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Men's Basketball: Mount St. Mary's unveils 'challenging' hoops schedule

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Mount St. Mary's University unveiled its 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule, one that coach Jamion Christian called “challenging.”

The schedule begins at Marquette on Nov. 10, and includes 13 home games.

The Mount opens the season by hosting Hood College for an exhibition game on Nov. 4, the third...


LaVar Ball doesn't care what NCAA has to say about shoe deal of son LaMelo, a UCLA recruit

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 20:20:00 PDT

LaMelo Ball drove his shiny new Lamborghini down a closed off road at the Chino Airport, past the taco truck that sat next to a burger truck, into the event space for his 16th birthday party.

The Chino Hills High basketball star was joined by his father, mother and brothers LiAngelo, who is set...


Basketball coaching legend Rollie Massimino, who took Villanova to national title in 1985, dies at 82

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova's storied run to the 1985 NCAA championship and won more than 800 games in his coaching career, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Massimino's death was announced by Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, where he was the men's basketball...


Basketball: Green Terror men making plans for The Palestra

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:42:00 PDT

McDaniel College’s men’s basketball team is set to play in one of five Centennial Conference basketball games that are slated to take place at The Palestra in Philadelphia on Jan. 14.

McDaniel men's basketball team will conclude the five-game slate, taking on Muhlenberg at approximately 7:30 p.m....


Digest (Aug. 29): St. Frances grad Dwayne Morgan kicked off basketball team at UNLV

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:59:00 PDT

Dwayne Morgan (St. Frances) will not play for Nevada-Las Vegas next season, coach Marvin Menzies said Tuesday. Morgan, who was suspended in May from all basketball activities, will continue taking classes at UNLV during the fall semester. He was charged in May with disorderly conduct after a dispute...


Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote dies at 90

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:06:00 PDT

Jud Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Heathcote and was promoted to replace him when he retired in 1995. Heathcote won three Big Ten titles and appeared in nine NCAA tournaments during his...


Five-star PG Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll) cuts list to three schools, eliminates Terps

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:35:00 PDT

Kentucky has long been the school to beat for John Carroll senior point guard Immanuel Quickley, and by late Tuesday night, there was one less school for the Wildcats to worry about: Maryland.

In an appearance Tuesday night on Comcast SportsNet’s “SportsTalk Live,” the blue-chip recruit said the...


Basketball: Former McDaniel standout Stewart pro-bound

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:22:00 PDT

Tim Stewart, a senior on the 2015-16 McDaniel men’s basketball team, recently signed a professional contract to play for the Portlaoise Panthers Basketball Club in Ireland.

Portlaoise is one of five teams to join the Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1 National League, which will now have 15 teams...


Tommy Hawkins, 1st African-American basketball star at Notre Dame, dies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:32:00 PDT

Tommy Hawkins, the first African-American basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, died Wednesday. He was 80.

Hawkins died in his sleep at home in Malibu, son Kevin told The Associated Press. He had been in...


Marvin Bagley III says he will reclassify and attend Duke

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:37:00 PDT

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Sources Say Hall Of Famer Jim Calhoun Has Been Offered St. Joseph Coaching Job

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:21:51 PDT

Former UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun, a Hall of Famer, may be coming out of retirement.

He would not say where, but multiple sources said he has had serious discussions with the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford about its new men's basketball program and has been offered the...


Duke cancels Dominican exhibition trip because of Coach K's knee surgery

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will have a total knee replacement surgery, leading the team to cancel this month's exhibition trip to the Dominican Republic.

The school announced Thursday the Hall of Fame coach will have the procedure this weekend on his right leg at the university...


Harris & Sons and Shake-N-Go set to meet in Summer League finals

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:39:00 PDT

Harris & Sons and Shake-N-Go will face off in the Annapolis Summer Basketball League championship game Friday, in a rematch of the 2014 title game, after they won their respective semifinals Tuesday at Truxtun Park.

Shakir Brown dropped in 39 points for Shake-N-Go, including eight 3-pointers, in...


