Saturday, February 22, 2020

Some clinching

Today's results:

No. 2 Baylor smashed Oklahoma, 101-69, for their 55th Big 12 win.

No. 6 UConn downed UCF, 66-53, for their seventh straight AAC title.

No. 18 Northwestern put the hammer down on Wisconsin, 82-66.

No. 24 Indiana got past Minnesota, 75-69, behind 29 points from Ali Patberg.

Rutgers edged Ohio State, 59-57, behind Arella Guirantes' career-high 36 points.

Kansas State rallied to top Texas, 60-54.

South Dakota's 77-67 win over South Dakota State makes them Summit League champs.

Buffalo snapped a six-game losing streak with a 62-56 win over Bowling Green.

Nebraska shot past Illinois, 80-58.

Central Michigan got past Illinois, 70-66, to clinch a share of the MAC title.

Dayton's 15-game winning streak ended as they fell to Fordham, 50-38.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

South Carolina doesn't want to share the SEC title - they want it all.

A postseason outlook for Louisville as they head into the Tournament.

How Duke bulldozed its way into the NCAA Tournament picture.

Montana State earned a share of the Big Sky regular-season title with their win over Montana.

South Dakota State hit five straight half-court shots in practice Thursday, and it went viral.

The toughest challenges remaining for DII's undefeated teams.

College player news:

Sabrina Ionescu is set to become the NCAA's first 2K/1K/1K player.

Erica Ogwumike reached 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds in Rice's win over UAB.

Dawn Staley didn't think this record would be broken, but Aliyah Boston did it with games to spare.

Quinessa Caylao-Do leaves a legacy of hard work and leadership at Colorado.

Seniors Kyla Irwin and Molly Bent will leave UConn with a different kind of legacy.

Bent is thankful for her time with the Huskies.

WNBA news:

Sky post Stefanie Dolson is up for a new challenge with USA 3X3 basketball.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Close, but no upset

Today's results:

No. 1 Oregon routed Cal, 93-61, behind Sabrina Ionescu's 25th triple-double.

No. 4 Stanford staved off No. 15 Oregon State, 63-60.

No. 8 UCLA rallied to defeat Washington State, 70-62, behind a career-high 32 points from Charisma Osborne.

No. 11 Arizona downed Utah, 85-69, behind 31 points from Sam Thomas.

No. 21 Arizona State rallied to beat Colorado, 65-59.

No. 25 Princeton won their 16th straight, 66-45 over Harvard.

Butler stopped Creighton, 76-61.

Villanova prevailed over Marquette, 61-47.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Oregon is more than their big three.

What the Ducks will look like next year without the three.

UCLA embarks on their final road trip needing to set a tone earlier in games.

What must Kentucky do to compete with top dogs South Carolina?

Tennessee's slump jeopardizes their NCAA Tournament streak.

Generating offense is the focus for Minnesota, as they ready to face Indiana.

LSU is playing for SEC seeding.

Oklahoma wants to upset No. 2 Baylor tomorrow.

Defense has been UConn's calling card.

College player news:

Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia embraces her calling after her battle with breast cancer.

Satou Sabally is excited to start her professional career.

Cate Reese is stepping up for Arizona, and people are noticing.

Despite a coaching change, these athletes remained true to Nebraska, and now it's their senior day.

Butler's Upe Atosu will keep playing for her mom.

Evelyn Adebayo has soaked up her first and final season with UConn.

College coach news:

South Dakota is chasing history under coach Dawn Plitzuweit.

Iowa State is surprising everyone, including coach Bill Fennelly.

Anita Howard has designs in building Georgia Southern into a winner.

WNBA news:

The Sparks traded Marina Mabrey to Dallas in exchange for a 2021 second-round draft pick.

Agony and amazement as Seimone Augustus departs the Lynx.

Courtney Williams isn't with the Sun anymore because she didn't want to be.

International news:

A glittering Australian legacy guides teen point guard Shya Heal.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Plots thicken

Upsets:

Charlotte took down C-USA leader ODU, 63-59.

Missouri rose to defeat Vanderbilt, 78-66.

Almost-upsets:

No. 9 Mississippi State staved off Auburn in OT, 92-85, behind freshman Rickea Jackson's 34 points.

