Saturday, March 31, 2018

Are you ready for this National Championship game?

National Championship game:

Everything you need to know about the title game.

Both teams are refocused for the Championship game.

Making the case for both teams.

The Irish and Bulldogs want one more win.

It is a battle of the overtime survivors.

It's Cowbells vs. Catholics.

The UConn conquerors are hungry for a title.

Victoria Vivians is ready to write the final chapter for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs are back in the title game hoping for a different outcome.

Why not us? asks Vic Schaefer.

Beating UConn is great, but Notre Dame knows the title is next.

Jessica Shepard is both a newcomer and a veteran for the Irish.

Shepard could be the difference-maker for Notre Dame.

Kathryn Westbeld looks to end her Irish career on the ultimate note.

Last night's semifinal:

Banana statistics.

Yes, it sucks for UConn, but it was great for women's basketball.

A technical foul and an opportunity lost for Louisville.

Asia Durr got emotional when asked about Myisha Hines-Allen.

WNBA player reactions on social media.

College team news:

UConn is coming to grips with consecutive NCAA semi losses.

Notre Dame's win will go down in history.

Louisville won't let their semifinal loss define their great season.

The future is bright for Texas A&M.

As teams catch up to UConn, Tennessee falls further behind.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson won the Naismith Trophy.

Naismith defensive POY is Teaira McCowan.

Saint Joseph's freshman Avery Marz accepted the Courage Award with Lauren Hill's parents.

Jackie Young has joined Notre Dame lore with an epic semifinal.

Julie Brosseau is transferring from Maine.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer is the Naismith coach of the year.

Edniesha Curry is the new assistant coach for Maine men's hoops.

WNIT championship:

Indiana beat Virginia Tech to win the title.

Crowd size hit a program record.

Basketball Hall of Fame:

2018 inductees Katie Smith and Tina Thompson were introduced today as members.

History of the game:

The Flying Queens' success was a game-changer for women's hoops.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Oh what a night

Not one but two overtime semifinal games, for the first time in NCAA history:

Mississippi State outlasted Louisville, 73-63.


Notre Dame beat UConn, 91-89, with a last-second shot by Arike Ogunbowale that is eerily similar to Morgan William's dagger last year.

The game is changing and growing right before our eyes!

More from me later.

College player news:

Asia Durr's love for her brother TJ, the team manager for the Cardinals.

College coach news:

Female assistant coaches have a big role in the Final Four.

Sue Guevara has no retirement plans at 63.

Award winners:

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced winners for all positions.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Final Four previews

UConn – Notre Dame rivalry guarantees a close, unpredictable semifinal.

Similar Louisville, Mississippi State will face off for a title shot.

Twas the night before the Final Four

Final Four:

A look at the matchups in this historic final.

Around the Rim at the Final Four.

Position-less basketball will be in display when Notre Dame and UConn play.


Myisha Hines-Allen has grown up on the off the court.

Special players have helped coach Jeff Walz build an elite program.

How much money will Walz and Louisville make from playing in the Final Four?

Mississippi State:

Teaira McCowan and Morgan William interviewed by ESPN crew.

McCowan is at the center of the Bulldogs' Final Four run.

Giant-slayer William is driven to finish with a title.

Notre Dame:

Confidence is high for the Irish against UConn.

Marina Mabrey hates to lose.


No losses and no apologies at UConn.

In her first Final Four, Azura' Stevens is ready for a breakout game.

Geno Auriemma pays close attention to the needs of Husky players.

Auriemma on last year's Final Four loss: "it was time."

Auriemma says winning national titles is "exhausting."

Postseason awards:

WBCA All-American team is another faulty list.

A'ja Wilson has won the Wade Trophy.

Muffet McGraw and A'ja Wilson are the AP coach and player of the year.

UConn's Gabby Williams has won the senior CLASS Award.

WNBA news:

Draft prospect highlight reel.

What you need to know about the draft.

College team news:

Five questions for South Carolina heading into the offseason.

A transition year for Arizona State leaves them slated for success.

Maine loses one player to transfer and gains two recruits.

Marquette will be great next year, but what about the year after that?

