Chaotic. Unpredictable. Carnage. These words are not being used to recount the end result of gladiators strapping on armor and ripping one another to shreds for the amusement of the Roman populus—they are descriptions of the 2015-16 college basketball season. But let me add another word to the mix: beautiful.
In a season in which no dominant team has emerged, the top 25 teams in the country combined for 16 losses last week. But the team that has yet to suffer a defeat will not have the chance to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976.
A look at how far players from both teams have traveled to get to New York for Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl.
It’s hard to care about a blowout, season-opening basketball game while something so shocking unfolds somewhere else. Sitting at Cameron while the soccer stadium in Paris was evacuated put things in perspective: That could be here. That could be us. That could be me.
After the season’s opening weekend, all the hype surrounding Duke basketball is not about its top-ranked recruiting class, nor its nationally televised showdown with No. 2 Kentucky Tuesday—but rather the magnificent scoring prowess of Grayson Allen.
Duke’s 33.4 points per game sits in the nation’s top 50, and a healthy 5.5 yards per play produces an average of more than 400 yards per contest. But dig a little deeper and those numbers appear skewed thanks to Duke’s first-quarter performances.
By choosing to look up to Mia Hamm even after becoming a Blue Devil, that little girl who grew up playing soccer and watching Hamm is not abandoning any allegiances. If there is one thing Mia taught me, it is that a sports hero can transcends intercollegiate athletics.
The media—like Jon Snow—still knows nothing. Okay, we know some things, but the notion of asking anyone—even national and local beat writers who are paid handsomely (just kidding)—to predict a top 25 before even seeing any team take the field is incredibly disturbing and, looking back, highly entertaining. Here’s a link to the original preseason top 25, and a look at the conference and division winners that each respective conference’s media predicted prior to the season: -Big 12: TCU -ACC: Clemson and Georgia Tech -Pac-12: Oregon and USC -Big Ten: Ohio State and Wisconsin -SEC: Auburn (overall), Alabama and Georgia (divisions) That seems pretty solid, right?
In an industry that racks up profits in the billions, the greatest indicator of success has proven to be not which program can build the best facilities or attract the most-talented recruits, but the program that can create a stable coaching situation.
In a time where women’s sports are looked at as “less than” or “more boring than” their male counterparts, Dr. Jen Welter, Becky Hammon and Justine Siegal have proven they can do anything their male counterparts can do—and sometimes better.