Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Oregon starts conference play at a program best, despite shooting woes

Lexi Bando and the Oregon Ducks used tough defense to outrun Arizona. Photo by Eric Evans Photography/University of Oregon.
Lexi Bando and the Oregon Ducks used tough defense to outrun Arizona. Photo by Eric Evans Photography/University of Oregon.
Lexi Bando and the Oregon Ducks used tough defense to outrun Arizona. Photo by Eric Evans Photography/University of Oregon.

Eugene – No. 8 Oregon shook off a slow start in the first half Friday to rout Arizona, 62-44, and go 5-0 in Pac-12 play – the best start in program history.

The Ducks shot a season-low 38 percent, but used tough defense to limit the Wildcats to 29 percent shooting. Sabrina Ionescu led the hosts with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Ruthy Hebard added 14 points.

Oregon’s shooters were missing wide-open looks that they usually make – most notably, senior Lexi Bando. The three-point,hometown specialist had an off-night from beyond the arc going 3-of-10.

Bando was not the only player struggling to shoot the ball, as junior guard Maite Cazorla was 3-of-11 from the field. Five Duck players attempted at least one shot and didn’t make any.

“We couldn’t possibly shoot worse,” coach Kelly Graves said. “I don’t think we took a bad three all night; those are shots we typically make.”

“I used to kid the kids all the time that people are not very bright when they play zone against us. Well, they looked pretty bright tonight.”

Oregon led 27-26 at halftime, and clamped down on defense in the third quarter to inflate their lead. They coasted in the fourth period.

There were no halftime adjustments, according to Graves. There were just shooting issues.

“Really I wasn’t displeased with the shots that we were getting,” he said. “Normally, Lexi Bando, you leave her open, that’s a layup.”

Arizona’s zone defense made it tough for Oregon to get the looks they wanted in the first two quarters. The Ducks did the same thing in return.

“I think the first thing was the zone,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. “It’s really hard to play against a team that plays a lot of zone, so I thought that was really effective in the first half.

“We were trying to slow the game down because they average a lot of points and have a lot of scoring threats.”

Sam Thomas led three Wildcats in double figures with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Kat Wright scored 12 points.

Arizona State lost to Oregon State prior to the Oregon-Arizona tipoff, making the Ducks the only Pac-12 team undefeated in conference play. They face the No. 18 Sun Devils Sunday.

Conference play heats up, as does the news load

Pac-12:

AKA the heart attack conference this evening.

#22 Oregon State 57, #18 Arizona State 54

#14 UCLA 81, Utah 74

#24 Cal 69, Washington 60

And…..

USC 86, Colorado 51

#8 Oregon 62, Arizona 44

Big East:

Marquette 69, Butler 67

Villanova 67, Seton Hall 59

St. John’s 64, Georgetown 41

Colonial:

JMU 70, Elon 67

All scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule features a huge Big Ten lineup and some key matchups in the Big 12.

College team news:

Louisville deserves attention.

Short-handed Maryland is losing their grip on elite status in the Big Ten.

Oregon State is remaining calm and focused after last weekend’s two losses.

Playing free is paying off for Nebraska.

Toledo hopes to spread a positive message.

College player news:

A’ja Wilson is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Lady Vols. But she may still play.

Senior Mikayla Cowling is already a legend of Cal basketball.

Kyra Lambert’s leadership buoys Duke, despite her ACL tear.

UConn freshman Andra Espinoza-Hunter will transfer.

Meet the sauce that spices up Colorado State.

Arizona State’s Kianna Ibis has risen from injury to lead her ranked team.

Courtney Fredrickson’s free throw streak helps her maintain consistency at Wisconsin.

WNBA’s senior watch has its eye on several more great college prospects.

College coach news:

Capital’s Dixie Jeffers becomes fifth DIII women’s basketball coach to reach 700 wins.

The coordinator of player development for Iowa State, Adam Urness, resigned Friday amid a Twitter message scandal involving a high school basketball player.

