No. 2 seed Stanford's upset loss to 10th-seeded Florida State on Monday was the second time in five years that the Cardinal have lost in the second round on their own Maples Pavilion court. And both have been painful.
Mar 20 11:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With NC State playing its guts out for coach Kay Yow and Baylor dealing with its own tear-jerker stories, including senior Bernice Mosby's family home burning down a day ago, Tuesday's second-round contest is one of those games you wish nobody had to lose.
Mar 20 4:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Second-round foes Duke and Temple don't have much in common -- unless you start comparing Blue Devils senior Lindsey Harding, one of the top point guards of today, and Owls coach Dawn Staley, premier point guard of the past.
Mar 21 10:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Sunday was definitely a fired-up and feel-good night for all the No. 1 seeds, but especially for Duke, as Abby Waner dropped in 26 points and started swatting shots like she was Alison Bales.
Mar 19 10:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Go ahead and call Ashley Key a nerd. She won't mind. But the senior guard brings speed, confidence and a brainy, savvy side to NC State.
Mar 18 8:25 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
For years, it seemed like Georgia Tech was on the brink of something great. On Saturday, it became a reality as the Yellow Jackets beat DePaul to set up a date with Purdue, their coach's alma mater.
Mar 18 7:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With a coach battling cancer for the third time, emotion and heart continue to drive NC State. But having Khadijah Whittington on hand doesn't hurt the Wolfpack's chances, either.
Mar 17 3:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Like those Wright brothers years ago, some teams are flying high into the Big Dance. Others? Not so much. At least, that's the way Orville and Wilbur tell it.
Mar 15 3:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
What women's basketball players have now could never have happened if women's college sports pioneers such as Texas' Jody Conradt hadn't started the push for change decades ago.
Mar 13 2:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
For the second year in a row, Tennessee got placed in the toughest regional. But unlike recent seasons, there are fewer complaints to make about the selection committee, no matter how many times it threw around a three-word answer Monday.
Mar 13 11:26 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
It's not possible to earn a more resounding "F" than LSU has on dealing with Pokey Chatman's resignation. But amid all the rumors, it's hard not to feel for the LSU players, who are caught in the middle of the debacle.
Mar 9 3:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The news that LSU coach Pokey Chatman resigned Wednesday helped liven up the ho-hum Big 12 quarterfinals, especially with Louisiana native Kim Mulkey -- a hot coaching property -- on hand to field questions about several job openings.
Mar 9 10:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Will seeds hold in the Big 12 championship? The league has been far too erratic this season to make that prediction. But co-regular-season champs Texas A&M and OU are surely the favorites.
Mar 5 1:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
While a certain ACC trio has grabbed most of the national headlines this season, Florida State and Georgia Tech have both had very good seasons that will likely include an NCAA bid.
Feb 28 11:13 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Though the front-runners in both the SEC and Big Ten tournaments are no surprise, the conference tournaments remain very compelling as teams get one last chance to prove they deserve an NCAA bid.
Feb 26 10:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Alison Bales, the player largest in stature on court, was also the one who came up big time and again as Duke wrapped up a perfect 29-0 regular season with a win over North Carolina on Sunday.
Mar 2 12:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Weird things have happened all season in the Big 12. And as the league race is coming down to the regular season's final two games, nothing would surprise Mechelle Voepel.
Feb 24 12:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With the ACC regular-season title already locked up, school pride and possibly the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament are on the line when rivals Duke and North Carolina meet on Sunday.
Mar 2 12:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Thursday's trade -- Detroit's Ruth Riley to San Antonio for Katie Feenstra -- appears to be a move that could work out well for both squads.
Feb 22 9:25 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Marissa Coleman and No. 6 Maryland sat they have learned plenty from three losses over the last month. But can they put those lessons to good use Sunday when the Terps meet up with No. 1 Duke again?
Feb 16 11:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
In the third battle of her life with cancer, NC State's Kay Yow still gets her biggest joy from encouraging others and coaching.
Feb 19 1:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Yes, it's an overused coaches' cliché. But top-ranked Duke downed previously unbeaten No. 2 North Carolina on Thursday behind a "total team effort."
Feb 9 2:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Lucky for us. Carolina and Duke are giants colliding again (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET Thursday), and everybody gets to watch the fireworks.
Feb 8 12:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
From a legal standpoint, the discrimination lawsuit Jen Harris and the NCLR filed against Penn State and coach Rene Portland is closed. In reality, though, very little seems to have been resolved.
Feb 6 12:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel