Prelude to the conference tournament jump off

College team news:

Ohio State overcame obstacles to claim the Big Ten title share.

Why Arkansas’ three all-SEC selections mean more this season.

UCF is keeping the underdog mentality.

BC and UMass are ready for the postseason, with Tournament hopes.

Arizona State is staying motivated ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament.

After a tough season, Washington looks to end on a high note in the Pac-12 tourney.

Oregon State is looking to get off the NCAA Tournament bubble this week.

There’s new life for Sacramento State.

Parity in the MAC makes for an intriguing final week.

Baylor is the NCAA’s team of the week.

ESPN predications for all 32 conference tournaments.

Today’s results

Conference play begins tomorrow for the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC

College player news:

Caitlin Clark and Zia Cooke headline a $1 million NIL initiative targeting inequities for female athletes.

Iyana Moore is foreshadowing the future of Vanderbilt.

In hip hop and basketball Flau’Jae Johnson is a two-way star.

College coach news:

Some Pac-12 coaches want the conference to address the gamesmanship and forfeits of those who elect not to play games.

Yolett McPhee-McCuin and Ole Miss are having “initial conversations” about a new contract.

Conversations with coaches who have received a piece of Dawn Staley’s Championship net.

NCAA news:

The NCAA has released COVID-19 guidelines for the Tournament.

WNBA news:

The league penalized the New York Liberty $500,000 for flying the team on charter planes last season.