College coach news:

A new contract for Joe Foley at UALR is in the works.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The wrap-up

Final Four:

Thorough Final Four breakdown.

Can Notre Dame stop UConn, and who will win Louisville-Mississippi State?

Predictions from fivethirtyeight.

ESPN logistics.

Coaches talk about the identity of their teams.

The UConn-Notre Dame rivalry is renewed.

The Final Four highlights female empowerment.

Mississippi State:

Experience is important for Mississippi State.

Teaira McCowan will be the difference-maker for the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State is peaking at the right time.

Coach Vic Schaefer had the blueprint to success for two straight Final Fours.

How associate head coach Johnnie Harris earned Schaefer's trust and became assistant coach of the year.


Even haters can't diminish coach Jeff Walz's enthusiasm for his team's Final Four run.

Notre Dame:

Kathryn Westbeld returns home to Ohio for the Final Four.


UConn hopes to forget about last year's semifinal loss in their Final Four return.

The Huskies' excellence is rare, even among greats.

Accepting challenges comes with the territory for UConn.

College player news:

John Wooden All-American team.

Self-assured Jill Barta charts her own course.

Jenna Moser will return next year for the Washington Huskies.

Five from Illinois State will not return.

College coach news:

Most black coaches in women's hoops don't get a second chance.

She coached her team to the NCAA Tournament, and then Joanne Boyle quit for her daughter.


The day Vivian Stringer lead the first HBCU, Cheyney, to the inaugural NCAA Championship game.

Forty-five years ago, Central Catholic made Pennsylvania history.

WNIT results:

Semifinals tonight......

Virginia Tech 64, West Virginia 61

Indiana 71, TCU 58


Saturday, March 31

Virginia Tech at Indiana, 3 p.m. ET

CBS Sports Network

McDonald's All-American game:

The West beat the East, 82-79, lead by Christyn Williams.

The 35th anniversary team.

WNBA news:

Mystics: what you need to know.

McDonald's All-American game is tonight

What you need to know.

Five players to watch.

Maryland commit Shakira Austin is ready.

Alaskan coaches are set to lead on the big stage.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa's dunk sent all into a frenzy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Final Four build up hasn't started yet

Final Four news:

Why you shouldn't be put off that the Final Four is full of No. 1 seeds.

You better know these names: Louisville's starting five.

Toughness is a calling card for Notre Dame.

College team news:

Missouri has a verbal pledge from an eighth-grader.

Quinnipiac is progressing into something better.

College player news:

Jordin Canada has passed the baton to Japreece Dean at UCLA.

A'ja Wilson leaves the Gamecocks with a lasting legacy.

Wilson: "thanks for putting up with me."

The futures of Alexis Jennings and Bianca Cuevas-Moore are up in the air. They could each come back to South Carolina next season for a fifth year.

Ty Harris could be the new leader the Gamecocks need.

Kelsey Mitchell has made history at Ohio State as the program's first four-time All-American.

Chennedy Carter is the WBCA's Division I freshman of the year.

Mississippi State's Chloe Bibby is the last Australian standing in the NCAA Tournament.

A day late, but an awesome story about Sabrina Ionescu, who as a child teamed up with her twin brother to play 2-on-2, Cheryl Miller and Reggie Miller style.

Leaonna Odom's NCAA Tournament emergence is a great sign for Duke.

Crystal Dangerfield has earned her respect.

Bowling Green's Carly Santoro will transfer to Ohio State to play as a graduate transfer.

Karlie Cronin's multi-sport, multi-school journey has landed her at Ohio State as a walk-on.

Fallyn Freije has transferred to Montana State from North Dakota.

Sofie Tryggedsson is leaving Colorado State after three seasons.

College coach news:

Michelle Clark-Heard is leaving Western Kentucky to coach at Cincinnati.

Her associate head coach Greg Collins will take over the Topper program.

Clemson has fired Audra Smith.

South Carolina State isn't renewing the contract of coach Doug Robertson Jr.

A Tennessee signee is already defending coach Holly Warlick.

Back in time:

Ohio State's 1992-1993 Final Four team was relentless.

