Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• It was a great weekend for Notre Dame. The Irish women's team knocked of Geno Auriemma and Connecticut in overtime at South Bend. The men's team won in double overtime at Louisville, a great victory for Mike Brey's team. Meanwhile, it was not a great weekend in Storrs, Connecticut. Besides the UConn women losing, the men were upset at Rutgers in Jim Calhoun's return from a three-game suspension. Jeremy Lamb did not play like his All-American self, spending a lot of time in foul trouble before being disqualified with his fifth foul.
• I wish that college athletic directors and school presidents would allow basketball coaches to stay and work through the season. The latest example of a coach being fired during the season happened when Western Kentucky let go of Ken McDonald. He had success early on with the program but was 5-11 when he was relieved of his duties. The Hilltoppers probably should have won his last game, when Louisiana-Lafayette should have been assessed a technical foul for having too many men on the court in the final seconds. Instead, the Ragin Cajuns won on a late basket, and just hours later McDonald was let go.
• I was sad to learn of the passing of coach Gene Bartow. He built up the UAB program from scratch and coached a number of teams. He was always a gentleman and outstanding leader. My prayers to his family. May he RIP.
• Andy Kennedy of Mississippi had to make a rough decision. He decided that violating team rules meant his top scorer had to pay a steep price. Sophomore Dundrecous Nelson and freshman Jamal Jones were dismissed from the basketball team for that violation of team rules. Nelson was the Rebels' leading scorer at 11.6 points per game. Jones had played five games in a limited role. I guess this hurt the Rebels as they lost to LSU over the weekend.
• While it has been a good season so far at Missouri, head coach Frank Haith got some bad news as his depth was hurt. Forward Kadeem Green is leaving the team due to personal reasons. Through the Tigers' 13 games, Green averaged 3 points and 3.1 rebounds while playing nearly 11 minutes per game. He shot better than 70-percent from the floor, connecting on 12 of his 17 field goal attempts. Green expressed interest in returning closer to home so he can be closer to his family. Missouri lacked frontcourt depth even before this move. Good thing the Tigers have outstanding players in the backcourt. Missouri still lost at Kansas State.
• DePaul is making some strides. Want proof of that? DePaul snapped a 15-game homecourt losing streak in Big East games with an 84-81 win against Pittsburgh last week. Congrats to the Blue Demons as the fans had a reason to celebrate. The happiness did not last long as DePaul fell to Villanova Sunday.
• Great to see Providence honoring its 1987 men's basketball team that advanced to the Final Four. It's the 25th anniversary of the Final Four run and the ceremony will take place on the court during halftime of the basketball game versus Louisville on Tuesday. The Friars, who posted a 25-9 record during the 1986-87 season, defeated Georgetown in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four in New Orleans, where they lost to Syracuse. Sorry to see that Billy Donovan will not be at the ceremony, but players expected to attend included Ryan Ford, Darryl Wright, Carlton Screen, Dave Kipfer, Jacek Duda, Ernie "Pop" Lewis and Delray Brooks.