History UsefulNotes / BasketBall

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* '''Diana Taurasi''': Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted #1 overall in 2004 out of [[OverusedRunningGag UConn]]. [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving Hot-headed, foul-mouthed, charismatic, and exceedingly talented]]. Has gotten in a little bit of trouble, caught DUI in 2009 and implicated in steroid use (turned out to be a false positive from a sketchy lab). Sat out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of the Russian team she plays for during the traditional basketball season, which offered her [[MoneyDearBoy a bonus well in excess of her WNBA salary]] to sit out.[[note]]To put the financial decision in perspective, she was making slightly under the WNBA maximum salary of $107,000. Her Russian team was paying her $1.5 million a season, not including the aforementioned bonus.[[/note]][[note]]In Taurasi's defense, she turned 33 during the 2015 WNBA season, and hadn't had an offseason since she was at [=UConn=]. This wasn't the first time that Taurasi had been offered a bonus to sit out a WNBA season, and several other WNBA players have reportedly been offered similar bonuses; she's just the first player who's accepted such an offer.[[/note]]

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* '''Diana Taurasi''': Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted #1 overall in 2004 out of [[OverusedRunningGag UConn]]. [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving Hot-headed, foul-mouthed, charismatic, and exceedingly talented]]. Barring injury or other misfortune, will become the league's career scoring leader during the 2017 season. Has gotten in a little bit of trouble, caught DUI in 2009 and implicated in steroid use (turned out to be a false positive from a sketchy lab). Sat out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of the Russian team she plays for during the traditional basketball season, which offered her [[MoneyDearBoy a bonus well in excess of her WNBA salary]] to sit out.[[note]]To put the financial decision in perspective, she was making slightly under the WNBA maximum salary of $107,000. Her Russian team was paying her $1.5 million a season, not including the aforementioned bonus.[[/note]][[note]]In Taurasi's defense, she turned 33 during the 2015 WNBA season, and hadn't had an offseason since she was at [=UConn=]. This wasn't the first time that Taurasi had been offered a bonus to sit out a WNBA season, and several other WNBA players have reportedly been offered similar bonuses; she's just the first player who's accepted such an offer.[[/note]]
7th Apr '17 5:24:46 PM KYCubbie
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'''North Carolina Tar Heels''' - First and foremost, famous for being UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's alma mater. The Tar Heels are six-time and currently reigning NCAA champions, and Dean Smith, their coach from 1962 to 1997, coached them to two of those. The Heels had the longest streak ever of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 27, making every tournament from 1975 to 2001, before Kansas (see below) passed them in 2017. The Carolina women have one national title to their credit (1994).

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'''North Carolina Tar Heels''' - First and foremost, famous for being UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's alma mater. The Tar Heels are six-time and currently reigning NCAA champions, and champions; Dean Smith, their coach from 1962 to 1997, coached them to two of those.those, and Roy Williams, their coach since 2003, has led them to three. The Heels had the longest streak ever of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 27, making every tournament from 1975 to 2001, before Kansas (see below) passed them in 2017. The Carolina women have one national title to their credit (1994).
3rd Apr '17 11:08:14 PM KYCubbie
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** Nneka, the older by two years and shorter by one inch (6'2"), was named Pac-10/Pac-12 Player of the Year twice, and went #1 in the 2012 draft. She made an immediate impact, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and has since gone on to make the All-Star Game in each year it's been held in her career.[[note]]The All-Star Game is not held in Olympic years.[[/note]] In 2016, she took her game to a new level, leading the league in field goal percentage and setting personal highs in scoring, rebounds, and assists, earning MVP honors while leading the Sparks to the title.

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** Nneka, the older by two years and shorter by one inch (6'2"), was named Pac-10/Pac-12 Pac-10/Pac-12[[note]](the conference went from 10 to 12 members during her Stanford career)[[/note]] Player of the Year twice, and went #1 in the 2012 draft. She made an immediate impact, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and has since gone on to make the All-Star Game in each year it's been held in her career.[[note]]The All-Star Game is not held in Olympic years.[[/note]] In 2016, she took her game to a new level, leading the league in field goal percentage and setting personal highs in scoring, rebounds, and assists, earning MVP honors while leading the Sparks to the title.
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'''North Carolina Tar Heels''' - First and foremost, famous for being UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's alma mater. The Tar Heels are five-time NCAA tournament winners, and Dean Smith, their coach from 1962 to 1997, coached them to two of those. The Heels had the longest streak ever of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 27, making every tournament from 1975 to 2001, before Kansas (see below) passed them in 2017. The Carolina women have one national title to their credit (1994).

