Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

Roundup

February 25, 2002 Columns No Comments


Women’s Hoops Roundup

by Tracy Granzyk

Money Talks
One of the biggest challenges in women’s NCAA hoops is how to turn a profit. Of immediate significance is having enough ticket-buying fans to move the first round of post season play to neutral, big-city sites, similar to the men’s March Madness format where bigger cities equal bigger profits. Currently the women play first and second round games on the campuses of the respective teams in smaller towns, while the men play in major markets that are most often sold out long before tip-off. The uncertainty remains as to whether or not the women’s game can financially support the displacement of home court advantage.

With record-breaking attendance occurring across the nation, it seems only appropriate to pose this question and face the growing pains head on. But is it time to test the still forming foundation of interest in the women’s game? At first glance, this is sounding a little like trying to have a WNBA and an ABL launch at the same time. Many a fan waited with the fear that one or both would suffer the same ruin as the long defunct WBL. Get one league going and profitable, have people buying standing room only tickets, then expand. Slightly fiscally-conservative perhaps, but the same logic applies to moving the women’s NCAA first round games. Until we’re filling the hometown stands, how can we expect to fill the stands of strangers?

So let’s keep the foundation gelling for awhile. Let’s see other schools follow in the footsteps of the marketing sages at Tennessee and Connecticut, where profitable women’s basketball programs have emerged. They believe in add-ons like the dizzy bat contest to draw fans and amuse them too. While I’m sure no one believes that halftime highjinxs alone will entice a fan to spend $150 on a post-season ticket, it’s a step in a more imaginative direction. Build the intrigue locally and fill the hometown stadiums. Let people see how athletically gifted these women are, and the tickets will sell themselves, no matter where the games are held.

Top 25 Instant Replays
Johnny Mosley may have the dinner roll in Salt Lake, but in Texas, the Lady Longhorns are perfecting the upset roll. The No. 15 Longhorns beat forth-ranked Tennessee earlier this month, and moved on to defeat No. 3 Oklahoma 68-62, Tuesday night. With seven of the AP Top 25 teams calling the Big 12 home, Texas is easily competing in the toughest conference in women’s college hoops. This makes the Longhorns accustomed to the heat in the kitchen, playing against their talented Big 12 colleagues on a regular basis. As almost every conference game is a “big one,” the Longhorns don’t have a chance to let up.

In another Big 12 conference match-up, 11th-ranked Colorado lost 80-69 to No. 9 Baylor in Texas. Baylor’s victory kept them tied for second place with 12th-ranked Kansas State. My capable but struggling alma mater, Colorado, fell into fourth place and will have to face a dangerous K-State team on Saturday night in Boulder. Since anything can happen in this conference of champions, you’ll have to stay tuned until the final regular season buzzer sounds in order to find out how the tournament seedings will play out.

Connecticut used Providence as its post-season warm-up whipping-boy, trouncing them 106-41. UConn had five players in double figures, with Diana Taurasi leading all-scorers with 20 and Swin Cash chipping in 19. With two games left in the regular season, the Huskies remain undefeated. It looks like they will cruise into postseason play as the number one seed in the Eastern Regional. Can they pull out another National Championship? Having already convincingly outlasted Oklahoma and Tennessee, it looks like the Huskies are the team to beat. While Stanford may have only one loss, it came against the Lady Vols in December, their only true test of the season.

Who’s Got Game This Week
As the final regular season games come to a close, tune in to see one of the final Big 12 head-to-head battles, as Colorado is in a must-win situation against Kansas State at home in Boulder. Over in the ACC, 5th-ranked Duke clashes with conference rival No. 19 North Carolina.

     

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by

In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2017

April 4, 2017 by

We look back at Monday’s national championship game, which was not a thing of beauty but had plenty of drama. Along the way we share some post-game quotes from both coaches.

College Basketball Tonight – April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 by

In our Final Four special edition, three head coaches join us to offer their insights on the Final Four, as well as their own programs.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the national semifinal contests and then look ahead to an intriguing matchup for the national championship that is ahead of us on Monday night.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout