Thursday, February 22, 2018

The usual assortment of surprises

Upset:

Michigan stopped #13 Maryland, 71-65. It's the first three-game losing streak for the Terps since the 2013-2014 season.

With their win tonight, Michigan has sealed an NCAA Tournament bid.

More results:

#2 Mississippi State 82, Auburn 61. The Bulldogs are 29-0.

#4 Louisville 51, Virginia 39.

#7 South Carolina 57, #24 LSU 48.

#10 UCLA 73, Colorado 67.

#15 Tennessee 70, Florida 42.

#19 Georgia 49, Alabama 43 (OT).

#21 NC State 77, Pitt 66.

Syracuse 86, North Carolina 80.

Nebraska 59, Penn State 51.

USC 53, Utah 52 (OT).

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Georgia is on the doorstep of greatness.

Oregon hopes for a breakout performance against Arizona State.

UCLA approaches Senior Day.

College player news:

Pac-12 super seniors.

In the twilight of her college areer, Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen isn't ready to look back.

A'ja Wilson has transformed the Gamecocks.

Nathy Dambo and Shay Colley bring international flavor to Michigan State.

Colorado State's seniors rose up the depth chart together.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley has filed a lawsuit against Missouri AD Jim Sterk for his slanderous comments last month. And one of our tweets is named in the suit.

Another version of this story.

A discrimination lawsuit against Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk has been dismissed.

The ties between Oregon guard Justine Hall and coach Kelly Graves date back to Hall's childhood.

Delaware State has fired coach Barbara Burgess.

WNBA news:

WNBA greats reflect on greats Tina Thompson and Katie Smith.

Bill Laimbeer and the Aces are setting the stage for a Las Vegas debut.

WNBA transactions:

February 22, 2018

Chicago Ndour, Astou Contract Signed
New York Alleyne, Jillian Contract Signed

February 21, 2018

Los Angeles Jackson, Tiffany Contract Signed

February 20, 2018

Chicago Bulgak, Adut Contract Signed
Chicago Montgomery, Alex Contract Signed
New York Faris, Kelly Contract Signed
New York Ibekwe, Ify Contract Signed

February 16, 2018

Chicago Faulkner, Jamierra Contract Signed

USA Basketball news:

The National Team will play an exhibition game in Seattle April 26.

High school news:

Superstar Azzi Fudd's jump shot is an exact replica of her mom's.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More clinching and big wins

Upset:

Kansas took down #25 Oklahoma State, 66-59.

More results:

Iowa charged past Rutgers in OT, 77-67.

American clinched the regular-season Patriot League title with a 72-57 win over Holy Cross.

South Dakota grabbed the Summit League title with an 80-75 come-from-behind win over South Dakota State.

#14 Ohio State thrashed Northwestern, 88-54.

#18 South Florida handled Houston, 81-65.

Oklahoma stopped Iowa State, 80-71.

All scores.

A bit of many conferences on tap tomorrow.

College team news:

The #15 Lady Vols are looking to end their slide before the postseason.

Maryland hopes to end their unusual two-game losing streak at Michigan.

Can UCF make the NCAA Tournament?

Alabama is trying to snap the SEC's longest tourney drought.

College player news:

Jordin Canada talks about growing into a leadership role.

A dad and his daughter: How Katelynn Flaherty became the face of Michigan basketball.

Jordan Frericks tore her ACL, and Missouri is better because of it.

In a career full of adversity, Branndais Agee has a strong home finale for Michigan State.

Does Kelsey Mitchell have a chance to set the NCAA all-time scoring record?

‘I’m just a bucket of tears’: A’ja Wilson is ready for a bittersweet Senior Night.

Stanford's Brittany McPhee has resurrected Stanford.

Tyra Buss has dreamed big at Indiana.

Syracuse's backcourt, Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond, are the best of friends.

The SEC community service team.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Mid-major rankings:

The rankings change once again.

Statistics:

How former NBA official Aaron Barzilai is bringing analytics to college basketball.

WNBA news:

Podcast with Liberty coach Katie Smith.

Werner Ladder Naismith women’s college coach of the year semifinalists

I have never seen a list of candidates that I agreed with more:

NAME SCHOOL CONFERENCE

Karen Aston Texas Big 12
Geno Auriemma UCONN AAC
Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame ACC
Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12
Robin Pingeton Missouri SEC
Vic Schaefer Mississippi State SEC
Joni Taylor Georgia SEC
Jeff Walz Louisville ACC
Amy Williams Nebraska Big Ten

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Stories back on flow

Upset:

Indiana beat Minnesota, 82-70. The Gophers shot only 2-22 from three-point range.

More results:

West Virginia outlasted Kansas State, 75-66.

All scores.

Games in many conferences tomorrow.

College team news:

The NCAA Tournament is almost here. Is Louisville still a #1 seed?

Texas A&M has a lot of work to do if they want to be home for the start of the NCAA Tournament.

A writer reflects on four years of Oregon's growth after last night's big game.

The Ducks are back in control of the Pac-12.