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'''North Carolina Tar Heels''' - First and foremost, famous for being UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's alma mater. The Tar Heels are five-time six-time and currently reigning NCAA tournament winners, champions, and Dean Smith, their coach from 1962 to 1997, coached them to two of those. The Heels had the longest streak ever of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 27, making every tournament from 1975 to 2001, before Kansas (see below) passed them in 2017. The Carolina women have one national title to their credit (1994).
31st Mar '17 9:25:11 PM KYCubbie
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'''Connecticut Huskies''' - Although a regional power in New England for many decades, and also a founding member of the original Big East Conference in 1979, [=UConn=] didn't become a national name until the 1990s under coach Jim Calhoun. After falling short of the Final Four throughout that decade, they broke through in 1999, not only reaching the Final Four but also claiming the national title. They went on to win two more titles in 2004 and 2011 under Calhoun. After he retired just before the 2012–13 season, he was replaced by his top assistant (and former [=UConn=] player) Kevin Ollie. After being barred from the 2013 tournament for academic reasons, and being left behind in the conference realignment shuffle of the early 2010s,[[note]]Unlike NJIT, whose conference imploded around it and couldn't find a home, [=UConn=] was instead stuck in the American Athletic Conference, the football rump of the former Big East.[[/note]] they picked up a fourth national title in 2014. Among their star players are Ray Allen and Richard "Rip" Hamilton (the latter a star on the first championship team). As strong as [=UConn=] is in men's basketball, it's even stronger in women's basketball. Led by coach Geno Auriemma, the Huskies[[note]][[FlameBait not Lady Huskies]][[/note]] have won ''11'' national titles, and are currently on a streak of four titles.[[note]][=UConn=] is the only Division I school to have won the men's and women's NCAA titles in the same season—and the Huskies have done it ''twice''. The only other school to match the feat is Division II Central Missouri.[[/note]]

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'''Connecticut Huskies''' - Although a regional power in New England for many decades, and also a founding member of the original Big East Conference in 1979, [=UConn=] didn't become a national name until the 1990s under coach Jim Calhoun. After falling short of the Final Four throughout that decade, they broke through in 1999, not only reaching the Final Four but also claiming the national title. They went on to win two more titles in 2004 and 2011 under Calhoun. After he retired just before the 2012–13 season, he was replaced by his top assistant (and former [=UConn=] player) Kevin Ollie. After being barred from the 2013 tournament for academic reasons, and being left behind in the conference realignment shuffle of the early 2010s,[[note]]Unlike NJIT, whose conference imploded around it and couldn't find a home, [=UConn=] was instead stuck in the American Athletic Conference, the football rump of the former Big East.[[/note]] they picked up a fourth national title in 2014. Among their star players are Ray Allen and Richard "Rip" Hamilton (the latter a star on the first championship team). As strong as [=UConn=] is in men's basketball, it's even stronger in women's basketball. Led by coach Geno Auriemma, the Huskies[[note]][[FlameBait not Lady Huskies]][[/note]] have won ''11'' national titles, and are currently on a streak of four titles.[[note]][=UConn=] is the only Division I school to have won the men's and women's NCAA titles in the same season—and the Huskies have done it ''twice''. The only other school to match the feat is Division II Central Missouri.[[/note]]
31st Mar '17 9:24:33 PM KYCubbie
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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including winning streaks of 90 and ''110'' games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

''Stanford'': The Cardinal (yes, Cardinal, the color, not the bird) has been the lone representative of high-quality women's basketball on the West Coast for a loooong time. Two-time national champions and several more times bridesmaid, they're coached by Tara [=VanDerveer=], who became the second D-I women's head coach with 1,000 wins in 2017. Their current CrowningMomentOfAwesome is ending Connecticut's first record winning streak.[[note]]Stanford was also the last team to defeat [=UConn=] before the Huskies started their current record winning streak.[[/note]] You might not want to mention [[BerserkButton Harvard]] around them. [[note]]In 1998, Harvard upset Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, making the Crimson the only No. 16 seed (women or men) to ever win a tournament game. And to boot, first-round games were played on the home court of the higher seed at the time.[[/note]]

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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including winning streaks of 90 and ''110'' ''111'' games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going). seasons. They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for 11 national titles, the most in the women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave game, all under current head coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking Auriemma; the most recent title in 2016 took him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

