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Thursday, 11/29/07

What The Devil?

The year started off so promising for Duke. What happened?

Playing through an injury to Abby Waner, the No. 11 Blue Devils reeled off three wins to start the year, two coming over NCAA Tournament teams in Purdue and Temple.

But just as quickly as they won three straight, two consecutive losses have been added to their record.

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Wednesday, 11/28/07

No Mercy For The Patriotic

Our nation's first president suffered a major beat down Tuesday at the hands of the country's fourth Commander-in-Chief.

That's right, James Madison chopped down George Washington's cherry tree and punched him in his wooden teeth, in upset fashion, I might add.

I'm not talking about the No. 4 seed (presidential term) over the No. 1 seed, the upset I'm referring to is the No. 14 Colonials of GWU losing to the unranked Dukes of James Madison. All presidential puns aside.

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Monday, 11/26/07

Auburn's Killer B's

Monday brings the release of the latest AP Top 25 poll, with the newest version's top three teams all identical to last week's with the Lady Vols still the unanimous No. 1 followed by UConn and Maryland.

The Terps survived a scare from UCLA in Los Angeles with From Downtown in the City of Angels for the matchup, while Connecticut showed why it enjoys its lofty rankings by destroying No. 11 Duke in the championship of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

But the biggest story of the new Top 25, and perhaps the early season, is Auburn.

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Thursday, 11/22/07

Music To My Ears

Happy Thanksgiving from South Florida, where right about now I am so stuffed that I couldn't move any part of my body but my arms, forcing me to write this blog post.

A quick look at the Top 25 scoreboard tonight sees No. 9 Duke doing their thing in paradise at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Blue Devils defeated No. 22 Purdue 53-41 with a strong defensive effort.

And I was surprised to find that Jasmine Thomas must have taken my words to heart. The Duke freshman, the topic of my Thursday column this week, led the Blue Devils in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting and 2-for-4 from long range.

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Tuesday, 11/20/07

Court Visionaries

Maryland's Visionary
Brenda Frese has pulled another top 10 recruiting class and that comes as very good news for Maryland because after three years with virtually the same lineup, the Terps will look drastically different next year.

Two years ago, when Maryland won its first national title, they did so with junior Shay Doron, sophomores Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper and freshmen Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver leading the charge.

Fast forward to next season. Doron's been out of the picture and now the Terps are losing possible three-time All-American Langhorne and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Laura Harper, not to mention center Jade Perry and guards Sade Wiley-Gatewood and Ashleigh Newman.

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Monday, 11/19/07

New AP Top 25

After beating No. 21 Texas like the Longhorns just disrespected Candace Parker's mama, the Tennessee Lady Vols remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation.

And where did Texas fall? Out of the Top 25, right? No, apparently losing to Tennessee by 25 points was expected and therefore the 'Horns remain firmly hooked to the No. 21 spot in the rankings.

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Sunday, 11/18/07

What Did We Learn?

Two of the big three matchups featuring ranked teams Sunday are over and from their results one can infer two very specific things.

One, Texas is not a Top 25 basketball team, and two, Maryland is really, really good.

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Sunday, 11/18/07

Sunday Noise

Sunday is generally the day of rest, but on this Sunday in women's basketball, rest will be the last thing on the minds of the teams that take the court.

From Downtown will make three appearances on this Sunday, one in Knoxville, Tenn., to see the No. 1 Lady Vols, fresh off their dismantling of No. 9 Oklahoma, take on Gail Goestenkors and No. 21 Texas.

The other two matchups take place in the Maryland-Washington D.C. area, with No. 14 George Washington welcoming No. 6 Rutgers into their gym in D.C., and in College Park, the best matchup of the day pits No. 3 Maryland against No. 4 LSU in the Preseason WNIT Final.

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Wednesday, 11/14/07

Give Me Moore

Essentially a lock already for the Big East Freshman of the Year Award, Connecticut guard Maya Moore looks more apt to win the Player of the Year Award just two games into the season.

In Connecticut's opener against Stony Brook all Moore did was record a double-double, leading the Huskies in both scoring and rebounding with 21 and 10.

It's only halftime of tonight's game against Holy Cross - who is already 0-1 on the season by the way - and Moore already has 22 points!

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Wednesday, 11/14/07

Give The Ladies Pens

As CSTV.com gets all hot and bothered over National Signing Day for men's basketball, She's On Fire would like to take a moment to focus on the ladies who will be signing on the dotted line on this Wednesday, Nov. 14.

UConn's Maya Moore, Duke's Jasmine and Krystal Thomas and Stanford's Kayla Pedersen have only played two collegiate games at the most and already we're talking about who they'll make room for in their sophomore seasons.

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Tuesday, 11/13/07

Some Network's Basketball Invitational

If you thought the first weekend of action in the 2007-08 season was good, you ain't seen nothing yet. With the WNIT heating up and the ESPNU Basketball Invitational down in Tampa on Thursday, the action is non-stop.

From Downtown will be heading down to the Sunshine State for the two-game invitational - not a tournament - that features No. 10 Duke at host South Florida in the first matchup and an amazing No. 1 vs. No. 9 neutral site battle between the Lady Vols of Tennessee and Courtney Paris and Oklahoma.

