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Doug sends along the following story: Spotlight shines on Delle Donne, No. 8 Delaware

Delaware star Elena Delle Donne’s stature is growing with every game. The vice president—of the country, not the school—even made it to a recent game to see the nation’s leading scorer.

Vice President Joe Biden, an enthusiastic alumnus, watched Delaware beat Drexel on Jan. 22 and spoke to the team after the game. He slipped into the sold-out arena, sitting near midcourt with Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

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pretty much showed’em who’s boss. No, I’m not a betting woman, but I would be wicked surprised if there weren’t a lot of Green and Gold in Denver this April.

In College Station, they’re talking about what almost was:

No. 1 Baylor women beat No. 17 A&M 69-62 and  Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims scored 25 points each and top-ranked Baylor used a late run to hold off No. 17 Texas A&M for a 69-62 win on Monday night.

In Storrs they’ve got the blues:

No. 3 Notre Dame gets in the final punch in win over No. 4 UConn and Huskies Swept Away By The Irish, 72-59 and It Really Was THAT Bad, UConn Fans and Geno Auriemma Takes His Team To Task

Things look golden from Curt Rallo: Notre Dame women’s basketball: Irish defense hushes Huskies

From the ESPN Folks

Graham: Irish have all the answers vs. UConn: Notre Dame plays like a team with no weak links, wins its first outright Big East title

Rebecca: Five Questions with Skylar Diggins

Mechelle: Auriemma frustrated, Novosel elated

Mechelle: Irish celebrate outright Big East title: Irish now shift their sights on winning Big East and NCAA tournaments

Now, they Notre Dame and rest of the crew will get ready for the Big East Tourney. FYI, by virtue of their victory over Georgetown, St. John’s will be the second seed.

Of course, some serious battling yet to be done. Check out the brackets for other conference tournaments. Get out and cheer on a basketball team or three, why dontcha?

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Baylor’s Athletic Program Hits the Big Time

The faithful descended on Baylor University earlier this month, their cars stalled in traffic on University Parks Drive.

They came for another athletic extravaganza, a smorgasbord of sport that featured three nationally ranked teams (women’s and men’s basketball and equestrian), one that is still undefeated (women’s basketball) and one that is 6-2 (baseball). Here, at the world’s largest Baptist university, they no longer view such dates as unusual. Now, they call them Saturday.

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her 700th game, does anyone notice?

VanDerveer quietly chalks up milestone

Tara VanDerveer barely had time to soak up her 700th career victory at Stanford before the longtime Cardinal coach was asked whether she’d be sticking around to make a run at 800.”That’s only three years if you can get 30 a year,” VanDerveer said.

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Podcast Alert!

Debbie & Beth’s guests include Graham Hays and Charlie Creme. Discussion include tonight’s Big Monday games, St John’s, Tennessee , and the upcoming NCAA tournament including seedings, predetermined host sites.

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Here.

Charlie writes about The toughest teams to figure out -Résumés of Delaware, Green Bay, UNC, Texas, K-State and OU? Tricky business

(Kinda wonder why CC doesn’t wait until tomorrow, since these games might have an impact.)

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It’s been thirty years since they won an Oscar or an SEC title. Writes Graham: Mathies making good on coach’s prediction

A chance to be one of the best players in the nation.

That’s how Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell described what the future might hold for A’dia Mathies not long before her sophomore season began. Almost two seasons later, her exact place on such an inexact list remains up for debate, but she is the go-to player on the first Kentucky team to win an SEC regular-season title in her lifetime. It’s a pretty good label in its own right.

I wouldn’t call it a “roll,” but it was a win over UNC that sent Duke to the outright ACC crown. Oh, and I can see why coach Hatchell is so concerned by physical play.

Virginia finishes up their first regular season under coach Boyle with a 66 -57 win over Florida State and a 9-7 ACC record.

26 in a row for the Blue Hens. No pressure….

Middle Tennessee finishes up the regular season perfect in the Sun Belt.

UTEP wasn’t so lucky, and the Owls pulled away in the second, sending the Bulldogs to their first loss in the C-USA.

In the battle of the Washingtons, it was the Huskies over the Cougars.

OK, what happened to the Shockers? Somebody? Anybody?

Redbirds came back in the second to send it OT, but it was Missouri State who came out the winners in the end, 80-76. They’re also 13-3  in the MVC.

South Carolina pulled away from Arkansas in the second half — both teams finish 10-6 in the SEC.

Take away Lucas’ 24pts and Penn State loses by 1. Fortunately, the Gophers aren’t allowed to do that.

Ohio State tried, but they couldn’t stop Nebraska freshman Emily Cady.

Come the second half, it was no contest: Dawgs over Tigers.

There was plenty of emotion, and the Vols finished up the regular season right: 16pt victory over Florida.

ESPN has its Championship Week results, bids link up.

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