Championship Week Video Notebook: Day 2

We take a quick look at some of tonight’s regular season action, as well as the opening rounds of the Big South and Patriot Leagues.  We also preview tomorrow’s Ohio Valley, Northeast, and America East games, as well as update the Survival Board.

 

WEDNESDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK ACTION

AMERICA EAST
Format: Standard with Re-Seed for semifinals
Location: Campus site of higher seeded team
Note: Mass-Lowell is ineligible for the America East tournament as a transitional team.
Wednesday, March 1 – Quarterfinals
7:00 PM – (8) Maine at (1) Vermont, espn3
7:00 PM – (7) Binghamton at (2) Stony Brook, espn3
7:30 PM – (6) Hartford at (3) Albany, espn3
7:30 PM – (5) UMBC at (4) New Hampshire, espn3

 

NORTHEAST
Format: Standard with Re-seed for Semifinals
Location: Campus sites
Note: Only the top 8 of the Northeast Conference’s 10 teams qualify to participate in the conference tournament.
Wednesday, March 1 – Quarterfinals
7:00 PM – (8) Sacred Heart at (1) Mount St. Mary’s, necfrontrow.com
7:00 PM – (6) Fairleigh Dickinson at (3) Wagner, Local TV/Fox College Sports-Atlantic/necfrontrow.com
7:00 PM – (5) Bryant at (4) St. Francis (PA), necfrontrow.com
9:00 PM – (7) Robert Morris at (2) LIU-Brooklyn, Local TV/Fox College Sports-Atlantic/necfrontrow.com

 

OHIO VALLEY
Format: Ladder (top 2 seeds bye into semifinals)
Location: Nashville, TN
Note: Only the top 8 of 12 teams, regardless of division, qualify to participate in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The two division winners will receive the top two seeds.
Wednesday, March 1 – First Round
7:30 PM – (5) Southeast Missouri vs (8) Tennessee State, ovcsports.com
10:00 PM – (6) Tennessee Tech vs (7) Murray State, ovcsports.com

 

And for all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

Record Broken: HoopsHD interviews Hall of Famer Jackie Stiles

Last weekend Kelsey Plum became the all-time leading scorer in women’s D-1 history, but this is the story of the woman whose record she broke.  Jackie Stiles was a star since her days at Claflin High School, where she was MVP of the High School All-American Game and won more than a dozen state titles in track and field.  At Southwest Missouri State she scored more than 1000 PTS as a senior and won the Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.  After being selected 4th overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft she was named ROY for the Portland Fire, but due to numerous injuries she was forced to retire way too soon.  In 2013 she returned to her alma mater as assistant coach for the Lady Bears and in 2016 she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Jackie earlier this year about beating a #1-seed in the NCAA tourney and whether she thought her scoring record would ever be broken.

At Claflin High School you were an All-American basketball player and set a state record by winning 14 individual titles in track and field: which sport were you best at, and which 1 did you enjoy the most? I would have to say that I was better at basketball but a lot of other people think that track was my best sport. My passion was for basketball and I put most of my energy toward that. I loved every second that I was on the court, whereas I had a love-hate relationship with track!

On March 10, 2000, as a player at Missouri State you scored a career-high 56 PTS in a win over Evansville, which remains the 4th-highest ever in a D-1 game: was it just 1 of those scenarios where every shot you put up seemed to go in because you were “in the zone”? A little side-story: they had beaten us at their place earlier that year and I had played awful. A huge number of fraternity guys came out to heckle me and just yelled “Overrated!” at me the whole time. We lost and I had a hard time blocking it out so when we played them again in the conference tourney I was just on another level of focus. Everything slowed down and I was totally in the moment. My teammates also helped me get into the flow and get some good looks early.

As a senior in 2001 you won the Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year: what did it mean to you to receive such an outstanding honor? Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine receiving an award like that: I was competing against women such as an Olympic gold medal swimmer! I was truly honored to be included in an amazing group of athletes.

