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Thanks to Nan for doing some of my work:

UConn women face early test in No. 3 Stanford, Post
Dolson, UConn frontcourt deliver strong message, Post
No. 1 UConn women’s game day: Monday vs. No. 3 Stanford, Post
UConn Women Ready For Visit From No. 3 Stanford, Courant
Preview Capsule: No.3 Stanford At No. 1 UConn, Courant
UConn hosts Stanford in a banner matchup, Register
Younger Ogwumike sister carving out her own legacy at Stanford, Register
Stanford comes to Gampel tonight looking for some revenge, Day
No. 1 Huskies top Rizzotti, Hartford, face No. 3 Stanford Monday night, Daily Campus
Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer on the doorstep of elite coaching club, San Francisco Chronicle

From ESPN:

Michelle writes, “Cardinal must be more than Chiney”

Mechelle’s piece I linked previously is her “preview” for the UNC/Tennessee game: Time for Tennessee to just play

From Melanie Jackson: Doubleheader to introduce new faces

If you are a women’s basketball fan, there are some names you’ve likely heard a lot, but you might not have seen the players yet. Monday, you’ll have the chance.

North Carolina hosts Tennessee (ESPN2 and WatchESPN, 9 p.m. ET; Stanford plays UConn at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN) in a game that will be an early showcase for some of the top freshmen this season.

The Tar Heels’ Diamond DeShields, Stephanie Mavunga, Allisha Gray and Jessica Washington comprised what was generally ranked the No. 1 recruiting class this year. North Carolina also has two redshirt freshmen, Hillary Fuller (foot) and Hillary Summers (knee), who sat out last season with injury issues.

From Harold Gutmann at the Herald Sun: UNC’s freshmen face early test vs. Lady Vols

From the AP’s Aaron Beard: No. 12 Tar Heels host No. 4 Lady Vols

North Carolina’s youngsters didn’t get much time to prepare for their first major challenge in college.

With No. 4 Tennessee arriving Monday, the No. 12 Tar Heels will have a tough test that comes early in their work to shape a team featuring the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class and reigning Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year Xylina McDaniel.

Freshman Diamond DeShields says Monday means, “America’s basically going to see us and what we have to offer.”

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courtesy of Purdue and Channel 37.

Kelly at Full Court offers up photos, post game and game recap in: Bone’s second-half explosion leads A&M to SEC crown

Sharon Crowson at FC has this: Amid the unexpected, Purdue snags Big Ten title

Swish Appeal has this on Dayton’s upsetters: Interview with St. Joseph’s Chatilla Van Grinsven and Erin Shields

From Jayda: Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike introduces herself to the country (WHB: that doesn’t follow WBB, ’cause everyone who is anyone knows the C.O.)

When it comes to touting women’s college basketball’s top players, Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike hasn’t received a lot of attention on national broadcasts.

But in the Pac-12 tournament, with each game shown nationally for the first time via the Pac-12 Networks (plus the championship game on ESPN2), Ogwumike made a statement.

On Sunday, she was named Most Outstanding Player of the four-day event. She had the tournament’s first-ever 20-20 game, scoring 23 points with 21 rebounds, in a quarterfinal win against eighth-seeded Washington State on Friday. She also had a tournament record of 50 rebounds overall.

As Conference Champions are crowned, the “others” are wondering: are we in? From Full Court: Bubble Wrap 2013: Heading into the home stretch (week 3)

Since we began this year’s analysis in mid-February, the number of teams with records solid enough to lock up an at-large bid to this year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament has slowly grown from 25 to 29. Those locks continue to be spread over eight conferences — the Atlantic 10 (one lock), the Atlantic Coast Conference (four locks), the BIG EAST (four locks), the Big Ten (five locks), the Big XII (four locks), the Colonial Athletic Association (one lock), the Pac-12 (four locks) and the Southeastern Conference (six locks).

Meanwhile, the number of teams still “on the bubble” has dwindled from 45 to 28 as some programs have simply failed to get the job done down the stretch.

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maybe I’m old fashioned, but I find the Swish Appeal formatting confusing…but there’s lots of good stuff, so check it out.

