No championships crowned today, so we’ll hit various game highlights:
In the Atlantic Sun semifinals, Jacksonville survived North Florida in OT, 83-77, and will FGCU in the finals Sunday.
In the Mountain West semifinals, Boise State rolled past Colorado State, 76-51. The other conference semi, Nevada vs. Wyoming, is in progress now.
Ball State came up empty in MAC play again, as Western Michigan prevailed, 65-54 in the quarterfinals.
In another MAC quarter, Central Michigan got by Eastern Michigan, 67-64.
In the WAC quarterfinals, first-year coach Nicole Powell’s Grand Canyon took care of Utah Valley, 72-56. They are 16-13 and 9-5 in conference play.
Kamie Ethridge’s Northern Colorado squad is 24-6 after getting by Montana, 78-69 in the Big Sky quarters.
College team news:
Mississippi State has learned valuable lessons from their first loss.
Notre Dame is still eyeing a No. 1 seed.
Dayton is preparing as if they’ll play in the NCAA Tournament.
Drake has parlayed depth into another perfect MVC campaign.
Indiana awaits the NCAA Selection Committee’s Decision.
Is Gonzaga (and maybe BYU) really coming to the Mountain West?
UMaine’s commitment to defense has them in the America East championship.
Northeastern players pushed their bus out of the now in Philadelphia.
Bentley is looking toward their NCAA Tournament return.
College player news:
Western Kentucky’s Tashia Brown quietly becomes a leader, and one of the nation’s best.
Jatarie White is excelling at the right time for Texas.
Stanford’s Mikaela Brewer talks about her battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Laura Stockton, like her dad did, delivers drive, grit and assists for Gonzaga.
Marist’s Maura Fitzpatrick looks to the WNIT with bittersweet excitement.
College coach news:
Three coaches in the hot seat on the Around the Rim podcast.
Ivy League coaches are challenging the conference tournament schedule.
Kevin Borseth has Green Bay back in the Tournament again.
Brenda Nichols won’t return as head coach at Sam Houston State.
UIC has let coach Regina Miller go.
Former Florida coach Amanda Butler: 365 days and 23,273 miles later.
College commissioner news:
Big East commissioner Val Ackerman Q&A.
Liberty coach Katie Smith talks about the upcoming season.
Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is sharpening her general manager skills.
Liz Cambage wants a golden year.
Elena Delle Donne podcast.
Becky Hammon is a top candidate for the men’s job at Colorado State.