College AD news:

Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose reflects on her pioneering career.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner backed Dawn Staley in a call to the SEC office.

WNBA news:

The Seattle Storm has ignited social justice.

Post-up with Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Post-up with Imani McGhee-Stafford.

USA Basketball news:

Sun coach Curt Miller will serve on the Women’s National Team player selection committee.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame names 10 finalist for 2018 induction

What a list. Can we just put them all in?

YELENA BARANOVA (International Player – Russia)
1992 Olympic Games gold medalist.
1998 European Player of the Year.
2001 WNBA All-Star.

CEAL BARRY (Coach)
All-time coaching record of 510-284 in 26 seasons with 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including six Sweet 16, and three Elite Eight appearances.
Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995).
1994 U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year.

ROSE MARIE BATTAGLIA (Veteran – Contributor)
NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with four NJCAA Final Four in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240-2.
Led Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, New Jersey) to two consecutive state championships.
1998 WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

CHRISTINE DAILEY (Contributor – Assistant Coach)
As Connecticut’s top assistant coach for the last 32 years, the Huskies have posted a 991-135 overall record en route to 11 NCAA National Championships.
Helped develop 19 Huskies into First Team All-Americans and eight National Players of the Year.
Inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

MICKIE DEMOSS (Contributor – Assistant Coach)
Her overall record as an assistant coach is 829-200.
As an assistant, she helped guide Tennessee to six NCAA National Championships and 12 NCAA Women’s Final Four appearances.
Two-year stint as an assistant for the Indiana Fever including their 2012 WNBA Championship season.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (U.S. Player)
All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, leading the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and was recognized as a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
Helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.

VICTORIA “VICKIE” ORR (U.S. Player)
Three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1987, 1988, 1989).
Ranks third all-time at Auburn University in scoring with 2,035 career points, leading Auburn to two NCAA Women’s Final Fours (1988 & 1989).
1988 SEC Player of the Year.

KATIE SMITH (U.S. Player)
Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008).
Led Detroit Shock to two WNBA Championships in 2006 and 2008, and was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP.
Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State.

VALERIE STILL (U.S. Player)
Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, guiding them to the 1982 SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
1982 & 1983 Kodak/WBCA All-American.
First female to have her jersey retired at Kentucky, in any sport, and inducted in the charter class of the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame.

TINA THOMPSON (U.S. Player)
Two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008).
Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000).
Named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011.

And then there were three, and other upendings

#17 Texas A&M handed #7 Tennessee their first loss of the season in overtime, 79-76.

Now only three undefeated teams remain: Mississippi State, UConn and…….

Equally shocking upsets:

#3 Louisville dominated #2 Notre Dame, 100-67. The Cardinals are 19-0.

Instant analysis.

Michigan State took down #11 Maryland, 82-68.

More results:

#9 South Carolina scrapped by Auburn, A’ja Wilson scored her 2000th career point, and then sprained her ankle at the end of the matchup.

Kentucky beat Florida to end an eight-game losing streak.

#4 Mississippi State routed Ole Miss, 76-45.

Alabama topped LSU, 65-51.

Georgia took care of Arkansas, 78-65, and is now 15-2.

North Carolina got past Clemson, 59-52.

All scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule features Pac-12 action.

College team news:

No longer an upstart. Oregon is handling life as the hunted in the Pac-12.

Texas women’s basketball will receive $20 million – the largest donation in program history.

Loyola Marymount is turning their all-around chemistry into success.

College player news:

Cal has a Cowling connection.

Amber Smith changed from post player to guard for Missouri.

Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia and forward Miranda Drummond will return from injury Sunday.

At 6-7, Jaimie Curtis adds a physical presence for Colorado.

Felicia Aiyeotan is playing big for Virginia.

Cornell has a Diamond in Boyd.

Junior post player Bride Kennedy-Hopoate is making a difference for Iowa State.

Less than a year after tearing her ACL, the Buff’s Alexis Robinson is back at full speed.

