Sunday, December 31, 2017

WNBA combines at the Final Four, explained

As we round the corner into the New Year, the Final Four looms, and with it will come WNBA combine opportunities for eligible athletes.

Although the various combines that take place during the Final Four are well-attended by WNBA coaches and general managers, they are not allowed to refer to their event as "a" or "the" WNBA combine. Despite this, the Pac-12’s Compliance Corner published a piece March 28, 2017, and referenced “The Women’s National Basketball Association ProHoops Combine,” as well as “WNBA/ProHoops Combine Expenses” in an effort to spread the news about the NCAA Division I proposal No. 2016-106, regarding the Student Assistance Fund (SAF). (

The good thing about this story is the news that the SAF can be used to assist a student-athlete who has recently exhausted eligibility as they pursue a professional athletics tryout. Back when the WNBA actually hosted a combine, all expenses were covered by the league. The bad thing about the Pac-12 piece is the misleading reference of ProHoops as the Women’s National Basketball Association Combine. Although this particular combine is run by two former WNBA coaches, it is not a league-endorsed combine, as that no longer exists.

And then there were three

Currently there are three organizations hosting pro combines during the 2018 NCAA Final Four, with promises to provide participants with the “best” opportunity to either prepare for the WNBA Draft, or to showcase their talents in front of WNBA staff, International teams and agents for consideration in training camp invitations and overseas play. Formerly there were four organizations, but apparently the Overseas Basketball Combine ( has moved their event to July, 2018.

2018 Final Four combines, explained

Merit Pro Combine will host their 21st annual Women’s Pro Combine and Free Agent Camp on Sunday, April 1 at the Columbus Africentric Early College. They have discounted hotel rooms for participants at the Columbus Airport Marriott. This is one of the combines I have personally attended, and I have always been impressed with the professionalism of their staff, their choice of facilities and their hospitality room. Most of the WNBA coaches tell me they skip or eat a light breakfast because they know there will be plenty of good food for them and the players here. What really separates this combine from the others is the complimentary informational dinner they host the day before the event. Players are treated to a meal while listening to the likes of LaChina Robinson, Pokey Chatman, Michael Cooper, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Rushia Brown, Helen Darling, Shyra Ely-Gash, Janell Burse, Alicia Thompson, Chantelle Anderson, Ashley Robinson, Sheri Sam and Michael G. Horsey, CPA, who have all spoken in the past about what it takes to play professionally. (

ProHoops Combine's event will be Saturday, March 31 at Hilliard Bradley High School near Columbus, Ohio. Their host hotel is to be determined. This combine, on year eight, is run by Linda Hargrove, Jessie Kenlaw and Crystal Robinson. Hargrove spent 11 years as a head coach, general manager and/or consultant in the WNBA. Kenlaw was an assistant coach in the WNBA for nine years, and served as an interim head coach for half a season. Robinson had a long professional ABL and WNBA career, where she was an All-Star and the best three-point shooter in the league. They have an event the day before their combine in which participants can be involved with a panel of former players and current WNBA players. They do provide boxed lunches for participants and coaches. (

Insider Exposure will host their fourth annual combine Friday, March 30. The location, as well as the host hotel, is to be determined. AAU master John McGraw runs this camp. Registered participants received a letter requesting them to bring their own basketball to the combine, as well as a valid ID, which will be held but returned to them at the conclusion of the event, as long as their jersey is returned. There’s been no mention of food or drinks being provided for participants or coaches.


So what does it cost to showcase ones talent?

Insider Exposure - $100.00 USD before March 30, 2018

$200.00 USD after March 30, 2018

Merit Pro Combine - $190.00 USD before February 15, 2018

$200.00 USD after February 15, 2018

ProHoops Combine - $225.00 USD before March 9, 2018

$250.00 USD after March 9, 2018

Hopefully, college coaches and players take adequate time to research the combines and make the right choice this spring.

Ionescu breaks NCAA triple-double record; more surprising scores


Miami toppled #14 Duke, 51-48.