The best Missouri team in years could be blocked from playing in Kansas City.

South Carolina is a #1 seed in a brutal region.

Ohio State hopes to finish their home season strong against Northwestern.

Marquette will probably end the season with no Associated Press poll votes.

Alabama is still a contender.

For Florida, the objective all year has been to stick to the plan.

The Pac-12 regular-season champion will be determined this week.

Minnesota is the NCAA's team of the week.

College player news:

Utah senior center Emily Potter details her battle with depression.

Podcast: Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham on goals, haters and being a role model.

The younger brother of Purdue's Ae’Rianna Harris plays drums with the pep band.

Iowa awarded walk-on Zion Sanders with a scholarship.

The Hawkeyes are also kicking off a campaign promoting Megan Gustafson for postseason awards.

Duke senior Erin Mathias designed coach Joanne McCallie's outfit for the Play4Kay game.

How Oregon freshman Satou Sabally turns her uncanny abilities into big-time producation.

Desiree Elmore is redshirting for Syracuse.

College coach news:

Stanford's Tara VanDerveer is the recipient of this year's Carol Eckman Award for integrity in coaching.

Air Force coach Chris Gobrecht is unmoved by a milestone her team could achieve with a sweep.

WNBA news:

This season's national TV schedule.

Brandi Poole is a new assistant coach for the Connecticut Sun.

High school news:

Her sister made it from Tacoma to the WNBA, and that opened a new world for Kondalia Montgomery.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Big Monday triple-header........almost killed fans

Big Monday was poppin:

First, Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell led #20 Duke past #9 Florida State, 79-66.

Then #3 Baylor clinched the Big 12 regular-season crown with a 93-87 win over #6 Texas.

And THEN......#8 Oregon outlasted #10 UCLA in dramatic fashion in OT, 101-94.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Mississippi State: this is your year to go all the way.

The Gophers are surging at the right time.

Ashland University's winning streak is up to 63.

College player news:

Why does A'ja Wilson keep playing in the fourth quarter of blowouts?

Brittany Smith's journey to North Texas translates to leadership for the team.

College coach news:

Green Bay has extended the contract of coach Kevin Borseth through 2024-2025.

WNBA news:

Meet rookie Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen, who is married to the game.

NCAA's final top 16 reveal is revealing

The NCAA had their last mock top 16 seed reveal 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. Notre Dame (No. 1 seed – Spokane Region)
5. Baylor
6. Oregon
7. South Carolina
8. Texas
9. Florida State
10. UCLA
11. Missouri
12. Tennessee
13. Ohio State
14. Maryland
15. Georgia
16. Stanford

*Rankings based on games played through Sunday, February 18.

Regional Assignments

Albany:

1. UConn

2. South Carolina

3. Florida State

4. Stanford

Kansas City:

1. Mississippi State

2. Texas

3. UCLA

4. Maryland

Lexington:

1. Louisville

2. Baylor

3. Tennessee

4. Ohio State

Spokane:

1. Notre Dame

2. Oregon

3. Missouri

4. Georgia

Movement, but no surprises, in this week's AP top 25 poll

Given this week's game results, today's AP top 25 poll rankings are no surprise:

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

LSU in for the first time in four years; Michigan out.

Oregon State investigating racial slur allegations

Story.

Big Monday

The Oregon-UCLA game tonight has NCAA implications.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The races to the finish continue

Some regular-season clinches:

#2 Mississippi State grabbed their first regular-season SEC title with a 76-55 win over #17 Texas A&M. The Bulldogs are 28-0.

Quinnipiac clinched the MAAC title with an 80-74 2OT win over Marist.

Upsets:

Minnesota pounded #10 Maryland, 93-74.

#13 Missouri nipped #11 Tennessee, 77-73, in front of a record crowd of 11,092 fans.

More results:

Dayton downed Fordham to clinch a share of the A-10 title.

Virginia fell to Miami and missed a chance to bolster their NCAA tourney hopes.

South Florida stopped UCF in OT, 77-68.

LSU edged Arkansas, 62-57.

DePaul tripped up Villanova, 71-66.

All scores.

Big Monday tomorrow features #3 Baylor at #6 Texas and #7 UCLA at #9 Oregon.

Ugliness:

#15 Oregon State held off USC, 69-63.

But afterwards, Trojan guard Minyon Moore said Beaver fans shouted racial slurs at her and her teammates.

College team news:

Oregon will have a little March Madness in February against the UCLA Bruins.

After their win over Tennessee, Missouri is a step closer to hosting the NCAA Tournament.

The Terrapins have lost two straight.

College player news:

Asia Durr was injured in Louisville's win over North Carolina today.

Kelsey Mitchell's legacy was set even before Ohio State's win over Purdue today.

It all comes down to tomorrow night, aka Big Monday and Senior Day, for Oregon's Lexi Bando.

Arizona's JaLea Bennett is doing it all as a senior.

Pressure is a privilege: Lehigh senior guard Quinci Mann parallels mother’s success.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson had 25 points in 26 minutes in the Hawkeyes' win over Wisconsin today.