Archive for January, 2012

From the Toledo Blade: No timetable for return of Bowling Green coach

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at Swish Appeal: What Each WNBA Team Do In 2012, Pt. 2: Playoff Teams That Might Not Be Championship Caliber Yet

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a blah game. Duke’s offense was inept, UConn’s defense was impressive, and their offense was... well… inelegant. Writes Rob at DWHoops:

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.

Perhaps the biggest story was not the heralded match up between Williams and Lewis, but the emergence of that “other” freshman, Kiah Stokes.

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.

Appalachian State’s win over Western Carolina moved the Mountaineers to 10-1 in the Southern. The Mocs are lurking at 10-2, while Davidson sits at 9-2 behind the strong play of Aleksandravicius.

High Point is still undefeated in the Big South, but Liberty is right behind them at 7-1.

Yup, EIU is still undefeated in the OVC.

Looks like the Jackrabbits are running away with the Summit, and the Pioneers are dominating the NEC.

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.

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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.

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Charlie’s been busy with his latest bracketology, and he breaks down his 1 & 2  thought process. (Interesting that he doesn’t refer to Miami’s injury situation.)

At the base of the page, look for Kara’s preview of the Duke-UConn game.

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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.

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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:

#9 Ohio State lost to Minnesota (12-11), 76-65.

#19 Penn State lost to Michigan State (13-9), 83-77.

Yes, #12 Rutgers had Rushdan go down (hopefully temporarily), but how do you only score 36pts in your loss to #16 Georgetown?

Ranked, and lucky to escape with a win:

#13 Texas A&M by 2 over Iowa State (11-8).

#16 Delaware by 7 over James Madison (15-5).

#24 Georgia Tech by 9 over Clemson (5-14)

#25 North Carolina by 4 over Wake Forest (12-9).

In the spirit of “there’s no parity in women’s basketball:”

#6 Kentucky over Alabama by 14.

#8 Miami over Boston College by 31.

#9 Tennessee over #15 Georgia by 17.

#21 Nebraska over Illinois by 20.

Conference undefeated UTEP over UCF by 29.

Conference undefeated Marist over Sienna by 11.

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