pepperdine 73, Loyola Marymount 55

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Postseason prospects for SEC teams are on shaky ground.

Oregon and Oregon State are raising the bar.

Purdue players share their cancer stories.

Michigan continues to climb in Big Ten standings with their fifth straight win.

West Virginia looks to solidify their NCAA Tournament status against TCU.

Where Georgia's Tournament chances stand after their sixth SEC loss.

For Indiana, the struggle is real.

Toughness could be Maryland Eastern Shore's ticket to its first NCAA Tournament.

College player news:

Diving into Megan Gustafson's pro player outlook.

How Taiye Bello became Minnesota's rebounding machine.

Standout Tiana Magankahia is finding her balance at Syracuse.

Touted Maryland freshman Skakira Austin is living up to expectations.

College coach news:

Maryland's Brenda Frese said this year's Iowa team is the best one from that program she has faced yet.

Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame election:

Theresa Weatherspoon, Barbara Stevens and Leta Andrews are finalists.

WNBA news:

Sue Bird has taken her eye for talent to the NBA's Denver Nuggets.

Briann January Q&A.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

They all fall down, yet again

Upsets galore:

Missouri took down No. 5 Mississippi State, 75-67.

Clemson upended No. 21 Florida State, 73-68.

Ohio State dominated No. 23 Rutgers, 59-39.

Wisconsin upset No. 24 Michigan State, 79-62.

Pitt shocked North Carolina, 91-78

Good grief!

More results:

No. 7 Maryland 89, Nebraska 63

No. 11 South Carolina 65, Georgia 57

Minnesota 65, Purdue 45

Michigan 67, Indiana 58

Virginia Tech 64, Duke 57

Tennessee 73, Auburn 62

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Oregon hopes to wrestle away supremacy against Oregon State in this weekend's Civil War.

The NCAA has granted South Carolina a waiver to host the NCAA Tournament.

Will the Washington game cancellation hurt No. 19 Arizona State?

College player news:

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is destroying defenses to lead the country in scoring.

Tonight Gustafson became the Big Ten's all-time double-doubles leader.

Lamar's Chastadie Barrs moved up to second all-time in steals in the NCAA last night.

Destiny Slocum is making big plays for Oregon State.

Washington's Jenna Moser will make one last stop in her former stomping grounds Friday.

Paisley Johnson is adding play and personality to BYU.

Katrina McClain Award watch list narrows.

College coach news:

From Gibraltar to Geno Auriemma: how a coaching board made it into his hands.

Wes Moore put Chattanooga on the map.

High school news:

One high school player and her mother are on quite a ride.

Bonus:

Sheryl Swoopes still gets choked up thinking about her Nike moment.

Jennifer Azzi is growing the game all over the world.