WNBA news:

Jay Parry will step down as the league's Chief Operating Officer April 30. Ann Rodriguez will be the new COO.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sweet 16: bring it

Action begins tomorrow.

The Tournament:

ESPN writers weigh in with Sweet 16 picks.

WNBA senior watch profiles the Sweet 16 players to keep an eye on.


WBCA All-American teams by region.

College team news:

Stanford wants to earn an "A" in aggressiveness in Lexington. They return to Rupp Arena.

A teammate's struggles helped Stanford maintain perspective.

Five things to know about Louisville's opponent, Stanford.

UCLA seeks its first Elite Eight since 1999.

The Wolfpack relishes their ride to the Sweet 16.

In Central Michigan, Oregon sees hallmarks of their own Tournament run last year.

Mississippi State got its respect. The Sweet 16 is about winning.

Baylor is still potent despite the loss of senior guard Kristy Wallace.

Australia has made an impact for Buffalo.

Oregon has a lot of ties to Spokane.

Oregon State faces a massive test in Baylor.

Duke prepares to face undefeated UConn.

Grambling State is building a strong foundation to the future.

College player news:

Her role has changed, but Dominique Dillingham is still helping Mississippi State win.

Arike: also known as nightmare.

Coach Muffet McGraw thinks Jackie Young could be Notre Dame's best player ever. The sophomore has taken a special step.

Challenged Lauren Cox has helped Baylor to the Sweet 16 again.

Texas' Sug Sutton is excited for her homecoming in Kansas City.

Jill Barta will leave Gonzaga and forego a fifth season of eligibility.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer is the WBCA Coach of the Year.

From death to a championship, Schaefer talks about how his son Logan almost died.

A look back at Dawn Staley.

What's in a seed number? Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack and Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara answer questions.

Surina Dixon is out as Jackson State's coach.

Final Four 2019:

The NCAA has revealed next year's logo. The Final Four will be in Tampa Bay.

WNIT scores:

Quarterfinal winners include Indiana, St. John's, Virginia Tech, TCU, Alabama and South Dakota.

WNBA news:

The WNBA and NBA has partnered with Headspace for league-wise access to meditation.

ESPN's "Dominant 20" features WNBA and college teams.

Liberty fans are still fuming about their team's exile to Westchester.

Imani McGhee-Stfford talks about relationships and unrealistic expectations.

USA Basketball:

The 3X3 U18 rosters have been set.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Catching you up on our Tournament coverage

UConn beats patient Quinnipiac for 25th straight Sweet 16.

Longhorns oust the Sun Devils, advance to Sweet 16.

UCLA routs Creighton for third straight trip to the round of 16.

Catching breath on a no-game day


College hoops attendance is up to its highest level in a decade.

The Tournament:

How each of the 16 remaining teams got here, and where they go next.

Eleven things to know considering the tourney still includes two 11-seeds.

The Spokane regional has something for every hoops fan.

College team news:

Do the Ducks have Final Four potential? Opposing coaches are believers.

Buffalo will fight as long as they can.

The success of Stanford lifts all in the Pac-12.

Another early exit continues the Lady Vols' slide.

Marquette hopes to emulate the culture of Louisville, who beat them last weekend.

For Maryland, a down year is still pretty successful.

College player news:

Victoria Vivians is now the second-leading scorer in Mississippi State history.

It's the end of an era for Kelsey Mitchell.

Buffalo point guard Stephanie Reid heaped praised on teammate Cierra Dillard last night.

Sierra Calhoun and Mikayla Waterman will return to a wildly different Ohio State team next year.

Villanova's Jannah Tucker will get an extra semester of eligibility.

UConn's Kia Nurse is savoring every moment of her last season.

College coach news:

Mississippi State associate head coach Johnnie Harris is the WBCA's assistant coach of the year.

Virginia coach Joanne Boyle has retired.

Sue Guevara has taken Central Michigan to new heights.

Felisha Legette-Jack is showing Buffalo how to win.

The mother-daughter Fabbri chapter at Quinnipiac ends.

Jeff Walz is discussing a contract extension at Louisville.

Vicki Hall has been named coach at Indiana State.