Morgan State basketball player suing NCAA over eligibility

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:25:00 PDT

A Morgan State University basketball player is suing the NCAA and the school after he was denied a spot on the team because of a five-year eligibility rule.

Andrew Hampton, 24, a forward and a senior studying accounting, said in a complaint recently filed in Baltimore Circuit Court that he should...


Overseas Elite, Baltimore are the big winners at The Basketball Tournament

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Baltimore native and NBA star Carmelo Anthony and a near-capacity crowd at Coppin State saw quality high-stakes basketball Thursday night — a huge winner-take-all cash prize in the championship game of The Basketball Tournament at stake.

While Overseas Elite came away with its third straight tournament...


Team Challenge ALS, Overseas Elite advance to The Basketball Tournament final at Coppin State

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 21:15:00 PDT

Former area high school basketball stars C.J. Fair and Donte Greene received big ovations returning to Baltimore on Tuesday night, as the former Syracuse stars were playing for Boeheim’s Army in the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament at Coppin State.

Their opponent, two-time defending tournament...


Dave Bliss, who once accused a murdered player of being a drug dealer, is now a high school coach

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:54:00 PDT

If you're a high school that's looking for a new boys' basketball coach, do you pick a person who is a strong role model for young men, or do you choose:

A coach who surreptitiously paid the tuition of two of his college players, a flagrant violation of NCAA rules A coach who, after one of those...(image)

Bruce Weber gets 2-year contract extension from Kansas State

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:46:00 PDT

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber went from the hot seat to the NCAA tournament last season.

That was enough to earn him two more years on the job.

Weber agreed to a contract extension Tuesday that could keep him with the Wildcats through the 2020-21 season, the first major personnel decision...


The Basketball Tournament is set to crown a champion in Baltimore

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

With Baltimore native and NBA star Carmelo Anthony serving as host and four teams vying for a $2 million prize, The Basketball Tournament will hold its semifinals Tuesday night at Coppin State.

With March Madness-style one-and-done games and the lure for former or middling professional players...


NCAA selection committee to place greater emphasis on road wins

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:13:41 PDT

When it comes to deciding which college basketball teams make the NCAA tournament, the selection committee has long factored in "quality wins."

The definition of "quality win" is changing.

Beginning next season, the men's selection committee will alter its definition to highlight the importance of...


Digest: Brenda Frese, Juan Dixon part of D.C. Sports Hall of Fame class

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:06:00 PDT

Nine members were inducted into the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at Nationals Park. This year's class includes 20-year-old Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, who endeared herself to a Washington crowd last year when she brought the five Olympic swimming medals she won in Rio de Janeiro...


FBI probed complaints that Bobby Knight groped women at U.S. spy agency

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 15:13:00 PDT

Even before he started cursing from the podium at a U.S. spy agency, Bobby Knight was an unorthodox choice to deliver a lecture on leadership.

Employees at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) complained in advance about their boss' decision to invite the Hall of Fame basketball coach...


College Notebook: Christian staying put at Mount St. Mary's

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 10:08:00 PDT

Men's hoops coach under contract through 2027 with new deal(image)

Northwestern hires Billy Donlon as assistant basketball coach

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:02:00 PDT

Northwestern added Michigan assistant coach Billy Donlon to its men's basketball staff, coach Chris Collins announced Monday.

Donlon replaces Pat Baldwin, who took the head coaching job at Milwaukee last week. Donlon spent last season with the Wolverines after six seasons as head coach at Wright...


Big Ten basketball's move for March Madness will make for a Dizzy December

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:14:00 PDT

The task of non-conference scheduling has taken on new meaning for the Big Ten's 14 men's basketball coaches, all of whom have been forced to wrestle with one particularly grueling stretch from late November to early December of the upcoming season. Here's a snapshot: Michigan State could play...


NCAA suspends Louisville coach Rick Pitino after escort investigation

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:58:00 PDT

The NCAA has suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games following its sex scandal investigation.

The governing body also Thursday placed the basketball program on four years' probation, vacated wins in which ineligible players participated and handed...