#23 Iowa upended #21 Michigan, 82-72.

Virginia got past Syracuse, 68-63.

Nebraska outdid Minnesota, 79-74.

Almost upset:

A'ja Wilson willed #4 South Carolina in a comeback win over #22 Texas A&M, 61-59.

#15 Maryland held off Penn State, 69-65.

More results:

#3 Louisville closed out NC State, 55-47.

#5 Mississippi State handled Georgia, 86-62.

#7 Tennessee took care of Kentucky, 63-49.

#8 Texas handed #9 West Virginia their first loss, 79-58.

#9 Oregon stopped Washington, 94-83.

#11 UCLA pounded #20 Cal, 82-46.

#16 Missouri held off Alabama, 62-56. But Sophie Cunningham sustained a knee injury in the fourth quarter and had to leave the game.

#24 Oklahoma State seems to be "back." They defeated Kansas State, 76-68, to go 11-2.

Rutgers edged Michigan State, 61-58.

Arizona State squeaked by Utah, 83-81.

Arkansas survived Ole Miss, 73-72.

Wisconsin came close to reaching the program's scoring futility mark in their 57-35 loss to Purdue.

Oklahoma snapped a two-game losing streak with a 74-69 win over Iowa State.

Stanford outlasted USC, 72-65.

Auburn overcame a slow start to rout Florida, 84-55.

Reigning DIII champs Amherst College remain undefeated this season.

All scores.

Only six games tomorrow.


Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu notched her eighth career triple-double, and broke the NCAA record.

Duck coach Kelly Graves collected his 500th career win in the process.

College team news:

There's a lot to like about the Oregon Ducks.

Brittany McPhee breaks down Stanford's depth after her return from injury.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Aaaaand we're off!!!!!!


Creighton upended #18 Villanova, 69-54.

More results:

#2 Notre Dame 87, Syracuse 72

#3 Louisville 74, Georgia Tech 71 With tonight's win, Louisville ties the program record for best season start.

#5 Mississippi State 112, Mississippi Valley State 36. Teaira McCowan had a career-high 41 points for the Bulldogs.

#8 Texas 88, Oklahoma 78.

#9 West Virginia 87, TCU 82.

#12 Ohio State 73, Nebraska 61.

#19 Green Bay 58, Wright State 51.

# 23 Iowa topped Wisconsin, 56-46.

#24 Oklahoma State destroyed Texas Tech, 98-57.

Middle Tennessee came back to defeat Kentucky, 62-57.

Rutgers outlasted Purdue, 58-50.

Iowa State edged Kansas in OT, 71-69.

Marquette squeaked by St. John's in OT, 74-72.

NC State 68, Virginia Tech 51.

DII Southern Connecticut downed DI Rhode Island, 62-57.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule. Pac-12 play opens (!!!!)

College team news:

Ohio State's quest for another Big Ten title begins.

Nebraska's mentality entering Big Ten play is much different from last year.

Oregon State is aiming for a fourth straight Pac-12 regular season title.

Oregon enters Pac-12 play healthy and ready to go.

Iowa State has added an Australian post player.

Washington will get a big challenge in their opener tomorrow at Oregon State.

College player news:

After a tough upbringing, Louisville's Sam Fuehring plays with unapologetic emotion.

Gileysa Penzo brings heart and hustle to Oklahoma's starting lineup.

Confident Devin Cosper is enjoying her last run at Arkansas.

Mikayla Pivec has matured in her second year with #17 Oregon State.

College coach news:

Sheryl Swoopes will assume on-court coaching duties in the wake of Melanie Balcomb's resignation at Texas Tech.

For USC coach Mark Trakh and senior center Kristen Simon, the future is this season.

Despite their up-and-down start, Arizona coach Adia Barnes is optimistic as the team begins conference play.

Coach Kelly Graves said Oregon will learn from their mistakes in self-reported NCAA violations.

Coach Jeff Judkins is confident BYU can rise above the WCC competition.

