Today’s games of interest:
pm: #14 Duke v. Wake Forest. I’m paying attention not because I think the Demon Deacons can upset the Blue Devils, but because their program is doing the slow climb back to relevency.
While I was away…
Ditto for UT San Antonio (6-2) over Western Kentucky (7-2) in C-USA.
Good things happening in the UT’s: Arlington’s up to 8-1 in the Sun Belt.
Northern Colorado is now 10-0 in the Big Sky.
After a rough out-of-conference schedule, New Mexico State is 7-0 in the WAC.
Same could be said for Dayton, who’ve found their A-10 footing. They’re 8-1 in the conference.
Yup, the A-Sun will be fun this year. FGCU escaped with a 60-57 win over Jacksonville. They meet again on Feb. 4th.
Whoopsie, too! Charlotte (7-2) falls to Rice (3-6), 55-52.
WHB jinx avoided: Harvard escapes Columbia, 70-68.
Little Rock at 9-0 in the Sun Belt.
With a 68-62 win over Army, Bucknell making their case for Patriot top dog.
Some Sunday reads:
Harvard Crimson: Hey America, Take Harvard Women’s Basketball Seriously and Harvard Magazine: “Unconditionally Relentless”
LAST FALL, Harvard women’s basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith gave each of her players a bracelet. These were not merely mementos; the significance lay in the two-word inscription printed on each band: “Unconditionally Relentless.” The coach was sending her players a message, and outfitting them with a constant reminder, about the mindset she expected from them.
Michelle Smith: Stanford’s Samuelson Is Putting In The Time
In her three years in College Park, Jones has become a player that her teammates can always rely on to get a bucket. She has over 1,200 points and 800 rebounds in her career, averaging 15.2 and 9.8 as a junior. She’s been named to consecutive All-Big Ten first teams and started in two Final Fours.
Jones is also a pre-med major who plans to be a pediatrician. She graduated in three years with a kinesiology degree. She’s a two-time academic all-conference selection in addition to being a two-time all-conference honoree for basketball.
If Duke goes far this season with Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell, it will be a testament to how the two players push each other.
As part of preseason conditioning, the Blue Devils are tested with a series of sprints — a shuttle run. The test ends, at least in theory, when the player fails to meet the time constraint. Greenwell and Brown completed the requisite number of rounds necessary to pass. As others dropped out, they kept going. The goal Greenwell set for herself came and went.
They doubled the workload required of them and just kept going, neither willing to concede.
We’ve been watching: Barnes Arico quietly builds Michigan into women’s basketball power
Chicago Now: Before You Bid Us Adieu – Elena Delle Donne
I had the pleasure of covering Robinson during her prep career and during her many battles against East Central University when she was a SOSU Lady Savage.
In December of 1994, she showed off to the tune of a 58-point outing in a win over the Lady Tigers of then-coach Kent Franz.
I watched many epic battles between Robinson’s Atoka squads and the Byng Lady Pirates, under the direction of head coach Rocky Clarke.
Of course, it was 6-on-6 battles back then and Byng had a great guard in Janelle Brewer (Brannon). I’ll never forget one time when Robinson was standing in the corner near midcourt with Brewer guarding her up close and personal. Brewer started yelling and waving her hands in Robinson’s face. Robinson remained stoic. It seemed like that moment lasted forever.
LA – No rest for the weary: For the second time, Judi Edwards comes out of retirement to take over at Fairfax
A Middleton player posted the following comment to her Instagram page: “I would say good game but a good game doesn’t involve intentionally trying to hurt two of our players and then laughing about it like it was a funny joke. Be aggressive not violent!! Thanks #youregonnaworkforusanyways.”
The Instagram page has been deleted.
The post has sparked a conversation on social media about the intent of the player’s comments. The Middleton student who posted the comment to her Instagram page is white, while the majority of the Madison East team are students of color.
This is not the first time race and class tensions have erupted between the two schools. In 2006, Middleton High School’s administration issued a statement apologizing to Madison East after Middleton students chanted, “food stamps, food stamps” during a boys basketball game.