Jenn Hamson’s little sister is getting it done at BYU.

Maryland sophomore Blair Watson is out for the season after sustaining an ACL tear in practice.

WNBA news:

Overseas report.

Mistie Bass says playing in the WNBL three months after having her son is the hardest thing she’s ever done.

Former NBA player Awvee Story is the Chicago Sky’s new assistant coach.

Former pro news:

Lisa Leslie joins Fox Sports Florida as the pre- and post-game analyst for the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

High school news:

Louisville recruit Seygan Robins is on a mission to win back-to-back Kentucky state titles.

Wooden Award mid-season top 25

The mid-season top 25 Wooden Award watch list was released today:

Kristine Anigwe, California

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Monique Billings, UCLA

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Lexie Brown, Duke

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Shakayla Thomas, Florida State

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

This is one award list that I voted on.

Loyola Marymount turning all-around chemistry into success

Cheyenne Wallace elevates to score. Photo by John Shaffer.
Cheyenne Wallace elevates to score. Photo by John Shaffer.
Cheyenne Wallace elevates to score. Photo by John Shaffer.

Halfway through the season, it is safe to say that the Loyola Marymount Lions are, indeed, for real.

They seemed to come out of nowhere to start the year, roaring to a 7-0 start – their best in 12 seasons. But there was nothing incidental about it. The program is beginning to manifest its potential after a long rebuilding process.

“We feel really good about where we are right now,” sixth-year coach Charity Elliott said.

The tone was set last year, and carried over to this season. It can be seen in the Lion’s quickness, in their ability to play on both sides of the court and in their relentlessness against opponents.

Their fourth game of 2017-2018 saw them face off with the Arizona Wildcats – their first opponent from a major conference. Both teams, at that point, were 3-0.

Arizona came out firing, and hopped to a 21-7 lead, but LMU refused to roll over. They outscored the visitors in the second period to narrow their lead to eight at halftime. In the third quarter, they took control, and over the last eight minutes of the game they held the Wildcats scoreless to go on to win.

Their performance was similar to their matchup against highly-touted St. Louis eight days earlier. The Billikens ran out to an early lead, which was matched by a Lions run, and ended in a 62-60 win for visiting LMU, who didn’t back down and made crucial baskets down the stretch.

The Lions didn’t lose a game until Dec. 1, when they narrowly fell to USC. Currently they are a healthy 12-5, which is tops in Elliott’s tenure.

The never-say-die attitude and buoyant attitude of the team culminates the culture-building that Elliott began when she took the helm of the program in 2012. It was hard-fought, but is paying big dividends.

Through a combination of great personnel and cohesive chemistry both on the off the court, LMU is suddenly a contender in West Coast Conference play. But Elliott said the work is ongoing.

“We aren’t anywhere close to reaching our potential,” she said. “We still have some ways to go. Everything really depends on our consistency, and the effort we put in.”

Prior to Elliott’s arrival, the Lions had four seasons of lackluster performances under the previous coach, who ran the program for 17 years. Elliott, who had been head coach at the University of California at San Diego and Portland State, had to rebuild LMU from scratch when she arrived.

It was slow going, as the team had a losing record her first four years. But a game against West Coast Conference rival BYU in January, 2017, proved to be a turning point for the program.

The Lions opened the matchup cold, connecting on just 1-10 from the floor before heating up to end the first quarter, shooting 7-8 in the final three minutes to take a three-point lead. The teams took turns going on runs in the second and third quarters, with LMU at a 45-41 advantage to begin the last period.

The fourth frame proved to be as epic as those before it, but a shot miss by the Lions at the buzzer sent the game into overtime. The back-and-forth that ensued came down to free throws at the end, but on the last possession it was defense by LMU that shut down the league-leading Cougars. They went on to win four of their last eight games with an enthusiasm that is ongoing.

Elliott said the new attitude is because players started believing in themselves.

“Last season was our first year of having a winning mindset,” she said. “We learned how to close out games and how to compete with people we normally didn’t compete with.”