WNBA news:

Players are taking advantages of opportunities in the classroom.

Imani McGhee-Stafford says Texas is eyeing history.

Skylar Diggins-Smith picks Notre Dame to make a deep Tournament run.

USA Basketball news:

USA Basketball and the NBA have set age-appropriate standards for youth basketball.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Round 2, day 1


Oregon State took down Tennessee, 66-59.


Chennedy Carter scored 37 points to lead Texas A&M over DePaul, 80-79, including a momentous three-point shot with seconds to go.

More results:

Louisville dismantled Marquette, 90-72.

Baylor thrashed Michigan, 80-58.

Notre Dame routed Villanova, 98-72.

North Carolina State defeated Maryland, 74-60, for their first Sweet 16 in 11 years.

South Carolina stopped Virginia, 66-56.

Oregon blew out Minnesota, 101-73.

Tomorrow's matchups:

Ohio State expects to be challenged by Central Michigan.

Duke and Georgia take rich histories into round 2.

Stopping Kiana Williams is just as important for FGCU.

Arizona State and Texas will clash.

How much will Oklahoma State challenge Mississippi State?

College team news:

UCLA is playing with a target on their backs.

With their win yesterday, FGCU proves they belong. The team did some sightseeing today.

Iowa exceeded expectations this year, and will see higher expectations next season.

Make that 66 straight for Amherst.

College player news:

Marisa Romeo has a new perspective after playing for Syracuse this year.

College coach news:

Is Holly Warlick the right person to continue to lead the Lady Vols?

Will Virginia go after Dawn Staley?

How Joni Taylor balances basketball, outreach and family.

After their Tournament loss, Robin Pingeton wants to elevate Missouri even higher.

The game:

Let's talk about what's truly wrong with women's basketball.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Round 1, day 2 features upsets

Mid-majors ruled the day, in upset after upset:

Central Michigan knocked off LSU, 78-69. It's the first NCAA Tournament win in program history.

Buffalo toppled South Florida, 102-79. It was their first tourney win in program history, too.

FGCU stunned Missouri, 80-70.

Oklahoma State exploded on Syracuse, 84-57.

Creighton felled Iowa, 76-70.

Kansas City regional:

Mississippi State 95, Nicholls State 50.

UCLA 71, American 60.

Arizona State 73, Nebraska 62.

Texas 83, Maine 54.

Spokane regional:

Ohio State 87, George Washington 45.

Lexington regional:

Stanford 82, Gonzaga 68.

Albany regional:

Florida State 91, Little Rock 49.

Duke 72, Belmont 58.

Georgia 68, Mercer 63.

Quinnipiac 86, Mercer 72.

UConn 140, St. Francis 52.

Tomorrow's previews:

Oregonians play key roles for Tennessee.

The Lady Vols will rely on thee Oregon players against Oregon State.

Minnesota and Oregon are in for a shootout. They already have a connection from last fall.

The Ducks see themselves in the year ago.

Dawn Staley's team faces her alma mater. Their game doesn't start until 9 p.m.

A'ja Wilson's last home game is tomorrow.

It'll be like old times for Maryland and NC State.


Is TCU now a basketball school?

Drake is optimistic about the future after their first-round loss.


Amherst caps a second perfect season with another national championship.


Last of the round 1 recaps and first of round 2.

Round 2 features a Purdue-Ball State rematch.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Our cub reporters are getting it done

Jatarie White is moving past more than just defenders.

Minnesota rallies to take down Green Bay, 89-77, in tournament first round.

Behind another Ionescu triple-dub, Oregon makes easy work of Seattle U.

Tomorrow Drew King will cover the Austin games and I will cover the LA games.

Follow us: @hoopism and @drewking0222.

Round 1, day 1

Lexington regional:

Kylee Shook led Louisville over Boise State, 74-42.

Marquette downed Dayton, 84-65.

Oregon State routed Western Kentucky, 82-58.

Tennessee set a Tournament record in thrashing Liberty, 100-60.

Michigan stopped Northern Colorado, 75-61.

Baylor snuffed out Grambling, 96-46.

Spokane regional:

DePaul held off Oklahoma, 90-79.

