The grind of the season is upon us

Today’s results:

UCF limited #1 UConn to their lowest point total of the year in their 55-37 loss.

#4 Louisville overcame Clemson, 65-46.

#19 Duke got past Wake Forest, 59-51.

#22 Oklahoma State routed #24 TCU, 71-54.

Central Michigan held off Ohio, 74-72.

Virginia Tech handled North Carolina, 90-74.

All scores.

SEC, Big Ten are back in action tomorrow.

College team news:

Behind the dominant play of Mississippi State.

What picking up UConn transfer Andra Espinoza-Hunter means for Mississippi State.

Mississippi State has become a juggernaut in women’s hoops.

Iowa is hoping a February rush is in the cards.

Missouri is using the postseason for perspective in the midst of the grind.

Florida shows potential despite their recent losses.

LMU has a chance to pull away from the pack.

ESPN’s bi-weekly mid-major rankings.

College player news:

Iowa’s Megan Gustafson: small town, big game.

Duke guard Haley Gorecki is out for the season with a left hip injury.

Notre Dame guard Marina Mabrey is handling a midseason position transfer.

Cal’s Asha Thomas found what she was looking for not far from home.

Kentucky freshman KeKe McKinney lost her way obsessing about three-point shots. Here’s how the Cats got her back.

Chandler Smith made her move from the ranch to the Kennel at Gonzaga.

Robbi Ryan is shining in her sophomore year for Arizona State.

Virginia Tech guard Chanette Hicks is stepping away from the team to deal with personal matters.

NCAA’s starting five for the week.

College coach news:

How USA Basketball and Dawn Staley are keeping women in the game.

Holly Warlick is a coach, a poet and a country music fan.

Johns Hopkins is mourning the loss of longtime basketball coach Nancy Funk.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day:

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer on sexism in sports: “Let’s keep improving the situation.”

UCLA coach Cori Close reflects on progress and her platform to inspire young athletes.

Colorado coach JR Payne’s daughters are tremendously inspired by her players.

The WNBA celebrates the day.

WNBA news:

Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson will participate in the NBA All-Star game.

Chiney Ogwumike on Black History Month and why the WNBA remains politically active.

How Swin Cash stays in shape.

Former players are transitioning to the NBA corporate office.

Around the Rim podcast:

This week’s Around the Rim podcast features Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, me talking about the Pac-12, and Texas A&M standouts Chennedy Carter and Anriel Howard.

High school news:

Facing a numbers crunch, one West Texas high school combined the boy’s and girls basketball teams.