2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament: Preview, predictions, schedule and games to watch for

Joanne P. McCallie’s journal: Preparing for the 2013 ACC Tournament

2013 Pac-12 tournament: Stanford’s path to reclaiming title will be tougher than usual

2013 Atlantic Sun tournament: FGCU looks to repeat as champions

From student-athletes:

Sarah Hansen’s journal: Studying for North Florida, and Sarah Hansen on FGCU’s win in A-Sun tournament

Lindsey Moore’s journal: Huskers ready for Iowa

Brittany Kennedy’s journal: Ready for N. Florida

Brianna Sanders’ journal: Excited for B1G tourney

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from Full Court:

Jim Clark: Notre Dame, UConn rule the Big East, and its last tournament as a major conference

I hate college football.

Greedy college presidents looking for football TV money have eviscerated the Big East, arguably the best basketball conference in the country over the last ten years. Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Miami wandered away in the last decade. Now the seven catholic institutions are seceding together. Rutgers is going to the Big 10 in 2014 (or sooner if they pay an exit fee), Louisville and Notre Dame are off to the ACC.

When “re-alignment” is over, UConn, Cincinnati and South Florida are all that will be left of the conference that has sent eight teams to the women’s NCAA Tournament the last two years. Nobody knows what that conference will be called. No one is quite sure what additional teams will be added and no one knows yet which conference will get the Big East automatic bid to the tournament. I’ll leave explanation of all the machinations still pending to the football writers.

Clay: NCAA seeds at stake in Big 12 tourney

It doesn’t matter to Baylor – but the Big 12 Tournament could make the path to the Sweet 16 a lot easier for teams that play well.

The Bears are going to be a top seed no matter what happens in their first-round game Friday against the winner of the Thursday’s Kansas State-Texas game. Even should one of the Big 12 bottomfeeders pull off an upset for the ages, it won’t affect Baylor’s chances of winning a national title at all – and it wouldn’t even help Kansas State or Texas unless the winner rode that momentum all the way to the conference title.

Paul Gackle at the SF Examiner says Cal, Stanford women’s basketball appear destined to meet this week in Pac-12 women’s tourney

James Kelley says, Arizona women’s basketball must dominate Pac-12 tournament to reach NCAA’s

Seattle’s Q13 has this story: Husky women’s basketball: Overcoming odds on and off court

The Husky women’s basketball team heads into the Pac-12 Conference Tournament after posting their best record since 2007.

And they’re ready, to say the least.

“I think it’s a real testament to the competitive character of our players that they didn’t accept that we had some limitations; therefore, couldn’t have success,” head coach Kevin McGuff said.

Marcus Fuller at the Pioneer Press wonders:  Gophers women’s basketball: Pam Borton’s secret deal a big deal for Big Ten tourney?

From the outside looking in, Pam Borton’s job status no longer appears tenuous, her team’s performance entering tournament season apparently no longer critical to the immediate future of Minnesota’s women’s basketball coach.

When Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague revealed last week that predecessor Joel Maturi had quietly given Borton a two-year contract extension last June, the women’s basketball coach no longer had to worry about a deal that would expire after next season. A new buyout clause was more university-friendly, but Borton needed a new deal to focus on rebuilding.

FC also has some player features.

Cal – Gennifer Brandon
Colorado – Chucky Jeffery
Maryland – Tianna Hawkins
Notre Dame – Natalie Achonwa
Penn State – Maggie Lucas

Time to revisit Vickie “Just Call Me Winner of the WBCA Mel Greenberg Award Media Award” Friedman’s look at the Mid-Majors:

We’re betting you’ve heard the name Elena Delle Donne.

But how about Naama Shafir, Jerica Coley or Victoria McGowan? You might not be as familiar with their credentials, but the Toledo offensive machine, the explosive Florida International guard and the Stetson floor general (who set an impressive Division I mark last season) have plenty of them.

Learn move below, along with info on several other monster resumes in a list we’ve compiled of this year’s best players from the non-BCS conferences.

Graham focuses on EDD: Elena shines in and out of spotlight – We rarely see Delle Donne play, but her story and game are as good as it gets

Most of the country didn’t experience Elena Delle Donne’s final regular-season home game.

There wasn’t a national television audience for the Colonial Athletic Association game between Delaware and Georgia State as there was when Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame played Connecticut on Monday night.

