There are some things that are so obvious that it seems repugnant to devote time and space to them. But what seems obvious to some is not to others. And here we are re-emphasizing what should be the obvious.
College GameDay needs more college women’s games to be played. Or there should be a highly-promoted weekly show in the same time period that focuses on girls’ college basketball.
“Doing it more often, as they do on the men’s side, I think would be cool,” Carolyn Beck, an analyst and former head coach at ESPN, told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “When you think why do people know so much about men’s basketball? Well, because [LaPhonso Ellis] Seth [Greenberg] And Jay Bellas will tell you their stories.”
All the “GameDay” shows in Columbia, South Carolina, were fun. In the lead up, the sold-out crowd at 1 p.m. ET – though “celebrities” at Colonial Life Arena are often close to it – storylines and merchandising. The main frustration was knowing it was the first time in 11 years and only the third time ever.
The vast majority of Sunday viewers (and even reading this article) have already been deeply invested in the game. They know the big moments and that continuing to push the sport forward means supporting the big moments, like a pre-match show on ESPN before a number one game on ABC. This led directly to the United States women’s national soccer team match in the SheBelieves Cup, creating a huge day for women’s sports televised. finally.
TIME BREAKING RECORD: Creating a ‘College GameDay’ show for the women’s game – and we can’t stress this enough, properly promoting this show – will only raise the bar for the entire sport and the broadcasting company it’s investing in. Because routine is the building block of life. Kids thrive on routine. Dogs become very routine.
We live in a loose track in our heads that tells us every Saturday there’s a preview of college football action or men’s college basketball action. We watch football on Thanksgiving, men’s basketball on Christmas, and baseball on the Fourth of July. Someone or something had to base those routines on what they are in 2022. It’s time to add women’s basketball to the calendar.
Unlucky Tennessee continues South Carolina
The only downside, outside of that being obvious for once, is that Tennessee wasn’t the group it was a few weeks ago. This match was not as tight as it could have been. Jordan Hurston, Lady Falls leader in points, rebounding and assisting, was out indefinitely with a fractured dislocation in her left elbow. Tennessee State has lost five of its last eight matches after culminating in the top seed reveal for the NCAA Selection Committee Championship.
South Carolina defended its #1 title against the 25th-ranked Associated Press for the 11th time this season, a 67-53 victory over Tennessee. It also gave them at least a share of the SEC regular season title and the top seed in the Conference Championship. LSU (11-3) is the only team that can catch up with the Gamecocks.
Alia Boston, the lead nominee for the National Women’s Player of the Year, boosted the conference record with her 19th consecutive double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds). Sylvia Fowles, the Minnesota Links star who will play her last WNBA season in 2022, had the same number at LSU, and Boston could break it against Texas A&M on Thursday.
Arranging nearby conferences and tournaments
Big Ten – Michigan in control
It was a wild game in the Big Ten and Michigan (21-4, 12-3) dominated the weekend behind a 71-59 win over Maryland at home on Sunday. The Wolverines could win their first Big Ten title in program history by defeating Michigan State on Thursday and Iowa on Sunday.
But there are three teams, half of whom are behind in the standings, and a fourth behind by one game. Indiana, who entered the week leading the standings in winning percentage, lost twice to Iowa and flipped with the standings hockey team. Iowa is now one of those quarterback teams, and Indiana is back for the full game. All five of these teams are in the AP rankings.
6 Michigan (12-3): Thursday vs Michigan State (8-6), Sunday in Iowa (ESPN2, 4 p.m. ET)
No. 17 Ohio State (12-4, .5 GB): Thursday vs. Pennsylvania, Sunday at Michigan State (8-6)
No. 13 Maryland (12-4, .5 GB): Friday vs. Indiana
No. 21 Iowa (12-4, .5 GB): Thursday at Rutgers, Sunday vs. Michigan (ESPN2 4 p.m. ET)
No. 10 Indiana (11-4, 1 GB): Friday in Maryland
Big 12 – Top 4 turns again
And it’s pretty tight in the Big 12, which will take center stage next week as every other convention schedule completes. Baylor (21-5, 11-3) is back on top after winning the TCU. The Bears tied with Iowa State (22-4, 11-3), which split its week of seeded games by losing to Texas and defeating Oklahoma.
