Thursday, December 31, 2020

Going out with a bang

Today's results:

Upset: No. 13 Kentucky downed No. 10 Arkansas, 75-64.

Upset: Sam Haiby's wild shot lifted Nebraska over No. 15 Northwestern, 65-63.

No. 3 NC State ran by Georgia Tech, 84-75.

Aliyah Boston guided No. 5 South Carolina by Florida, 75-59.

No. 12 Mississippi State held off Georgia, 69-62.

Ashley Owusu paced No. 14 Maryland past Penn State, 96-82.

No. 17 Michigan walloped Wisconsin, 92-49.

No. 20 Indiana made work of Illinois, 79-56.

Iowa stopped Rutgers, 90-84, behind 28 points from Caitlin Clark.

Florida State bested Virginia Tech, 73-63.

Notre Dame topped Miami, 71-60.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is packed with goodies, including No. 1 Stanford at No. 6 Arizona.

College team news:

No. 8 Oregon has their focus on USC.

Michigan State has a long list of improvements to make heading into Big Ten play.

Kentucky will move two home games to another arena.

Fun is the word for Horizon League leaders Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

After a tough nonconference season, North Dakota looks forward to Summit League play.

Long Beach State is persevering through cancellations.

Canceled games are the usual for Montana State.

Pac-12 New Year's resolutions.

SEC storylines.

Pitt has paused due to a positive COVID test.

FGCU has paused due to a positive COVID test.

Albany has shut down again, due to a positive COVID test.

Stony Brook has paused due to a positive COVID test.

The pandemic has turned Santa Cruz into hoops heaven.

College player news:

Haley Jones gives Stanford its best shot at winning another title.

New school, but stats, much growth for FGCU's Kierstan Bell.

After a two-year injury wait, Jamie Loera is getting her shot at Arizona State.

How former walk-on Callie Lind became a prolific shooter for Washington.

UCLA's new player, Dominique Darius, is showing talent beyond her years.

Buffalo has an early arrival in Australia's Casey Valenti-Paea.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma wants freshman Paige Bueckers to shoot.


Becky Hammon served as Spurs head coach last night - the first time in NBA history that a woman did so.

It's time for men's pro sports to embrace female coaches.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

More team pauses

Today's results:

No. 21 South Florida 63, Tulsa 35

No. 23 Gonzaga 58, Pepperdine 42

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Louisville is ready to play. The question is, when will it happen.

No. 14 Maryland is in search of its fifth straight win, against conference rival Penn State.

Many questions remain after Duke cancels its season.

Michigan returns tomorrow, to face Wisconsin.

Inside a wild season at Wichita State, which includes the dismissal of a player after an incident related to the team's handling of COVID issues.

Holy Cross has unfinished business.

Siena is looking for enough bodies to play Canisius. It's been an unusual week for them.

Hawaii stays ready despite uncertainty.

After two COVID pauses, Youngstown State is set to play their first game of the year Friday.

Kansas State has paused activities after receiving COVID results.

Saint Louis has paused activities after a positive COVID test within the program.

COVID issues in Virginia's program has postponed their game against Louisville.

Charlotte's conference openers will be postponed, due to COVID issues within the program.

Southern Utah has paused after a positive COVID test.

Top moments for UCLA and USC this year.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Fran Belibi is changing how NCAA WBB goes dunking.

Kentucky's Rhyne Howard is still the best player in college hoops, says her coach.

Analysis: UConn's 1-2 punch of Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Aaliyah Edwards.

San Francisco transfer Masha Vasileuka has landed at UTEP.

College coach news:

Oregon has extended coach Kelly Graves' contract through 2028-2029.

New Mexico coach Mike Bradbury is frustrated with public health orders preventing his team from practicing or playing in the state.

Amy Williams explains why Nebraska didn't use all of their scholarship spots.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Quiet week with some big news

Today's results:

No. 3 UConn 90, Villanova 52

No. 15 Northwestern 79, Eastern Kentucky 50

No. 18 DePaul 90, Creighton 81

No. 20 South Florida 73, Cincinnati 61

No. 25 Michigan State 94, Oakland 56

Buffalo 87, Western Michigan 66

TCU 62, Oral Roberts 48

Iowa State 85, Drake 67

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

DePaul is the NCAA's team of the week.

Despite being undefeated, NC State has lost momentum in conference play.

