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.
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.
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?
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.