Parity again

My father and I were discussing college hoops today. He said there’s more excitement on the women’s side because there is so much parity, which parlays into upsets. (Unlike the men’s side, which still tends to see the same teams winning year after year, we agreed).

Sometimes those upsets are of your favorite teams, but that’s the way it is.

Today’s upsets:

#18 Kentucky rallied past #8 Tennessee, 75-71. It was the Wildcats’ first victory at Thompson-Boling Arena in 29 years.

#17 North Carolina upended #10 North Carolina State, 89-82. Freshman Diamond DeShields lead the Heels with 38 points.

Mississippi State shocked #16 Vanderbilt, 64-62. It was the second consecutive loss for the ‘Dores.

#22 Cal topped #15 Arizona State, 74-63.

Close ones:

#13 West Virginia held off TCU, 61-57.

#23 Purdue nipped Iowa, 74-73.

Washington State held on to beat Colorado, 80-77.

The University of Washington squeezed past Utah, 67-66.

Miami got by Florida State, 76-73.

More results:

#12 Oklahoma State rolled past Oklahoma, 73-57. The Sooners are in danger of not making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.

Oregon State came up big against USC, 58-48.

#11 Penn State surged past Wisconsin, 78-68.

Michigan hung on to defeat Illinois, 70-63.

Full scoreboard.

Nikki McCray:

South Carolina assistant coach Nikki McCray discusses her breast cancer diagnosis and how her life has been impacted by it.

ESPN’s player of the week:

… North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields.

NCAA 2015 Final Four logo:

The NCAA unveiled the logo for next year’s Final Four, in Tampa Bay.

More college news:

Oklahoma leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg was injured in today’s loss to Oklahoma State. Her status is unknown.

Duke: moving forward.