Elliott is excited about this year’s squad, and their potential.

“This team, they have so much heart, and the way that we’re just giving up ourselves and just really making it all about the team,” she said. “We know how hard we have to play, I think that’s what we’ve learned over (the) past few games. The energy, the intensity, we’ve got to get out there. I told them, ‘get out of yourself and get into the team.’ That’s the most important thing right now, because it’s everybody on a different night stepping up.”

Elliott believes her team’s defense will be a deciding factor over the next three months.

“We want to be the team that forces the issue early,” she said. “We want to dictate the other team’s offensive pace.”

Gabby Green makes a one-handed pass. Photo by John Shaffer.
Gabby Green makes a one-handed pass. Photo by John Shaffer.

The new-look Lions are a mixture of new faces and returners that include a star-studded freshman class, along with stellar transfers.

This year Elliott welcomed a top 50 recruiting class that featured Southern California natives Chelsey Gipson, Jasmine Jones and Aiyana Barnes. Returners rave about the newcomers.

“Sometimes I forget that they’re freshmen,” said junior forward Chyanne Wallace, who is averaging 17.1 points per game this season. “They’re so talented, and they blended in very well.”

Redshirt juniors Josie Buckingham and Gabby Green sat out 2016-17 after transferring from Minnesota and Cal, respectively.

Buckingham, at 6-5, is the tallest player to don an LMU uniform since the 1998-1999 season. Green earned multiple honors as a Bear, including making the all-Pac-12 freshman team and honorable mention defensive team. Green has played a big part in the Lion starting lineup this year, and is averaging 15.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Other key returners are juniors Andee Velasco, a guard, and Bree Alford, who plays forward. Both are averaging more than eight points per game, and Alford is pulling down a team-high 9.3 rebounds.

The group was able to get into a groove in their first few practices, finding a good mesh within different lineups.

“We do a lot of breakdown drills.” Elliot said. “It’s about finding the right group and team that plays well together. A person might not be a good player one on one, but could be great five on five.”

Elliott is pleased with the flexibility and versatility of her athletes.

“I love this team’s togetherness and mindset,” she said. “We have a lot of different weapons out on the floor, and it’s just exciting to see our girls step out and thrive in different situations.”

The Lions are successful on the court because they get along well off of it, and that includes the coaching staff. Associate head coach April Phillips said coaches worked to build relationships with each player.

“We have a lot of new pieces,” she said. “Each coach has to be all in, which requires a lot of time off the court with the girls.”

The upside to Green having to sit out a year is that it fostered greater bonds and connections between teammates. Elliott said the on-court chemistry between Green and Wallace is “insane in practice.”

“We have a lot of love playing together,” Wallace said. “I have so much respect for [Green]. Her leadership has been huge for our team.”

Phillips said the entire team is close.

“I think the biggest impact on our success has been the girls’ love for each other,” Phillips said, “This has to be one of the more fun and happy teams we’ve had. Gabby worked really hard to strengthen her relationship with the team, you know as the new kid on the block, and it’s been a dream come true.”

Players said being around each other is their choice.

“We’re together a lot,” said Green. “We all have a good connection. We have game nights, basketball games, we’re almost together too much.”

As the Lions face another WCC opponent tonight, Elliott is optimistic that the off-court chemistry of her team will continue to translate on the hardwood.

“Having high-level players is a huge piece for winning,” Elliot said. “Every person on our team and staff has a huge impact in our success, both on and off the court.”

Another night of upsets

Upendings:

TCU just toppled #7 Texas, 79-77.

Purdue took down #21 Rutgers, 47-33.

More results:

#23 Michigan 84, Indiana 79.

Villanova 60, Georgetown 58.

Wyoming 66, New Mexico 55.

All scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule features SEC action and the Louisville-Notre Dame showdown.

College conference news:

Connie Hurlburt has been named the West Coast Conference’s interim commissioner.

College team news:

Oregon State’s current season is similar to that of 2013-2014.

