Fascinating array of news bits

College team news:

DePaul opens Wintrust Arena “to bring successful basketball back” to the city.

Old and new faces aim to bring an NCAA breakthrough to Ole Miss.

St. Louis will rely on their versatility.

Five reasons to be excited for Central Michigan basketball.

Expectations are high at Drake after last year’s NCAA appearance.

UNCW is looking to win with area players.

UConn has been tabbed to win the American Athletic Association title.

Lamar tops the Southland Conference poll.

College program news:

Accrediting agency won’t reopen investigation into UNC ‘paper classes.’

NCAA news:

Remember those amazing NCAA March Madness Tournament tweets from last spring? They will continue, as the NCAA and Ball State have expanded their partnership.

WNBA franchise news:

A glossy new Target Center was unveiled Friday after a long renovation.

WNBA player news:

A possible Las Vegas move for the Stars excited guard Kelsey Plum.

Why Elena Delle Donne and her fiancee proposed to each other.

Tamera Young finds success on and off the court.

Most Stars players learned of the sale of their team from halfway around the world.

WNBA coach news:

Katie Smith was named head coach of the New York Liberty today.

More from the New York Times.

Smith is embracing her role in New York.

She was groomed to be a head coach.


Michelle Marciniak begins her 1,098-mile “Pedal for Pat” ride tomorrow.

Jimmy Dykes is returning to ESPN.