New Jersey City University has suspended head coach Robyn Burton and her entire staff for the rest of the 2017-18 season following two brawls between her team and an opposing team from York (N.Y.) earlier this month.

ESPN's bi-weekly mid-major rankings:

The list: 1. Green Bay 2. Ball State 3. South Dakota State 4. FGCU 5. Rice 6. Wright State 7. New Mexico 8. Belmont 9. Duquesne 10. Western Illinois.


At Gonzaga, Emma Moon guides student-athletes toward their highest potential.

WNBA news:

The Lynx have signed coach Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension and made her the team's general manager.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Are you ready for the second quarter????!!!!

Big 12 and Big Ten play kick off tomorrow on an 84-game day.

Pac-12 news:

Pac-12 team-by-team preview, courtesy of the Pac-12.

UCLA and Oregon have emerged as the Pac-12 favorites.

Pac-12 preconference power rankings.

Five things to know about the Oregon Ducks.

Oregon State's defense is again standing out. The Beavers are ready for the grind of the Pac-12.

Big 12 news:

WVU is a team with depth issues.

Oklahoma and Texas face off in their conference openers.

Big Ten news:

The hot-start Hawkeyes are hopeful as Big Ten play opens.

The Gophers open at Northwestern.

Scouting Purdue vs. Rutgers.

Big East news:

Marquette season review so far.

Creighton looks to upset #18 Villanova tomorrow.

Mountain West news:

New Mexico opens league play as targets.

AAC news:

Conference preview by a UConn writer.

WCC news:

Gonzaga has yet to establish an identity entering WCC play.

WCC power rankings.

WAC news:

CSUB's scoring woes aren't due to its new offense.

Big Sky news:

Montana State begins another Big Sky title defense.

College coach news:

Melanie Balcomb has resigned from the Texas Tech coaching staff due to medical issues.

Nancy Fahey has risen to the top, and is out to help Illinois do the same.

Duke coach Joanna P. McCallie has added Jim Corrigan as a special assistant.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves takes responsibility for the program's self-reported violations and is ready to move on to Pac-12 play.

Only two scores today.

WNBA news:

Darius Taylor is the Atlanta Dream's new assistant coach.

Monday, December 25, 2017

AP top 25 poll: "wow"

This week's AP top 25 poll......Oklahoma State back in it, Stanford out of it:

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

The biggest news:

Stanford's 17 year-run in AP poll ends.

Coach’s Chair: Freddie Murray, Grambling State University

Loved talking to this man. Would send my daughter to play for him in an instant.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Yet another night of milestones


In #4 South Carolina's win over Temple, Dawn Staley became the program's most winning coach, with 231 victories.

#5 Mississippi State handed Syracuse their first loss of the season, 76-65. Victoria Vivians became the third Bulldog in school history to notch 2,000 career points.


Michigan State toppled #22 South Florida, 83-73.

More results:

#7 Tennessee prevailed over #18 Stanford, 83-71, for the first time at Maples Pavilion since 2005.

#10 Oregon ran away from #19 Texas A&M, 84-62.

#13 Florida State survived Creighton, 92-82.

#25 Iowa completed an in-state sweep with a 79-66 win over Drake.

Arizona State whooped Arkansas, 89-43.

Northern Iowa edged Kansas State, 72-71.

Only seven undefeated teams left: Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Villanova, Ball State, Connecticut.

All scores.

Twenty-seven games on tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Oregon self-reported NCAA violations in women's basketball.

Without Tania Davis, Iowa is adjusting.

For the first time in 15 years, Kentucky has lost four straight games to non-conference opponents.

College coach news:

North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell and some of her players are on Around the Rim.

Episode five of Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors' show, "the Neighborhood."

WNBA news:

Overseas update.

Mike Petersen is the Atlanta Dream's new assistant coach.

International news:

Canadian prep star Laeticia Amihere is getting more press.

Jordan Adams back at USC to finish what she started

The relentless Jordan Adams is back at USC for a sixth year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Grinding toward a break

Tournaments and preconference play wrapping up today and tomorrow, with plenty of great performances on display......