Texas A&M got past Drake, 89-76.

Minnesota rallied to upset Green Bay, 89-77.

Oregon blew out Seattle U, 88-45. Sabrina Ionescu notched her tenth career triple-double.

Notre Dame handled CSUN, 99-81.

Three-pointers helped Villanova sink higher-seeded SDSU in overtime, 81-74.

Kansas City regional:

Maryland beat Princeton, 77-57.

NC State took care of Elon, 62-35.

Albany regional:

Virginia upended Cal, who was short Kristine Anigwe, 68-62.

South Carolina sweated out a 63-52 win over North Carolina A&T.

Tomorrow's matchups.

College team news:

Oregon prepared for the Tournament by searching for "scoops."

Ashland: can you say 71 in a row?

College player news:

Kelli Hayes is UCLA's strongest link.

LSU starting center Faustine Aifuwa will sit out tomorrow's game after violating team rules.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is looking to continue her ascension on the NCAA Tournament stage.

Kelsey Mitchell begins the final chapter of her historic career at Ohio State.

College coach news:

A new Dawn (Staley). Check this piece out.

Susie Gardner is ready to lead Mercer against her alma mater, Georgia.

Now it's mom's turn: the Plaisance family embraces the latest tourney berth.

Welcome to March madhouse? Oregon coach Kelly Graves thinks so.


Women's hoops needs madness, not sameness.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

NCAA Tournament storylines bursting at the seams

Predictions, etc:

The AP has round-by-round predictions.

ESPN has players to watch.

Around the Rim breaks down the bracket.

College team news:

Defending champs South Carolina embraces the underdog role heading into the Dance.

The Gamecocks are ready for North Carolina A&T.

Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA is set to take on American.

The road starts early for Maryland.

A homage to Pat Summitt is part of Tennessee's NCAA Tournament preparation.

Louisville faces the field as a No. 1 seed for the first time.

Michigan's basketball road goes through Waco. A guide to the Wolverine's first tourney since 2013.

Nebraska rides the biggest turnaround into the NCAA Tournament.

Inside Drakes's rebuild that never was.

Storylines are abundant in Virginia's return to the tourney.

It'll be the Gopher's offense vs. the Green Bay defense tomorrow.

Buffalo has built itself into a destination program.

Drake and Texas A&M are approaching their game with confidence.

Oregon State is ready for Western Kentucky, and they have some familiarity with their draw.

Ohio State and USF enter the Tournament under the radar.

The Sooners and Blue Demons are preparing for their rematch.

Oregon feels no pressure hosting.

Utah is embracing the opportunity to send seniors out right in the WNIT.

Rice savors the chance to get more experience in the WNIT.

Navy is happy to be playing on spring break.

The Mountain West Conference has an identity crisis.

The state of Maine marches to the women's beat in college hoops.

Wartburg is two wins shy of a DIII title, and perfection.

WBCA DIII All-America team.

College player news:

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell is a reluctant star.

Makayla Waterman is worked her way into a key role for the Buckeyes.

Don't get comfortable, because Louisville's Asia Durr is ready to life her team in the Tournament. Her teammate Arica Carter's floor leadership is pivotal for the Cardinals.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is set to cap a huge season in NCAA tournament.

Asha Thomas is in control for Cal.

It was no coincidence that LSU made a run as Ayana Mitchell caught fire.

Kiana Williams is getting her shot at Stanford.

China Dow's transition from MTSU to FGCU has been quite a ride.

Minnesota sharp-shooter Carlie Wagner is looking for her first Tournament win. It's her diligence and pure shot that has lifted her to "great" status.

Wagner is (finally) getting a shot at the tourney.

Big players lead the Baylor roster.

With Marina Mabrey on point, Notre Dame is a top seed.

Q&A with Bruin point guard Jordin Canada.

UCLA's Monique Billings talks hoops, modeling and future plans.

For Princeton's Bella Alarie, playing against Maryland means a little more.

For Quinnipiac's Paula Strautmane, the NCAA Tournament is now a family matter.

Taya Reimer is playing loose to help the Spartans finish strong.

Kayla Overbeck and Erin Whalen are exploring transfer options from Vanderbilt.