What transpired wasn’t likely to become part of any national conversation, as it did when Baylor’s Brittney Griner went for 50 points in her regular-season home finale the same night as the triple-overtime thriller in South Bend.

Basketball operates on a smaller scale in the second-smallest state.

Beth, Debbie and the Nell-ster discuss the upcoming NCAA tournament on their podcast.

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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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Several teams enjoyed their daily dose of cupcakes: UConnLouisville, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers and Baylor.

Yes, Oklahoma has lost three-in-a-row, but don’t let that overshadow the fact that, after the debacle that was Klein-Johnson, coach Wiggins has done some really nice stuff with the Fresno State program.

Notre Dame stomped all over in-state rival Purdue, which means TAMU is…?

Could be a long year for Marist.

Ditto for Michigan State, but I’m guessing Gail could care less.

I’m not outrageously impressed with Michigan’s scheduling, but they are 9-1.

Have the Lobos and the Pit permanently lost their bite?

Keeping an eye on 7-1 Missouri.

We’re also noticing that Northwestern is 7-1.

Whoa, Navy beat Princeton!

And the Penguins won again!

Hooper had 32 in Nebraska’s double overtime win over Northern Arizona. That just seems right.

Yes, I remember a time when people enjoyed having BC in the Big East because they were tough and competitive. It’s been a while.

Speaking of the ACC, tough for Duke to have a nice lead away at Kentucky, and then go cold. How much of a challenge can the Wildcats give Tennessee and Georgia this year?

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Avoid playing Illinois in the first round of the conference tournament. As Wisconsin learned, Law’s team has a habit of knocking you off — in this case, 63-56. (SPOILER ALERT!) That felt so good, they decided to knock off Michigan, too. This is an Illini team that has two — count’em TWO conference wins.

With their 81-58 victory over the Hokies, Georgia Tech may have sealed Virginia Tech coach Beth Dunkenberger’s future — or lack thereof. (SPOILER ALERT!) GT then turned around and guided Maryland to the exit, and is now in the ACC semis.

Purdue escaped Indiana, (SPOILER ALERT!) but wasn’t so lucky against Penn State. It was Lions 73,  Boilermakers 61. Mingo had 14/7 and Bentley had 19/1.

Wake Forest and Virginia have similarly unimpressive records, but does anyone feel like it’s the Deacon program that is in better shape?

Alabama only managed 36 points against LSU. Boy, if only the Crimson Tide cared a SMIDGE about women’s basketball.

A one-point difference meant Eagles go home and the Wolfpack move into round two of the ACC.

Upset in the Southern conference — Wofford (3-17 in conference) took down UNC Greensboro, 69-64.

In another upset, the Atlantic Sun quarters, the Fighting Camels lost to the Bruins. Maybe if they were the Spitting Camels?

Shouldn’t Borton be on the hot seat in Gopher-land? Minnesota lost to Northwestern in the first round of the Big 10 tourney, 53-44.

Don’t wanna jinx’em, but that’s THREE conference wins the Penguins at Youngstown have notched. Their latest victim? The UIC Flames, 72-58.

Northern Iowa continued its rise in the MVC, defeating Indiana State 73-46. Remember when the Sycamores were makin’ some noise and then their coach went away because of…. stuff?

The first round of the SEC tourney saw Mississippi State upset Auburn, 49-47. (And yes, when I typed their name, I thought to myself: M-I-SS-I-PP-I.)

The regular season ended in the Pac-10 without an upset and Stanford completing their second undefeated regular season conference schedule. (I think there’s a better way to say that, but it is Friday and… well, it’s Friday.)

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from DWHoops: Devils Must Win to Stay Atop ACC

Unfortunately for the Hoos, they got spanked at home by the team they were tied with in league standings, Boston College. The Eagles are now in position to snag an 8th NCAA bid, leaving the Hoos in dire straits. Essentially, they have to beat Duke to even be considered for consideration, and then need to beat Virginia Tech and win a game in the ACC tournament. It’s important that Duke should be well aware of this, because this is a do-or-die, season-saving scenario for their opponent. Anything less than Duke’s best effort could result in another embarrassing road loss for the Devils.

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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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they fall down. Again. This time, Kentucky was “out hustled” by Georgia, 69-51.

Speaking of wobbling, Duke fell to Maryland. Hard. The BasketCases had lots of reasons to be happy.

The Hurricanes survived a feisty Boston College team, 90-80 and Florida State escaped Wake Forest with a 3-point win. This all makes it mighty crowded at the top for the ACC.

Ohio State’s title streak is over, but that didn’t stop them from taking down #23 Penn State, 89-67.

From Rocky Talk Talk (say that quickly three times): Lady Vols Earn Share of SEC Crown by Beating South Carolina 82-60

There is much to say about the game but precious little to learn.  With a combined 35 fouls – almost none of which were called in the closing minutes – the game never really had any kind of flow.  Both teams seemingly spent more time preparing for free throws than running offenses and hustling back on defense.  The sputtering nature of the game was significant enough that it must be addressed first.  And boy, it’s a game the refs would like to forget ever happened.

Chris Solari says Michigan State is a win away from history.

With their 19-point victory over Troy, Middle Tennessee is now 13-1 in the Sun Belt.

James Madison and Dawn Evans are now 13-1 in the CAA, courtesy of a win over Towson.

The CAA is a bit of a dogfight this year: ODU (11-3) lost to VCU (10-4) to give coach Beth Cunningham’s team their first sweep of the Monarchs in program history.  Drexel (7-7, CAA) needed overtime to take down William & Mary (1-13, CAA).

Eeeeuw: Hartford moves to 9-4 in the Am. East with a 55-37 win over Binghamton.

The America East top spot holders flipped with UMBC’s victory over Boston University.

“Houston, we have no problems.” The Cougars are now 12-0 in C-USA.

Last year’s Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year T-Spoon has LaTech 11-0 in the WAC.

Ouch. Cal Poly (10-2 in the Big West) stumbled against CS Northridge (4-9, BW), 68-65.

Gonzaga’s win over Santa Barbara clinches them a share of the conference title.

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are making the DC Basket Cases revisit their trip from last year.

The also write most amusingly about the Terp/Longwood game.

Longwood is located in Farmville, Virginia, an actual place that (we think) inspired the popular Facebook game. (Anybody need a cow?) Why the Terps took a break from their ACC schedule to play another cupcake overmatched opponent, we don’t know. We thought that part of the schedule wrapped up in November and December. Not so. But even though this game didn’t promise to be overly-competitive, Maryland games are always fun, so off we headed to College Park this afternoon.

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Mechelle wonders why the 20-0 Duke Blue Devils can’t get no respect: Underestimated Duke heads to UConn

It’s kind of strange. There’s a team from a major conference in women’s basketball that is undefeated at the end of January, and yet … it’s not ranked No. 1. Or even No. 2.

Instead, 20-0 Duke is third in the polls behind Baylor and Connecticut, which each have one loss. The Blue Devils are getting two first-place votes in the coaches’ poll, one in the media rankings. But at least as far as voters are concerned, Baylor and UConn are clearly in front.

All this just might get shaken up by the time the coaches’ poll is released again Tuesday.

Duke’s freshmen, adds Mechelle, are off to a fine start

It wasn’t that Chelsea Gray didn’t look around at schools closer to home in California. She did. But when she traveled across the country to visit Duke, everything just felt right. She walked around the campus and thought, “This is the place. I fit here.”

Still, the Blue Devils freshman knew it was a huge step to take.

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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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the Terps tar the Heels.

At one point late in the second half, ESPN Announcer Rebecca Lobo commented about Maryland’s 27 turnovers, saying “that’s pretty horrible.” But she immediately followed up her remark by observing that the Terps “made up [for the TOs] with effort.”

Did they ever! What a great effort. And what a great show Maryland put on today for the national TV audience, and a great crowd at Comcast, in beating the #10/11 ranked Tarheels, 88-65.

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ACC Partners with ‘Shootaround with Beth and Debbie’ in ACC Style: Two of the most talented broadcasters in the business preview ACC women’s basketball games weekly on XM & SIRIUS Radio.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has partnered with Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli to bring ACC women’s basketball fans an exclusive and unique, inside look at league contests throughout the regular season.

“Shootaround with Beth and Debbie – ACC Style” offers insights to upcoming games and discusses ACC teams, highlighting student-athletes and coaches. The 10-15 minute segments, which air on XM and SIRIUS radio, are designed like a sports talk-radio show, featuring insightful commentary, news and on occasion interviews from the league’s head coaches.

