The No. 24 ranked Ole Miss Rebels will face off against the No. 2 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday night.
The No. 24 ranked Ole Miss Rebels will face off against the No. 2 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday night.
Ole Miss comes into this game 17-2 and will be looking to extend their four-game winning streak when they hit the road. As for South Carolina, they have been hot as well while winning their last four straight and sit at 18-1 on the season.
This will be a great night of college basketball, here is everything you need to know to stream the game.
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Just a few months after Arizona enacted legal sports betting, it has reportedly become the quickest state to ever reach $1 billion in wagers thanks to an unbelievable November. Arizona sportsbooks received around $470 million in wagers and better than $50 million in gross revenue in the month alone.
Timing was key in this record-setting pace, with the football season being at its height and the beginning of basketball season taking center stage.
“The early launchers caught the vast majority of the football season and they were in position to catch the early excitement created by the Suns’ hot start. Plus, Arizona’s sportsbooks were able to ride a historic wave of winning in November that easily produced record revenue for operators in the U.S. All of it has helped the state’s sportsbooks get off to an unprecedented debut.”
DraftKings was best in the state during November with $148.7 million in wagers while FanDuel was a close second with $118 million. However, DraftKings $12.5 million in gross revenue trailed FanDuel’s $16.0 million. BetMGM was a distant third during November.
61 points on 30 shots! The other team only scored 65.
Kansas State’s Ayoka Lee set an NCAA Div. I women’s basketball record with 61 points in a win over No. 14 Oklahoma on Sunday.
The 6-6 junior’s performance broke the previous NCAA record of 60 points set by Long Beach State’s Cindy Brown in 1987 and tied by Minnesota’s Rachel Banham in 2016. Lee’s record also pulls double-duty for the Wildcats in the Big 12, as it breaks the previous conference record of 50 points that was set against them by Baylor’s Brittney Griner in 2013.
A unanimous preseason all-Big 12 team selection, Lee isn’t a stranger to big games. She was averaging a team-best 23.6 points and 10.8 rebounds entering the game. Her 61 points nearly outpaced the entire Oklahoma team in a 94-65 win that moved Kansas State to 15-4 on the season.
The world unexpectedly lost Lusia “Lucy” Harris on Jan. 18, just four days after our interview with her.
The story you’re reading was supposed to be in the works for the next few weeks, maybe even months.
If all went accordingly, maybe you would have read this on Feb. 8, which is when we will learn whether the recent film The Queen of Basketball receives an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Or perhaps we would have even waited until March 27 and released this interview in tandem with the Academy Awards.
We had a good reason for the waiting: Lusia “Lucy” Harris, the delightfully charming subject of the doc, had never met Shaquille O’Neal, who signed on to be an executive producer of the doc and has championed it in interviews.
“I haven’t had a chance to talk directly with him,” Harris told me on Jan. 14. “But I have read some of the comments that he’s said, and I am very honored and pleased and overwhelmed. I think his platform can do a lot to promote this documentary. I’m certainly looking forward to meeting Mr. O’Neal.”
We wanted to tell the story of that meeting: Two ebullient basketball legends filling up a room with stories and big, echoing laughter.
Harris, O’Neal and the world were robbed of that moment when Harris died unexpectedly Jan. 18, four days after our interview. Her family – she has two sons and two daughters – was in talks to take their mother on a surprise trip to meet Shaq. Now, they must grieve even as the film about their mother does the work of telling a story that was nearly lost to time.
Harris won multiple national championships for Delta State University in Mississippi, scored the first points by a woman in Olympic basketball and had the honor of becoming the first and only woman officially selected in the NBA draft.
All that came before the WNBA was a wish – the NCAA didn’t even sanction women’s basketball back then – and Harris settled into a quiet, albeit at times troubled, life (she discusses her bipolar disorder diagnosis in the film).
She was one of the most dominant athletes on the planet, with nowhere to play. The game never got to fully see what Harris could have accomplished.
O’Neal wanted The Queen of Basketball (directed by Ben Proudfoot for the New York Times) to help give Harris her flowers while she could still smell them. He spoke about his desire to give Harris her red carpet moment, though he knew it was long overdue. He hoped it would finally help her get the recognition she deserved for everything that she gave to the sport.
“For me, it’s a triumph in resurrecting the career of one of the greatest American athletes of the 20th century,” said O’Neal, who recently spoke to For The Win about the film. “But it’s also tragic because it reminds us of what we had lost.”
Now it feels like we’ve lost that all over again. Harris was 66 years old and finally able to tell her full story. She died four days after we talked. It was her final interview.
Harris was born in a small town in Mississippi in 1955. She grew to 6-foot-3 and became a standout high school basketball player who would sometimes literally outscore the entire opposing team. While she hoped to attend Alcorn State University, an HBCU, there was no women’s basketball team. She decided on Delta State instead.
