Monday, November 20, 2017
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Today’s Sweet 16 matchups

Right now Louisville is playing Baylor – the game just started, and it’s on ESPN360.

At 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT, Vanderbilt plays Maryland.

Tonight at 6/9 p.m. it’s Michigan State vs. Iowa State.

The final game of the evening is 8:30/11:30 – Ohio StateStanford.

It seems like forever since round 2 on Monday. WOO!! Here we go!!

Spring/Summer circuit

A fantastic poster on the forums put up the high school club team major events list for the summer:

Boo Williams Nike Invitational / Hampton,VA-April 17-19

Deep South / Raleigh,NC-April 17-19

Nike Tournament of Champions / Cincinnati,OH-May 23-25

Nike Skills Academy / Beaverton,Oregon-June 30-July 3

USA Invitational / Penn State-July 5-8

Boo Williams All-American Showcase / Hampton,Va-July 9-11

Showtime Nat’l Championship / Atlanta,GA-July 10-12

Battle in the Boro / Murphreesboro,Tenn-July 12-15

Nike Summer Showcase / Chicago-July 11-15

Basketball on the Bayou / New Orleans-July 21-25

Jr Nationals / Washington,DC-July-22-25

Nike Nationals / North Augusta,SC-July 28-31

Ah, if I was rich and could travel at will…….I’d be at every one of these.

Interesting comments in the rest of the thread, too:

I bet I know which one of the Cal coaches declined to have a door opened for her.

Edit to add two more:

End of the Trails / Portland, OR – July 6-9

San Diego Classic / San Diego – July 16-19

Hey, I can go to at least one of those.

USC gets another one – and it’s not Trakh

Cassie Harberts, a junior at San Clemente High School in Orange County, has given a very early verbal to the University of Southern California. (Link:

The 6-foot-2 power forward ended up playing point guard a lot this past season for her guard-starved Tritons team. She averaged 19.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Harberts plans to major in Medicine in college, with the goal of becoming an oncologist. She plays for the Cal Swish during the summertime.

According to an inside source, USC officials were most happy to have Harberts aboard for her rebounding. But who Harberts will play for – if she stands behind her verbal committment – remains to be seen.

Though it is the end of March and USC Coach Mark Trakh hasn’t been released from his position, he hasn’t signed a new contract with the Trojans, either. Rumors persist that he will take the Long Beach State University coaching job, freed March 11 when school officials declined to renew Coach Mary Hegarty’s contract.

It’s a pregnant pause, and it makes me wonder what is keeping USC from making a decision whether or not to keep the five-year coach.

More on Oregon’s hire of Westhead

This is what those who know nothing about Oregon or the University of Oregon fail to realize:

What is it about Oregon, this aversion to convention, this addiction to unorthodoxy?

“That’s Oregon, to me,” Pat Kilkenny said. “We tend to do things a little differently around here, and I think that’s a good thing.”

This is definitely different. Whether it’s good, well, the athletic director put it best: “Time will tell.”


The U of O has done crazier things.

Sparks trade Temeka Johnson to Mercury for 2010 pick

Fresh off the Sparks HG email wire:


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Sparks have traded point guard Temeka Johnson to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for the Mercury’s 2010 first round draft pick. Johnson was selected by the Washington Mystics in the first round (sixth overall) in 2005. The 2005 WNBA Rookie of Year joined the Sparks in March 2006 along with Murriel Page when the Sparks traded Nikki Teasley to the Mystics. During her time with the Sparks, Johnson averaged 6.4 points and 4.0 assists in 66 games.

“We want to thank Temeka for her contribution to our team over the past three seasons,” said Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler.

The two-time WNBA Champion Sparks open the season on June 6th at the STAPLES Center against the Defending Champion Detroit Shock at 11:30am. To secure your seats visit or call 877-44-SPARKS.

Interesting. But then again, not surprising considering the length of time Johnson was in Coach Michael Cooper’s dog house last season, and the visible tension between them after that.

Oregon will hire Paul Westhead

So says my hometown newspaper:

I didn’t realize Westhead was 70.

Kelsey Bone will announce her choice on tax day

CHAMPAIGN – Tax Day also is D-Day – or Decision Day – for Kelsey Bone and the Illinois women’s basketball program.

Kim Williams, mother of Texas high school All-American Kelsey Bone, said Tuesday that her daughter will announce her college decision April 15, the first day of the spring signing period.

Bone, a 6-foot-5 center from Dulles High in Sugar Land, Texas, is No. 1 nationally by Blue Star Basketball. She is deciding between Illinois, South Carolina, Texas and Texas A&M.

I hope she picks Dawn Staley and South Carolina.


More “there’s hope”

It was good enough that a couple of my former male students are always talking to me about Tennessee. One of them initiated a conversation about the Vols this morning as I walked to my office. Now another boy just came in the office on his way to track practice, and the discussion began with Tennessee. But he started talking about who was going to win the women’s tournament this year, just like my boy did this morning. They not only know who’s in the sweet 16, but they each have a theory about who will win it all.

As if that wasn’t good enough, a third student told me a while ago that he saw me at Saturday night’s game – he was there to support Marist.

My heart is warm and fuzzy, because if teenage boys are starting to pay attention, there is hope.

Female player graduation rates higher

Not a surprise at all:

Sparks sign Marta Fernandez

Fresh from Sparks HQ:

Spanish League MVP Returns to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks have re-signed guard Marta Fernandez, Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Originally signed by the Sparks as a free agent in February 2007, Fernandez started 20 of 34 games for the Sparks and averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. The 5’11” guard spent the 2008-2009 season in Poland playing for Wisla Can-Pack Krakow appearing in 34 games and averaging 10.0 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.5 minutes, while shooting 52% from the field and recording a season high 23 points in November 2008.

“We’re very happy that Marta will be back in Los Angeles,” said Sparks Head Coach Michael Cooper. “She’s a very talented and experienced guard that is a great addition to our roster.”

A native of Spain, Fernandez spent 2004-2006 playing for U.B. Barca where she averaged 18.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. In 2006 she was the MVP of the Women’s Spanish League, Domestic Player of the Year, named to the Spanish League First Team and the Spanish All-Domestic Player Team.

“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to be back in L.A. It was a great experience for me two years ago,” said Fernandez. “There are great people surrounding the team, from the coaches to the players to the basketball staff. I can’t wait to get back because I love the city and I’m excited about the great team they’ve put together that can make a run for the championship.”

With the signing of Fernandez, the Sparks add another Olympian to their roster. Fernandez was a member of the Spanish National Team that finished sixth at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. During the games she averaged 9.3 points and 1.6 assists in seven contests. The Sparks also have the only two active brother-sister combos between the NBA and WNBA. Forward Candace Parker’s brother Anthony plays for the Toronto Raptors and Fernandez’s brother Rudy plays for the Portland Trailblazers.

The WNBA season will tip-off June 6th as the Sparks take on the Defending Champion Detroit Shock at the STAPLES Center at 11:30am. For more information on how to secure your seat visit or call 877-44-SPARKS.

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