Mount St. Mary's freshman Miles Wilson transfers to Miami

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 04:52:00 PDT

Miles Wilson (Mount Saint Joseph), a freshman who helped lead Mount St. Mary’s to the NCAA Tournament, has transferred to the University of Miami. He made the announcement on Twitter Thursday night.

Wilson averaged 11.8 points per game as the Mount swept the NEC regular-season and tournament titles,...


Greg McDermott staying at Creighton, not taking job at Ohio State

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:12:00 PDT

Creighton coach Greg McDermott says he is staying with the Bluejays after a report he was offered the job at Ohio State.

ESPN first reported Wednesday night that McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday and was offered the job, which opened Monday when Thad Matta resigned.



Fred Hoiberg on Ohio State rumor: 'I'm coach of the Bulls and have no intention of leaving'

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:14:00 PDT

Fred Hoiberg has been around long enough to know how it works: Whenever a major college program to which he has ties has a coaching vacancy, his name will surface as a rumored replacement.

And so it was Wednesday, when his name was linked to the Ohio State job after Thad Matta's parting. The same...


The story of how Jay Bilas was once invited to try out for the Redskins

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 05:59:00 PDT

By the spring of 1986, Jay Bilas's NBA dreams already seemed like a long shot.

"I'd give my right arm to play in the NBA," the Duke senior said at that year's Final Four. "But then, there isn't much call for one-armed players these days."

The Los Angeles Times said Duke's roster, aside from Johnny...


Under Armour announces partnership with ESPN basketball analyst Bilas

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:29:00 PDT

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas will become an Under Armour "brand ambassador" in a five-year deal announced today.

The former Duke University basketball player will wear the brand's sports apparel and footwear under the agreement. Under Armour also will sponsor the annual Jay Bilas Skills Camp,...


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses his new memoir, 'Coach Wooden and Me'

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:47:00 PDT

You will be hard-pressed to find photos on the front and back covers of a book that more vividly describe what is written inside than those on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court."

The front cover is a shot of a somewhat rigid Abdul-Jabbar, then...


Chris Collins aiming to lure basketball assistant away from Michigan: sources

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:01:00 PDT

The name of the man Chris Collins aims to add to his coaching staff will sound familiar to Northwestern fans.

Billy Donlon is from Northbrook, graduated from Collins’ alma mater (Glenbrook North) and grew up around NU’s program. Father Bill Donlon, Sr., assisted under Bill Foster and Ricky Byrdsong...


Thad Matta's surprising departure at Ohio State marks end of Big Ten era

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:22:00 PDT

The news shook the Big Ten on Monday: the Thad Matta era is over at Ohio State.

A job considered in the top 20 nationally is open after athletic director Gene Smith announced on Monday that he recently met with Matta and concluded it was time to part ways after 13 seasons.

Matta, sitting to Smith's...


Nikki McCray appears ideally suited to reverse ODU's decline

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:43:00 PDT

Old Dominion hosted the first two NCAA Women's Final Fours, in 1982 and '83. The Lady Monarchs played in that second edition, won the national championship two years later and returned to the Final Four in 1997.

Nikki McCray played in a Final Four for Tennessee and coached in two as a South Carolina...


Mount St. Joe's Kam Williams will return to Ohio State for final season

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:37:00 PDT

Former Mount St. Joe's star Kam Williams announced on his Instagram account today that he will return to Ohio State for his final season.

Williams, who surprisingly declared for the NBA Draft, did not sign with an agent so he had until midnight tonight to announce whether he was staying in the...


Dick Vitale signs contract extension with ESPN

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:33:00 PDT

ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale has signed a contract extension with the network through the 2019-20 season.

In adding a year to his previous deal, Vitale will be the main analyst on many network games, including during the regular season and for conference championship tournaments.

A basketball...


College basketball: Arizona guard Rawle Alkins will not enter NBA draft

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:40:00 PDT

Arizona guard Rawle Alkins has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season.

