MORAGA, Calif. – Last season, Saint Mary’s knew it was good enough to challenge for an NCAA tournament berth. It had a slew of marquee juniors and a wealth of experience. It had played a challenging non-conference schedule, going up against Cal, UCLA and Oregon. They’d beaten the Ducks and taken down perennial conference power Gonzaga at home.
In the only opening day contest pitting two Top-25 teams against each other, No. 17/12 Nebraska blew past No. 25 UCLA, 77-49, in Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday behind 27 points from Husker All-American Jordan Hooper.
The first-ever match-up for the Huskers in their new home, the $179 million Pinnacle Bank Arena, drew a crowd of 9,750, a school record for a non-conference game.
"What a great way to start the season," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere and we played pretty well, too."
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Christmas came early this year for a half dozen of women’s college basketball’s elite players.
Picture yourself at age 19, preparing to embark on your sophomore college season. Unexpectedly, you get the phone call you’ve been dreaming of for most of your life – except you never imagined it would come this soon.
The ACC has long played in the shadow of powerhouse leagues such as the Big East, Big 12 and SEC -- but with the addition of Notre Dame this year and the future arrival of Louisville, along with a solid program like Syracuse, this will no longer be the case.
There's old "news" and new news for the upcoming Pac-!2 women's basketball season.
The old news: The 11-time reigning champion Stanford Cardinal are (yawn) yet again the favorite of both the media and conference coaches to take the title, if not to run the table, in the league this season, having taken both the regular-season and the conference tournament title for the past seven seasons.
Dave Dagostino, a college basketball analyst for Full Court, is a former Division I head coach and has also served as a Division I recruiting coordinator in the Big East, Atlantic Sun, and TAAC conferences. A former four-year college basketball player and point guard, he also serves as a game analyst for Krossover and is a member of the Association for Professional Basketball Researchers.
Two weeks after coach Keith Brown stepped down in the wake of an internal investigation of allegations of unprofessional conduct and abusive language toward players, Jim Lewis has been named as the interim head coach of the Georgetown women's basketball program. Lewis, who brings 40 years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach and scout for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, becomes just the eighth coach in the history of the program.