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Monday, 11/12/07

Historical Mascots Never Lie

When No. 14 George Washington travels the short distance to Charlottesville to meet the ACC's Virginia, the young NCAA season could see its second big upset in as many Knights -- err, nights. You'll see where I got confused.

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Saturday, 11/10/07

Aggies Almost Upset

If there was one team that I felt was being ranked too high this preseason it was Texas A&M. They were left off my Great Eight and I chose them to finish second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma.

Many people disagreed with that prediction, feeling that A&M would be the better team this season after bringing back so much from last year's team.

The Aggies got some bad news though, and it almost cost them dearly already. Senior guard Morenike Atunrase, the school's leader in blocks, underwent surgery to fix a stress fracture in her right tibia. Atunrase will most likely miss the entire non-conference portion of the schedule.

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Saturday, 11/10/07

Aggies Almost Upset

If there was one team that I felt was being ranked too high this preseason it was Texas A&M. They were left off my Great Eight and I chose them to finish second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma.

Many people disagreed with that prediction, feeling that A&M would be the better team this season after bringing back so much from last year's team.

The Aggies got some bad news though, and it almost cost them dearly already. Senior guard Morenike Atunrase, the school's leader in blocks, underwent surgery to fix a stress fracture in her right tibia. Atunrase will most likely miss the entire non-conference portion of the schedule.

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Friday, 11/09/07

Solid Start In Gainesville

Last season the Florida Gators started 1-0, and then in their second game they lost, by 16 points, to Xavier. They would go on to finish the season 9-22 and have their coach Carolyn Peck fired.

The Amanda Butler Gators also have started 1-0, but there's a difference. Instead of an opener against a cupcake like North Florida - last year's opponent - Florida began 2007-08 against a very similar Xavier team and defeated the Musketeers by 11 points, 82-71, at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

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Friday, 11/09/07

Bears Boo Boo

When I ranked the Cal Bears No. 7 in my preseason Top 25 that was on the condition that their three big stars all stay healthy.

Now, after two exhibition games and before even playing one regular season contest, the biggest Bear of them all is going under the knife.

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Friday, 11/09/07

100 Point Trees

Wow! Stanford was very impressive in their opening victory over Yale Friday.

The first ranked team to play, the No. 7 Cardinal destroyed the Bulldogs 100-44 in New Haven, Conn.

And they did all that while only getting eight points, three rebounds and an assist from Candice Wiggins in just 11 minutes of action. The Cardinal didn't need her, they are saving her for No. 3 Rutgers on Sunday.

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Wednesday, 11/07/07

China Dolls

The Chinese Women's National Team is currently three games into a six-game collegiate tour pitting them against some of the best college programs in the country.

Ranked No. 11 in the world in the FIBA international rankings - the U.S. is ranked No. 1 - China has some excellent talent on its roster. Only possessing four players under 6-feet, including 5-foot-8 guard Miao Lijie, who played for the WNBA's Sacremento Monarchs in 2005, China has a multitude of talent and has thus far been giving the schools they have faced problems.

The schedule is thus: New Mexico (Nov. 1: a 67-61 win), Texas A&M (Nov. 3: a 76-70 loss), North Carolina (Nov. 6: a 70-68 loss), Rutgers (Nov. 8), UTEP (Nov. 11) and Arizona State (Nov. 15).

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Tuesday, 11/06/07

Stung By Reebok

It wasn't exactly the start of the season that Georgia Tech was hoping for when the Lady Jackets opened their exhibition season against Team Reebok's Premier Players.

Georgia Tech, a team that CSTV.com ranks No. 20 in its preseason Top 25, met the Reebok All-Stars on Nov. 4 in Atlanta and were down as much as 22 points with 12 minutes remaining before a furious comeback fell short and the Buzz dropped their first game of 2007-08, 80-79.

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Monday, 11/05/07

Down Goes State

Michigan State was picked by CSTV.com and myself to win the Big Ten this season. CSTV.com and myself would like to make an amendment as some new information has come to light.

The Spartans were to be led by their 6-foot-9 center Allyssa DeHaan, but she can't do everything for MSU, and that is why junior forward Aisha Jefferson was going to be so important to the team this season.

Jefferson, however, will not be apart of Michigan State's plans this year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the first half of MSU's exhibition victory against Lake Superior State.

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Saturday, 11/03/07

The AP Begins...

Saturday marked the release of the Associated Press Top 25. I definitely think the AP did a better job than the Coaches.

Although the AP ranks teams like Baylor and Ohio State (No. 15 and 16) too high, I love the fact that they included seven Big East teams in the ranking. The Big East will be an incredibly deep league this year and I think all of these teams have a shot at the Big Dance.

Of No. 2 UConn, No. 3 Rutgers, No. 18 West Virginia, No. 20 Pittsburgh, No. 21 Louisville, No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 25 DePaul, only DePaul did not make CSTV.com's Top 25. DePaul was listed as a team to watch.

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Thursday, 11/01/07

Gators Work 'Em Silly

I don't care who you are playing, this is an impressive score.

The Florida Gators put up 106 points in an exhibition route of Warner Southern College, a small Florida school that plays in the NAIA.

Warner might not have a player over 6-foot-1, but the Gators haven't put up triple digits in any game since 2000.

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