Kansas (19-5, 10-4, 1 GB) jumped on the spot, while Oklahoma was slipping in three straight games. The nation’s second-best attack (84.6 dpi) scored over 67 just once in those three games. Texas (19-6, 9-5) is also two games behind and Kansas State (18-8, 8-6, 3 GB) is still in the top four.
The Jayhawks are facing the toughest period of their schedule: versus Iowa (Wednesday), versus Baylor (Saturday), versus Texas (March 2) and in Oklahoma (March 5). They soon traveled to TCU and hosted Kansas State this week.
SEC – South Carolina win the title
The Gamecocks snatched a share of the title by defeating Tennessee, the program that, at the start of the week, had the best chances to share it with them. Now, it’s up to LSU (23-4, 11-3), which plays Alabama and Tennessee to finish the season.
Florida (20-7, 10-4) and Tennessee (21-6, 10-4) are currently No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Ole Miss (20-6, 8-5) is trying to make her way.
ACC – NC State gets the title
Wolfpack (25-3, 16-1 ACC) snatched a share of the regular season title with a 95-53 defeat at Syracuse on Sunday. If they cared about beating Virginia Tech on Sunday, that would be their live title. Louisville (23-3, 14-2) Two games left against Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
Notre Dame (20-6, 12-4) and Virginia Tech (20-4, 12-4) are currently in the last two places to make a double in the championship. North Carolina State (21-5, 11-5) and Georgia Tech (19-8, 10-6) can turn it around.
Pac 12 – Stanford wins the title on the spot
The Stanford Cardinal is once again the PAC 12 regular season champions. The No. 2 seeded program claimed an 87-63 victory over Oregon on Friday and extended its conference winning streak to 29 games on Sunday. Haley Jones finished -1 while sitting almost on the floor with 37 seconds left to break the 60th tie with Oregon. The Ducks added two free throws, making the score 63-62, and Stanford added three free throws to make the final 66-62.
Oregon (18-9, 10-5) and Washington State (18-8, 10-5) took second and third, respectively, and Arizona (19-5, 9-5) fourth. The conference has been a down year compared to previous seasons, but watch for the ducks after they’ve been in good shape for the past month.
turmoil of the week
As always, for these purposes, an upset is a lower ranked team or an unranked team defeating a higher ranked team. Ranking as of the game, with Associated Press reconnaissance movement in parentheses.
No. 5 Indiana 55, Nebraska 72 (Indiana down 5)
No. 6 Iowa 48, No. 14 Texas 73 (Iowa down 3; Texas up 3)
No. 15 Oklahoma 87, Texas Tech 97 (Oklahoma down 5)
No. 3 Louisville 65, No. 24 North Carolina 66 (Louisville down 1; North Carolina to No. 18)
No. 12 Tennessee 64, Alabama 74 (Tennessee bottom 4)
No. 16 Georgia Tech 66, No. 19 Notre Dame 72 (OT) (Georgia Tech down 6; Notre Dame up 5)
No. 5 Indiana 91, No. 22 Iowa 96 (Indiana down 5; Iowa up 1)
No. 8 Arizona 67, Washington State 72 (Arizona down 4)
No. 16 Georgia Tech 39, Miami 51 (Georgia Tech down 6)
No. 21 Georgia 60, Auburn 65 (Georgia descent 4)
What have you been watching in the last week?
No. 11, Texas in Kansas, 7:30 p.m. ET on Big 12 / ESPN+
Michigan State at #6 Michigan, 6 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network
22 Georgia Tech in Florida, 6 p.m. ET on ACC
Miami at #23 Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. ET on ACC
Mississippi at No. 16 TN, 6:30 p.m. ET on SEC . Network
#25 Georgia in Arkansas, 8 p.m. ET on SEC Network+
1 South Carolina at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. ET on SEC . Network
10 Indiana at No. 13, Maryland, 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten . Network
KS at No. 5 Baylor, 3 p.m. ET on Big 12 / ESPN +
Kansas State at No. 20, Oklahoma, 5 p.m. ET
No. 4 Louisville at No. 4 14 Notre Dame, noon ET on ESPN2
Missouri at No. 15 Florida, noon ET on SEC Network
8 LSU at #16 TN, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2
6 Michigan at #21 Iowa, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Duke at #18 North Carolina, 4 p.m. ET on ACC
3 NC State at #23 Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. ET on ACC