Talking hoops (Volume One)

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 31, 2010

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — I don’t know about you, but I am really getting tired of the Vivian Stringer rants. Especially when her team composed of six McDonald’s All-Americans continues to underperform. The latest came at Knoxville earlier this week when Rutgers lost to Tennessee 87-51 which marked their 7th straight loss to the Lady Vols.

Stringer took no responsibility for the loss or for not having her team prepared for the Vols pressing. Instead, she blamed Tennessee for not pushing the game ahead at her request because her team got to Knoxville only 24 hours before the game started. Her team lost because they are poorly coached. They stand around on offense and wait for a good shot which is dictated more by the time left on the shot clock than the actual shot. She has a player by the name of April Sykes,who as a high school senior was rated by some as one of the top players in the country. She has been wasted in the Stringer offense. Just think how Baylor, Tennessee, or UConn would have utilized her. You read it here first. Stringer’s team of stars is not going to the NCAA’s and the fault is on her, not the weather in the East. THE NEW NO. 1 On Monday, Baylor will be annointed as the no. 1 team in the nation for the first time ever during the reguar season. Kim Mulkey has Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims but on the whole players who weren’t nearly as highly recruited as Stringer. She even has a Stringer expatriate, as do many schools in the country. Mulkey has built a power in Waco,almost equivalent to the one in Knoxville by recruiting Texas and coaching the heck out of her players. She has become a master at in game adjustments. Just take a look at her team in the second half at UConn in November. She was rewarded with a 10-year extension in 2007 and probably deserves another 10 years now. She already has one national championship and if you fast forward to April 2013 and she will probably have three. Tara Vanderveer has done a great job at Stanford this year. She has had injuries but is poised again to make another Final Four run. She is the only coach who has played more than 3 games against Geno Auriemma and does not have a losing record. She is now 6-6.

Right now the projection is for a Final Four of Tennessee, UConn, Baylor and Stanford with Xavier, Duke, Texas A&M and Notre Dame losing in the Elite Eight.

The NCAA will be hard pressed to not have UConn and Tennessee play in the semis to guarantee that game. Look for Baylor to win it all against UConn.