College Sports Morning Headlines-03/15/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 03/15/11.

WBB Named No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament - Lady Bears face No. 16 seed Prairie View A&M in first-round action.  Baylor's women's basketball team earned its first-ever No. 1 seed and will play in the Dallas Regional as they face 16th-seeded Prairie View A&M (21-11) on Sunday, March 20, at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, the NCAA announced Monday night. Joining Baylor and Prairie View A&M in first-round action in Waco are eighth-seeded Houston (26-5) and West Virginia (23-9), a No. 9 seed.  The Houston/West Virginia game will tip at 4:10 p.m. (CT), while the Baylor/Prairie View contest will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.   READ MORE

Dunn Earns USBWA All-District Honors - LaceDarius Dunn becomes the sixth USBWA All-District selection in Scott Drew era.  Baylor and Big 12 all-time leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn was selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VII team, the organization announced Thursday. Dunn becomes the sixth USBWA All-District selection under head coach Scott Drew, joining Terrance Thomas (2004), Aaron Bruce (2005), Curtis Jerrells (2008, 2009) and Ekpe Udoh (2010).   READ MORE









UT women make NCAA tourney; opener is against Marquette - The players saw "Texas" flash on the television screen and immediately erupted into whoops and hollers.  The Texas women's basketball team was given new life.  Coach Gail Goestenkors and the Longhorns knew their admission into the NCAA tournament was not a done deal. A season of highs and lows, however, will be extended at least another game.  Texas (19-13) will play Marquette (23-8) in the first round of the Dayton Regional at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) in Knoxville, Tenn. The winner likely will play the host Lady Vols in the second round Monday night.  The Horns are seeded ninth in the region, Marquette eighth. Top-seeded Tennessee plays 16th seed Stetson in the other first-round game at Knoxville.   READ MORE

Longhorns stay at No. 5 in baseball rankings - Texas' week went from the highs of last Tuesday's walk-off victory over Texas-San Antonio to last Saturday's doubleheader split with previously winless Brown, but the Longhorns remained ranked No. 5 in the country in this week's Baseball America Top 25 rankings.  The Longhorns (11-5) host Texas State today at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, at 6 p.m.   READ MORE









Aggie women selected as No. 2 seed in Dallas Regional - The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Committee opted to expedite a possible titanic rematch between Big 12 powerhouses Texas A&M and Baylor, putting them in the same regional when the 64-team tournament bracket was unveiled on ESPN on Monday night.  A&M, as expected, was seeded second for a fourth straight year. But instead of being placed in the Dayton (Ohio) or Spokane (Wash.) Regional, the Aggies are in the Dallas Regional, where the Lady Bears are seeded No. 1. Baylor earned top billing by beating the Aggies three times this season, the last time rallying from a 12-point deficit Saturday in the Big 12 Tournament title in Kansas City, Mo., for a 61-58 victory.   READ MORE

Looking At Our Bracket - Southwest Region Might Have Only One Upset - Ever wish that more things worked like college brackets? That you could seed everything that way? Top 64 pre-game foods. Top 64 college players. Well, now you can do just that with your friends, with the Allstate BFF Brackets, which takes your 64 top Facebook friends (an algorithm seeds them based on interaction) and seeds them in four regions, exactly like the real tourney. Once the tourney starts, your friends advance with the corresponding seeds – till one is left standing.   READ MORE









RPTV: Lady Raiders Return To NCAA Tourney - It's been a long five years for Kristy Curry and the Lady Raiders. Texas Tech was selected as a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, making the tourney for the first time since 2005.   READ MORE

Lady Raiders Return to the NCAA Championship - After a five-year absence, Texas Tech is making its 19th overall appearance in the NCAA.  After a five-year absence the Texas Tech women's basketball team is returning to the NCAA Women's Championship as the Lady Raiders will make their 19th appearance in the tournament. The NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Committee announced the field of 64 teams Monday evening.  The Lady Raiders will open the 2011 NCAA Women's Championship as the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Region when they face No. 9 seed St. John's in Stanford, Calif., at Maples Pavilion on Sat., March 19, at 3 p.m. CDT on ESPN2. The other first round game in Stanford, Calif., is No. 1 seed Stanford versus No. 16 seed UC Davis at 5:30 p.m. CDT.  The winners of Saturday's games will advance to the second round and play on Mon., March 21, at 8:30 p.m. CDT.  READ MORE









Cougars are Waco-bound for NCAA Tourney - The 64-team NCAA women's basketball tournament field was unveiled on Monday and as expected, the Houston Cougars are in the field.  UH received the No. 8 seed in the Dallas region and will face West Virginia in the first round of the tournament.  The Cougars (26-5) won't be far from home, playing their first round game in Waco at Baylor's Ferrell Center. If UH beats West Virginia (23-9) and advances, the Cougars will face the Baylor/Prairie View winner on Tuesday at the Ferrell Center.   READ MORE