You also became the only D-1 women’s basketball player to score 1000+ PTS in a season and graduated as the all-time leading scorer in D-1 women’s history with 3393 PTS: what is the secret to being a great scorer, and do you think that anyone will ever break your record? Scoring was always my gift: I had a laser-like focus on the rim. It also takes repetition, getting into the gym every day, playing pickup games and 1-on-1 to learn how to get your shot. You also need great teammates/coaches. I have a feeling that Kelsey Plum will do it this season and I know that records are meant to be broken. She is a phenomenal player/person and it will be well-deserved if she ends up breaking my record.

In the 2001 Sweet 16 you scored 41 PTS/15-22 FG in a 10-PT upset of #1-seed Duke only 1 week after suffering a concussion in a win over Toledo: how were you able to play your best when it mattered the most? Just my drive to win and do whatever it took to help our team advance. It was such a special 4 years as a Lady Bear and we did not want our careers to end that night. Once we beat Duke we knew that there would be nothing standing in the way of our dream to get to the Final 4.

After being selected 4th overall by Portland in the 2001 WNBA Draft you finished the season by being named ROY: how were you able to make such a smooth transition from college to the pros? My 1st few games I felt that I was struggling and I questioned my skills: it just took time to adjust to the speed/athleticism. I was always an underdog during my career but after getting picked 4th there were a lot of expectations put on me and people wondered if I could be a 2-guard since I was so short. I remember there was 1 specific game where I had a breakout game, which gave me the confidence to play at that level.

Your WNBA career only lasted 1 more season due to an injury (1 of many during your career that resulted in more than a dozen surgeries): how frustrating was it to not be able to go out on your own terms? Very! I remember telling my 2nd grade teacher that I would become a pro basketball player someday…even before the WNBA was created! I had put all my eggs in that basket and once I lost the opportunity to play I wondered who I was. It was very hard and I tried everything in my power to return to the court…but it was just not meant to be. I sacrificed my personal life early on and missed some family reunions, but after I saw that they stood by me during difficult times I tried to become a better sister/daughter. I am now very happy to help others reach their goals/dreams.

Your sister Roxanne won a pair of state titles at Claflin High School and later played basketball at Missouri State: who is the best athlete in the family? She is pretty good and I am definitely jealous that she won a pair of state titles. We are both 5’8”: I have a picture of her wearing her Missouri State uniform in my office and everyone thinks that it is me! She ran track as well and my dad made her a sprinter: he was our coach. She is going to become a surgeon in the future: I am so proud of all that she has accomplished.

In 2016 you were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: where does that rank among the highlights of your career? It is definitely up there. What made it so special is that I had probably 60 people from my alma mater who shared that moment with me, which made it a night that I will never forget.

You currently work as an assistant coach at your alma mater: how do you like the job, and what do you hope to do in the future? I genuinely love it! At 1st I thought that nothing could compare to my playing career in terms of passion, but after becoming an assistant I knew that this was what the next chapter of my life was supposed to be. I get up every day and try to make our program the best it can possibly be: I just want to leave it as a better place.

News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Tuesday, February 28th

NEWS AND NOTES

-For our latest Hoops HD Report, along with Day 1 of our Championship Week Video Notebook – CLICK HERE

-For Chad Sherwood’s UTR Game of the Day – CLICK HERE

-For Jon Teitel’s All Conference Awards – CLICK HERE

-Virginia won their second straight game, and it was a big one at home against North Carolina, which dings UNC’s chances at a #1 seed, but doesn’t completely end them.  Virginia is now officially out of their tailspin and is back on pace to end up as a protected seed.  Along with seemingly half the teams in the ACC.

-Baylor knocked off West Virginia at home, which isn’t a surprise.  West Virginia seems to be slipping out of the protected seed range.  The loss wasn’t bad, but when you look at their good wins and their resume compared to the other teams up on the #4 line or better it just doesn’t quite match up.  They’ll need a strong finish.

-Miami FL had been on a roll, but they fell at Virginia Tech yesterday, who is now close to being a virtual lock for the NCAA Tournament.

 

HIGHLIGHTED GAMES

-MARYLAND AT RUTGERS (Big Ten).  Maryland is in good shape and shouldn’t have too much trouble adding another road win to their resume.

-GEORGETOWN AT SETON HALL (Big East).  Seton Hall is right on the bubble, every game the rest of the way will have a pivotal feel to it.  They do not want to lose at home to a non-tournament team and fall below .500 in Big East play.

-MISSISSIPPI STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA (SEC).  South Carolina has been in a bit of a tailspin, but they ended a three game losing streak by beating Tennessee in their last game.  They’re at home against a non-tournament team and need to hold serve.

-INDIANA AT PURDUE (Big Ten).  Indiana is coming off an exciting and emotional home win against Northwestern, but they have a very long way to go in order to land back inside the bubble.  They’ll probably need to win their next four games to even have a chance.  A week ago Purdue was looking like they were going to get a protected seed, and although they still can they’ll need a very strong finish in order to do it.

-FLORIDA STATE AT DUKE (ACC).  Florida State has a good resume, but adding a road win like this to it would make it look even better.  Duke is coming off two straight losses, but is still in reasonably good shape for a protected seed, especially if they’re able to take care of business in this game.

-SAINT JOHN’S AT CREIGHTON (Big East).  Creighton has struggled in the latter part of the season, and cannot afford to drop a game to a Saint John’s team that’s been better than expected, but still nowhere close to the NIT.

-DEPAUL AT PROVIDENCE (Big East).  Providence has a very good chance at landing on the right side of the bubble, but if they fail to hold serve in games like this they’ll be in trouble.

-VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY (SEC).  Vandy has won seven of their last nine, and has some pretty big wins in that stretch.  Their last two games are against Florida and Kentucky, and if they can win just one of them I think they’re in great shape.  If they win both of them I think they’re pretty much locked into the field.  It’s easier said than done, though.  Kentucky will lock themselves into a protected seed if they hold serve the rest of the way.

-PITTSBURGH AT GEORGIA TECH (ACC).  Chances are Georgia Tech won’t make it into the field, but they still have a chance if they can pick up some surprising wins down the stretch.

-OKLAHOMA STATE AT IOWA STATE (Big Twelve).  Iowa State is actually in second place in the Big Twelve right now, and will finish ahead of Baylor if they can win their last two games.  They’re at home tonight against an Oklahoma State who is in the middle of the pack, but that has also won 9 of their last 10 Big Twelve games.  These are two of the hottest teams in the country, and are among the hottest teams in the nation right now.

Under the Radar Game of the Day: Buffalo at Ohio

Buffalo at Ohio University, 6:00 PM Eastern, CBS Sports Network

For our latest Hoops HD Report/Championship Week Video Notebook, CLICK HERE.

For Jon Teitel’s All-Conference Awards, Part 1, CLICK HERE.

The Under the Radar Game of the Day shifts back to the Mid-American Conference tonight and the battle for the #2 seed in next week’s conference tournament.  Although Akron already clinched the regular season title, there is a five-six team battle going on for seeds 2, 3 and 4 and a bye into the quarterfinal round.  Ohio University currently leads the way at 10-6 in conference (18-9) overall.  Tonight, they will be hosting one of the four teams currently sitting a game back at 9-7, Buffalo (15-14 overall).

Ohio U had their four game winning streak broken on Saturday when they lost by three points at Kent State.  Jaaron Simmons had 15 points and 7 assists in the loss.  However, the most remarkable thing about the Bobcats so far this year is how well they have played in the second half of the conference season.  Antonio Campbell, their star player, went down for the season back on January 14.  We had almost written the Bobcats off at that point, but they have been a very respectable 7-5 without him.  Tonight’s opponent, Buffalo, had won six straight games before going 0-2 last week, losing to Kent State and Akron.  Blake Hamilton had 23 points and CJ Massinburg had a double-double for the Bulls in their 6 point home loss on Friday to Akron.  If they can get efforts like that again tonight, the Bulls have a chance to pick up the huge road win and put themselves in position for one of the conference’s top four seeds.