Alkins declared for the draft last month but did not sign with an agent, leaving the door open for a return to Tucson.

The 6-foot-5 guard participated in the NBA draft...


Former Patterson guard Gary Blackston headed to Prairie View A&M

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:16:00 PDT

Patterson guard Gary Blackston was talented enough to play Division I basketball coming out of high school. But the 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard had to make alternate plans because of his transcript.

“Going to JUCO, it’ll definitely make a man out of you,” said Blackston, a second-team Baltimore...


The NCAA put out a diversity hiring pledge. Notre Dame and Boston College won't sign.

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Last September, the NCAA started circulating a "presidential pledge" intended to deal with a problem that continues to rankle college sports: diversity in hiring.

While racial diversity on the sidelines and front offices of professional sports leagues has improved in the past decade, the situation...


Southern grad Brandon Horvath will get 'a homecoming' at UMBC

Thu, 11 May 2017 06:44:00 PDT

Brandon Horvath liked UMBC when Aki Thomas recruited him out of Southern High in Anne Arundel County more than a year ago. He liked the program even more when Thomas’ successor, Ryan Odom, made his pitch.

“The first thing he said was, ‘You remind us of one of our players, Will Darley. He’s graduating,’”...


Local mid-major basketball programs face the upsides and downsides of the 'up-transfer'

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Over 800 Division I players changed schools going into the 2016-17 season, a record number.(image)

Mount Carmel's Terry Nolan 'embracing' his future at George Washington

Fri, 5 May 2017 14:47:00 PDT

Terry Nolan Jr. had been set on playing basketball for Chattanooga since the fall, committing to the Mocs in September and signing a letter of intent with the Southern Conference school in November. But things changed in a hurry thanks to college basketball’s annual spring coaching carousel.



Guard Miles Wilson (Mount Saint Joseph) to transfer from Mount St. Mary's

Mon, 1 May 2017 22:24:00 PDT

Mount St. Mary's standout freshman guard Miles Wilson (Mount Saint Joseph) announced his intention to transfer Monday night, becoming the third Baltimore-area guard to leave the Mountaineers program this offseason.

Sophomore guard Elijah Long (John Carroll), the first Mount player to be named first-team...


No Under Armour shoe exception in the offing for Lonzo Ball family at UCLA

Thu, 11 May 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Last year, Under Armour signed UCLA to a 15-year, $280 million outfitting deal. The agreement, a linchpin of the Baltimore brand's California strategy, means that players on all Bruin teams must be outfitted head to toe in Under Armour once the contract begins on July 1.

That includes the family...


Juan Dixon comes 'full circle' in being introduced as Coppin State men's basketball coach

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:57:00 PDT

Juan Dixon returned to his roots Wednesday - literally. Shortly after being introduced as the new men's basketball coach at Coppin State, the former Maryland star reflected on a moment long before he even played the game.(image)

Juan Dixon's former coaches envisioned the former guard becoming a coach

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PDT

Long before he stopped wearing a uniform and hung a whistle around his neck, long before he thought about someday becoming a Division I head coach, Juan Dixon often acted the part he will start playing officially when he is introduced Wednesday at Coppin State.(image)

Juan Dixon to be introduced as Coppin State men's basketball coach Wednesday

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:14:00 PDT

Coppin State will hold a news conference Wednesday to introduce former Maryland star and Baltimore native Juan Dixon as its new men's basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday.(image)

Northwestern signs Pat Fitzgerald, Chris Collins to contract extensions

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:52:25 PDT

"Fitz" and "Basketball Fitz" will remain in Evanston, with Northwestern set to announce that football coach Pat Fitzgerald and basketball coach Chris Collins have signed contract extensions.

The announcement will be made at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Under Armour store on Michigan Avenue, a nod to Northwestern's...