Today's results:

#2 Notre Dame rallied to beat Marquette in overtime, 91-85.

#3 Louisville fought off Air Force, 62-50.

#5 Mississippi State thrashed UNLV, 103-63, which included 61 first-half points.

#11 UCLA trounced Fordham, 67-30.

#19 Texas A&M routed Hawaii, 103-59. Khaalia Hillsman shot a school-record 12-12 for the Aggies.

#22 South Florida held off Dayton in OT, 93-87.

Chattanooga edged Florida, 65-60.

USC held off UTRGV, 71-64.

Purdue remained aggressive to top St. Mary's, 70-60.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule is highlighted by #7 Tennessee at #18 Stanford, and #10 Oregon vs. #19 Texas A&M.

College team news:

How do the Lady Vols end their losing streak at Stanford?

Confidence is building for Navy after an impressive start.

Iowa seeks an in-state sweep.

Spartans all-access: embrace it.

College player news:

Eleanna Christinaki's debut for Maryland doesn't disappoint.

Christinaki has found a new home (and gyros) with the Terps.

Digna Strautmane has transitioned to a new home with Syracuse.

A leap of faith has paid off for Tampa's Faith Sanders.

A love for basketball lead soldiers to the all-Army team.

The Pac-12's freshmen are making a big impact.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

Gamecocks' coach Dawn Staley eyes a coaching record Thursday in a showdown where she got her start.

Staley came home to 25th and Diamond, now Dawn Staley Lane. Philly is a special place in her heart.

Duquesne coach Dan Burt is embracing challenges and aiming high.

WNBA/former great news:

Candace Parker is helping launch the Jr. NBA World Championship.

Retrospective on hoops great Lynette Woodard.

Nike TOC:

Day one recap.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Surprising upending


Western Illinois shocked #18 Stanford, 71-64.

More results:

St. John's 65, Kansas 53 (OT)

Virginia 80, Indiana 74 (OT)

All scores.

Lots of intriguing matchups tomorrow.

College team news:

Ball State is nearing its longest winning streak ever.

The Atlanta airport's power outage prevented Kennesaw State from traveling to a Puerto Rico tournament.

College player news:

Baylor center Kalani Brown's playlist.

For the second straight season, a knee injury has prematurely ended the season for Iowa point guard Tania Davis.

Jessica Munoz is leaving ODU.

ESPNW's player of the week is Texas A&M freshman Chennedy Carter.

College coach news:

A competitive spirit still drives North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell on the eve of her 1,000th win.

Hatchell's grandest wins.

Meet UConn associate coach Chris Dailey.

International news:

Diana Taurasi is cutting her Euroleague season short due to injuries.

Community college news:

Community colleges struggle to build women's basketball teams.

AP top 25 poll remains largely the same

Not too many changes in this week's AP top 25 poll:

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

Coach's Chair: Courtney Banghart, Princeton University

My interview with the longtime Princeton coach.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

It's going to be milestone week

Today's results:

UCF handed UC Davis their first loss of the season, 62-55.

#8 Texas gave #12 Florida State their first loss of the year, 87-72.

#2 Notre Dame got past DePaul, 91-82.

#11 UCLA held back Seton Hall, 77-68.

#9 Oregon dominated Mississippi, 90-46.

#7 Tennessee’s team chemistry was on display in 90-61 rout of Long Beach State.

#3 Louisville routed Kentucky, 87-63.

Chattanooga pushed past FGCU, 68-61.

Tulane smothered MTSU, 62-44.

#16 Missouri routed Indiana, 75-55.

Syracuse is 11-0 after their win over Coastal Carolina.

Only eight undefeated teams left: Louisville, Syracuse, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ball State, Villanova, Connecticut.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.


Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu got her seventh career triple-double and broke the Pac-12 record and tied the NCAA record in doing so. Good grief!

North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell notched career win 999 today, and will play for 1,000 Tuesday. So will UConn's Geno Auriemma.