The Hoops HD Report (Feb 27)/Championship Week Video Notebook: Day 1

The panel runs through all of the major conferences as we are in to the final week of the regular season.  Some of the things they cover are Gonzaga’s surprising loss to BYU, whether or not Syracuse belongs in the field, North Carolina’s chances at a #1 seed after the loss at Virginia, UCLA’s huge win over Arizona, whether or not Vanderbilt can crash the dance, Dayton’s big upcoming game against VCU, and much more.  They also look at the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Tournament, and look ahead to the Big South and Patriot League that tip off tomorrow.

 

 

TUESDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK ACTION

BIG SOUTH
Format: Standard
Location: Campus Sites (First Round); Regular Season Champion (Quarterfinals and Semifinals); Highest Remaining Seed (Championship)
Tuesday, February 28 – First Round
7:00 PM – (10) Presbyterian at (7) Campbell, bigsouthsports.com
7:00 PM – (9) Longwood at (8) Charleston Southern, bigsouthsports.com

PATRIOT LEAGUE
Format: Standard
Location: Campus Sites
Tuesday, February 28 – First Round
7:00 PM – (9) American at (8) Army West Point, patriotleague.tv
7:30 PM – (10) Lafayette at (7) Loyola, patriotleague.tv

Handing out the Hardware: All-Conference Awards of the year (Part 1 of 2)

The end of the regular season means that it is time to recognize the best players in college basketball. HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel has reviewed all the numbers and is ready to announce his picks for the 5 best players from each conference based on their all-around stats. Players are listed in a traditional 5-position lineup (G-G-F-F-C) whenever possible with several exceptions, with special awards for Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, 6th Man of the Year, and Coach of the Year. If you think he has overlooked anyone then feel free to post your feedback in the comments section below, and check back next week for the remaining conferences in Part 2.

America East
G: Jairus Lyles (UMBC)
G: Jaleen Smith (New Hampshire)
G: Joe Cremo (Albany)
F: Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell)
F: Tanner Leissner (New Hampshire)
Player of the Year: Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell)
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Lamb (Vermont)
Defensive Player of the Year: KJ Maura (UMBC)
6th Man of the Year: Akwasi Yeboah (Stony Brook)
Coach of the Year: Ryan Odom (UMBC)

Atlantic Sun
G: Dallas Moore (North Florida)
G: Kendrick Ray (Kennesaw State)
G: Brandon Goodwin (Florida Gulf Coast)
F: Aubrey Williams (Kennesaw State)
C: Michael Buchanan (SC Upstate)
POY: Dallas Moore (North Florida)
ROY: Garrett Sams (North Florida)
DPOY: Darien Fernandez (Jacksonville)
6TH: Chris Davenport (North Florida)
COY: Casey Alexander (Lipscomb)

Big South
G: Chris Clemons (Campbell)
G: Ahmad Thomas (NC Asheville)
G: Laquincy Rideau (Gardner-Webb)
F: Khris Lane (Longwood)
F: Xavier Cooks (Winthrop)
POY: Chris Clemons (Campbell)
ROY: Christian Keeling (Charleston Southern)
DPOY: Ahmad Thomas (NC Asheville)
6TH: Tarique Thompson (High Point)
COY: Pat Kelsey (Winthrop)

CAA
G: TJ Williams (Northeastern)
G: CJ Bryce (UNC Wilmington)
G: Joe Chealey (Charleston)
F: Devontae Cacok (UNC Wilmington)
F: Rodney Williams (Drexel)
POY: TJ Williams (Northeastern)
ROY: Kurk Lee (Drexel)
DPOY: Chris Flemmings (UNC Wilmington)
6TH: John Davis (Towson)
COY: Earl Grant (Charleston)

Horizon
G: Mark Alstork (Wright State)
G: Cameron Morse (Youngstown State)
F: Alec Peters (Valparaiso)
F: Jalen Hayes (Oakland)
C: Drew McDonald (Northern Kentucky)
POY: Alec Peters (Valparaiso)
ROY: Tarkus Ferguson (Illinois-Chicago)
DPOY: Tai Odiase (Illinois-Chicago)
6TH: Warren Jones (Green Bay)
COY: John Brannen (Northern Kentucky)

MAAC
G: Matt Scott (Niagara)
G: Justin Robinson (Monmouth)
F: Jordan Washington (Iona)
F: Kahlil Thomas (Rider)
C: Quadir Welton (St. Peter’s)
POY: Justin Robinson (Monmouth)
ROY: Mikey Dixon (Quinnipiac)
DPOY: Javion Ogunyemi (Siena)
6TH: Calvin Crawford (Manhattan)
COY: Reggie Witherspoon (Canisius)

MVC
G: Jeremy Morgan (Northern Iowa)
G: Jaylon Brown (Evansville)
G: Milton Doyle (Loyola Chicago)
F: Alize Johnson (Missouri State)
F: Deontae Hawkins (Illinois State)
POY: Jaylon Brown (Evansville)
ROY: Landry Shamet (Wichita State)
DPOY: Jeremy Morgan (Northern Iowa)
6TH: Aundre Jackson (Loyola Chicago)
COY: Dan Muller (Illinois State)

NEC
G: Elijah Long (Mount St. Mary’s)
G: Nisre Zouzoua (Bryant)
G: Darian Anderson (Fairleigh Dickinson)
F: Jerome Frink (LIU Brooklyn)
F: Joseph Lopez (Sacred Heart)
POY: Jerome Frink (LIU Brooklyn)
ROY: Keith Braxton (St. Francis PA)
DPOY: Josh Nebo (St. Francis PA)
6TH: Rasheem Dunn (St. Francis NY)
COY: Jamion Christian (Mount St. Mary’s)

OVC
G: Tahjere McCall (Tennessee State)
G: Josh Robinson (Austin Peay)
G: Jonathan Stark (Murray State)
F: Evan Bradds (Belmont)
F: Nick Mayo (Eastern Kentucky)
POY: Jonathan Stark (Murray State)
ROY: Asante Gist (Eastern Kentucky)
DPOY: Tahjere McCall (Tennessee State)
6TH: Hakeem Rogers (Tennessee Tech)
COY: Rick Byrd (Belmont)

Patriot
G: Sa’eed Nelson (American)
G: Andre Walker (Loyola MD)
F: Zach Thomas (Bucknell)
F: Tim Kempton (Lehigh)
C: Nana Foulland (Bucknell)
POY:  Tim Kempton (Lehigh)
ROY: Sa’eed Nelson (American)
DPOY: Nana Foulland (Bucknell)
6TH: Matt Wilson (Army)
COY: Nathan Davis (Bucknell)

Southern
G: QJ Peterson (Virginia Military)
G: TJ Cromer (East Tennessee State)
F: Justin Tuoyo (Chattanooga)
F: Zane Najdawi (Citadel)
C: Wyatt Walker (Samford)
POY: QJ Peterson (Virginia Military)
ROY: Preston Parks (Citadel)
DPOY: Justin Tuoyo (Chattanooga)
6TH: Preston Parks (Citadel)
COY: Wes Miller (UNC Greensboro)

Summit
G: Mo Evans (IPFW)
G: Garret Covington (Western Illinois)
F: Mike Daum (South Dakota State)
F: Mike Miklusak (Western Illinois)
C: Albert Owens (Oral Roberts)
POY: Mike Daum (South Dakota State)
ROY: Emmanuel Nzekwesi (Oral Roberts)
DPOY: Tra-Deon Hollins (Nebraska Omaha)
6TH: Dexter Werner (North Dakota State)
COY: Craig Smith (South Dakota)

WCC
G: Lamond Murray Jr. (Pepperdine)
G: Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga)
F: Eric Mika (BYU)
F: Chris Reyes (Pepperdine)
C: Jock Landale (St. Mary’s)
POY: Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga)
ROY: TJ Haws (BYU)
DPOY: Eric Mika (BYU)
6TH: Ronnie Boyce (San Francisco)
COY: Mark Few (Gonzaga)

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