College coach news:

WBCA names 30 under-30 great coaches.

Familiarity among coaches highlights the Cal-Virginia matchup.

Sue Semrau has taken Florida State from ACC afterthought to consistent contender.

SDSU coach Aaron Johnston faces an even more veteran coach in Villanova's Harry Perretta.

UConn players feel prepared, but Geno Auriemma wonders if they actually are.

Kevin Borseth has the ideal job as Green Bay's coach.

Former Oregon coach Jody Runge is complimentary of the current team.

Georgia State has fired coach Sharon Baldwin.


Today's results include Indiana, Rice, Ball State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Duquesne, St. John's, Radford, Michigan State, , TCU, UAB, New Mexico, UC Davis and West Virginia advancing.

WNBA news:

Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi became parents two weeks ago.

A look at Candace Parker in high school.

High school news:

Dara Mabrey - younger sister of Michaela and Marina - is right behind them.

McDonald's All-Americans are vocal about the progress of girl's basketball.

Who would win the Tournament if academics ruled?

What a concept!!!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two days until the Tournament

Bracket and power rankings:

Fivethirtyeight Tournament game predictions.

ESPN's new Basketball Power Index gives UConn only a 37 percent chance to win the title.

Barack Obama's bracket.

ESPN ranks the teams from 1-64.

College team news:

Oregon feels its schedule has prepared them well for the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA is ready to play and get down to business against American.

Making the tourney is not enough for Iowa.

Nebraska will be tested defensively by first-round matchup Arizona State.

Tennessee is familiar stomping grounds for the Lady Vol's first-round opponents, Liberty.

Laughter is the best medicine for Notre Dame.

It's been an emotional season for Kim Mulkey and Baylor heading back to the NCAA's.

Syracuse regroups as their margin for error vanishes in the Tournament.

Michigan seeks to prove they're NCAA-worthy.

Northern Colorado hopes to raid rare air in the tourney.

CMU will be fighting for the upset against LSU.

Creighton is grateful for an NCAA opportunity.

Missouri is headed back to the tourney, but missed their goal of hosting the early rounds.

Purdue is beginning the groundwork for future NCAA tournaments.

Updates from the DII Elite Eight.

Amherst College, with a 64-game winning streak, approaches the DIII Final Four with a new team.

College player news:

With an eye toward the future, Katelynn Flaherty is running the show for Michigan.

Sabrina Ionescu is one of the most exciting players in the Tournament.

Megan Gustafson and Jessica Lindstrom are Wisconsin's northern stars.

Three freshman have had an immediate impact for Gonzaga.

LSU's Raigyne Louis' emotional journey is five years and 1,500 points in the making.

Felicia Aiyeotan's journey from Nigeria to Virginia.

Pac-12 all-academic teams.

College coach news:

The black coaches in this year's tourney are amazing.

WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard on playing Oregon State.

Dawn Staley says her team always gets the short end of the stick in the Dance.

So far, so good for coach Megan Duffy in Miami Ohio's revival.

Rhode Island coach Daynia La-Force mentors her FSU basketball-playing son.

Boston U has fired coach Katy Steding.


In day one of the tournament, UCF, Alabama and St. Joseph's won.

Michigan State's Taryn McCutcheon is ready to make the most of her team's WNIT opportunity.

USA Basketball news:

Women's National Team assistant coaches are Dan Hughes, Cheryl Reeve and Jen Rizzotti.

The six player additions to the team are: Allisha Gray, Chelsea Gray, Tiffany Mitchell, Brittney Sykes, Sydney Wiese and Elizabeth Williams.

Tragic loss:

Alaina Coates' father died yesterday after suffering a heart attack while driving.

High school news:

No. 1 prospect and UConn commit Christyn Williams has won the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award.

Stanford is getting two hot recruits.

Naismith COY, Wade Trophy finalists named

Naismith Coach of the Year finalists are: Vic Schaefer, Muffet McGraw, Kelly Graves and Geno Auriemma.

Wade Trophy finalists are: Kelsey Mitchell, A'ja Wilson, Sabrina Ionescu and Katie Lou Samuelson.