What a beautiful Sunday of basketball on the docket between the 2021 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament games.
The women’s tournament started with Round 1 action from San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Much scrutiny has been assigned to the NCAA for the amenities available in Texas, especially when compared to what the men’s players and teams were given in terms of training equipment (and space), gifts and quality of food.
After acknowledging the inequities, the NCAA addressed the weight rooms, which sparked the controversy.
In men’s action, the second round runs all day, with one No. 1 seed already knocked out and another one currently playing.
Here are some of the story lines you might have overlooked in the frenzy of Sunday’s action.
Women’s tournament airs all day on ESPN properties
Feeling empty without the whirlwind action of the last two days? Flip over to the ESPN channels (ABC too) for extensive coverage of the women’s tournament, which began Sunday with the first round.
Seven-seed Virginia Tech opened the tournament with a win, and Oklahoma State blew out Wake Forest in an 8-9 matchup, but not before the Deacons’ Ivana Raca – they apparently call her “The Serbian Sensation” – dished out this assist down low.
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark (23 points) had the early performance of the day in the Hawkeyes’ victory over scrappy mid-major Central Michigan.
Of note: This is also the first time the women’s tournament has aired on ABC. A step in the right direction toward equality.
Cameron Krutwig is the king we deserve
His game and look — that mustache! — are that of a stalwart on the court at a Lifetime gym, yet he was the best player on the floor in Loyola’s upset.
The court vision. The scoring creativity. He’s drawing comparisons to the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić
Look at this enthusiasm.
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