Sunday, January 31, 2021

A non-upsetting but great game day

Today's results:

No. 3 UConn 100, No. 17 DePaul 67

No. 4 South Carolina 87, Alabama 63

No. 6 Stanford 74, Washington 48

No. 8 Texas A&M 60, No. 22 Georgia 48

No. 9 Baylor 85, Iowa State 77

No. 15 Kentucky 61, Missouri 55

No. 16 Indiana 79, Michigan State 67

No. 19 Arkansas 77, Auburn 67

No. 20 Tennessee 79, Florida 65

LSU 75, Ole Miss 66 (OT)

Oklahoma 80, Kansas State 78

Iowa 94, Minnesota 68

Syracuse 81, Notre Dame 69

Penn State 80, Purdue 70

Virginia Tech 73, North Carolina 69

Clemson 69, Wake Forest 66

Oregon State 84, Utah 74

USC 65, Arizona State 57

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule has some good "Big Monday" action.

College team news:

Baylor continues to bring out the best in Iowa State.

Indiana notched its 800th program win today.

Purdue looks to clear their minds at the halfway point of Big Ten play.

Dayton won their first big game in 17 days.

Wisconsin snapped a nine-game losing streak by downing Illinois.

College player news:

Members of Texas A&M's National Championship team reminisce on their 2011 season.

College coach news:

LSU coach Nikki Fargas missed today's game due to COVID protocols.

WNBA news:

Sue Bird has reportedly reached a deal to re-sign with the Storm.

The Aces are eyeing a title as Liz Cambage and Kelsey Plum prepare to return.

The Sun doesn't set on coach Curt Miller.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Lots of game prep

Today's results:

Kysre Gondrezick poured in 30 points to propel No. 24 West Virginia over TCU, 79-70. It's the eighth straight for the Mountaineers.

Texas rolled past Texas Tech, 72-53.

Oklahoma State rolled past Kansas, 75-51.

No. 18 Gonzaga 79, Saint Mary's 52

Central Michigan 66, Buffalo 62

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

NC State is prepping for Louisville, and looks for another upset.

One day DePaul will topple UConn. How about this weekend?

The Blue Demon-Husky matchup is a Big East marquee game.

Iowa State is ready for Baylor's best shot tomorrow.

Washington State is still poised for Madness, despite their losses to Stanford.

Oregon State is rounding into form after a rough first half of the season.

Maine is healthy and preparing for a stretch run.

Battered Ohio looks forward to a potential break after blasting Akron.

College player news:

Kierstan Bell set an FGCU single-season double-double record today.

Cincinnati's Ilmar'l Thomas is rearranging the record books.

Notre Dame is all smiles with Olivia Miles.

Will Miles give the Irish a boost?

College coach news:

In Creighton's return to play today, coach Jim Flanery picked up his 350th win.

WNBA news:

Will interest in the Sky broaden now that Candace Parker is in the mix?

Parker could be what Chicago needs to win a title.

Candace Parker will forever be a Spark to the LA Times.

What does the Sun do with injured free agent Alyssa Thomas?

The Lynx are in on the fireworks in the offseason.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Weekday night grind

Today's results:

No. 5 UCLA 60, Arizona State 57

No. 6 Stanford 77, Washington State 49

Oregon State 72, Colorado 64

Western Kentucky 100, Charlotte 99 (3OT)

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Dominance is nice, but the sport benefits from unpredictability.

Indiana is navigating through the pandemic amidst expectations.

Big win opportunities are shrinking for Michigan State.

Siena's weekend games are postponed, but the program isn't pausing.

Oregon is on COVID pause and has postponed this weekend's games.

Boston College remains on COVID pause.

College player news:

The Leger-Walker sisters are leading Washington State to new heights.

The three Thomas sisters are excelling on the court at Arizona and UNLV.

Taya Hanson has honed her skills for Arizona State.

After transferring, Aleah Nelson is at home at Towson.

College coach news:

Bill Fennelly wants Iowa State to keep improving.

Clemson coach Amanda Butler has become a resource for some NBA coaches.

College conference and NCAA news:

This fall Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State will join the ASUN Conference.

The NCAA is poised to make San Antonio home to the entire NCAA Tournament.

WNBA news:

Re-signing Diana Taurasi could be the Mercury's biggest free agency move.

Alysha Clark is leaving the Storm, so what's next for the team in free agency?

The Mystics made a free agency splash, and Emma Meesseman is next.

The Lynx have added Natalie Achonwa and Aerial Powers.

