San Jose is hosting several NCAA Tournament games this week at HP Pavilion — and local officials hope the tournament will provide an economic boost to the South Bay. Bay Area basketball fans have a lot to cheer about on the court, with Cal’s men’s and women’s teams both participating, along with the top-seeded Stanford women. In a special broadcast from KQED Silicon Valley, we talk about the tournament and discuss the state of college hoops.

Ann Killion, sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and contributing writer for Sports Illustrated and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Mark Purdy, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group
Michelle Smith, contributor for and founder of

  • Maximus

    Why anyone would care about putting a ball in a hoop, I have no idea.
    It’s because people fixate on useless activities like watching sports on their couches that we have a hyper-corrupt Congress, a 16-trillion dollar national debt (plus state debts) and a government that is always becoming more against basic freedoms.
    Watching sports lowers a person’s civic IQ.

  • Aaron

    No offense to both Stanford and Cal, but this is Notre Dame’s year in the women’s tournament. Skylar Diggins is due. Go Irish, Beat Baylor.

  • Chris Mitchell

    To pin that 1998 1/16 loss on Tara V is really unfair – Stanford had lost several key players (including their best player Kristin Folkl) to injury and should never have been a #1. Best performance by a #16 is still Princeton in 1989 – look at the replay and tell me Bob Scrabis (a 90+% foul shooter) wasn’t fouled as he launched the final shot for Princeton. Those should have been free throws would have given Princeton the win.

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