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Pac-12 NCAA Basketball: a conference on the rise
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 23, 2014 at 9:56am

Today was Pac-12 media day, so the news is flowing:The rest of the Pac-12 doesn't believe Stanford is on the downturn. Despite the lack of Ogwumikes, the Cardinal were again picked to win the conference title.In the meantime, UCLA is back in the Pac-12 ra...more

Pac-12NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Colorado
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 22, 2014 at 10:09am

This is the seventh in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.Colorado had a rough season last year, and they might be in for more of the same in 2014-2015.Leading scorer and rebounder Arielle Roberson (12 points, 8.3...more

Teams bracing; new SEC NCAA Basketball analysts
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 22, 2014 at 10:07am

Interesting bits today:Oklahoma State's optimism is high, even without Tiffany Bias.Maryland braces for changes.Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says discipline is the key to winning.Georgia Tech has signed coach MaChelle Joseph to a contract extension throu...more

Judge rules to strike Summitt reference in lawsuit
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 22, 2014 at 10:05am

The lawsuit of former employees against the University of Tennessee can't include a reference to former basketball coach Pat Summitt, a judge has ruled:KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge has ruled that former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak an...more

The college hoops season countdown continues
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 21, 2014 at 10:05am

The news today is truly widespread:UConn senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is working to prove skeptics wrong.Out of the shadow of big sister Shoni, Louisville's Jude Schimmel is ready to shine.Rina Hill is taking over as point guard for LSU.Oklahoma's Maddie...more

UConn opens new basketball practice facility, holds First Night
by Swish Appeal
posted October 20, 2014 at 10:15am

There are many "Midnight Madness" showcases and the like. But only one school can hold such an opportunity for the defending national champions. Around the college basketball world, many schools are holding their open houses where the men's and women's...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Oregon
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 20, 2014 at 10:13am

This is the sixth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.It's been a long haul for Oregon basketball the last 11 years. Since a 2002 WNIT win in former coach Bev Smith's first year, the program has languished in un...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Southern California
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 19, 2014 at 10:12am

This is the fifth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.To say Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's first year as USC's coach last season exceeded expectations is an understatement.Having lived near the basement of the Pac-12 wi...more

More midnight madness and college news
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 19, 2014 at 9:59am

The Big Ten's arrow is pointing up with Maryland and Rutgers.North Carolina State is hoping their talented back court can make up for some serious personnel losses.The young Auburn Tigers are getting their chance.Colorado's Haley Smith will fill in for in...more

As the basketball season approaches, storylines are forming
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 17, 2014 at 6:38pm

College teams are fleshing out and taking shape:Expectations for Duke are lower this year, despite the return of Elizabeth Williams.Coach Nikki Caldwell is looking to get LSU "back to what they were built on."Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd has learned to em...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Arizona
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 16, 2014 at 9:12pm

This is the fourth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.Coach Niya Butts' six-year tenure with the University of Arizona has been full of ups and downs. Perhaps the lowest valley was last season, which saw the Wi...more

ESPN releasesNCAA Basketball season broadcast schedule
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 16, 2014 at 10:30am

2014-2015 ESPN game broadcast schedule.OOOweee!!! I'm getting excited now.I'm intrigued by South Carolina at Duke, Louisiana Tech at LSU and West Virginia at Texas in pre-conference play.More college news:Georgia is already ahead of schedule, and aims to ...more

Prognostications and honors
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 15, 2014 at 11:22pm

New Oregon coach Kelly Graves is putting finishing touches on fresh canvas.Louisiana Tech is rebuilding with second-generation coaching royalty (Tyler Summitt).South Carolina's freshman class are already like sisters.Tamela McCorvey has been moved from as...more

Pac-12 Women's Basketball Preview: the University of California - Berkeley
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 15, 2014 at 6:54pm

This is the third in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.This is Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb's fourth season at the helm of the program, which has been punctuated so far by the Bears' trip to the 2013 Final Four. Bu...more

The news net is spread far and wide
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 14, 2014 at 10:19am

Miami has extended coach Katie Meier's contract through 2020-2021. In return, she donated $75,000 to women's athletics at the school, and challenged donors to match her.Duke's Ka'lia Johnson is ready for her senior year.UConn's Moriah Jefferson has a chan...more

Pac-12 women's basketball preview: the University of Washington
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 13, 2014 at 7:57pm

This is the second in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The Huskies may be poised to see their resilience pay off this season.Hammered by injuries two years ago, and then seeing their coach hired away by Ohio Sta...more

Play 4 Kay games will feature 14 top teams & other women's basketball news
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 10, 2014 at 12:49pm

ESPN has announced its "Play 4 Kay" games for this season, to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Among 14 top teams that will be playing are Tennessee, South Carolina, Duke, Notre Dame, California and Louisville.More college news:South Carolina coach Dawn S...more

Daisha Simmons, Brittany Jack call for more compassion in NCAA's treatment of student-athletes
by Swish Appeal
posted October 10, 2014 at 12:15pm

Reflecting on the recently-resolved controversy, former Alabama teammates Daisha Simmons and Brittany Jack call for NCAA student-athletes to "be treated with more respect, consideration, and dignity". As Daisha Simmons fought valiantly for the ability ...more

The other Summitt is out to re-shape the culture at Louisiana Tech
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 8, 2014 at 1:09pm

First-year Louisiana Tech coach Tyler Summitt pushed his team to the breaking point in their first practice today:RUSTON – Any doubts about Tyler Summitt changing the culture around Louisiana Tech's women's basketball program were put to rest Monday...more

Alabama reverses its stance, will grant Daisha Simmons waiver
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 8, 2014 at 1:08pm

The University of Alabama says it will support a waiver to allow Daisha Simmons to play at Seton Hall this season, reversing its previous denial:The Simmons situation had prompted criticism of Alabama from media outlets and social media in recent weeks.In...more

The sad story of Daisha Simmons' fight to transfer from Alabama to Seton Hall
by Swish Appeal
posted October 2, 2014 at 5:29pm

As reported by multiple outlets during the NCAA offseason, Alabama has taken a hard-line stance in blocking senior Daisha Simmons from transferring to Seton Hall for family reasons. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said in an interview with Swi...more

Idaho star Destiny Slocum verbally commits to Washington
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 30, 2014 at 11:47pm

According to multiple reports, Idaho star Destiny Slocum gave a verbal commitment to Washington on Monday. Under NCAA rules, UW can't confirm any reports. ESPNW has the 5-foot-7 PG ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2016 class...more

Daily Swish: Team USA survives, Liz Cambage's injury, and the Mighty Macs are returning to the Garden
by Swish Appeal
posted September 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

Here are some links for your Saturday. Here are some links to start your Saturday off right, so I'll just cut to the chase: Team USA's win over Australia John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has a recap on Friday's Team USA victory over Australia -...more

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