Today Dawn Staley notched 231 career wins at South Carolina, tying a school record for most wins.

Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard set a Purcell Pavilion women's scoring record today with 39 points.

College team news:

South Carolina's win today was overshadowed by injuries.

George Mason is off to an historic start.

Pondering the future of Notre Dame in ten questions.

College player news:

A day in the life of Texas senior Ariel Atkins.

Spectacular is the new normal for Asia Durr and Louisville.

Durr talks about the game, her coach and more.

South Carolina senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore is out for the season with a torn ACL.

College coach news:

Arizona assistant coach Salvo Coppa followed his heart and wife to Arizona.

Utah coach Lynne Roberts doesn't shy away from in-state games.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey will fulfill a promise to her two Louisiana players tomorrow.

WNBA news:

The Las Vegas Aces will have a trump card.

How the WNBA could be a winner for MGM.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Women’s basketball statistics continue to trend positively with aid of recent rules changes

The rules changes enacted two years ago are paying dividends:

The flow of the game was enhanced by moving to four 10-minute periods — instead of two 20-minute halves — and teams being awarded two free throws for each common foul after the fifth team foul in a period, with the fouls resetting at the beginning of each period, with the one-and one foul shot eliminated. When a timeout is charged to the offense in the final 59.9 seconds of the fourth quarter or any overtime period, that team is now allowed the option to advance the throw-in spot to the 28-foot mark on either side of the front court.......

Scoring per team has increased by 1.13 points per game this year compared to Dec. 11 of last year, with the current team scoring average of 67.38 points per game registering at 2.06 points higher than final statistics a year ago. That’s almost five points higher than it was on this date during the 2012-13 season, when teams averaged 62.80 per outing.

Today's results:

Holy moly, what a game! #19 Texas A&M 75, USC 74.

Story and photos from me later.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule is picking up a bit, with 46 games.

College team news:

Moral victories are not an option as Syracuse tangles with powerhouses.

Ohio State will be put to the test on defense.

College player news:

Marquette forward Tori McCoy needs a kidney transplant.

McCoy's resilience is "unbelievable."

Victoria Vivians continues to raise her level of play.

Stephanie Jones is stepping up for Maryland.

Duke freshman guard Mikayla Boykin will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley has a new dog: Champ.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

There should be "term limits" in USA Basketball National Team pool

USA Basketball revealed its 29-member National Team pool today:


Seimone Augustus Lynx
Sue Bird Storm
Tina Charles Liberty
Layshia Clarendon Dream
Napheesa Collier Connecticut
Elena Delle Donne Mystics
Skylar Diggins-Smith Wings
Stefanie Dolson Sky
Asia Durr Louisville
Sylvia Fowles Lynx
Brittney Griner Mercury
Tiffany Hayes Dream
Jantel Lavender Sparks
Jewell Loyd Storm
Kayla McBride Aces
Angel McCoughtry Dream
Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State
Maya Moore Lynx
Chiney Ogwumike Sun
Nneka Ogwumike Sparks
Kelsey Plum Aces
Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut
Odyssey Sims Sparks
Breanna Stewart Storm
Diana Taurasi Mercury
Morgan Tuck Sun
Lindsay Whalen Lynx
Courtney Williams Sun
A'ja Wilson South Carolina

News release.

I'm glad to see the Ogwumikes, McBride, Diggins-Smith, Lavender, Williams, Dolson and Hayes finally make the roster. It's also great to see collegians Mitchell, Wilson and Durr on the list.

Wondering why Tuck made it over Moriah Jefferson and how Sims could be named but not Chelsea Gray.

But what is really outrageous is to see Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi in this pool. Each has already won four gold medals. If both are chosen for the 2020 Tokyo Games roster, Bird will be 39 and Taurasi, 38.

Augustus and Fowles have each won three medals. They will be 36 and 34, respectively, at the next Olympics. Charles, McCoughtry, Moore and Whalen have all helped the U.S. win two gold medals.

