Reasons to Watch Women’s College Hoops
Here are some reasons we’re going to watch this year:
- Candace Parker: Her dunks are just the start. She can play every position on the floor, she’s physical in the paint, and she even has a brother, Anthony, who plays on the Raptors.
- The Auriemma-Summitt Rivalry: The UConn and Tennessee coaches run two of the nation's top programs and aren't afraid to tweak each other. In 2003, Auriemma referred to Tennessee as "the Evil Empire," saying "I would walk" if Summitt stopped to help him after his car had broken down on the side of the road (which she said she would do). The two claim to have put that all behind them, but we have a feeling they won't be exchanging Christmas cards.
- Courtney Paris: SIOC’s UAward-winner last year may be the most dominant big “person” in college basketball. As a freshman, Paris became the only player (male or female) in NCAA history to have 700 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks in a season.
- We were reluctant to mention the babes, but since there are a considerable number of women who check out the men’s game just to see guys in shorts and tanktops, here are some women who all men should have on their radar screen: Brenna McGuire (Virginia), Hannah Skildum (Colorado) and Allyssa DeHaan (Michigan State).
Those are our reasons to watch women's college basketball. What are yours?
One School Dominating Two Sports
Today we want to know if another school has, in one year, dominated both football and basketball like the Buckeyes and Gators. What are your best examples of the double? Feel free to go outside of football and basketball.
Who will win the 2007 Heisman Trophy?
But enough about this year. Let's focus on next season. Who will win college football's most-coveted award in '07?
Darren McFadden came on strong to beat out Notre Dame's Brady Quinn for second place this year. Arkansas' dynamic sophomore running back will surely enter next season as a top Heisman contender. McFadden's unparalleled versatility -- 1,558 yards and 14 TDs rushing, 149 yards and a score receiving, 72 yards and three TDs passing, 226 yards and a touchdown returning kicks -- makes him a dream Heisman candidate.
McFadden will face stiff competition in his attempt to return to New York next season, as Smith and Quinn were the only seniors who finished in the top 10. Looking at McFadden's competition at running back, West Virginia's Steve Slaton (who finished fourth), Michigan's Mike Hart (fifth), Rutgers Ray Rice (seventh) and Boise State's Ian Johnson (eighth) all return next season. And Hawaii QB Colt Brennan -- who threw for 4,990 yards and 53 TDs and finished sixth in this year's voting -- should return to run June Jones' potent run-and-shoot offense for one more season. At receiver, juniors Calvin Johnson and Dwayne Jarrett are expected to go pro, but explosive playmakers Mario Manningham (Michigan) and DeSean Jackson (Cal) will be back.
Among the top candidates we like McFadden and Hart to start. Who are your front runners?
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