The season's early stages are full of positives for Michigan State.

With today's win over Memphis, Houston is off to their best start in 10 years.

Chattanooga is adjusting to the new SoCon schedule.

Ohio State has imposed a postseason ban on women's basketball as the NCAA investigates the program for infractions.

College player news:

Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark had a triple-double in the Hawkeyes' win today.

Iowa State's freshmen are improving early.

Player's Court: Rhyne Howard, University of Kentucky.

Andra Espinoza-Hunter has been granted immediate eligibility at Seton Hall.

Nebraska transfer Kayla Mershon brings a helping hand to Minnesota.

Former Kansas standout Angela Aycock found a higher calling.

College coach news:

St. Francis Brooklyn coach Linda Cimino impermissibly contacted recruits and offered inducements at her previous school.

High school news:

ESPN's top 25.

WNBA news:

The Sparks have restructured their management and named Derek Fisher the general manager.

The Naismith Hall of Fame candidates for next year include Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson and Val Ackerman.

Nneka Ogwumike reflects on 2020.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Some undefeateds, some rebound match ups

Today's results:

No. 4 NC State rocked the Hurricanes, 78-47.

No. 10 Texas A&M held off Rice, 57-53. They are 8-0.

No. 15 Indiana bounced back against Nebraska, 81-45.

No. 18 Syracuse rebounded with an 83-70 win over Boston College.

No. 25 Gonzaga stopped Eastern Michigan, 77-68.

North Carolina edged Wake Forest in OT, 77-74.

Tennessee rolled past UNC Greensboro, 66-40.

Oklahoma downed South Dakota, 80-73.

Michigan State's 82-70 win over Northern Illinois means they're undefeated.

Rutgers dominated Sacred Heart, 99-30.

Purdue got by Penn State, 91-87.

Clemson clobbered Notre Dame, 78-55.

Belmont ran away from Auburn, 78-57.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

No. 6 Arizona is off to the best Pac-12 start in program history.

No. 7 Oregon is looking for a 7-0 start tomorrow against WSU.

North Carolina's young players continued to mesh in today's overtime win.

Miami is experiencing ups and downs.

Colorado had to postpone their game against ASU today out of precaution with COVID protocols.

Oregon State has paused activities due to a positive COVID case, and tomorrow's game is postponed.

Jacksonville's COVID issues lead to the cancelation of their game against Alabama.

San Jose has temporarily relocated to Phoenix due to COVID restrictions in their home county.

College player news:

Tiana Mangakahia didn't play today due to a lingering left foot injury.

Selena Lott is reaching new heights at Marquette.

Sarah Ashlee Barker's resiliency has led to freshman success at Georgia.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma is looking for UConn to up their defense.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

NCAA approves blanket waiver for transfers

NCAA news:

The DI Council has granted a blanket waiver allowing transfer athletes in all sports immediate eligibility this year.

Today's results:

Upset: No. 24 DePaul grabbed their first win over a top 10 opponent in four years with an 86-82 upending of No. 9 Kentucky.

No. 7 Baylor 86, Southern 52

No. 23 South Florida 65, Memphis 58

Stephen F. Austin 67, Auburn 54

Rice 83, Louisiana 51

Marquette 66, St. John's 62

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Duke has paused activities after two positive COVID tests.

Georgia Tech has postponed its game against Miami due to a positive COVID test.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Kentucky's Chasity Patterson doesn't feel bad about picking on opposing point guards.

Teammate Rhyne Howard is showing off her playingmaking skills in year three.

Kiona Jeter is embracing a leadership role at Towson.

Indiana transfer Bendu Yeaney is having fun again at Arizona.

Aliyah Lawson aims to lead Coppin State into a new era.

Albany's Lucia Decortes is making the best of a tough year.

Abby Brockmeyer is putting in work for SIU.

College coach news:

Tara VanDerveer's big night.

VanDerveer is defined by sustained excellence.

Pac-12 coaches messages to her.

Geno Auriemma can't quite wrap his head around the absurdity of this season.

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale is proud of her team's character last night, despite their incomplete comeback.

WNBA news:

Indiana's Tiffany Mitchell has started a foundation to help single parents.

Breanna Stewart on testing positive for COVID in Russia, and more with Arike Ogunbowale.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Tara VanDerveer eclipses Pat Summitt's career wins record

Tara VanDerveer breaks the all-time career wins record:

With Stanford's win tonight, Tara VanDerveer passed Pat Summitt as the most winning coach in women's college basketball, with 1,099.