When this country began its reign of winning in 1996, there weren't as many great players as there are now, and there was less competition to make the roster. But the game has grown so much since then, and especially over the last six years or so. Today there is more parity both in college and in the pros, with greater talent spread farther and wider among different teams.

Keeping older players who have already won multiple gold medals on a roster deprives younger players from having a chance. If Nneka Ogwumike, Diggins-Smith and Chiney Ogwumike make the cut for Tokyo, they will be first-time Olympians at ages 30, 29 and 28, respectively. Given the fact that Nneka is a former WNBA MVP, in particular, is especially shameful.

With all due respect to the two, three and four-time gold medalists, I'd like to see some fresh blood in the pool instead. We have so many amazing players in the U.S., including Kalani Brown and Jordin Canada, who helped the U23 Team win a tournament this summer. Katelyn Flaherty, Tyler Scaife, Victoria Vivians, Arike Ogunbowale, Megan Gustafson, Stephanie Mavunga and Sabrina Ionescu are just a few more who have been burning up nets, hammering the boards and dishing dimes in a fashion this year that makes them over-qualified to try out for the Olympic team.

It's not like the U.S. is in danger of losing to other countries if they let newcomers give it a go. Most every team we send to an international tournament ends up whipping opponent behinds by huge margins. The average cushion of victory in Rio last year was somewhere between outrageous and embarrassing. It has been like watching National Champions play community colleges, these last several Games.

Let the youngsters have their time in the sun; let them earn some hardware. Greed is not ethical.

Term limits for U.S. basketball Olympians. Two trips to the Olympics would be fair.

Grinding through finals week

College team news:

UCLA has been through a lot of challenges this season.

Darius Rucker will be in the house for South Carolina Sunday.

Wichita State will host a lot of basketball this weekend.

Boston University rundown.

College player news:

Freshman Dana Evans is helping Louisville get off to a 12-0 start.

Marist's Vander Weide hopes for redemption in her return to hoops.

Shaelyn Martin is a rebound warrior for Kansas State.

College coach news:

Wisconsin coach Jonathan Tsipis implored his team to get more excited to play in-state rivals.

NCAA news:

Lynn Holman returns to the NCAA as vice president of women's basketball.

Today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule is highlighted by #19 Texas A&M at USC.

WNBA news:

The future of the league would be helped by higher pay today.

Sylvia Fowles is Minnesota's pro athlete of the year.

Makayla Epps is taking time out from her pro career to finish her degree.

High school news:

Penn State signee Karisma Ortiz is set for a breakout season at Archbishop Mitty.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Finals week, day one

Today's results:

No surprises in today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule continues to be light.

College player news:

For Utah's Megan Jacobs, athletics runs in the family.

“You will see”: Eleanna Christinaki is confident she’ll boost Maryland basketball.

Oregon State freshmen Taya Corosdale and Aleah Goodman are finding success.

Colorado freshman Annika Jank is showing star qualities.

Oklahoma State's Loryn Goodwin is ESPNW's player of the week.

WNBA news:

MGM Resorts International will call Las Vegas' new WNBA franchise "The Las Vegas Aces." The announcement was made and the logo unveiled today.

Big changes in this week's AP top 25 poll

This week's rankings:

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

Oklahoma out, Iowa in; Texas drops like a stone; so does UCLA; others rise.


Coach’s Chair: Kelly Graves, University of Oregon

My extensive Q&A with Oregon coach Kelly Graves.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tennessee grabs signature win over Texas

What a day on the court!

The biggest win of the day - and the week - was #11 Tennessee's takedown of previously-undefeated #2 Texas, 82-75.

No team in the Holly Warlick era has upset a higher-ranked opponent. Seniors Jamie Nared and Mercedes Russell lead the way, but freshman Evina Westbrook had a career-high 15 points, and the entire team played cohesively and aggressively. It was the kind of basketball Lady Vol fans have been waiting to see again for years. This team is for real this season.


Balanced Miami toppled #20 Kentucky, 65-54.

Think about all that's happened the last seven days, and how different the AP top 25 poll will look tomorrow.