The Sparks will build around Nneka Ogwumike after losing Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray in free agency.

Layshia Clarendon had surgery to remove her breasts, as a transgender person, and is supported by her team and by the league.

Thursday, January 28, 2021


Another three-upset night, and of Nos. 2 and 3, no less. First loss of the season for both the Wolfpack and Huskies. The title is open for the taking.


Virginia Tech toppled No. 2 NC State in OT, 83-71.

No. 19 Arkansas took down No. 3 UConn, 90-87.

LSU upended No. 22 Georgia, 60-52.

More results:

No. 7 Maryland thrashed Michigan State, 92-52.

Minnesota eclipsed Purdue, 77-72, for their third straight win.

No. 1 Louisville 79, North Carolina 68

No. 4 South Carolina 75, No. 21 Mississippi State 52

No. 8 Texas A&M 84, Auburn 69

No. 14 Ohio State 78, No. 16 Indiana 70

No. 15 Kentucky 81, Alabama 68

No. 20 Tennessee 68, Ole Miss 67

No. 23 Northwestern 87, Iowa 80

Wake Forest 73, Florida State 59

Syracuse 80, Pitt 57

Georgia Tech 70, Miami 56

Iowa State 62, Kansas State 60

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Alabama is on pace to end their NCAA Tournament drought.

Creighton will return Sunday after 27 days off.

Georgia Southern has called off its weekend games due to COVID issues.

William & Mary has paused activities due to COVID protocols.

The Horizon League has a new format for its conference tourney.

College player news:

"Walking bucket" Sedona Prince is back happy and healthy for Oregon.

Can Aliyah Boston, Zia Cooke and Brea Beal lead South Carolina back to a title?

Georgia's success this year is due to their senior starters.

College coach news:

Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly nabbed his 700th career win tonight in the Cyclone's victory over Kansas State.

Army coach Dave Magarity will reportedly retire at the end of the season.

WNBA news:

Top players to watch and team-by-team needs in free agency.

With Candace Parker's reported signing, the Sky's title window is wide open.

With their free agent additions, the Lynx have a championship roster.

Chelsea Gray has signed a multi-year deal with the Aces.

The Lynx are reportedly signing Natalie Achonwa and Aerial Powers.

Alysha Clark is reported to be signing with the Mystics.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

So many stories

Today's results:

No. 6 Stanford routed Washington State, 71-49.

Though short-handed, No. 24 West Virginia won their seventh in a row, 73-53 over Texas Tech.

Oklahoma State ran past Texas, 68-51.

Oklahoma held off Kansas, 84-81.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Oregon is leaning on defense.

Ohio State looks ahead to a tough matchup.

Iowa State wants a short memory going into their game against Kansas State.

After yesterday's blowout, Oregon State looks like a team with an NCAA Tournament future.

Why Alabama deserves to be ranked.

Missouri must end their turnover woes against Florida.

Siena hopes their next trip doesn't come up empty.

UC Riverside is finding a rhythm.

Wisconsin has lost 10 straight.

Stanford is set to return to campus after COVID restrictions were lifted Monday.

Arizona has postponed their weekend games, due to COVID restrictions.

South Dakota State has canceled this weekend's games due to COVID protocols.

Marist has entered a COVID pause.

Niagara has entered their third COVID pause of the season.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five.

The Ducks are confident their three injured players will return this week.

Wake Forest is leaning on seniors Gina Conti and Ivana Raca, and it's working.

Minnesota sophomore guard Jasmine Powell is being challenged by coach Lindsay Whalen.

Talia von Oelhoffen made her presence felt immediately for the Beavers.

Saylor Poffenbarger is cleared to play for UConn.

Mikayla Boykin, Sara Anastasieska and Jayda Adams will transfer from Duke.

College coach news:

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors is trivia savvy and stuck in the 80's.

WNBA news:

Sources say Candace Parker will sign with the Chicago Sky.

What does the move mean for all parties?

Kayla McBride says she's signing with the Lynx.

Minnesota will bolster their backcourt with her addition.

Asia Durr talked last night on HBO's "Real Sports" about her long-haul COVID symptoms, which have kept her from playing.

Her future in hoops is uncertain.

Durr talked with ESPN's Mechelle Voepel.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Major things continue to go down

Today's results:

Upset: Charli Collier lead Texas over No. 24 Iowa State, 70-59.

No. 9 Baylor handled Oklahoma, 84-61.

No. 3 UConn trounced Georgetown, 72-41.

Kansas outlasted Kansas State, 70-63.

Kierstan Bell and Tishara Morehouse combined for 57 points as FGCU smashed Lipscomb, 103-49.......five things to know about the win.

TCU pounded past Texas Tech, 61-53.

Missouri State 78, Drake 63

South Dakota 61, Western Illinois 56

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is full of goodies

College team news:

Northwestern is looking to re-establish themselves against Indiana.

UCLA is focused on toughness and execution, not numbers.

Oregon State is in catch up mode.

Butler is pressing on through the pandemic.

Seton Hall is battling through adversity.

Minnesota has fast-paced offense and struggling defense.

Arizona has canceled tomorrow's game due to COVID protocols.

Michigan Athletics enters a 14-day department-wide activity pause.

Boston College has suspended activities due to COVID protocols.

Bucknell is paused after positive COVID tests.

College player news:

Arizona State's Taya Hanson carries a six-game double-figures scoring streak into tomorrow's game.

Houston guard Julia Blackshell-Fair is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Little Rock's top two scorers have opted out of the rest of the season.

College coach news:

Towson won one today for ailing coach Diane Richardson.

Purdue-Fort Wayne coach Niecee Nelson denies abuse allegations in a letter.

WNBA news:

Lauren Cox is ready for year two with the Fever.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Big scoring, big games

Today's results:

Upset: No. 17 Ohio State topped No. 11 Michigan, 81-77, despite 50 points and 16 rebounds from Naz Hillmon.

No. 1 Louisville 67, No. 23 Syracuse 54

No. 3 UConn 67, No. 25 Tennessee 61

No. 4 South Carolina 62, No. 22 Georgia 50

No. 12 Kentucky 76, Auburn 71

No. 18 DePaul 80, Butler 66

No. 21 Northwestern 73, Illinois 54

Florida State 95, Clemson 88 (2OT)

Purdue 56, Wisconsin 55

Miami 72, Pitt 68

Notre Dame 65, Virginia Tech 60

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

No. 6 UCLA is focusing on defense against Stanford.

No. 7 Maryland is still successful, despite injuries and pandemic quirks.

Will Oregon continue its dominance against Washington State, or will the Cougars get revenge?

The Ducks are bracing for the battle.

Where does Baylor go from here?

It's a key week for BYU.

Arizona State is returning for its first game since Jan. 3.

Michigan State will return from COVID pause this Sunday.

Two more Kent State games have been postponed.

ODU is paused due to positive COVID tests.

Oregon's lower division basketball programs wonder why DI is deemed safer under COVID protocols.

College player news:

Michigan forward Naz Hillmon set a school record - women and men - in scoring 50 points in a game today.

How Christyn Williams quieted self-doubt and returned to form.

Aubrey Griffin is giving UConn a spark.

Returning from COVID protocol, Ohio State's Dorka Juhasz is determined to win the Big Ten.

College coach news:

Tara VanDerveer is living a spartan life and advancing the game.

Detroit Mercy has suspended its season amidst allegations of abuse and NCAA violations by first-year coach AnnMarie Gilbert.

Copy of the letter from parents regarding Gilbert.

WNBA news:

The Sparks have renewed the contract of assistant coach Fred Williams.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Gearing up at mid-week

Today's results:

No. 9 Baylor handled Oklahoma State, 77-58.

Eastern Michigan edged Central Michigan, 70-67.

Ohio slipped by Buffalo, 84-81.

Texas made work of TCU, 71-54.

Texas Tech overcame Kansas, 75-65.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is stellar.

College team news:

Remaining undefeated Division I teams this season.

Though top-ranked, Louisville isn't resting on their laurels.

How Michigan has begun its best season ever.

UConn will travel to play Arkansas next week.

No. 13 Oregon is regrouping after their Arizona loss.

No. 17 Ohio State looks to rebound against rival Michigan.

Georgia is continuing their season-long mindset into their matchup with No. 4 South Carolina.

Michigan State looks to improve their half-court offense heading into the Big Ten gauntlet.

Suddenly there's real rivalry between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Florida State's previous game against Clemson gives them an advantage heading into the rematch.

Before meeting on the court, Marquette and Georgetown met on Zoom for an intense discussion.

BYU has a New Zealand connection.

Richmond has been cleared to resume play.

Washington has had to postpone another game.

FAU has postponed two games due to COVID issues.

College player news:

Evina Westbrook is excited and nervous to return to Tennessee.

Noelle Mannen has made an impact for Oregon State throughout their COVID pause.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

Louisville coach Jeff Walz is ready for the challenges of being No. 1.

Gonzaga update with Lisa Fortier.

Abuse is alleged at Purdue-Fort Wayne.

A closer look at PFW coach Niecee Nelson.

College conference and NCAA news:

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott will end his term one year early.

The NCAA will tour San Antonio in advance of their Final Four location decision.

WNBA news:

Team-by-team free agency.

Sun forward had successful surgery yesterday to repair a torn Achilles.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

NCAA makes Tournament decisions

NCAA news:

The NCAA announced that a traditional 64-team field for the Tournament will be announced on Selection Monday. There are changes, however.

Today's results:

An Ashley Joens layup propelled No. 24 Iowa State past Oklahoma, 64-63. Joens had 32 points and 16 rebounds.

Minnesota stunned Nebraska, 76-71.

Syracuse ran past North Carolina, 88-76.

No. 3 UConn smashed Butler, 103-55.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

The significance and irrelevance of Georgia in the AP poll.

The Bulldogs are back in the poll and ready to return to prominence.

With the new NCAA Tourney format, Gonzaga will miss another chance to host.

Kansas State has nervous energy heading into their first game in a month.

Iowa has decided not to travel to Maryland for their game tomorrow, due to caution surrounding the Presidential inauguration.

Rice has postponed a game due to COVID tracking.

Dayton has postponed four more games.

The Pac-12 has seen a season of pauses.

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

College player news:

As Diamond Miller shines bright, so does Maryland.

Vanderbilt's Demi Washington talks about her myocarditis diagnosis.

Chrislyn Carr has transferred from Texas Tech to Baylor.

Top 50 recruit Kendall Coley has joined the Huskers early.

College coach news:

With tonight's dub, Geno Auriemma passed Pat Summitt on the all-time wins list.

Kellie Harper said she's open to extending the Tennessee-UConn series past this year.

WNBA news:

The Atlanta Dream is on the verge of being sold.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Four days, eight upendings

With two more top 25 upsets today, that makes eight since Thursday. The AP top 25 poll is about to look really different tomorrow.


Colorado toppled No. 1 Stanford in OT, 77-72. It was the Buff's first program win over a first-ranked team.

Texas Tech upended No. 21 Texas, 74-66.

More results:

No. 9 Maryland held off Wisconsin, 79-70, for their tenth straight dub.

No. 11 Arizona sailed past Oregon State, 67-51.

No. 23 Tennessee bounced back with an 82-56 win over Alabama.

No. 24 Syracuse showed no signs of rust in their 99-64 stomping of Miami.

Georgia cruised past Ole Miss, 73-57.

TCU outlasted Kansas in OT, 81-78.

Wake Forest edged Virginia Tech, 67-64.

LaSalle squeezed by Duquesne, 67-63.

Notre Dame stopped Boston College, 83-73.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

With two ACC teams opting out, where does that leave the rest of the conference?

How big was Iowa State's win over Baylor? Huge.

Iowa is resetting for Purdue. They look to get right for that contest.

Mississippi State set an unwanted school record today.

Penn State is struggling to find production and leadership amidst their scoring leader's absence.

Cal has canceled four games due to COVID issues.

VCU is paused due to COVID issues.

New Mexico State has paused after a positive COVID test.

College player news:

Kentucky standout Rhyne Howard is day-to-day with a left ankle injury.

High-scoring Caitlin Clark is fitting right in at Iowa.

Tiana Mangakahia and Kiara Lewis are anchoring Syracuse.

College coach news:

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said that for the NCAA, the "almighty dollar" trumps health concerns.

I have said the same thing this season. There were jobs lost, pay cuts taken and sports slashed after no NCAA Tourney last year. A second year would change college sports for the worse.

Adia Barnes said Arizona's 2021 class is done, and 2022 will be strong.

Navy won its first game today under new coach Tim Taylor.

WNBA news:

Jantel Lavender is baffled by the Sky trade, but is optimistic about her future with the Fever.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Mixing bowl of items

Today's results:

Upset: USC toppled No. 25 Washington State in OT, 81-77.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

How many SEC teams could reach the Final Four?

Arizona got two more games on ESPN.

Florida State announced two rescheduled games.

Oregon State has remained positive and connected during their COVID pause.

Dixie State has canceled their season.

A positive COVID test at Lafayette has postponed their game against Loyola Maryland.

Michigan State has extended its COVID pause, postponing their game against rival Michigan.

Providence has extended their pause.

Siena is once again on pause due to a positive COVID test.

Creighton has extended their pause, after additional positive COVID tests.

College player news:

The Leger-Walker sisters have sparked Washington State's success.

Tiana Mangakahia and Emily Engstler are healthy to return for Syracuse.

Arizona's 2021 recruit Madison Connor has graduated high school and is prepared to join the team.


UConn 2021 recruit Saylor Poffenbarger has graduated high school and will join the team soon.

Talia Von Oelhoffen has graduated and will join Oregon State.

A statue of Gamecock great A'ja Wilson has been unveiled outside Colonial Life Arena.

College coach news:

Baylor is set to return, but coach Kim Mulkey will be a game-day call.

Quentin Hillsman says his Orange feel "good" to return to the court.


Free agency tracker.

Free agent negotiations have begun.

As free agency begins, these questions loom for the Storm.

The Sparks look to retain their veteran core.

The Liberty enter free agency ready for big changes.

Sun guard Bria Holmes is ready to test free agency.

What can Mark Davis bring to the Aces?

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Takedown Thursday in the SEC

The SEC was on fire tonight with upendings:

LSU handed No. 7 Texas A&M their first loss of the season, 65-61 in OT.

Alabama knocked off No. 14 Mississippi State, 86-78.

Georgia came from behind to topple No. 23 Tennessee, 67-66. It was the first time the Bulldogs won in Thompson-Boling Arena since 1996.

More results:

No. 9 Maryland had no trouble with Minnesota, 90-73.

No. 11 Arizona drubbed No. 10 Oregon, 57-41. (Technically an upset, but not really)

No. 13 Michigan is 10-0 after a 69-40 rout of Wisconsin.

No. 17 Arkansas held off Florida, 84-80, behind Chelsea Dungee's 33 points.

No. 18 Indiana ran away from Purdue, 66-45.

A big performance from Charli Collier paced No. 21 Texas past Kansas, 79-72.

Missouri returned to the court and took down red-hot Ole Miss, 86-77.

Notre Dame stopped Wake Forest, 79-72.

Virginia Tech ended a losing skid with a 66-54 victory over North Carolina.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

What to expect from Oregon State when they return to the court.

UAlbany got a surprise homestand this weekend.

Air Force is gaining momentum after COVID slowed its start.

Dayton has won five straight.

FGCU is back in action Saturday, on the road.

Virginia has canceled the rest of the season, for health and safety concerns.

San Jose State has also canceled the remainder of its season.

Vermont has paused team activities due to a positive COVID test.

SIU is on a COVID pause again.

Grand Canyon is part of the WAC expansion.

The Summit League tournament will be held without fans, and in a smaller venue.

College player news:

Texas post Charli Collier has created a basketball show to prepare for a broadcasting career.

College coach news:

Podcast with Seton Hall coach Tony Bozzella.

WNBA news:

Chicago has extended coach James Wade's contract through 2025.

Raiders owner Mark Davis bought the Aces from MGM.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Unranked indications

Today's results:

No. 15 Ohio held off Iowa in OT, 84-82. The game ended the Hawkeyes' 42-game home win streak.

Iowa State handed Oklahoma State their first conference loss, 90-80. Ashley Joens had 30 for the Cyclones and Natasha Mack scored 34 for the Cowgirls.

West Virginia squeaked past Texas Tech, 83-78.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule features some good match ups.

Key point: Lack of marquee matchups this year will make Tournament selection harder.

College team news:

Sunday's match up between No. 2 Louisville and No. 3 NC State is off, as the Wolfpack is still following COVID protocols.

The young Cardinals are growing up fast in conference play.

No. 10 Oregon will be tested against No. 11 Arizona tomorrow.

Three things to know about Mississippi State's game against Alabama.

With growing injuries, Maryland needs consistency.

Syracuse is scheduled to return Friday and be back on the court Sunday.

Ole Miss is showing signs of a turnaround.

Missouri will return to the court against the Rebels.

Coastal Carolina will return this weekend.

Pac-12 mailbag.

Michigan State postponed today's game due to COVID issues.

Arkansas-Little Rock has postponed a game due to COVID testing.

College player news:

Arizona is looking for more offense from Helena Pueyo and Sam Thomas.

Freshman Madison Layden is bringing "calmness and steadiness" to Purdue.

Iowa State's Emily Ryan is thriving as a freshman point guard.

Katie Borowicz is adjusting after getting an early start with Minnesota.

Former DePaul Blue Demon Melissa McFerrin has transferred to Memphis.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.