The school enjoyed a 51-game winning streak while she was on the team, handily defeating much bigger programs like LSU en route to winning three consecutive national championships between 1975 and 1977.
Watching her play the game feels like watching an unbeatable titan clashing against anything and everything that stood in its way. During one of her collegiate campaigns, Harris was able to average an absurd mark of 31.2 points and 15.1 rebounds per game.
“When I think about my basketball career, I think about all of the places that I had the opportunity to travel to and the people that I met — my teammates. It was an awesome opportunity to get a chance to travel,” Harris said. “And getting a chance to go to the Olympics and also getting a chance to play in Madison Square Garden — that was awesome.”
Harris did more than just play at Madison Square Garden, though. She scored 47 points, which was the most points that any player — including pros — scored at the arena in 1976. She also did more than just simply go to the Olympics. She was actually the leading scorer and rebounder for the first Team USA Women’s Basketball squad to participate in the Olympics.
The following year, in 1977, Harris won the inaugural Honda-Broderick Cup (given to the top female athlete in college sports, later won by the likes of Katie Ledecki, Misty May and Mia Hamm). It was also the year that she was selected by the New Orleans Jazz in the NBA draft.
“That was a tremendous honor to be drafted in the NBA,” said Harris. “But I think I had other ideas at that time. I don’t think that I was really ready to play against a men’s team. I had my family in mind. I wanted to be with my family.”
Unfortunately, with her college days behind her, Harris quickly realized that she was without a job. She eventually found more stability as an admissions counselor, returning to work at Delta State.
Years later, in 1992, escorted by her favorite player, Oscar Robertson, Harris officially became the first black woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
While it was a nice tribute to everything she did for a sport that she both loved and excelled in, without the infrastructure in place, it’s still difficult to process that Harris was never able to turn the prowess she had for the game into a career or monetize on any of that success.
“The world needs to know that the reason Lucy’s career was stuffed in a box at the back of an archive is simple,” O’Neal said. “Women athletes, especially Black women athletes, have been historically short-changed and denied opportunities.”
During her time at Delta State, the women’s basketball team would regularly draw sell-out crowds at home. Attendance would often double what the men’s team would earn.
Though the women’s team might have brought more money back to the university, Harris believed one of the reasons people weren’t as familiar with her story is because the games weren’t televised at the time.
A lifelong champion for female athletes, she was glad that has since changed, especially so she could enjoy watching some of her favorite players, like Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith, whenever she wanted.
“Women’s basketball has come a long way, and I think it has a long way to go … For one thing, we get a chance to see women play on TV a whole lot more. That was unheard of when I was playing,” Harris said. “As far as having a long way to go, salaries could be better. Salary-wise, there is no comparison when it comes to WNBA and NBA players.”
Although she lamented the wage gap between the WNBA and the NBA, she said she especially enjoyed watching the United States women’s national basketball team whenever they played in the Olympics.
O’Neal says thanks to individuals like Harris, female athletes have significantly more opportunities now than they did when Harris played the game — which was just shortly after Title IX, prohibiting sex-based discrimination in schools, was signed into law. However, O’Neal also acknowledged there are still vast shortcomings.
“Because she was a trailblazer and had to fight and had to suffer through so many things, sports are a more fair place. It’s supposed to be a place of equality and merit and talent. It’s supposed to be a place free of racism and free of inequality,” O’Neal said. “Now, 50 years after Title IX, maybe it could be a good time to reassess how we’re doing on that.”
When both O’Neal and Harris were individually asked what they hoped viewers take away from the experience of watching the documentary, they both shared some enlightening perspectives.
Based on how much it hurt Harris to not play sports professionally like she could have if she were a man, it wasn’t surprising to learn the premium she placed on getting a college degree.
“You can make a living from being an athlete now. Things are different,” Harris said. “But I want them to understand that education is very important. In order to be successful, go ahead and get that education first so you can be able to go on just in case your athletic career doesn’t pan out. You’ll have another career you can make a living from.”
Those are values that she instilled in each of her four children, all of whom were athletes.
Her son, Christopher Stewart, played college football at Notre Dame and played in the NFL before going back to Notre Dame Law School and becoming a lawyer. Another son, Eddie, has a master’s degree. Her daughter, Christina, has a doctorate. Christina’s twin, Crystal, received a doctorate in education from Delta State.
Harris said the documentary did a good job capturing the essence of what she shared with them.
“I was very pleased with the way things turned out and the way it was displayed and the way it was shown,” Harris said. “I was very pleased with it. It really was a walk down memory lane, and to see my children being a part of the documentary, I was very pleased to see that.”
O’Neal took a slightly different approach when asked what he wants people to think about when they watch the film. He wants viewers to reflect on the past so that as a society we can prevent any future athletes from getting denied the chance to earn a living playing the sport that they love.
