College Two days until the season!!! By Sue Favor - November 4, 2018 College team news: Expectations remain high for UCLA, despite key losses. Duke prepares to dig deeply this season. Stanford hopes the Alanna-Kiana show propels them to the Final Four. Central Michigan has “laid to rest” last year’s magical Sweet 16 run. Newcomers are raising the level of competition for Wisconsin, and coach Jonathan Tsipis thinks the new mix will be good. Niagara is ready to push the pace this season. Robert Morris aims to be atop the Northeast Conference again. College player news: Hometown Husker Maddie Simon got a reboot on her college career. Jazmine Massengill is a Chattanooga pioneer for the Lady Vols. Oregon’s season opener is a homecoming for Ruthy Hebard. Katie Lou Samuelson is a California kid thriving in Connecticut. Ashley Russell is bringing a hard-nosed mentality to Penn. FGCU’s newcomers are more than athletes. Iowa State freshmen Morgan Kane and Maddie Frederick will redshirt the season. College coach news: Lindsay Whalen is preparing for her coaching debut Friday. Illinois is looking for a turnaround in coach Nancy Fahey’s second season. Marlene Stollings ushers in a new era at Texas Tech. Bowling Green is beginning a new era under Robyn Fralick. WNBA news: WNBA players could soon be negotiating a new CBA.