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It’s Graham’s fault. Bowling Green hands Dayton their first loss of the season (so much for ESPN analyst predictions, huh, Carolyn and Kara?)

#20 Texas turned it over a ton, and got upset by the feisty Chippewas of Central Michigan. Nice win for coach Guevara. Up next: tough Toledo.

Charlie’s got his latest Bracketology up and asks: Which mid-majors are bubbling over?

…here is a look at five teams for whom the door is still open to the at-large room and a few more that were close to getting inside before that same door slammed in their face. The margin for error is always small, but these are the teams to watch the rest of the season, the ones that really help shape the bubble come March.

Graham chips in with his Weekly Wrap Up: With Diggins on bench, Irish deliver

Diggins is a singular personality when she’s on the court. She’s also the point guard, so it doesn’t just feel like things run through her — they do run through her. Yet when she was out, it felt like the center of gravity for the Fighting Irish eventually settled in the post. Whether she took the shot, or even touched the ball, Achonwa was the player your eyes went to on offense. She finished the game with 15 points and 17 rebounds, even if she joked that she padded the latter number by having to follow too many of her own misses.

Lady Swish explains Why Skylar Diggins can’t set Notre Dame records

From Mel’s blog: Siroky’s SEC Report: Trends Not Changing in the SEC — Even With New Coaches and Two Additional Teams

As the new era dawns in Southeastern Conference women’s basketball, what we know so far this season is the top tier of teams are nationally competitive and the returning regular-season champ leads them all.

Scrambling the lineup for 2012-13 is the absence of the retired Tennessee icon, Pat Summitt, and the addition of two more teams.

At Full Court, Rob offers up The ACC recipe for success, team by team

Heading into conference play and a new year, every team in the ACC needs to make a few resolutions if they hope to achieve success. Some teams don’t have much work to do in terms of making a dramatic resolution, while others need to make drastic changes. In order of my current predictions, here’s what each team needs to do in order to become the best it can be.

Also at Full Court, a voice from the past, Jim Clark, writes: The big three in the Big East — plus some stars

Though the big news in the Big East is about the apparent collapse/contraction of the league, there’s still a lot to talk about when it comes to women’s basketball — so those who want more info on the conference changes can go here. In this article, though, we’ll focus on the three teams and the top players that will make this Big East season, with this Big East alignment, worth watching.

Nate takes Notes: Cal women off to best start in program history with win over George Washington

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most teams are prepping for playoffs, ping pong balls and fan appreciation night, so call me when the regular season is over.

Perusing other news…

Well, ooops! Readers of this blog may remember Monroe College as the launching pad of a great story: Syracuse mom and grad Fantasia Goodwin. Less pleasant news to share this time:  they got themselves seriously sanctioned by NJCAA for messing with kids’ LOIs. Not cool.

Speaking of not cool: Michigan St. Players suspended.

Speaking of cool, the NY Times gives Beard some love: Two years removed from the WNBA, Alana Beard is embracing a new team and a new outlook.

Rebecca writes that The ACC move takes out trash talk, Graham writes that familiarity and frequency fueled the rivalry, while Mechelle knows that ND’s move has strengthened the ACC.

Guess the next question will be: who wants UCONN?

As for Vegas, I’ve seen all the sights: a tour of Red Rock Canyon, a sighting of a Western Grebe and a walk along the Hoover dam.

One thing I will say, their “cell tower dressed up as a reedeeally tall palm tree” is far more effective than the east coast’s “Look! A reeeeally tall, ugly fake evergreen!”

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Holy, carp.

The Big East is in deeeeep doo-doo: ACC Accepts Notre Dame as New Member

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Specifically, the injuries and suspensions that might have spelled disaster. Yet, writes Mechelle, this season, when other teams are using injuries as an explanation for their poor season, Duke keeps overcoming setbacks

Friday morning, I listed some of the candidates for the coach of the year … but, of course, there are always others who deserve mentioning. One, in fact, got a big victory Friday night.

Duke maintained its mastery over Miami, and in the process earned the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament and at least a share of the league’s regular-season championship.

The No. 7 Blue Devils’ 74-64 victory over the No. 5 Hurricanes moved Duke’s all-time record over Miami to 9-0. And Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie did it with a team that doesn’t really look like what she was hoping/expecting it to when the school year began.