“It kind of fills a huge gap in the history of basketball by finally telling the story,” O’Neal said. “It’s a story all of us need to think about and consider all of the talents like Lucy who were denied the opportunity to have a fulfilling and enriching career commensurate with their talents because they were women.”
“With Lucy’s story, you have to ask a question,” O’Neal added. “Who are we sidelining in sports today? How can we make sure what happened in Lucy’s time isn’t happening again?”
Previewing the Top 5 battle in the ACC between No. 3 Louisville and No. 4 NC State.
Nothing quite screams January basketball like an intense battle between conference foes. The cherry on top is when both teams are ranked, which is what the college basketball world will be treated to on Thursday night when No. 3 Louisville visits No. 4 NC State.
The Cardinals haven’t lost a game since the opening day of the college basketball season when they fell in overtime to the Arizona Wildcats. Their 15-game win streak will be tested against the Wolfpack, who have planted themselves in the AP Top 10 throughout the entirety of the season.
Let’s dive into what’s could make this game great.
Dawn Staley has been around the world. She’s seen a lot of things.
She’s lived a lot of life from her time coming up as a young hooper in the rough and rugged streets of North Philly to her coaching Team USA’s Women’s Basketball Team to yet another gold medal in the cozy confines of Tokyo last summer.
She’s done all of this while also being a Black woman stuck in a spotlight she never necessarily asked for. That’s what her journey has looked like. And while she’s been on her journey, she’s met countless others who have been on theirs as well.
And that’s why the South Carolina basketball coach is launching her new podcast, NetLifewith Just Women’s Sports. She’s ready to share the details on her journey and give other women in sports a platform to share theirs. She’s already kicked things off with an episode featuring Lisa Leslie.
Through sharing, she hopes, she can continue to elevate more women in sports. “I just feel like I have a story to tell,” Staley told For The Win.
We asked her why, after such a wild 2021, this was the right time to launch a pod. Below is our conversation. Enjoy. (This interview has been condensed and edited).
Our tracker for games and other sporting events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, FTW is keeping tabs on its impact in sports. This post will remain updated with the latest postponements and cancellations across the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and college football and basketball.
The omicron variant has prompted leagues to once again update their coronavirus guidelines and best practices. Even with enhanced protocols, many players are contracting the virus and entering isolation as a result. Games have been routinely postponed due to the lack of available players or uncontrolled spread in the locker room.
Oregon Women’s Basketball superstar and part-time TikTok influencer Sedona Prince is the face of name, image, and likeness in college sports.
Oregon Women’s Basketball superstar and part-time TikTok influencer Sedona Prince is the poster child of name, image, and likeness.
That’s what their coach, Kelly Graves, has said about Prince’s remarkable ability to leverage her massive platform. Prince, who has nearly 3 million followers on TikTok, is also in the middle of a massive lawsuit against the NCAA to help promote NIL rights for college athletes.
Prince is one of the hosts of More Than An Athlete Hotline: Varsity Edition on UNINTERRUPTED’s YouTube channel. They release new episodes once a month and have already spoken to UCLA wing Johnny Juzang and Sierra Canyon’s Amari Bailey.
As part of the partnership with UNINTERRUPTED, Champs Sports x Eastbay and are also announcing an exclusive “More Than An Athlete” apparel line featuring performance and lifestyle products like hoodies, tees, joggers, compression pieces, and various other accessories.
Prince caught up with For The Win to discuss the Oregon Women’s Basketball season, her ginormous presence on TikTok, NIL policy and activism.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
The WNBA Draft Lottery has concluded and it’s now time to project where each college basketball great could end up in April.
The WNBA is quietly getting ready to ramp back up. Teams can start negotiating with free agents in mid-January before officially signing at the start of February. Then, there’s the draft in April and the league’s 26th season tips off just a month later in May.
Before all of that goes down, though, we got the WNBA Draft Lottery, which took place this past Sunday. The Dallas Wings earned the No. 4 pick. Atlanta Dream, No. 3. Indiana Fever, second. And Mike Thibault’s Washington Mystics land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft.
Let’s take a look at where some college standouts could be landing in a few months to begin their professional careers.
Gearing up for Wednesday’s top-15 matchup between South Carolina and Duke.
The beginning of this college basketball season has seen a lot. Star players are out with injuries, COVID-19 continues to do damage, and top teams are beating up on one another. One thing remains constant: the South Carolina Gamecocks (10-0) are in a category of their own.
The AP No. 1 six weeks running, the Gamecocks have yet to lose. South Carolina will face one of its biggest tests of the season when it faces the No. 15-ranked Duke Blue Devils (8-0) on Wednesday evening. Duke’s climb from unranked to top-15 is impressive, with notable wins on its resume.
Only one of these two teams will stay without a blemish following this matchup. Here’s what to look for: