I had the privilege of spending time with the one and only Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, who is so much more than just the chaplain for the men’s basketball team at Loyola University Chicago. Sister Jean is the Ramblers’ biggest supporter, and her pre-game prayers are legendary. Did I mention she is 97 years old? In a feature for espnW, I wrote about Sister Jean’s early life, her game-day routine, and what she means to Loyola. I have a little experience with sports-loving nuns, and I hope you enjoy reading my Sister Jean story as much as I enjoyed producing it.
After coming close the past few seasons, making the NCAA Tournament was more than just a goal for the Michigan women’s basketball team this season. It was an expectation. As I write for Excelle Sports, this team should have the résumé to get in and the talent to do some damage.
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.
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 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.
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.
Perhaps you watched Michigan’s nationally-televised game against Virginia Tech last night. If so, you saw the good Wolverines — building a 15-point first-half lead — and the bad, as they fell apart in the final eight minutes. Just a reminder that I’m covering the team for UMHoops.com. I wrote about last night’s game and will continue to produce content throughout the season, so I hope you’ll check it out.