Legendary Laker and future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning, TMZ reported. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, was also killed in the crash.
Apart from conference leader Baylor, who is a perfect 5–0 in conference play, the conference has seen an uptick in parity. Texas head coach Karen Aston mentions it in many of her press conferences, especially since her team had to grind for their last two victories over the two teams at the bottom of the conference standings.
What has happened instead during the first five years of Shaka Smart's tenure has included two NCAA Tournament appearances with first round losses in both. Most recently, the Longhorns lost to No. 3 Kansas after leading at halftime and were just dominated by No. 7 West Virginia in a 38-point defeat after being down 25 at halftime.