Some feel NCAA Tournament results determine a conference’s value. To use this year as an example, many people think the Big Ten having three teams in the Sweet 16 proves the conference was underrated this season. Others disagree, believing the ACC is still elite despite just one league team still remaining. In this debate, which I wrote about for CBS Local, everyone is right.
There are many talented young players still competing in the NCAA Tournament, and I wrote about two of them for CBS Local: Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey and South Carolina’s Chris Silva. The sophomores played important roles in helping their teams advance to the Sweet 16 and will be counted on again. Dorsey and the Ducks take on Michigan on Thursday night, while Silva’s South Carolina squad plays Baylor on Friday.
Crisler Center, formerly Crisler Arena and the University Events Building before that, turns 50 this year. It is best known as the home of Michigan basketball, but the arena has also hosted several high-profile musical acts, among other memorable events. In a story for Michigan Today, I went through news archives and talked to some of the key figures in the arena’s history.
Michigan was playing really well before plane trouble marked the beginning of a championship run through the Big Ten Tournament. Now in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines believe they can beat Oregon and keep the good vibes going. I wrote about Michigan’s mentality and more in a story for UM Hoops.
SMU, banned from the NCAA Tournament last year, is flying under the radar as the Big Dance approaches. The Mustangs’ sophomore point guard, Shake Milton, has had a great season, and I wrote about him for CBS Local. Rising Star: SMU Guard Shake Milton
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.
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.