Former Terp Juan Dixon to be next men's basketball coach at Coppin State

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Juan Dixon, 38, will be the next men's basketball coach at Coppin State. Sources familiar with the situation said Saturday that he has accepted the job.(image)

Men's Basketball: Top scorer Long planning to leave Mount St. Mary's

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:39:00 PDT

Sophomore guard seeking transfer, others leaving program that won 5th NEC title(image)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus said she had to primp for Northwestern basketball games

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:31:00 PDT

Forget going to the NCAA tournament. Northwestern basketball player Charlie Hall must be overjoyed that Jimmy Kimmel called him funny on Wednesday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"Oh boy, he is going to ride that comment forever," said Hall's mother, "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Kimmel and Louis-Dreyfus...


Chicago to host women's, men's NCAA tournament games in 2019, 2022

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:07:00 PDT

In addition to bringing back postseason events to North Carolina, the NCAA on Tuesday announced Chicago will be a future site for the men's and women's basketball tournaments.

The NCAA revealed host sites for the men's tournament through 2022 and for the women's tournament through 2020. The United...


Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Brionna Jones selected in top 10 of WNBA draft

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:30:00 PDT

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was taken No. 6 overall in the WNBA draft Thursday night by the Washington Mystics, a convenient first job for the 5-foot-11 guard, who could take the Metro from the Xfinity Center to her new workplace at Verizon Center. Two picks later in New York, 6-3 center Brionna Jones...(image)

WNBA: Kelsey Plum drafted first overall by the Stars, Sparks select Sydney Wiese

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:50:00 PDT

Chosen by the San Antonio Stars, Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday, and the Sparks selected three-point specialist Sydney Wiese with the 11th pick.

Plum, a Washington Huskies guard, finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last...


Wooden Awards: Kansas' Frank Mason receives player of the year and top point guard honors

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:40:00 PDT

Kansas guard Frank Mason was a two-time winner at the College Basketball Awards Presented Friday at LA Live, earning both the John R. Wooden Award that goes to the player of the year as well as the Bob Cousy Award given to the top point guard.

Mason won the awards after becoming the first player...


Wichita State leaves Missouri Valley for American Athletic Conference

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:09:00 PDT

Wichita State accepted an invitation Friday to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference that dated back 72 years.

The presidents of the AAC's 12 member schools voted unanimously to admit the school in all sports but football. The school, which...


Lonzo Ball's father blames '3 white guys' for UCLA's loss in NCAA tournament

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:33:00 PDT

The father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball says the Bruins lost in the NCAA tournament because "three white guys" couldn't pick up the slack after his son injured his hamstring.

LaVar Ball tells Southern California News Group that "realistically you can't win no championship with three white guys because...


Digest: St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams (Mount Saint Joseph) declares for NBA draft

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:48:00 PDT

St. Bonaventure junior point guard Jaylen Adams (Mount Saint Joseph) has declared for the NBA draft while not ruling out the possibility of returning for his senior season. Adams retained the right to maintain his college eligibility by not signing an agent. He also holds the option to pull his...


Sophomore guard Elijah Long (John Carroll) to transfer from Mount St. Mary's

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:54:00 PDT

After making their second trip to NCAA tournament in four seasons, the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team is losing its top scorer.(image)

USC extends Andy Enfield's contract two years, through 2023

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 11:45:00 PDT

After reaching its second consecutive NCAA tournament, USC has given men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield his second consecutive contract extension.

Enfield’s contract was extended another two years, through the spring of 2023, the school announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

In 2013, Enfield...


Digest: Towson men's basketball coach Pat Skerry wins Bartow Award

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 20:37:00 PDT

Towson men's basketball coach Pat Skerry is the recipient of the 2017 Gene Bartow Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the game. After enduring a 1-31 record in his first season, Skerry has led Towson to a 93-75 record the past five seasons, including a 54-35 mark...


Referees spoiled the NCAA championship, but they were only doing their job

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:59:00 PDT

North Carolina won the national championship Monday night, and the majority of American sports fans may believe a trio of new, zebra-striped enemies blew it. Whistles dominated North Carolina's disjointed, 71-65 victory over Gonzaga, especially in the second half, when referees called 18 fouls...