Other upendings:

San Diego knocked off Minnesota, 72-69.

Ohio's 77-71 win over Purdue is the Bobcat's first victory over the Boilermakers since 1982.

More results:

#13 Florida State held back Arizona State, 77-66.

#22 Villanova escaped Temple, 69-65, to remain unbeaten.

#25 Cal held off Pacific, 92-85.

New Mexico got past Navy, 94-87, in OT. The Lobos are now 11-0; it was the first loss of the year for Navy.

Virginia Tech routed Chattanooga, 64-44.

All scores.

Most teams are wrapping up finals this week, so the game schedule will be light. Tomorrow's schedule features only 15 games.

College player news:

Shakayla Thomas is confidently carrying the Seminoles.

Crystal Dangerfield's evolution is sparking UConn.

Freshman Sara Hamson is the latest family member to make a mark in BYU's blocks record book.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey are always pushing to get the most out of players.


RPI continues to be impressed with MAC teams.

Samantha Prahalis is now coaching high school girls basketball.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Only 14 undefeated Division I teams remain

Only 14 teams left in the unbeaten ranks:

Rank Team W W-L L Pct

1 New Mexico (Mountain West) 10 10-0 0 100.0
1 Louisville (Atlantic Coast) 10 10-0 0 100.0
1 Syracuse (Atlantic Coast) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Navy (Patriot) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Tennessee (Southeastern) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Florida St. (Atlantic Coast) 9 9-0 0 100.0
1 Southern California (Pac-12) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 Mississippi St. (Southeastern) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 Villanova (Big East) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 UC Davis (Big West) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 Ball St. (Mid-American) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 West Virginia (Big 12) 8 8-0 0 100.0
1 UConn (AAC) 7 7-0 0 100.0
1 Texas (Big 12) 7 7-0 0 100.0

Several more teams have only one loss so far:

15 South Carolina (Southeastern) 9 9-1 1 90.0
15 Iowa (Big Ten) 9 9-1 1 90.0
15 Minnesota (Big Ten) 9 9-1 1 90.0
18 Notre Dame (Atlantic Coast) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 Baylor (Big 12) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 Brown (Ivy League) 8 8-1 1 88.9
18 William & Mary (Colonial) 8 8-1 1 88.9
24 Georgia (Southeastern) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Missouri (Southeastern) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Ole Miss (Southeastern) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Oregon (Pac-12) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Kansas (Big 12) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Green Bay (Horizon) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 UAB (Conference USA) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Austin Peay (OVC) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Bowling Green (Mid-American) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Central Mich. (Mid-American) 7 7-1 1 87.5
24 Colorado (Pac-12) 7 7-1 1 87.5
39 Buffalo (Mid-American) 6 6-1 1 85.7
39 Dartmouth (Ivy League) 6 6-1 1 85.7


Stats reflect team records as of Friday morning.

Surprises on the day

Upsetting for some:

Gabbi Ortiz's career game lifted Oklahoma over #16 South Florida, 79-74.

BYU broke out of a slump to down Utah, 77-68.

CSUN toppled LMU, 75-68.

More results:

#4 Louisville overwhelmed Middle Tennessee, 80-26.

Princeton stopped struggling Quinnipiac on the road, 60-46.

Nebraska outlasted Drake in two overtimes, 89-84.

All scores.

Looking to tomorrow's games:

#2 Texas will match up with #11 Tennessee.

Arizona State faces a rebounding test at #13 Florida State.

#19 Oregon State returns home after three weeks.

Ohio looks to show improvement on offense against Purdue.

Tomorrow's full game schedule.

College team news:

From ‘chicks’ to champions: How South Carolina women’s basketball got its start.

College player news:

With Megan Gustafson, Iowa is shining.

Freshman Annika Jank is making a seamless transition to college ball to lead Colorado to a 7-1 start.

Sophomore Crystal Dangerfield continues to open eyes at UConn.


Former Stanford star Kate Starbird is a leader in her field.