Let’s get right to free agency Sky fans!
We are extremely excited to add Sharnee’ Zoll to our very strong group of guards in the Sky family! I will get to experience a little of what Coach Chatman has felt in coaching Sylvia when I get to be back on the court with Nae’. Sharnee’ enjoyed a tremendous career at Virginia and I was fortunate to have a front row seat for her 785 assists. You will love her energy, her toughness, her edge and that she just brings it for her teammates and fans every night. Welcome Sharnee’!
Wait til next week...
Don’t forget about our Sky family overseas... Pokey and all of our players are now entering into their EuroLeague and country playoff time as well. Be sure to check them out in our OVERSEAS UPDATE section of www.chicagosky.net. Coach Chatman’s Spartak Vidnoje team advances to the Final Eight on March 18-19th hosted in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
It’s also Conference Tournament time Sky Fans! Let’s run down some of the standings, previews and surprises in the Nation’s premiere women’s basketball conferences.
USF may sit in 6th place in the Big East, but they just knocked off the Nation’s #11 (Louisville) and #18 (Syracuse) ranked teams in back-to-back games that sent a shock wave through opposing coaches as the Big East Conference Tournament is just a couple of weeks away. Syracuse and Louisville now find themselves both at 10-4 in Big East play. For an encore, USF traveled to Piscataway, NJ to face Rutgers and head coach Vivian Stringer going for career win #900. To say Rutgers (9th place in Big East at 6-8) has been injury plagued this season would be a massive understatement. You guessed it... Rutgers knocked off USF; Coach Stringer gets win #900 and the Big East gets a little crazier heading down the stretch.
The constants in the Big East are Notre Dame and UCONN. They are first and second in the conference and looking like they are on a collision course for a March 12 re-match in Hartford for the Big East title. Notre Dame and UCONN each have two regular season games left. ND finishes at Providence and then in both team’s Big East finale - Connecticut at home on March 4 (7 PM – ESPN2). The Huskies travel to Tampa to face USF before their trip to South Bend. It will be interesting to see who shows what in that regular season finale. Tune in March 4th and get ready for the craziness of March Madness to begin!
I can’t wait to be in Hartford, it’s going to be a great tournament.
Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Georgia are all within a game or two of each other headed into the last couple of regular season games. It still seems odd for me to write, see or hear “Texas A&M” and “SEC” used in the same sentence. Thursday, February 28th A&M heads to Knoxville and Sunday, March 3rd the SEC regular season ends with Tennessee at Kentucky. Tennessee being involved in both of those games could see them slide from first to fourth in seedings for the SEC Tournament (depending on tie breakers) in the next five days! Now, TAMU, Kentucky and Georgia all have to take care of business, but Tennessee will earn its regular season title if it wins out and heads into the conference tournament 15-1 and the SEC’s #1 seed. The SEC tournament could be on of the most exciting conference tournaments to watch this post season.
No one is catching Baylor in the Big 12, possibly not anyone in the country until after graduation and then maybe not anytime soon after that either. When Baylor is rolling (which is most games) they are incredible to watch. Defensively, offensively... they are a complete team.
The real battle heading into the Big 12 Tournament is for spots 2 – 6. Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, West Virginia (see above “odd” comment and add that here) and Oklahoma State finished Big 12 play within two games of each other. A nice twist is the very last Big 12 game features Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in Lubbock, so there is a look at a very good match up before all the teams’ head to Dallas. With the conference tournament starting on March 8 in Dallas, there is plenty of time for teams to get healthy, get shots up and prepare for what should be a tremendous finish to the Big 12 season. Look to see six Big 12 teams headed to the NCAA Tournament.
If you are looking to watch a conference tournament for upsets... the Big 12 is probably NOT the place to watch. Baylor won each of their conference games by nearly 27 points. Now, tuning in for any of the other Big 12 matchups could produce some close games and upsets. No one else in the conference averaged more than four points in their margin of victory.
Thanks Sky Fans… I’ll catch up with you again in a couple of weeks with some more NCAA Updates and a recap of free agency. There are even more exciting things on the horizon!
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