UNC's Joel Berry Final Four's most gallant player

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Joel Berry made 9-of-33 shots at the Final Four, the worst accuracy on record for the event's Most Outstanding Player.

But don't think for a moment he was undeserving.

Moreover, the NCAA might have considered a second award for Berry: Most Gallant Player.

Competing on ankles he sprained and re-sprained...


UNC's Kennedy Meeks clearly had his hand out of bounds. Why didn't the official standing right there see it?

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:20:00 PDT

The official had the best view in the house but apparently made the wrong call on one of the most crucial plays of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game Monday night.

Check out the above photo of North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks battling Gonzaga’s Silas Melson for a loose ball with less than...


North Carolina is back in the running to host NCAA events after rolling back 'bathroom bill'

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:10:00 PDT

The NCAA will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

The governing body said Tuesday its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law....


Georgetown names former Hoyas superstar Patrick Ewing new coach

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:09:00 PDT

Georgetown named Patrick Ewing as its next men's basketball coach Monday, placing the program in the hands of its most decorated player and extending the legacy of former coach John Thompson Jr., who transformed the Hoyas into a national power starting in the 1980s.(image)

Digest: UMBC's Ryan Odom named nation's top first-year men's basketball coach

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UMBC's Ryan Odom received the Joe B. Hall Award, presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I. After finishing 7-25 last season, Odom led UMBC (21-13) to its first winning season since 2007-08, when the Retrievers went to the NCAA tournament. The 21 wins are the second most in school...


Ex-Baylor coach Dave Bliss resigns from new job after documentary about murdered player airs

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 05:17:00 PDT

The news release Monday from Southwestern Christian University announcing the resignation of head basketball coach Dave Bliss offered no reasons for the parting of ways. However, it seemed hardly coincidental that it occurred just days after an airing of a Showtime documentary, "Disgraced," that...


North Carolina defeats Gonzaga for sixth national championship

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 22:48:00 PDT

How many times do second chances come around? When North Carolina got another shot, it took advantage.

The Tar Heels avenged their title-game loss from last season with a 71-65 victory on Monday against Gonzaga, not letting this one come down to a last-second shot like the one that haunted them...


'One Shining Moment' video turns 30. Here's how it's done.

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:11:00 PDT

With the clock winding down on another edition of March Madness, CBS Sports producer Shawn Robbins went for a final shot in the waning seconds.

No, not on the court. In the production truck. In 2013, Robbins was the producer of "One Shining Moment," the definitive highlight reel set to a soft-rock...


North Carolina's Joel Berry plays through ankle pain to win Most Outstanding Player

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 21:49:00 PDT

North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II had declared his injured ankles 85 percent healthy before the Final Four.

He was 100 percent important to the Tar Heels' championship Monday night against Gonzaga.

Berry scored 22 points, fighting through ankle injuries that have lingered, and was named...


That time Gonzaga made its NCAA Tournament debut against Maryland

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 05:01:00 PDT

Few college basketball fans remember when little was known about Gonzaga, a small school in Spokane, Wash.(image)

Gonzaga vs. North Carolina: How the teams match up in the NCAA title game

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:50:00 PDT

A look at how the Gonzaga Bulldogs and North Carolina Tar Heels match up in the NCAA championship game:

WHO: No. 1 Gonzaga (37-1) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (32-7).

WHAT: National championship, Monday, 6 p.m. PDT.

WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. TV: Channel 2.

UPDATE: This will...


South Carolina beats SEC rival Mississippi State for women's NCAA title

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:24:00 PDT

Dawn Staley finally could raise an NCAA championship trophy.

A'ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night.

Staley made the Final Four three times as a player at Virginia but...


Roy Williams tried to pull a fast one by Mark Few

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Two days before Roy Williams first faced off against Mark Few in the NCAA tournament, the North Carolina coach called his counterpart from Gonzaga.

“Gamblers Anonymous,” Few answered.

The coaches had already planned an outing for a friendly game of craps before their teams met in a regional semifinal...


