Grinding toward a break

Tournaments and preconference play wrapping up today and tomorrow, with plenty of great performances on display……

Today’s results:

#2 Notre Dame rallied to beat Marquette in overtime, 91-85.

#3 Louisville fought off Air Force, 62-50.

#5 Mississippi State thrashed UNLV, 103-63, which included 61 first-half points.

#11 UCLA trounced Fordham, 67-30.

#19 Texas A&M routed Hawaii, 103-59. Khaalia Hillsman shot a school-record 12-12 for the Aggies.

#22 South Florida held off Dayton in OT, 93-87.

Chattanooga edged Florida, 65-60.

USC held off UTRGV, 71-64.

Purdue remained aggressive to top St. Mary’s, 70-60.

All scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule is highlighted by #7 Tennessee at #18 Stanford, and #10 Oregon vs. #19 Texas A&M.

College team news:

How do the Lady Vols end their losing streak at Stanford?

Confidence is building for Navy after an impressive start.

Iowa seeks an in-state sweep.

Spartans all-access: embrace it.

College player news:

Eleanna Christinaki’s debut for Maryland doesn’t disappoint.

Christinaki has found a new home (and gyros) with the Terps.

Digna Strautmane has transitioned to a new home with Syracuse.

A leap of faith has paid off for Tampa’s Faith Sanders.

A love for basketball lead soldiers to the all-Army team.

The Pac-12’s freshmen are making a big impact.

The NCAA’s starting five for the week.

College coach news:

Gamecocks’ coach Dawn Staley eyes a coaching record Thursday in a showdown where she got her start.

Staley came home to 25th and Diamond, now Dawn Staley Lane. Philly is a special place in her heart.

Duquesne coach Dan Burt is embracing challenges and aiming high.

WNBA/former great news:

Candace Parker is helping launch the Jr. NBA World Championship.

Retrospective on hoops great Lynette Woodard.

Nike TOC:

Day one recap.