No. 10 NC State needed a jumper to top Miami, 50-48.

More results:

No. 1 South Carolina won their 20th game, 63-48 over LSU.

No. 5 Louisville took a step closer to the ACC title with a 58-47 win over Georgia Tech.

No. 13 Gonzaga claimed the WCC regular-season title with a 75-47 rout of LMU.

No. 16 Texas A&M ran past Georgia, 64-47.

No. 22 Arkansas downed Tennessee, 83-75.

Michigan State edged Purdue, 65-63.

Duke stopped Virginia, 62-47.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Can the SEC topple the Pac-12 as the best conference? Kentucky holds the key.

Oregon State will continue to fight through adversity.

No. 20 South Dakota State clinched at least a share of the Summit League title with tonight's win.

No. 24 Indiana prepares for a visit to Minnesota Saturday.

It's not pretty, but Syracuse keeps building momentum.

Ball State's success goes beyond the court.

College player news:

Satou Sabally announced she'll forego her senior year at Oregon to enter the WNBA draft.

Sabrina Ionescu wants to win the whole damned thing.

Rider guard Stella Johnson scored her 2,000th career point tonight.

Mikayla Pivec diary.

How Peyton Williams made her mark at Kansas State.

ASU guard Jamie Loera made a surprise trip to her sister Jessie's senior day.

CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams.

Final Four news:

The 2021 logo has been unveiled.

WNBA:

The Sparks signed Seimone Augustus, and the Lynx wish she wasn't leaving.

Meet the Mabreys.

Allison Feaster is excelling as player development director for the Celtics.

International news:

A less confrontational Liz Cambage could be the best player ever.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Much movement

Today's results:

Ohio State won their sixth straight, 65-52 over Nebraska.

TCU came from behind to nip Kansas State, 54-52.

No. 6 UConn 74, Tulane 31

No. 7 Maryland 85, Wisconsin 56....it's the 12th consecutive win for the Terps

No. 18 Northwestern 82, Rutgers 65

Michigan 80, Illinois 59

UCF 56, South Florida 48

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Oregon's trip to Stanford this weekend might yield a better Tournament seeding.

Indiana: there's still hope.

Iowa State is coming together at the right time, despite their loss to TCU.

How Duke has turned it around.

Will the new ACC math help Syracuse in their Tournament push?

College player news:

Sabrina Ionescu podcast.

Taylor Chavez's foot injury isn't long-term for Oregon.

Stanford's Kiana Williams is taking care of business.

Marisa Warren has lofty goals at DePaul.

Crystal Dangerfield is ready to carry UConn, because who else will? This is very very similar to what our UConn reporter wrote the other day.

Husky Batouly Camara has a healthy attitude.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

What Vic Schaefer learned from Mississippi State's loss to Kentucky.

Former Virginia coach Barbara Kelly has died.

WNBA news:

The Dream, Mercury and Sun completed a three-team trade: Courtney Williams to Atlanta, Jessica Breland and Nia Coffey to Phoenix, and draft picks to both Connecticut and the Dream.

Allie Quigley has signed a multi-year deal with the Sky.

Commissioner Cathy Engelbert aims to change the way corporate sponsors look at women's sports.

Aces GM Dan Pandover talks about the wild week of free agency.

Dream coach Nicki Collen discusses the organization's free agency moves.

Q&A with Sue Bird.

Watch lists

Naismith coach of the year candidates:

Adia Barnes Arizona Pac-12
Cori Close UCLA Pac-12
Dawn Plitzuweit South Dakota Summit League
Dawn Staley South Carolina SEC
Doug Bruno DePaul BIG EAST
Geno Auriemma UConn AAC
Jeff Walz Louisville ACC
Joe McKeown Northwestern Big Ten
Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12
Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12
Lisa Bluder Iowa Big Ten
Lisa Fortier Gonzaga WCC
Scott Rueck Oregon State Pac-12
Tara Vanderveer Stanford Pac-12
Wes Moore North Carolina State ACC

The Wade Watch midseason list is stacked.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Not so fast......no takedowns today

Today's results:

No. 1 South Carolina blew out Vanderbilt, 95-44, for their 19th consecutive victory.

No. 8 UCLA outlasted No. 15 Oregon State in overtime, 83-74.

