College Tipping off again in 5….4….3….2…. By Sue Favor - December 27, 2018 College team news: Iowa hopes to challenge Maryland for the Big 10 title. Under Lindsay Whalen, the Gophers have tightened up considerably on defense. Auburn is off to an 11-1 start and still isn’t ranked. Three things to know as Indiana opens conference play against Illinois. After a disappointing start, Nebraska begins the second half of the season with the Big 10. Colorado is ready for Pac-12 play. Duke and Virginia are struggling to stay on track in the ACC. Five points from UConn’s 11-0 season so far. UMass is fighting inconsistency as they head into Atlantic-10 play. Only one game today Many teams back in action tomorrow College player news: Indomitable will power and mental toughness drive Iowa’s Tania Davis. Kat Tudor is providing a spark off the bench for Oregon State. Malaysia McHenry turned a corner for CSUB last postseason. Freshman Maddie Willet is already making an impact for Cal Poly. College coach news: Challenge accepted by Dawn Staley. Nicole Mealing is ECU’s new acting head coach.