Monday, November 30, 2015

Another player leaving Kentucky

Player news:

Another player has left Kentucky: Kyvin Goodin-Rogers.

Team news:

Iowa is battle and travel-tested.

Coach news:

Mark Campbell has been promoted to associate head coach at Oregon.

Tonight's (incomplete) results:

#1 Connecticut blew out Chattanooga, 79-31.

Oklahoma State beat Washington State, 70-60.

Middle Tennessee routed Austin Peay, 86-55. Blue Raider junior Olivia Jones notched 1,000 career points in the process.

Oregon and San Jose State are tipping off in moments.

All scores.

WNBA news:

Lynx assistant coach Jim Petersen is a candidate for the Sun head coach job.

A world of movement in this week's AP top 25 poll

Many teams moved on up like the Jeffersons in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Connecticut
2. South Carolina
3. Notre Dame
4. Baylor
5. Maryland
6. Texas
7. Oregon State
8. Tennessee
9. Mississippi State
10. Ohio State
11. Kentucky
12. Texas A&M
13. Florida State
14. Duke
15. Northwestern
16. Stanford
17. Arizona State
18. California
19. Michigan State
20. Syracuse
21. Oklahoma
22. Seton Hall
23. DePaul
24. South Florida
25. UCLA

It's Seton Hall's highest ranking in the poll in 20 years.

Congrats to the Bruins, who have fought their way back into the rankings.

Coach's chair: Kenny Brooks, James Madison University

Loved talking to this man - so full of wisdom and kindness:

Kenny Brooks, James Madison University

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wow, and more wow

#22 Louisville was upset for the second day in a row, this time to Dayton, who won 79-66.

St. John's took down #18 South Florida, 74-70.

#8 Texas upended #4 Tennessee, though I don't consider that a "wow" as much, because Texas is hot and Tennessee escaped a couple upsets last week.

Looks like Purdue is for real this year, as #13 Stanford needed an overtime to beat them, 71-65.

Maine downed LSU, 52-41.

North Carolina rallied past Gonzaga, 67-62.

More results:

San Diego State got the best of Wisconsin, 63-57.

James Madison topped Hampton in overtime, 68-56.

One last game going on at this hour: #2 South Carolina at Hawaii.

All scores.

Player news:

Priceton's Michelle Miller - a Rhodes Scholar candidate - notched her 1,000th career point yesterday in the Tiger's tournament win over Seattle University.

Get to know Michigan State center, Czech Republic native Hana Vesela.

CSUN's Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, 2015

In yesterday's tournament conclusion, BYU topped Penn State, 63-51, in the consolation game. Lexi Rydalch had 24 points for the Cougars, and Kalani Purcell added 16. Peyton Whitted had 15 for the Lions.

In the title game, Georgia got off to a quick start and never looked back, as they routed their hosts, 83-58. Tiaria Griffin had a career-high 25 points for the Bulldogs. Shacobia Barbee added 18 and Caliya Robinson, 13. Sarafina Maulupe had 14 points for the Matadors.

The games showcased some of the changes that abound in the 2015-2016 season so far. Georgia coach Joni Taylor, who took over the program from first-ever coach Andy Landers this year, doesn't seem to have missed a beat. The senior-laden Bulldogs are 5-1. CSUN, which lost their core group of senior starters to graduation last season, is rebuilding.

BYU's easy dispensation of Penn State was an eyebrow-raiser, considering that the Lions were conference title contenders as recently as two years ago.

All photos by Sue Favor.

Channon Fluker (33) fights for a rebound for CSUN in the first quarter.

Claudia Ramos looks to pass inside.

The Georgia bench reacts to a bucket.

Tiaria Griffin makes a pass. She scored a career-high 25 points in the game.

Shacobia Barbee stole the ball and went coast to coast for the layup.

Rebound battle in the fourth quarter.

Penn State coach Coquese Washington and BYU coach Jeff Judkins face off in the consolation game.

Washington watches second quarter action.

Leah Knizner takes the ball up court for the Lions.

At the top of their conference just a few years ago, Penn State has fallen on hard times the last two seasons. They are currently 3-3.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


The insanity continues in a two-week-old season that already feels much longer.

Upset city:

#11 Ohio State 95, #10 Texas A&M 80. Kelsey Mitchell matched a Buckeye school record with 42 points. It was the first loss of the season for the Aggies.

Purdue 62, #22 Louisville 60. The Boilermakers are 6-0, and I suspect the Cardinals will drop from the rankings Monday with their 1-3 record.

Wright State 77, #24 George Washington 71.

"Don't let the score fool you" almost-upsets:

#3 Notre Dame needed an overtime to put away UCLA, 92-84. Bruins Coach Cori Close promised her team would be there in March.