North Carolina has begun a new era on the right foot.

Undefeated Louisville prepares for #2 Notre Dame tomorrow.

Florida will try to put together a complete game against Kentucky tomorrow.

Also manana: South Carolina must withstand a relentless Auburn team to avoid their first losing streak since 2013.

Mid-major rankings:

FGCU takes over the top spot.

College player news:

Shakyla Hill is keeping her head up, despite negative comments about her quadruple-double last week.

Hill heads up the NCAA’s starting five for the week.

‘I want people to know who I am’: Myisha Hines-Allen leads undefeated Louisville women with guts.

Asia Durr’s offense has helped spark a record start for #3 Louisville.

Michigan’s Hallie Thome takes center stage.

Makenzie Meyer’s broken left hand needs more time to heal for Iowa.

Former Ute Malia Nawahine is flourishing at BYU.

Azura Stevens’ defense must catch up with her offense, UConn coach Geno Auriemma says.

College coach news:

UCLA coach Cori Close and OSU coach Scott Rueck discuss the significance of their matchup this past weekend.

Hampton coach David Six has become the program’s all-time wins leader.

What else Dawn Staley said about the referees at the Missouri game.

Staley called the SEC league office after the game.

Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick on the next four games: “we’ll see how good we are.”

High school news:

McDonald’s All-American Game nominees were announced.

15-year-old Azzi Fudd of St. John’s is already one of the nation’s top recruits.

USA Basketball news:

Court coaches for the USA National Team’s February mini-camp are WNBA coaches Brian Agler, Cheryl Reeve and Dan Hughes.

UConn, disrupted and distressed by UCF’s physicality, still wins by 36

Gabby Williams elevates to grab a rebound. Photo by Stephen Slade.
Gabby Williams elevates to grab a rebound. Photo by Stephen Slade.

Storrs, Conn. – Connecticut has never lost a game in the American Athletic Conference, and they padded that statistic Tuesday with an 80-44 rout of the University of Central Florida. But it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicates.

The contest for the Huskies was supposed to be a romp like so many others against league competition. For a half, however, UCF demonstrated the kind of athletic, physical play that can cause UConn to look uncomfortable and ineffective.

The Huskies, playing just their second game on campus, may decide they prefer road games. Faced with an aggressive and athletic Knights team, UConn scored just 32 points in the first half, a season low. By contrast, they scored 33 points in the first quarter against a ranked South Florida team just three days earlier.

UCF is extraordinarily quick and physical defensively, and the officials on this day were content to allow the contact. The Knights successfully packed the paint, stifling the Husky interior game, while recovering speedily to contest all but a few threes. UConn, clearly rushing to try to beat the defensive pressure, missed six of their first seven shots. UCF, meanwhile, milked the clock to limit possessions, missed even more shots, but matched the Huskies on the boards, to finish the period down just 18-8.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma returned to his sarcastic self when analyzing his team’s poor first-half play.

“I think the first half offensively . . . we got a little chip on our shoulder towards the officials,” he said. “I think that some players on our team think it’s the officials’ job to help them be really good. ‘Cause as you noticed in the first half, we are incapable of making a bucket when somebody touches us, we are incapable of making a layup when somebody else is in the lane with us. . . . Once we got that crap cleared away at halftime, it was pretty good.”

The Knights kept up the pressure throughout the second period, and at times the usually-confident Huskies looked shell-shocked. As a team, UCF was more athletic, which clearly threw their opponents off their game. The visitors contested every cut, every drive, every three. Along with the season-low 32 first half points, they held UConn to a season-low 36.4 percent shooting – 18 below their average. The clearly-flustered Huskies also missed four of nine free throws, and six of nine three-point attempts.

Fortunately for UConn, the Knights are not a good shooting team. With their deliberate style, they average just 61.4 points per game. But their active defense and clock-burning strategy has held their opponents to an average of just 54.7.