More from ESPN.

Top 10 VanDerveer moments.

The 10 all-time best Stanford players.

Chiney Ogwumike: VanDerveer taught us to be great with little things.

Today's results:

No. 3 UConn 92, Seton Hall 65

No. 10 Texas A&M 99, Sam Houston State, 69

South Dakota State 87, Drake 73

Ole Miss 89, Jackson State 65

Iowa State 67, Northern Iowa 61

Oklahoma State 66, Oklahoma 53

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Kansas State is the NCAA's team of the week.

Atlantic-10 notebook.

Northwestern has retained its core but evolved outside.

Ohio State has paused activities due to an increased rate of COVID within the program.

COVID protocols have caused Villanova to pause.

Drexel has paused activities due to COVID-19 protocols.

Houston has paused due to a positive COVID test.

UT Martin has paused due to a positive COVID test.

Weber State is paused due to positive COVID tests.

Charlotte has canceled their game against Davidson due to contact tracing.

College player news:

Paige Bueckers exceeded expectations in her UConn debut.

First-year players stood out in North Carolina's loss to Miami.

The return of Blanca Millan has given Maine a spark.

WNBA news:

Ezi Magbegor has absorbed her WNBA lessons and aims to end 2020 on a basketball high.

Kelly Loeffler continues to embarrass the WNBA. When will they stop her?

Monday, December 14, 2020

No upsets - just entertainment

Today's results:

No. 7 Baylor rolled past Texas Tech, 91-45.

No. 13 Mississippi State set a record in their 103-76 victory over Troy.

No. 14 Maryland escaped Rutgers, 91-87.

No. 20 Missouri State handled Missouri, 72-58.

Miami squeezed past North Carolina, 67-63.

Northwestern steamrolled Minnesota, 80-51.

Creighton notched a 78-62 win over Nebraska.

Florida's 84-52 rout of Tarleton State is their fifth dub in a row.

Colorado smashed Utah, 80-50.

UNCG rallied to defeat North Carolina A&T, 49-46.

NCAA news:

The 2021 NCAA Tournament will be held in one place, and San Antonio is a candidate.

The New York Times wrote about this too.

College team news:

Not much has changed in this week's AP top 25 poll.

The NCAA's power rankings for the week.

Five takeaways from Oregon's 5-0 start.

Tennessee has scheduled a game against Indiana tomorrow.

North Carolina remains winless in conference play.

Maine is off to another dominant start.

Their roster devastated by injuries, Jacksonville has added five players from other sports.

Siena has paused activities after a positive COVID test.

College player news:

Which sophomores have had the biggest impact so far?

Louisville's newcomers are putting the nation on notice.

Seton Hall transfer Selena Philoxy has joined Siena.

College coach news:

Tara VanDerVeer equaled Pat Summitt's all-time wins record last night in typical fashion: calm and dominating.

An oral history of wins 1-1,098.

ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne and Arizona coach Adia Barnes are inspired by VanDerveer.

Kentucky removed the interim tag from Kyra Elzy's title and made her head coach.

Pat Summitt isn't the only one who made Elzy tough.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Some positive, some negative

Today's results:

Still in progress right now: No. 1 Stanford is trouncing Cal, which will give Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 1,098th career win and will tie her with Pat Summitt. No doubt there will be plenty of copy on that tomorrow.

No. 4 NC State rallied past Boston College, 75-69.

No. 8 Oregon cruised past No. 15 Oregon State, 79-59.

No. 9 Kentucky's 88-54 win over Samford means they're 6-0.

No. 10 Texas A&M stopped Abilene Christian, 77-59.

No. 11 UCLA made work of USC, 73-52.

No. 13 Arkansas won its fourth straight, thrashing UCA, 105-58.

No. 24 DePaul had to rally to get by Loyola Chicago, 76-67.

No. 25 Gonzaga held on to defeat Montana, 58-51.

A triple-double from Dyaisha Fair paced Buffalo over Akron, 85-77.

Arizona State responded to a halftime lecture to down San Diego, 64-55.

Clutch shots propelled FGCU over UCF, 70-57.

Georgia Tech handled Notre Dame, 82-67.

TCU edged MTSU, 83-77.

Vanderbilt squeaked by Chattanooga, 80-78.