No. 25 Houston Continues March on the Road at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Cougars kickoff 10-game road trip against the Islanders on Tuesday.  The University of Houston softball team resumes life on the road when the Cougars travel to Corpus Christi to take on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Chapman Field in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m.  No. 25 Houston (16-9, 0-3) played its only three home games in the month of March last weekend when the Cougars opened the Conference USA season against UAB. With 10 games remaining this month, the Cougars won't return to Cougar Softball Field until they play host to Marshall on April 2-3.  The Islanders (20-6, 8-1) are coming off of a series win at Central Arkansas, taking two of three from the Bears in their last time out. Houston fell in a close 1-0 matchup to UCA on Feb. 25.   READ MORE









Rice Owls Play at Missouri State in the WNIT - Game on Thursday - Game Time to be Announced on Tuesday.  The Rice Owls women's basketball team is in post-season play for the 10th time in the program's history when it earned Conference USA's automatic bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament.  The Owls will play at Missouri State on Thursday. Game times for the WNIT will be announced Tuesday, March 15 by the WNIT. The winner of the Rice-Missouri State contest plays the winner of the Lamar at Arkansas game.  "I'm just really happy for our team and for our seniors," commented Owl head coach Greg Williams. "It is our third post-season appearance and I'm excited about the opportunity to be playing Missouri State."  This is the Owls' seventh appearance in the WNIT and third under Williams in six seasons.   READ MORE

Rice Student Manager Featured in Video Challenge - Gierlach's story highlighted in Facebook-hosted contest.  Rice University's Adam Gierlach is one of five student managers featured in a Facebook-hosted video contest recognizing the "unsung logistics heroes" of college basketball.  The UPS Store tipped off its Printing Madness promotion in celebration of NCAA March Madness on Monday. Along with the promotion, UPS is paying tribute to the young men and women in its "Masters of Logistics" team manager contest.  Through April 15th, the videos of five student managers representing four universities are posted on The UPS Store Corp Facebook page. The public can vote for their favorite team manager story by "liking" the video on Facebook. The school represented in the video that receives the most "likes" will receive a $10,000 scholarship in the team manager's name to the university's general scholarship fund.  In addition to Gierlach, the other finalists are Sarah Helfer and Pat Thompson, Duke University; Leslie Johnson, Elon University; and Adam Satz, Seton Hall University.   READ MORE









CIT Preview: SMU vs Oral Roberts - The CollegeInsider.com Tournament, which features 24 teams competing in 12 first round games, is the first postseason tournament that SMU has qualified for since 2000 when the Mustangs earned a bid in the NIT.  The Golden Eagles are led by junior Dominique Morrison and sophomore Damen Bell-Holter. However, the team features four players who average double-digit scoring figures and two players who average 6 or more rebounds.  Morrison leads the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game. The Kansas City native also contributes 4.9 boards per game and 2.2 assists per game. He finished second on the team with 39 made three-point shots and second in attempts with 97 (.402%).   READ MORE

MBB: Hosts Oral Roberts In CIT Opener On Wednesday At 7 p.m. - Mustangs Making 14th Postseason Appearance, First Since 2000.  The SMU Mustangs host the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. This is the 14th postseason for the Mustangs, but first since the 2000 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The Mustangs already have their highest win total (17) since 2002-03 and recorded their most league wins (8) in Conference USA. The Mustangs are 13-6 at Moody Coliseum this season as they prepare for their school-record 20th home game.   READ MORE








MMB:  UTEP Faces Old Foe in NIT First Round - The UTEP men’s basketball team is going to need a quick turnaround from their devastating loss to the Memphis Tigers in the Conference USA Tournament final. The Miners have traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to face the University of New Mexico in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament today.  UTEP (25-9, 11-5 C-USA) is still reeling from the effects of Saturday’s heartbreak loss. As the Miners entered the Foster-Stevens Basketball Complex, their faces were still filled with disappointment. Senior Julyan Stone’s face did not hide how he was feeling.   READ MORE

Thoughts on NCAA and NIT Tournament Selections - So its the Monday after selection Sunday, and people all over the country are upset at the "snubbing" of a few teams, while other "less deserving" teams made the cut. Plenty of ESPN analysts are practically calling for the heads of the NCAA tournament selection committee after they made selections that were apparently not approved by the media giant. There are plenty of questions out there after seeing the 2011 bracket, but the biggest has been why UAB and VCU are in, while Colorado and Virginia Tech are out? But is there a real case here, or just more of the major conference bias?   READ MORE









Frogs And Mavericks Renew Rivalry Tuesday Night - TCU is 4-0 on the road this season.  Frogs And Mavericks Renew Rivalry Tuesday Night.  TCU is 4-0 on the road this season.  The ninth-ranked TCU Horned Frog baseball team will look to make it five straight road victories when they open up a four-game road swing Tuesday night in Arlington. TCU has won 15 straight against UT Arlington. Game time at Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m.   READ MORE

TCU Battles No. 8 BYU to Buzzer - Frogs' season ends in MWC quarterfinals.  TCU took a lead into halftime and made several big shots late to give itself a shot Thursday, but No. 8 BYU came up with the key plays in crunch time during a 64-58 Cougar victory in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Championship at the Thomas & Mack Center.  The loss put an end to TCU’s season, as the Frogs finished with an 11-22 overall record. BYU, which improved to 29-3, advanced to the MWC semifinals, where it will face the winner of Thursday’s Colorado-New Mexico quarterfinal.  The Frogs put together one of their gutsiest efforts of the season Thursday in an attempt to stave off elimination. The squad led by as many as four points just before halftime and took a 31-30 edge into the locker room.   READ MORE









This bugs the heck out of me - This is another one of those conversations I shouldn't let myself be drug into, but I can't help it.  A whole host of people, well at least a couple of people with multiple names from the same IP address, are taking shots on the blog at Johnny Jones and what the men's basketball team accomplished this year because UNT was upset in the Sun Belt tournament final.  I will never understand this about fans everywhere, not just UNT.   READ MORE

How much will UNT sweeten the pot for Jones? - When it comes to the future of the UNT men's basketball program over the next couple of weeks, there one issue to watch that the school still has control over.  There's not much UNT can do if Johnny Jones gets an offer from a major conference team and bolts.  What UNT can do is sweeten the pot for Jones and his staff.  Jones has been a bargain ever since he got here and turned a horrific mess of a program into the bright, shining beacon of hope for a department that is struggling in a couple of other, cough, cough, key revenue sports.   READ MORE









Bobcat Men's Basketball Ends Season in SLC Tournament Semifinals - The number four seed Texas State men's basketball team played its last 40 minutes of the season tonight in the semifinals of the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament as it fell to top-seeded McNeese State, 91-83, at the Merrell Center.  The Bobcats and Cowboys were in an up and down battle most of the game, but McNeese State found a way to stay ahead of Texas State. McNeese State managed to hold a 20-point lead over Texas State with 3:27 left in the game, but the Bobcats fought back and ended up dropping the game by eight points.  McNeese State came out of halftime and hit a quick three-pointer to take and 11-point advantage, but Texas State would not be denied as a trey by White and a jumper by Johnson narrowed the Cowboys lead to six.  For the next six minutes the game stayed within a single digit range for the Bobcats, and then McNeese State decided to switch gears to slowly pull away.   READ MORE

Texas State Heads To Austin For Matchup With No. 5 Texas - The Texas State baseball team will face arguably its toughest test to this point in the 2011 season on Tuesday when the Bobcats head up I-35 for a matchup with No. 5 Texas. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.  Texas State will send senior, left-handed pitcher Lee Colon (1-1, 4.38 ERA) to the mound for his fourth start of the season, while the Longhorns will counter with freshman southpaw Kirby Bellow (0-0, 18.00 ERA) who makes his first career start.  Entering the midweek match, the Bobcats (12-3) have won nine of their last 10 games, including a three-game sweep of Houston last weekend. Meanwhile, Texas (11-5) won three-of-four over the weekend against visiting Brown.   READ MORE








UTSA will play first-round NCAA game Wednesday - UTSA senior guard Devin Gibson walked into the Alamodome on Sunday with images of the Roadrunners’ 75-72 victory against McNeese State in Saturday’s Southland Conference tournament final racing through his head.  By the time he left the building a couple hours later, Gibson was talking considerably less about McNeese State and more about the challenge that awaits the Roadrunners in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.   READ MORE

Roadrunners chasing a new goal - Roadrunners head to First Four to face Alabama St.  Still learning his new home, Australian freshman Jeromie Hill has no idea where the site of UTSA's next game — Dayton, Ohio — is located. He is only slightly more familiar with the Roadrunners' opponent, Alabama State.  “I know it's a Southern state,” he said. “I'm going to say it's east of us.”  As long as Hill keeps knocking down 3-pointers, head coach Brooks Thompson said he can live with his power forward's lack of geographic knowledge.  “He probably didn't know where Katy, Texas was, either,” Thompson said.   READ MORE

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