ACC Women’s Basketball fans can listen to each week’s show on XM and SIRIUS radio or at theACC.com on the “Shootaround” channel: http://www.theacc.com/allaccess/?channel_id=366.

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That sound you heard was the transmission joining the wheels that fell off earlier: Northwestern knocked off Ohio State, 64-53.  That’s the Wildcats first win over the Buckeyes in 19 tries.

Either Georgia is giving notice, or Arkansas record was a paper tiger. The Bulldogs took down the Razorbacks, 59-56.

#10 Michigan State survived #25 Iowa, 63-60 and #9 UCLA managed Oregon State, 58-46.

It was close early on, but eventually Kentucky tamed South Carolina, 66-48.

#13 Maryland is now 0-2 in the ACC, because Boston College took’em down 78-69.

Tennessee continues their destruction of their SEC competition. This time it was Florida, losers by 43.

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and say, it “Felt Like March . . .”

Watching tonight’s game between #14 Maryland and #3 Duke, you’d never have known it was January; or, that it was opening night of the ACC season. No, this game felt more like March . . . like an ACC final. That’s when we expect intense, hard-fought nailbiters, full of punches and counterpunches by two really good teams. Not so much in early January.

A little south of them, Lady Swish has your Saturday special: HU, NSU, Richmond, Liberty, Radford in action and notes that VCU’s Hurt goes off again; ODU, JMU earn CAA wins

Courtney Hurt is doing for the Rams (7-6, 2-0 CAA) what Elena Delle Donne did for Delaware a year ago during her fabulous freshman season – almost singlehandedly carrying her squad to victories. Hurt’s number were spectacular by themselves – a school record-tying 35 points, 13 rebounds. But 25 of those points – 25 of VCU’s 39 – came in the second half as she rallied her Rams past the dangerous Seahawks (9-4, 1-1 CAA). It was the latest in a string of sensational efforts from Hurt (24.9 ppg, 13.7 rpg), the most potent double-double force in the CAA since, well, Elena Delle Donne. Hey, ESPN, how ’bout some national pub for this kid?

Will you take a little love from the WHB?

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From Graham: A look at the week ahead

Thursday – Maryland at Duke:With Maryland coming off back-to-back quality wins against St. John’s at home and Saint Joseph’s on the road, this rivalry looks as enticing as it has in several seasons. The boards will be big. That Maryland is one of the nation’s statistically dominant rebounding teams came into question after St. John’s claimed an edge on the boards, but hang with the Blue Devils and any questions will be answered.

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Conference play is about to start (or, in some cases, has started). As the season continues, make sure you take a gander at the D-I Standings.

American East – The Danes are on top, but ouch, how much does Vt. miss May, Courtney and their ex-coach Dawley?

A-10: Suzie and her Dukes are on top, and their win over Ohio State (ignoring their recent tumbles) is more impressive than Xavier’s record.

ACC: Sure Duke and UNC are undefeated. But Miami is 14-1 and beat Georgetown. The Tarheels? Well…

A-Sun: Looks to be Florida Gulf Coast in a rout.

Big 12: Lots of wins…is Baylor the class of the lot?

Big East: So really, can West Virginia, Notre Dame and St. John’s challenge UConn? Sure.

Big Sky: Only Idaho State has a winning record. Can Portland State top’em?

Big South: Gardner-Webb has been fodder for some “big names,” but they stil sit atop the standings. NC-Ashville is lurking one win behind’em.

Big 10: Michigan St. has won 11 straight. And Penn State (at 12-3) is right behind’em. We’ll see if the Buckeyes can recover their footing.

Big West: It’s a UC-athon with Irvine and Santa Barbara 1,2.

Colonial: Drexel and Hofstra are at 8-3, as is Cynthia Cooper’s NC-Wilmington team.

Conf-USA: Ought to be a great battle between McFerrin’s Memphis Tigers and Stockton’s Tulane Green Wave.

Independents: That would be Cal State Bakersfield above .500.

Great West: The Jackrabbits still rule, but they’re only 8-7.

Horizon: No surprise, Green Bay is number one. Nice to see Wright State at #2.