For Gonzaga coach, sharing special moment with friends is only fitting

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:25:00 PDT

On the day after Gonzaga secured its first trip to the Final Four, Mark Few called the man who had started his epic coaching journey at the school.

Few wanted Dan Monson to be part of everything the Bulldogs did this weekend because in many ways the current Long Beach State coach already was, having...


North Carolina-Gonzaga NCAA final will be 'a man's game'

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:20:00 PDT

Kennedy Meeks atoned for missing two large free throws late Saturday night with what he does best: snagging an XXL rebound. Indeed, ’twas the most essential of his 1,042 in a North Carolina uniform.

“Thank God he was able to get in there,” teammate Joel Berry said.

Because he did, the Tar Heels...


North Carolina holds off Oregon in Final Four, will play Gonzaga for title

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:34:00 PDT

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he only mentioned last season's national championship game once to his players through this season's tournament.

"Let's remember that," Williams said he told the Tar Heels. "Let's put in the time, the work, the sacrifices to make sure we get there."

Now, North...


Gonzaga earns first NCAA title shot after downing South Carolina 77-73

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:57:00 PDT

Gonzaga junior Nigel Williams-Goss had heard every insult — and seemed to remember them all.

"They were making comments that we were the most nervous team in the tournament," Williams-Goss said of the team's critics. "We just heard everything this year. We've heard the conference (is weak). We've...


Jeff Jacobs: Auriemma Takes Stunner In Stride; Salutes 'Itty Bitty' Star After UConn's Shocking Defeat

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:27:04 PDT

He smiled. When one of the greatest winning streaks in the history of sports and one of the greatest games in the history of women's basketball had ended, Geno Auriemma smiled.

Starting her legendary move from barely inside half court with three seconds left in overtime, Morgan William, the littlest...


Geno Auriemma Always Had Concerns, But Young UConn Women's Team Almost Proved Him Wrong

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:34:00 PDT

The regular-season opener was barely over after a frantic finish and Geno Auriemma was using the opportunity to caution anyone who would listen.

This season would be different. His team, fresh off a two-point win to start the season, was young and inexperienced and thin. And they would likely pay...


Jeff Jacobs: UConn Legend Rebecca Lobo Gets Call For The Basketball Hall

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:09:00 PDT

Rebecca Lobo grew up in Southwick, Mass., only 15 minutes away from Springfield. She used to walk through the old Basketball Hall of Fame building when she was a young girl, devouring the history of the game but never dared imagine what happened this weekend.

After her church wedding to Steve Rushin...


Shocking! Mississippi State Does The Unthinkable: Stops Streaking UConn 66-64 In OT

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 03:19:00 PDT

The ball floated through the air as the last second ticked off the clock, the record winning streak and a historic championship run hanging in the balance.

As the buzzer sounded and the ball settled in the net, it was over.

The game. The winning streak. The title run. The season.

The team that...


South Carolina Women Beat Stanford 62-53 In Final Four

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:33:00 PDT

DALLAS — Allisha Gray scored 18 points, A'ja Wilson had a double-double and South Carolina is going to its first national championship game after beating Stanford 62-53 Friday night in the women's national semifinals.

Wilson had 13 points and 19 rebounds for the Gamecocks (32-4), who lost in the...


Final Four matchups: Who has the edge?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:59:00 PDT

This Final Four has a trio of Cinderellas and a king.

In the NCAA tournament semifinals Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium, one team — the South Carolina-Gonzaga winner — will go on to play for its first tournament championship. Oregon hasn't been to the Final Four since winning the...


Odom thanks fans after UMBC basketball season ends in CIT semifinals

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:21:00 PDT

At the end of a season few expected, UMBC men's basketball coach Ryan Odom took the mic. The Retrievers' alma mater had been played, and the scoreboard Wednesday night read Texas A&M Corpus Christi 79, UMBC 61.(image)

Dan Monson, the man who built Gonzaga basketball, still has no regrets about leaving

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:39:00 PDT

At midnight Thursday, surrounded by old friends and maybe fueled by a couple drinks, Dan Monson prank-called the point guard from the best team he ever coached. He knew Quentin Hall would be asleep; it was 3 a.m. in the Bahamas. Monson and a few others, gathered at a party in Phoenix to celebrate...


