Playing on their home floor, #7 LSU beat #2 West Virginia, 76-67 - given home court advantage, it can only be considered a minor upset. But there was some sobering news for LSU as well: senior Jeanne Kenney, the team's assist and three point leader, left the game with concussion symptoms and did not return.
"What's coming next for UConn's seniors became clear Saturday when Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn sat on press row watching them practice live for the first time." There's also a tidbit about Dan Hughes: "Dolson, perhaps the top pure post in the draft, has been ranked as high as the fourth overall pick by the San Antonio Stars. And Stars coach/GM Dan Hughes has been in touch with Auriemma about her."
"I haven't been in the women's game that long. I came from the men's side. I coached the number two pick in the NBA draft, Rik Smits in college. She is one of the best players I have ever seen. In terms of her instincts, her ability. What an unbelievable nose for the ball. Just tremendous. She's so good in person. I knew she was good watching her on tape but I hadn't seen her live before. So that was in some ways a treat as a basketball person. It wasn't a lot of fun for these guys [indicating his players]. She's just unbelievable. But we did a pretty good job I thought of keeping her in front of us. We forced her into a couple of tough shots. We doubled her whenever we could. But to her credit, she had four assists. She found people. She's so unselfish. And she still goes for a double double."From "Ferocious defense and hot shooting propelled Terps past Army 90-52" via Todd Carton of SB Nation's Testudo Times.
Indy decides not to match 2 yr max offer for Douglas.
Another mid-major program scored a first in their 2014 NCAA Tournament opener as James Madison beat Gonzaga 72-63: it was their first tournament win since 1991. And again, it was one that was predictable based on the two teams' performance during the season despite the seeding disparity. The Dukes will advance to face the Texas A&M Aggies in the second round. You can read the full recap of the game at The Breeze. For more on JMU, check out Nikki Newman's guest blog here at Swish Appeal.
""DMJ is under contract for 2014 and Pierson (no ACL) will be available to practice opening day of training camp.""