''Stanford'': The Cardinal (yes, Cardinal, the color, not the bird) has been the lone representative of high-quality women's basketball on the West Coast for a loooong time. Two-time national champions and several more times bridesmaid, they're coached by Tara [=VanDerveer=], who became the second D-I women's head coach with 1,000 wins in 2017. Their current CrowningMomentOfAwesome is ending Connecticut's first record winning streak.[[note]]Stanford was also the last team to defeat [=UConn=] before the Huskies started their current second record winning streak.[[/note]] You might not want to mention [[BerserkButton Harvard]] around them. [[note]]In 1998, Harvard upset Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, making the Crimson the only No. 16 seed (women or men) to ever win a tournament game. And to boot, first-round games were played on the home court of the higher seed at the time.[[/note]]
31st Mar '17 1:09:55 PM KYCubbie
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''Portland Fire'': Founded in 2000, folded in 2003. Their name is a play off Blazers. One of only two franchises never to make the playoffs in their history (if you count Tulsa as holding Detroit's history).

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''Portland Fire'': Founded in 2000, folded in 2003. Their name is a play off Blazers. One of only two franchises never to make the playoffs in their history (if you count Tulsa Tulsa/Dallas as holding Detroit's history).
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''Stanford'': The Cardinal (yes, Cardinal, the color, not the bird) has been the lone representative of high-quality women's basketball on the West Coast for a loooong time. Two-time national champions and several more times bridesmaid, they're coached by Tara [=VanDerveer=], who became the second D-I women's head coach with 1,000 wins in 2017. Their current CrowningMomentOfAwesome is ending Connecticut's record winning streak. You might not want to mention [[BerserkButton Harvard]] around them. [[note]]In 1998, Harvard upset Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, making the Crimson the only No. 16 seed (women or men) to ever win a tournament game. And to boot, first-round games were played on the home court of the higher seed at the time.[[/note]]

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''Stanford'': The Cardinal (yes, Cardinal, the color, not the bird) has been the lone representative of high-quality women's basketball on the West Coast for a loooong time. Two-time national champions and several more times bridesmaid, they're coached by Tara [=VanDerveer=], who became the second D-I women's head coach with 1,000 wins in 2017. Their current CrowningMomentOfAwesome is ending Connecticut's first record winning streak. streak.[[note]]Stanford was also the last team to defeat [=UConn=] before the Huskies started their current record winning streak.[[/note]] You might not want to mention [[BerserkButton Harvard]] around them. [[note]]In 1998, Harvard upset Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, making the Crimson the only No. 16 seed (women or men) to ever win a tournament game. And to boot, first-round games were played on the home court of the higher seed at the time.[[/note]]
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''Tennessee'': The Lady Vols have been a consistent powerhouse in women's basketball for thirty years and counting. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt[[note]]yes, Tyler's mom[[/note]] racked up over a thousand wins, including eight titles, since taking over as a grad student in 1972 and is the first coach in the Division I college game, men's or women's, to have over 1,000 wins (since joined by Coach K). Known for her DeathGlare. The 'Lady' is a bit of a requirement,[[note]]enough so that the women's basketball team remains "Lady Volunteers" after all other Tennessee women's teams dropped "Lady" starting in 2015–16[[/note]] or Summitt will glare at you from beyond the grave. After Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2011 (which would ultimately claim her life in 2016), she coached one final season before retiring in 2012 and being succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

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''Tennessee'': The Lady Vols have been a consistent powerhouse in women's basketball for thirty years and counting. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt[[note]]yes, Tyler's mom[[/note]] racked up over a thousand wins, including eight titles, since taking over as a grad student in 1972 and is the first coach in the Division I college game, men's or women's, to have over 1,000 wins (since joined by Coach K).K and Tara [=VanDerveer=]). Known for her DeathGlare. The 'Lady' is a bit of a requirement,[[note]]enough so that the women's basketball team remains "Lady Volunteers" after all other Tennessee women's teams dropped "Lady" starting in 2015–16[[/note]] or Summitt will glare at you from beyond the grave. After Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2011 (which would ultimately claim her life in 2016), she coached one final season before retiring in 2012 and being succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.