#5 Baylor had to rally from double-digits to beat #20 Michigan State in the closing minutes, 84-76.

#13 Stanford fought off Dayton, 74-66.

Close ones:

#16 Cal escaped Liberty, 77-72.

#19 Northwestern edged East Carolina, 78-75.

Auburn downed Minnesota in overtime, 81-79. Rachel Banham broke Minnesota's points-scored career mark record, held by Lindsay Whalen.

Long Beach State rallied to nip Northwestern State, 60-59.

San Francisco survived Sacramento State, 95-94.

Washington bested Texas Tech, 77-73. Kelsey Plum put up 34 for the Huskies.

Butler slipped by Clemson, 54-50.

Tulane topped Virginia, 67-62.

TCU squeaked past UT Rio Grande Valley, 71-67.

Vanderbilt defeated Ohio, 62-59.

Creighton won the battle with Eastern Washington in overtime, 66-60.

More results:

What ?? Idaho blew out Iowa, 97-65.

Times have changed: BYU 63, Penn State 51.

Missouri routed St. Mary's, 95-78, giving the Gaels their first loss.

SMU snuffed out Kansas, 73-64.

All scores.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Intriguing match ups on tap tomorrow

As holiday tournaments continue, there are some very interesting match ups tomorrow:

#10 Texas A&M vs. #11 Ohio State

#6 Maryland vs. Pitt

#13 Stanford vs. Dayton

#24 George Washington vs. Wright State

#5 Baylor vs. #20 Michigan State

#22 Louisville vs. Purdue

Missouri vs. St. Mary's

Washington vs. Texas Tech

Minnesota vs. Auburn

Rutgers vs. Green Bay

Georgia vs. CSUN

Player news:

Illinois transfer Taylor Gleason has been granted an NCAA waiver and can play for Oakland immediately.

UConn's freshman are learning "the Geno way."

Coach news:

Alabama assistant Shereka Wright has made an easy transition from player to coach.

What a day in basketball

So far, the key word for the 2015-2016 season seems to be intensity. The second major theme seems to be that some of the traditional powers are having down years. A third banner is: "expect the unexpected."

Whoa, nelly:

Didn't you just know #2 South Carolina vs. #16 Arizona State was going to be a ringer? Me too, and it was: South Carolina 60, Arizona State 58. A'ja Wilson made two free throws for the Gamecocks with .6 seconds left to seal the win.

#4 Tennessee outlasted Albany, 63-55.

#6 Maryland held off South Dakota State, 62-55.

# 24 George Washington slipped past #25 Iowa in two overtimes, 81-77.

#23 Syracuse edged Washington, 66-62.

Minnesota squeaked by Stetson, 72-69. Rachel Banham is now within 11 points of breaking the all-time school scoring record, set by Lindsay Whalen.

St. Mary's escaped Fresno State in overtime, 83-81.

Oklahoma State bettered Oral Roberts, 59-55.

Navy survived Siena, 59-58.

Auburn outperformed Boise State, 55-53.

Wisconsin rallied to top Delaware, 54-52.

Weber State defeated Portland, 57-55.

Georgia stuffed BYU, 66-58.

CSUN notched their first victory of the season....over Penn State, 81-73.


#10 Texas A&M's 75-58 defeat of #16 California gave coach Gary Blair his 700th career win.

More results:

UCLA beat Louisiana Tech, 68-57.

Rutgers downed Virginia, 60-48, giving them their first loss of the season.

Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas, 67-59.

Alabama routed Middle Tennessee, 64-46.

All scores.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Yes, there are games today

Unbeaten club:

Virginia is 5-0 after defeating Green Bay, 68-59.

Seton Hall is 6-0 after downing North Carolina State, 58-55.

#5 Baylor whooped Cincinnati, 72-34. The Bears are 5-0.

#6 Maryland routed Old Dominion, 95-49. The Terps are 4-0.

#19 Northwestern is 4-0 after surviving Eastern Washington, 74-70.

#25 Iowa bested Wright State, 83-77. The Hawkeyes are 5-0.

Pitt's undefeated record is on the line, as it's currently halftime in their game with South Dakota State, and they lead by 2.

Two final games are on tap tonight.

All scores.

Player news:

Iowa's dynamic duo of centers are filling in big shoes.

Texas senior Imani Boyette reached the 1,000-point career mark last night against Hampton.

A big family taught Arkansas' Alecia Cooley how to be on a team. Teammate Jessica Jackson originally wanted to be a cheerleader.

Washington's Chantel Osahor is a player you'd want on your squad.

Who is the nation's leading shot blocker? Colgate's Josie Stockill.

Coach news:

Louisiana Tech coach Tyler Summitt is homegrown.

Happy Thanksgiving.