Ivy: Yale’s upsets aside, the Princeton Tigers rule. How long will Banghart stay?

MAAC: Red Foxes deja rule.

Mid-American: Bowling Green (East), Eastern Michigan (West) – with Central Michigan on their heels.

MEAC: Hampton and their band are #1.

Missouri Valley: That would be Missouri State atop the standings, thought Illinois State is 2-0 in conference play.

Mountain West: Not really surprising to see Wyoming up top.

Northeast: Things are all bunched up between Monmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart.

Ohio Valley: Not withstanding their… record-setting, Tennessee Tech is 3-0 in the conference.

PAC-10: It’s early, but UCLA is ranked #1 and Stanford #5.

Patriot League: American may be recovering from the loss of coach McFerrin.

SEC: Arkansas was at 12-0, but just lost to Florida. Next up will be Kentucky, and we’ll see how legit their record is.

Southern: UNC Greensboro is 6-5 and Samford 9-3. But UNC is 3-0 in Conference.

Southland: That would be Southeastern Louisiana (East) and Lamar (West).

SWAC: No team has a winning out-of-conference record.

Summitt: A similar situation to Southern: Oral Roberts is 7-7 and Southern Utah is 9-5, but O.R. is 4-0.

Sunbelt:In the East, that would be the High Toppers at 1-0 (and 4-8). Middle Tennessee is 9-4. The West features Denver in the top slot.

West Coast: Gonzaga rules.

WAC: Nevada enters conference play at 11-2.

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TCU Accepts Offer From Big East

Yah, duh, it’s about money. I mean, football. But it raises some interesting geographic scheduling challenges — think of the travel costs for all the non-football/basketball teams. Any guesses as to what kind of fan-traveling you’ll get? Sorta the same that you get with BC and Miami in the ACC.

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From Graham: Kristen Doherty does little bit of everything

If Boston College is going to make a run at its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 with just nine players on the roster, it’s going to need to steal a game or two from the six teams picked to finish ahead of it in the ACC.

The good news is that if the first four games of Kristen Doherty’s college career are any indication, the Eagles have a thief as entertaining to watch as anything this side of the “Oceans” movie franchise.

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The Silent Majority Poll

A few weeks ago, we debuted our ranking of the top teams outside the BSC Conferences (ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Pac-10, Big East, Big 12). Now that the season’s started, we’re back for Round Two.

I also like their post-prediction, “Ummm, we can explain” lines.

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Beth and Debbie are gathering their thoughts for the 4th season of Shootaround with Beth and Debbie.

Broadcasts: Wednesdays at Noon at www.wbca.org. (Rumor has it that they’ll be adding an ACC preview to XM radio in January on the weekends once conference play begins.)

Any early season questions? Email:  shootaround@wbca.org

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Clay Kallam has often argued that wbball conference tournaments are a waste of time and money and athletes because they don’t really mean anything and that they just happen because the men do’em.

So, it’s interesting to follow Graham’s (and others) reaction to the following women’s soccer news:

Florida State women’s soccer coach Mark Krikorian has been suspended and the university fined after he left his team’s starters at home to rest instead of bringing them to this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Cary.

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Krikorian defended his actions after the game, saying he made a coaching decision that he felt was in the team’s best interest. The decision was made in advance of the NCAA tournament. Brackets for that tournament will be released Monday, with FSU expected to receive an at-large bid.

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“I’m highly disappointed in the decision Florida State made and the integrity of our championship should never be compromised,” Swofford said in a statement.
Where’s the “integrity” of asking Florida State players to play potentially five games in nine days from Maryland to Boston to N. Carolina?
For that matter, where’s the “integrity” in playing your conference tournament in Duke and UNC’s backyard every year?

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From Milton Kent: ‘Super Six’ Conferences Announce Women’s Basketball Series

The six Bowl Championship Series conferences, which happen to be the dominant leagues in women’s basketball, announced Wednesday a two year challenge series of games pitting 12 teams against each other.

The “Super Six” series begins this year and continues next year with two teams each from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern Conference and the Pac-10 competing during next month. One team from each league will host a game while the other league team will travel, with the matchups to be determined on the basis of perceived competitive balance.

Depending on the quality of the teams, could be a great way to develop twixt-conference rivalries.

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