Kia Nurse initiates the fast break. Photo by Stephen Slade.
Kia Nurse initiates the fast break. Photo by Stephen Slade.

The second half became interesting, as the Knights shooting improved, mostly on pull-up jumpers off penetration. The Huskies rushed a series of shots and for a time, their opponents kept pace with them. A 5-0 UConn run, including a fast break, stopped the UCF momentum, but then they answered with a rare (for them) three, and the host’s lead was just 14.

Halfway through the third quarter, however, Gabby Williams took over the game defensively. Her steal and fast-break layup ignited the Huskies, and both their confidence and their scoring recovered. They kept up the pressure, led by Williams, and created some separation, closing the third ahead by 24, 56-32.

“Gabby Williams single-handedly turned the game around in the second half,” Auriemma said. “And once that [defensive pressure] started to happen and we started to get out and run, they didn’t have the chance to set up. Great players change the game by making great plays, not by taking something from the playbook & running with it.”

By the end of the third period, UConn had doubled their halftime lead to 24, and the Knights began to fade. They appeared winded and a step slower in the fourth quarter, while the Huskies regained their confidence, and maybe a bit of swagger. Shots that had been contested earlier, suddenly were not, and they were 11-17 in the fourth and led 14-5 in rebounds, which had been more or less even through three periods.

By shooting over 63 percent in the second half, UConn just managed to bring their shooting to a more familiar 50 percent. Azura Stevens led five playes in double figures with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of play. Williams pulled down 13 rebounds, and was everywhere on defense.

Kay Kay Wright scored 17 for UCF.

The Huskies hit the road again for games at Houston and Texas next weekend, while the Knights travel to face South Florida on Sunday.

Final Four in the distance

Final Four:

When the Final Four comes to Columbus this spring, it will be one of the most prestigious sporting events in the city’s history.

College team news:

Oregon is the NCAA’s team of the week.

What’s going on with Kentucky?

Despite splitting games over the weekend, UCLA remains optimistic.

The University of Houston is reaching new heights.

Iowa State is struggling with shooting.

A more intense, focused Northwestern looks to step up in Big Ten play.

Improved defense has helped Nebraska win more.

Opportunities await Purdue.

Round table discussing Stanford.

Illinois has a long way to go.

MAC power rankings.

SEC power rankings: are the Lady Vols number one?

This week in the Pac-12.

The Mountain West Conference will realign the women’s tournament dates to increase visibility, beginning next year.

WBCA DII top 25 rankings.

Just your typical 100-point blowout: Division II women’s team wins 134-34.

College player news:

Baylor’s Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox form an unstoppable post duo.

Around the Rim talks with quadruple-double master Shakyla Hill and Oregon’s Kelly Graves and Sabrina Ionescu.

TCU senior Toree Thompson is “rapping” up her college career in style.

Utah guard Daneesha Provo’s renewed confidence is carrying Utes to new heights.

West Virginia’s Kristina King is happy to be back on the court.

DII all-stats starting five.

Carroll College players rescued a homeless woman stuck in the snow.

College coach news:

Coach Cam Newbauer is frustrated at Florida’s 0-3 SEC start.

Today’s scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule includes Big 12, Big Ten and Big East action.

WNBA news:

Sun coach Curt Miller is enjoying his offseason routine.

AP top 25 poll revolutions

Wow. What changes in this week’s AP top 25 poll. South Carolina drops like a stone, Arizona State rises like a kite. Villanova and Stanford out, and Rutgers and Green Bay in. Welcome back, Scarlet Knights. It’s been a while.

1. UConn
2. Notre Dame
3. Louisville
4. Mississippi State
5. Baylor
6. Tennessee
7. Texas
8. Oregon
9. South Carolina
10. Ohio State
11. Maryland
12. Missouri
13. Florida State
14. UCLA
15. West Virginia
16. Duke
17. Texas A&M
18. Arizona State
19. Iowa
20. Oklahoma State
21. Rutgers
22. Oregon State
23. Michigan
24. California
25. Green Bay

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