From the Toledo Blade: No timetable for return of Bowling Green coach
Archive for January, 2012
Moral victories are no victories at all, but for the first time in a long time Duke made UConn sweat a little before losing 61-45. The bottom line is that UConn once again turned Duke into a one-on-one jump-shooting team (leading to Duke shooting just 25% and dishing out only 8 assists). But this time Duke never gave up on the defensive end. Duke forced 21 UConn turnovers (13 in the second half) and hung close on the boards (-6 for the game), but the Devils rushed their shots and never recovered from a twelve minute field goal drought in the second half.
In other news:
Hampton returned to its winning ways, tattooing Morgan State by 14. Lucky Joanne Gerstner got to “Hoop Across America” with the Pirates as they get amped.
Howard kept pace by downing South Carolina State by 24. (In her fourth year there, coach Niki Reid Geckeler has done a nice turnaround job.) Coppin State kept pace, too, but it was by squeaking by Norfolk State, 61-58.
Yup, EIU is still undefeated in the OVC.
The NY Times invites the Cheeseheads to pay attention to that “other” team in Wisconsin: Flourishing Without Packers as a Shadow
Thirty-four white-and-green banners hang in the rafters of the sparkling Kress Events Center, the home of the Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team, whose run of 13 consecutive Horizon League regular-season championships stands as the longest active streak of its kind in the country. Twelve banners represent N.C.A.A. tournament appearances. The midmajor Phoenix earned the most recent of those last March while reaching the Round of 16 for the first time.
And this season’s team, off to a program-best 19-0 start — the only undefeated team in Division I besides top-ranked Baylor — may add more.
From WNBAlien, you get a handy list of all the teams, their free agents, and a little analysis tossed in.
From Nate, you get, What Each WNBA Team Do In 2012, Pt. 1: Intro & Teams In ‘Win Now’ Mode
In any professional sports league, it’s not just about wins and losses, even though it is the most visible measure of a team’s performance. There are other metrics that need to be viewed to see how the team is doing and where it should be in the future. These include the age of the roster, how younger players played, etc.
To me, there are three categories of strategies among all teams in a professional league.
Here are the categories:
Category 1: Go for the championship this year, make moves to acquire players to win now this year.
Category 2: Stay with current roster, make moves to improve and aim for postseason, and create havoc once the team reaches the postseason.
Category 3: Build the foundation of the team for the future. (In WNBA terms, aim for the 2013 draft) If a team was previously built for categories 1 or 2, in layman’s terms, blow the team up and rebuild.
In the WNBA for this season, each of the 12 teams falls in one of these sorted categories.
(BTW, there’s some great stuff over there on the Cal/Stanford game, too.)
From SlamOnline, you get She’s So Money: WNBA Finals MVP Seimone Augustus has persevered and now sits at the top of her sport.
A little WATN? for Valerie Still: Being honored at the Kentucky game.
A little WATN? for Taj McWilliams: Getting the St. Edwards Alumni Achievement Award.
some pre-game reading:
From DWHoops: Will New Faces Bring Different Results?
From the Post: Hartley ‘one confident kid’ for UConn
From the Post: UConn women’s game day
From the Courant: Tough road games test Huskies
From the Courant: Capsule: No. 3 UConn at No. 5 Duke
From the Register: Matchup with Duke features two freshman phenoms
From the Day: No. 3 UConn visit No. 5 Duke tonight
From the Hour: Women’s basketball glance – UConn at Duke
From the Republican: Preview: UConn at Duke
From ESPN: Big Monday preview
From the News & Observer: Duke’s Grey combines skill with unmatched vision
From the Durham Herald Sun: Duke veterans find their niche
From Beth and Debbie: Previewing the Duke-UConn game and chatting with Auriemma.
damned if you don’t when it comes to the question of parity in women’s basketball: if you say, “Look at all the ranked teams that lost (many to unranked teams)” folks will say, “The ranked teams aren’t that good,” or “it’s a down year for women’s basketball.”
Of course, if all the ranked teams win, then they’ll say, “There’s no parity.”
So, Sunday, clearly the ranked teams aren’t that good:
Ranked, and lucky to escape with a win:
#25 North Carolina by 4 over Wake Forest (12-9).
In the spirit of “there’s no parity in women’s basketball:”
#8 Miami over Boston College by 31.
#21 Nebraska over Illinois by 20.
Conference undefeated UTEP over UCF by 29.