Michigan State topped Minnesota, 66-54.

FGCU clinched their tenth regular-season ASUN title with an 89-64 win over Kennesaw State.

Texas stopped West Virginia, 50-44.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Princeton finished the first half of Ivy League play undefeated.

How Texas gets pumped up.

LSU is still on solid ground for an NCAA bid.

Notre Dame is likely home for the postseason.

College player news:

Coastal Carolina's DJ Williams had a heck of a week.

Taylor Robertson broke Oklahoma's single-season three-point record.

Stephanie Jones is "Miss Consistency" for Maryland, which relies on her steadiness.

DePaul's celebrated senior duo enters the final stretch of their college careers.

Colorado sophomore Aubrey Knight keeps battling in the face of adversity.

Katlyn Gilbert is emerging for Notre Dame.

Annoying ailments behind her, Julia Ayrault is making a difference for Michigan State.

Savitha Jayaraman affects Ohio State off the court.

Seven players who can affect the race to the Final Four.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves blasted USC fans for calling Minyon Moore a traitor yesterday.

West Virginia coach Mike Carey had words for fans.

WNBA news:

The Mystics re-signed Emma Meesseman.

The Sky re-signed Stefanie Dolson.

The Mercury re-signed Yvonne Turner.

USA Basketball news:

The Olympic 3X3 teams have been named.

Some rising and some dropping in this week's AP top 25 poll

NC State and Mississippi State drop like stones; Stanford, Louisville and Kentucky rise; Tennessee out and Princeton into this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Baylor
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Louisville
6. UConn
7. Maryland
8. UCLA
9. Mississippi State
10. NC State
11. Arizona
12. DePaul
13. Gonzaga
14. Kentucky
15. Oregon State
16. Texas A&M
17. Florida State
18. Northwestern
19. Iowa
20. South Dakota
21. Arizona State
22. Arkansas
23. Missouri State
24. Indiana
25. Princeton

This is the first time UConn has been out of the top five since February, 2007. And they shouldn't even be ranked in the top 10.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Another scorcher

Upsets:

Georgia Tech stunned No. 4 NC State, 65-61.

Duke knocked off No. 14 Florida State, 66-64.

No. 18 Kentucky toppled No. 6 Mississippi State, 73-62, behind 26 points from Rhyne Howard.

Ohio State took down No. 20 Indiana, 80-76.

Close ones:

No. 8 Stanford needed a 40-foot buzzer-beater from Kiana Williams to pull out a 69-66 win over Colorado.

No. 16 Texas A&M held off No. 25 Tennessee, 73-71.

No. 19 Northwestern rallied past Nebraska, 60-56.

No. 22 Arizona State got by Washington, 72-68.

More results:

No. 3 Oregon handled USC, 93-67.

No. 9 Louisville routed Notre Dame, 82-49, to take sole possession of first in the ACC.

TCU stopped Iowa State, 82-72.

Boston College dominated North Carolina, 93-75, for their eighth ACC win.

Kansas State prevailed over Oklahoma in OT, 87-85.

Georgia edged Alabama, 76-75.

Syracuse ran away from Pitt, 71-53, for their fourth straight dub.

Rutgers throttled Michigan, 62-41.

Fresno State ousted San Jose State, 78-76, to capture a share of the Mountain West title.

No. 10 Maryland pounded Penn State, 106-69.

Auburn held off LSU, 65-60.

Cal downed Utah, 88-74.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

South Carolina, Baylor and Oregon are competing for No. 1 in the NCAA's power rankings.

Missouri still has plenty to play for.

Is Duke back in the NCAA Tournament conversation?

Oklahoma State is looking to take the next step that Ana Llanusa is back.

College player news:

Reili Richardson became Arizona State's all-time assists leader today.

Isabelle Bourne is a freshman to be excited about for Nebraska.

Notre Dame's Katlyn Gilbert is growing with a heavy load.

College coach news:

Adia Barnes' agenda is ahead of schedule at Arizona.

WNBA news:

The Dream have signed Shekinna Stricklen.

The Aces have signed Danielle Robinson.

USA Basketball news:

The U.S. dominates Olympic basketball, but what about the 3X3?

Saturday, February 15, 2020