Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

By Jeff Lippman - January 02, 2007

Times they are a changing in women's college basketball.

Hear ye, hear ye, let it be known that on this day, January the 2nd of the year of the Pig, 2007, Middle Tennessee State is a Top 25 basketball team--well, in the ESPN/USA Today poll anyway.

MTSU has made the Top 25 for the first time since 1988 and they have deserved it. An early season win against Top 10 Georgia followed by a solid showing since has the Blue Raiders in their best position in years.

Entering their conference play, the 10-3 Raiders will look to continue their dream season all the way to an automatic or even at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

Meanwhile, up north at Hofstra University, the Pride are beaming after reeling off ten straight victories en route to the best start in school history at 11-1--including beating a Top 25 team for the first time ever.

Hofstra is currently 41 points away from cracking the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in its history, a feat that would rock the worlds of the seniors who have spent the past four years trying to accomplish that very goal.

The fact is, come March, there is not one team in the country that will be excited to see a first-round matchup against MTSU or Hofstra, or any other number of other small conference teams having superb seasons.

The first and second rounds of the NCAA women's tournament used to be blowout city for the top more.

The Final Four may still end up hosting Tennessee, Maryland, Duke, UNC, UConn, Baylor, Oklahoma, etc., but I wouldn't be surprised if the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight was littered with teams like Hofstra, MTSU, Montana or Bowling Green.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:57 PM on January 02, 2007
Comments (4)


Love reading everything you write.

why not iowa state yet??

Mr. Lippman,

On behalf of the fans of, we'd like to express our thanks for your article. We at Middle Tennessee are very excited about the direction our women's basketball team is taking.

We truly believe that we have found a gem in Rick Insell and that he will lead us to the Sweet 16. Our future is bright, and we are very happy that people outside of Middle Tennessee are taking notice.

Again, much thanks.

Mr Lippman,
I don't know if you have watched Duke and Maryland this year, but I have seen both on numerous occasions(in person), and I think you are overrating Duke, despite their nice wins in Dec. They are good, but Maryland has the best top 6 or 7 basketball skilled players in the country by far. Only the a in your face athleticism of north carolina could beat them in my opinion

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