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Looks like the Mocs are on a roll in the Southern, pushing their conference record to 6-0 with their win over Wofford. They’ve got back-to-back challenges coming up: Appalachian State (5-0) on the 21st and Davidson (6-1) on the 23rd.

I’ve got some wonderings about the strength ACC: Florida State, which is just barely above .500, went in to Cameron and shot over 50%. Liston (20pts) helped push #6 Duke to a 7pt win. Notes DWHoops:

In a game where Duke was only up a possession or two for much of the time, it took a flurry of jump shots down the stretch to pull away from a rugged Florida State squad. The duo of Haley Peters and Tricia Liston helped turn a 4 point lead into a 10 point bulge with six minutes to go. FSU could do little more than trade baskets after that. Florida State was impossible to stop once they got ball in the low block, outscoring Duke in the paint by a 42-34 margin. Of course, that was only when they weren’t turning the ball over against Duke, as the Devils had a 26-7 edge in points off turnovers.

As always, it’s hard to find the transcript of Mechelle’s chat (C’mon, maaan!), but this past Thursday she had this to say before the Terps/Hurricanes game:

Craig (Salisbury, MD) Maryland-Miami tonight. What are the keys for each team???

Mechelle Voepel: Maryland needs to avoid careless turnovers (few too many of those vs. UNC almost cost them a win), and really establish their inside game. The Terps are very strong on the boards and should try to pound away inside if they can. By the same token, Miami has quite a winning streak going at home, and we know how good the Hurricanes’ perimeter can be when it’s on. This is big game for Maryland to prove that it can assert itself on the road like it ultimately did in beating Carolina. (Although that took OT.)

Speaking of UNC, they get to going in to CT (Mon. 7pm EST, ESPN2)after UConn plays Villanova – always a frustrating experience. If the Tar Heels aren’t careful, it could get ugly (sorta like it’s been).

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Writes Mechelle: Miami, Florida State eye first ACC title – Seminoles to test Canes’ perfect 19-0 mark in Coral Gables this season

“It is a huge game,” Meier said of Florida State’s visit to Coral Gables. “We’re not Triangle schools in the ACC. We’re not Duke or North Carolina or NC State. We’re not Wake. I know what it means to be in that group. But also know what it means to come from the ‘perimeter,’ and challenge that.

“I’m proud and happy for Sue. I love her team, and I know she feels the same about my team. I think it’s pretty awesome, and it’s great for women’s basketball that we’re rising up to say, ‘Hey, the ACC goes from south Florida to Boston.'”

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simply plays better when they’re unranked.

Last night, the #23 Buckeyes lost a lead, and then the game, to Michigan. Michigan had never beaten Ohio State twice in a season and the Wolverines had not won in Columbus since Jan. 21, 2001.

In the ACC, #15 Florida State won a barn burner and #22 Miami survived North Carolina State.

Green Bay stayed perfect in the Horizon League after winning a dog fight with Butler. The Ducks were no match for Stanford, and UCLA put away Arizona State.

Friend Pseudonymity has the “who can figure what’s going on here?” SEC wrap up:

Dawn Staley got her first win against a ranked team at South Carolina by upsetting Georgia behind Newton’s 5 of 5 from the 3 pt. line.

#6 Tennessee overcame a first half deficit to rout Mississippi State behind Johnson’s standout performance.

Kentucky grabs the lead in the final minutes to beat Ole Miss.

Arkansas beats LSU in low-scoring game.

Florida beats Alabama to stop the bleeding at four.

Wednesday saw much of the same ole same ole amongst the ranked teams: #3 Duke smooshed Clemson, #2 UConn survived Rutgers, #2o Iowa State handled Nebraska and #5 Texas A&M v #12 Oklahoma was an Adams/Robinson duel where DRob won the battle, but DAd won the war.

#25 Texas Tech was not so fortunate against Texas, as the Longhorns got a nice win.

BU is now 8-0 in the Am. East. Ditto with Middle Tenn St. And Bowling Green’s home win streak didn’t survive its encounter with the Rockets. From Swish Appeal: Toledo’s “Steel Curtain” defense ends Bowling Green’s 23-game home winning streak

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