''Stanford'': The Cardinal (yes, Cardinal, the color, not the bird) has been the lone representative of high-quality women's basketball on the West Coast for a loooong time. Two-time national champions and several more times bridesmaid, they're coached by Tara [=VanDerveer=]. Their current CrowningMomentOfAwesome is ending Connecticut's record winning streak. You might not want to mention [[BerserkButton Harvard]] around them. [[note]]In 1998, Harvard upset Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, making the Crimson the only No. 16 seed (women or men) to ever win a tournament game. And to boot, first-round games were played on the home court of the higher seed at the time.[[/note]]

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''Stanford'': The Cardinal (yes, Cardinal, the color, not the bird) has been the lone representative of high-quality women's basketball on the West Coast for a loooong time. Two-time national champions and several more times bridesmaid, they're coached by Tara [=VanDerveer=].[=VanDerveer=], who became the second D-I women's head coach with 1,000 wins in 2017. Their current CrowningMomentOfAwesome is ending Connecticut's record winning streak. You might not want to mention [[BerserkButton Harvard]] around them. [[note]]In 1998, Harvard upset Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, making the Crimson the only No. 16 seed (women or men) to ever win a tournament game. And to boot, first-round games were played on the home court of the higher seed at the time.[[/note]]
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Honorable mention goes to the '''Kansas Jayhawks''', '''UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} State Spartans''', '''Gonzaga Bulldogs'''[[note]]unofficially known as "Zags"[[/note]], and '''Wisconsin Badgers''', which, with the aforementioned Blue Devils, are in the midst of the five longest current March Madness (for which see below) appearance streaks (at 28 years for the Jayhawks, 22 for the Blue Devils, 20 for the Spartans, and 19 for both the Bulldogs and Badgers). Two teams in this group deserve special honorable mentions. The first goes to Kansas for setting a new record streak of NCAA appearances, and also winning at least a share of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title for 13 straight seasons and counting, tying the record set by UCLA in the post-Wooden years.[[note]]Wooden ended his career with nine straight conference titles; his two successors extended the streak to 13.[[/note]] The other goes to Gonzaga, even though it's the only team in the group that hasn't won a national title[[note]](and not even making the Final Four until 2017)[[/note]], for two reasons—first, it plays in the decidedly mid-major West Coast Conference,[[note]]meaning that in some of those years, they wouldn't have made it to the NCAA tournament without winning the conference tournament[[/note]] and second, it's done it without the benefit of any revenue from football (Gonzaga hasn't had a football team since 1941).[[note]]Significant because football programs often subsidize other sports at a school. Although men's basketball makes money at many schools, it very often benefits from the money and exposure that the football team gets.[[/note]] Another special honorable mention goes to the 1965-66 Texas Western College team, for being the only college men's team to ''ever'' get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (mainly due to the fact they were the first all-black starting team to ever win the NCAA Tournament).[[note]]For several years, they were the only college team in the Hall, but the Immaculata women of 1972–1974 joined them in 2014.[[/note]]

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Honorable mention goes to the '''Kansas Jayhawks''', '''UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} State Spartans''', '''Gonzaga Bulldogs'''[[note]]unofficially known as "Zags"[[/note]], and '''Wisconsin Badgers''', which, with the aforementioned Blue Devils, are in the midst of the five longest current March Madness (for which see below) appearance streaks (at 28 years for the Jayhawks, 22 for the Blue Devils, 20 for the Spartans, and 19 for both the Bulldogs and Badgers). Two teams in this group deserve special honorable mentions. The first goes to Kansas for setting a new record streak of NCAA appearances, and also winning at least a share of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title for 13 straight seasons and counting, tying the record set by UCLA in the post-Wooden years.[[note]]Wooden ended his career with nine straight conference titles; his two successors extended the streak to 13.[[/note]] The other goes to Gonzaga, even though it's the only team in the group that hasn't won a national title[[note]](and not title[[note]](the Zags also didn't even making make the Final Four until 2017)[[/note]], for two reasons—first, it plays in the decidedly mid-major West Coast Conference,[[note]]meaning that in some of those years, they wouldn't have made it to the NCAA tournament without winning the conference tournament[[/note]] and second, it's done it without the benefit of any revenue from football (Gonzaga hasn't had a football team since 1941).[[note]]Significant because football programs often subsidize other sports at a school. Although men's basketball makes money at many schools, it very often benefits from the money and exposure that the football team gets.[[/note]] Another special honorable mention goes to the 1965-66 Texas Western College team, for being the only college men's team to ''ever'' get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (mainly due to the fact they were the first all-black starting team to ever win the NCAA Tournament).[[note]]For several years, they were the only college team in the Hall, but the Immaculata women of 1972–1974 joined them in 2014.[[/note]]
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