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Wednesday, 10/31/07

Ding, Ding, Ding Round Two Coaches

I'm taking on the coaches once again and this time we are talking preseason Top 25 rankings.

USA Today? ESPN? WBCA? Bring them on too. It's gonna be a bloodbath.

The USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll was released Wednesday, on Halloween, and it is scary how similar it is with CSTV.com's Top 25.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

So Many Choices

The Big East coaches have chosen last year's Big East Player of the Year, Louisville's Angel McCoughtry, as preseason Big East Player of the Year.

And while the selection certainly doesn't bother me, my first reaction was, why McCoughtry?

The junior poured in 21.5 points and 10.3 boards per contest last year so she certainly deserves the honor, but the fact is, the Big East is loaded with talent who could lay claim to the end-of-season award.

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Tuesday, 10/23/07

Orange U Glad They Got Nicole

Last season, Syracuse finished 9-20 overall and 3-13 in conference, including going only 2-10 at home, so how much media attention can they get?

That question is of course a rhetorical one, yet that is an excellent segue into the point of this blog post. The Orange had a lone bright spot on last year's dismal roster and that was freshman - and Rhetorical Studies major - Nicole Michael.

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Monday, 10/15/07

Coaches vs. Lippman

As CSTV.com's women's basketball preview coverage rolls onward, Monday marked the release of my Division I conference predictions piece.

And as conference Media Days continue to trickle in, I'd like to see how the coaches predictions conflict and agree with - hey, it's rare, but it does happen - my own.

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Monday, 10/15/07

Van's Winning Ticket

I've said numerous times that one of the biggest factors in Van Chancellor's decision to come back to college to coach the LSU Tigers in their effort to go to a fifth consecutive Final Four was that he'd have the opportunity to coach one of the more gifted athletes in the nation during her senior season.

For Chancellor, a Hall of Fame coach who has had success at both the college and pro levels, inheriting Sylvia Fowles at center in her senior season is like having a long-lost relative leave you are small fortune and then winning the lottery the next day.

If you need any further proof that Van is more than a little excited to coach up Big Syl next season, just take look-see at what he had to say during LSU's Media Day.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Move Over Candace

Florida - my alma mater - is definitely a school known for its athletes. The men's basketball team and the football team are coming off three total championships and the rest of the athletic programs are no slouches either.

Except for the women's basketball team. The Lady Gators have been disappointments for some time now, failing to improve when heralded coach Carolyn Peck was in charge and ultimately firing Peck in favor of Amanda Butler, who just finished her first media day with the Gators Wednesday.

In my opinion, Florida is on its way up, back to SEC respectability and in the market to finally achieve what the program set out to achieve nearly five years ago, winning - or at least competing - for an SEC title.

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

Talking Media Days

Media Days have officially begun, with Midnight Madness looming Friday, and that means that we get to discuss all the preseason favorites for each conference, preseason All-Conference performers and preseason conference Player of the Years.

It also means I get the chance to agree, or more than likely, disagree with the decisions of the coaches around the country.

And wouldn't you know it...The Big 12 came out with their choices for preseason All-Big 12 and it certainly poses more than a few question marks.

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Monday, 10/08/07

Colonial Washington

George Washington was our nation's first President, George Washington will win the Atlantic 10.

Both true statements.

The Colonials of GW are receiving national recognition in multiple preseason rankings as being a Top 15 team this season, making them one of the few top-ranked squads from a conference outside of the majors. And with a team that returns four starters, one of which is a dominating 6-foot-4 center and another already garnering Honorable Mention All-American status, it's easy to see why they are getting the early accolades.

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Tuesday, 10/02/07

Changing Colors

The next time leading scorer Candace Parker and the United States Senior National Team step onto a basketball court together, Parker will be wearing completely different uniform colors.

On a team filled with WNBA superstars like Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, it was the collegiate athlete Parker, who has yet to play a game in her junior season at Tennessee, that led the U.S. in scoring, steals, blocked shots and field goals, all while playing the 6th most amount of minutes on the team.

But when the U.S. and Parker meet again, Parker will be playing with her Lady Vols teammates in a college tour exhibition with the Senior National Team on Nov. 4 in Knoxville, Tenn.

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