Washington routed Portland, 83-56.

West Virginia dominated James Madison, 85-54.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule (for now)

College team news:

No. 23 Texas had to postponed their game against Tennessee today due to contact tracing issues in the Longhorn program.

Kansas has canceled their game tomorrow against UT Rio Grande Valley due to COVID protocols within the Jayhawk program.

Coastal Carolina is paused after a positive COVID test.

North Carolina scheduled an impromptu game against Miami.

Ball State returns to the court tomorrow.

College player news:

Paige Bueckers showed how she will dazzle fans at Gampel Pavilion in her debut yesterday.

What coach Geno Auriemma liked about the rest of the Huskies.


Former NCAA director of women's and men's basketball tournament Sue Donohoe died after a long illness.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

A big game day

Today's results:

Upset: Kansas State dominated No. 22 South Dakota State, 62-53.

No. 6 Arizona made work of Arizona State, 65-37. It was the largest margin of victory for the Wildcats since 1998, when head coach Adia Barnes played there.

No. 7 Baylor ran away from West Virginia, 65-45.

No. 10 Texas A&M handled Little Rock, 79-56.

No. 17 Northwestern began their season with a 93-57 win over Eastern Illinois.

No. 20 Syracuse stayed ahead of Miami, 69-58.

Wake Forest edged North Carolina, 57-54.

Tennessee 90, Furman 53

South Dakota 62, Wichita State 54

Kansas 74, Oklahoma 64

Nebraska 78, Illinois 72

Clemson 71, Virginia 55

Virginia Tech 88, Pitt 71

BYU 72, Montana State 58

Colorado State 84, San Diego State 77, in 2OT

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Northwestern looks to finish telling last year's story.

Ohio State is ranked and thrashing other teams. My question: are they "back"?

Siena is set to start the season against a familiar foe.

JMU's future looks bright.

Albany is playing catch-up as they open their season.

COVID issues at Texas Southern has axed their game against Rice.

Butler has a COVID pause and postpones three games.

San Jose State has paused due to a positive COVID test.

Youngstown State has a second COVID pause.

COVID issues at Radford.

Southeastern Louisiana is postponing games after positive COVID tests.

College player news:

Dana Evans has Louisville primed for perfection.

JMU's Madison Green is showing efficiency and improvement.

Ole Miss redshirt freshman Sarah Dumitrescu is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Wisconsin's Carmen Backes is medically retiring.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma says the mental toll of the pandemic is a concern.

He laments having to move forward.

Cam Newbauer feels the love, but will Florida bring the wins?

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Some interesting match ups

Today's results:

No. 2 Louisville slapped Duke, 73-49.

No. 4 NC State 76, Elon 47

No. 9 Kentucky 79, Marshall 45

No. 11 UCLA blew out Santa Barbara, 102-45.

No. 13 Arkansas 79, SMU 47

No. 19 Michigan dominated Butler, 93-54.

No. 23 Texas made easy work of Idaho, 73-48.

Iowa staged a epic comeback to nip Iowa State, 82-80.

Michigan State 81, Minnesota 68

Georgia Tech 86, Boston College 68

Purdue 82, Buffalo 70

Georgia 68, Jacksonville State 47

Tulane 81, Middle Tennessee 78

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

The tables have turned and Arizona State is looking up at No. 6 Arizona.

Both the Sun Devils and Wildcats face unique challenges heading into their rivalry game.

New Mexico will adjust their schedule on the fly.

Penn State is trying to bring awareness to social injustice issues.

Self-discipline will be the key to a successful season for JMU.

UMass is finding balance ahead of their game against New Hampshire.

UMaine is set to open the season.

How Syracuse moved a game to a new location in 60 minutes.

Niagara has paused and postponed four games after a positive COVID test.

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman said the league will stick with their travel model, for now.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Husker families play a big role in the team's intro video.

Senior Tenisha Pressley is helping guide Boston U to persevere through the pandemic.

Senior Tori Martell is setting the example for young Montana State.

Grace Heeps is happy to return to Albany.

Sophomore guard Makenzie Helms has left Nebraska for personal reasons.

College coach news:

Notre Dame's Niele Ivey and Duke's Kara Lawson are using their voices to speak out.

Geno Auriemma radio show.

WNBA news:

Vickie Johnson was named head coach of the Dallas Wings.