As preparations go on………

Hear the DVD players? Hear the squeak of shoes on the court?

Lots of film watching and practicing going on now. Which gives us time to focus on some other issues for a nanosecond……

Should NCAA athletes be compensated? ESPN’s Jay Bilas thinks they should.

Swish Appeal’s Rebecca Rider says the system needs to be fixed, and it needs to work for all players – not just the stars.

Great debate.

One thing the NCAA will fund is a major study on concussions. Nice to hear about that.

WNBA:

The LA Sparks have hired Jim Lewis to complete the coaching staff, which still includes Sandy Brondello, who was assistant coach last year. Lewis has been coach at George Mason University, for the Washington Mystics, the Minnesota Lynx and the Indiana Fever.

California high school basketball championships:

Mater Dei advanced to the Division I regional final tonight, defeating Fontana Summit.

The Division IV semifinal featured Windward and Gardena Serra in a much-hyped season rematch. One of my correspondents, who was at the game, reported that Serra blew Windward out, 80-58. Windward was without star center Imani Stafford and sophomore forward Kristen Simon.

Wonder what happened to them????

OK, nanosecond is over and we’re back to the NCAA:

The thing that brought Elena Delle Donne back to basketball was family.

Delle Donne is one of five players who will blog for the tournament. The others include Samantha Prahalis, Chiney Ogwumike, Chelsea Gray and Skylar Diggins.

The new Mississippi State coach is Vin Schaefer.

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