UConn Women: Unbeaten; Unbeatable?

In a story for Excelle Sports, I look at which women’s basketball teams could pose a threat to UConn, a program that enters its conference tournament having won 104 consecutive games. Some of the people I talked to—coaches of teams that have hung with the Huskies this season, ESPN analyst Kara Lawson—said that familiarity with UConn should be helpful. Many of the top teams have faced UConn this season, but of course none have won.

Super Bowl Betting

The Falcons and Patriots are playing in the Super Bowl and, well, I called it. I also said they’d beat the Packers and Steelers, respectively, to get there. I did so as part of a playoff pool, and if the Patriots win on Sunday my predictions will earn me some money. I’ve done well in this pool in the past also, despite not knowing as much about the NFL as many of the other participants. Meanwhile, though I’d put my college sports knowledge up against anyone, I often perform poorly in March Madness and bowl pick ’em contests. What gives?

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February Madness

It was announced last week that the NCAA Tournament selection committee will release the top 16 seeds on February 11, a month before the real bracket is unveiled on Selection Sunday. I do not understand the point or the purpose of this decision, and we’ll probably never know if it has its intended effect.

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Radio Appearance: Michigan Basketball Update

I appeared on WTKA (1050 am), Ann Arbor’s sports talk radio station, to talk about Michigan basketball this morning. The Wolverines are 1-2 in the Big Ten. How much can they improve going forward? I discussed it with host of the “Inside the Huddle” show, Michael Spath. Listen to a recording of the conversation here:

 

Conference Matchups to Watch

Conference play is underway in college basketball. There have already been a few quality matchups, and there are plenty more to come. In a story for CBS Local, I list the 10 best to watch in 2017.

Five College Hoops Players to Watch

I wrote a story for CBS Local about five players you may not be familiar with right now but who could have an impact in March. Among them: Creighton’s Marcus Foster, Saint Mary’s Jock Landale, and Duke’s Amile Jefferson. Read the entire list at CBS Local.

To Bowl or Not to Bowl

I asked former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, in 2011, about the importance of bowl games. I wanted his opinion on whether bowls, other than the national championship, really mattered to teams. Carr could probably tell from my phrasing that I was skeptical.

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