Shooting problems in 76,000-seat venue could be the backdrop to this Final Four

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:40:00 PDT

Like he always does, Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins completed his practice routine of taking a three-point shot for his first shot inside a new arena. It led to an unfamiliar result.

“I airballed that one,” Perkins said Friday, “so then I started getting real close.”

That might be a good strategy in...


Given direction, Oregon's Jordan Bell finds way to the Final Four

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:35:00 PDT

A mother in Long Beach digs through some boxes, detritus from a scrap book way behind schedule. She produces a piece of paper.

It has about 500 words, black ink, Arial font. It begins: “My name is Jordan Bell.”

Then: “Although I might seem like a person who has everything …”

Bell wrote it before...


Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews is fearless when it comes to taking big shots

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:00:00 PDT

The first long-range shots Jordan Mathews made counted for three points only in his head. They came on an adjustable plastic basket in the basement of his San Francisco home against a younger brother who was largely defenseless.

Only 5 years old at the time, Jordan could have easily overpowered...


Gonzaga vs. South Carolina: How the teams match up in the Final Four

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:25:00 PDT

A look at how the Gonzaga Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks match up for their NCAA tournament Final Four game on Saturday.

WHO: No. 1 Gonzaga (36-1) vs. No. 7 South Carolina (26-10).

WHAT: National semifinal, Saturday, 3:09 p.m. PDT.

WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. TV:...


Big Ten's Wayne Duke instrumental in development of NCAA tournament

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:09:00 PDT

College basketball fans should give thanks to Wayne Duke during the Final Four this weekend. And that goes tenfold for college coaches and administrators. He was a driving force in making the NCAA tournament what it is today, and in the process, helped put millions — make that billions — of dollars...


Oregon, Gonzaga, South Carolina try to brace for Final Four experience

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:40:00 PDT

The Final Four is an event where stars become star struck and distractions are plentiful.

Fulfilling a request from Nike, Kobe Bryant visited Oregon and Gonzaga locker rooms.

South Carolina players were given a deadline on distributing tickets to friends and family. Gonzaga players wondered what...


Whether good or bad for the sport, UConn's dominance of women's basketball is unquestionable

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:35:00 PDT

A seven-point deficit had been turned into a 17-point lead and college basketball’s most dominant team was rolling, bringing many in a crowd of 8,830 to their feet.

Playing their NCAA women’s basketball tournament regional games at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., only 80 miles from campus,...


Sister Act: Dad Can Finally Sit Still; Samuelsons Enjoy Dallas Get-Together - For Now

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:44:00 PDT

After crisscrossing the country on a basketball odyssey, Jon Samuelson can unpack.

The father of Katie Lou and Karlie is at the Final Four in Dallas, where his daughters will be playing Friday night. If Katie Lou and UConn beat Mississippi State, and Karlie and Stanford get past South Carolina,...


'Corny' Roy Williams still cranking out contenders at North Carolina

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:29:00 PDT

Bobby Bowden aw-shucksed and dadgummed Florida State football to continued national prominence into his 70s. So let’s not be shoving the basketball parallel, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, into a 19th-hole rocking chair quite yet.

Cancer scare and knee replacement behind him, Ol’ Roy is a spry...


College basketball: Kansas' Frank Mason III, Gonzaga's Mark Few win top honors

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT

No piece of hardware could take Frank Mason III's mind off what could have been. The senior point guard from Kansas was selected the AP player of the year Thursday at the Final Four in Phoenix. He was there without his teammates since the Jayhawks were eliminated in the Midwest Regional final by...


NCAA needs to stand firm and stay out of North Carolina

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:54:00 PDT

The NCAA made a bold and commendable decision last March when it decided to pull championship events from the state of North Carolina because of a discriminatory law against transgender people.

Rarely do sports organizations venture into this kind of politics or take a moral stand for civil rights.