Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:07:32 -0400Copyright: ©2017 Baltimore Sun
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:03:00 PDT
Athletic director Fred Glass views Indiana as the Big Ten’s plum basketball job. He has to, right? Did you hear his expectations for Tom Crean’s replacement?
"Win multiple Big Ten championships," Glass said, "regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament and win our next national championship — and...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:22:00 PDT
Nineteen men’s college basketball players from the Baltimore area entered last week with championship hopes. After the first weekend of NCAA Tournament play, two locals still have a shot at cutting down nets.
In the West region, Daxter Miles Jr. (Dunbar) will lead fourth-seeded West Virginia in...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:12:00 PDTHe had compiled a 25-69 overall record and a 19-29 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:01:00 PDT
Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame announced Tuesday that Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:50:00 PDT
The highlight isn’t always over whenever a play involving Ike Anigbogu ends.
His dunks and rejections often come with their own soundtrack that can be every bit as entertaining as whatever preceded them.
The UCLA freshman was trailing a Bruins fastbreak against then-No. 1 Kentucky in December when...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:01:12 PDT
STORRS — The crowd was loud, the players were lively, and UConn had opened a six-point lead with the wind at its back in the first quarter on Monday night.
Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson had the ball just over midcourt when the Huskies engulfed her. Peterson, one the of country's better guards,...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:35:56 PDT
Reggie Greenwood was working as an air traffic controller at Dulles Airport nearly 40 years ago when a co-worker, Jim Beardsley, changed his career path.
"I used to play basketball in a lot of rec leagues and one of the guys I used to work with, he had a youth league out in Sterling, Herndon and...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:51:00 PDT
UConn's Kia Nurse heard the boasts from Syracuse that it would bring the best backcourt in America into Monday night's second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.
She used that as motivation.
The junior guard scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT
Coastal Carolina used a 14-4 run late in the second half to overcome a Loyola Maryland lead, and the Chanticleers ended the Greyhounds season with a 72-63 victory Monday night in the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals in Conway, S.C. Andre Walker hit his third 3-pointer of the second...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:39:00 PDT
The NCAA tournament is through the first two full rounds. Here are the winners and the losers thus far.Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
By our count, the "Veep" actress and Northwestern alum won the camera battle with Doug Collins (Chris Collins' father), 5-4, during Saturday's game. Bonus for her:...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:08:00 PDT
A security guard asked the wife of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall to leave the lower bowl of Bankers Life Fieldhouse after she started loudly cursing shortly after Sunday's 65-62 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.
A police officer was eventually called and followed Lynn Marshall up the...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:20:00 PDT
Seated at his locker on Saturday evening in Salt Lake City, a tough, smart, personable, enviably built, 6-foot-5, 220-pound freshman from Brooklyn got midway through his answer — "This team is built for this. We're all ..." — when suddenly he let out a medium-volume sound of agony.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:50:00 PDT
They turned the Las Vegas Strip into a blue blob for one chilly night three months ago, fans from UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina commingling in jerseys and T-shirts bearing the famous hues of their schools.
The banter was friendly and the jabs mostly good-natured, the powerhouse teams having...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:15:00 PDT
The Atlantic Coast Conference started the NCAA tournament as the most rewarded league by the selection committee with nine teams in the field.
It was no surprise as the conference was frequently called the best in the nation this season.
But one by one, ACC teams have been plucked out of the tournament....(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:20:00 PDT
For Gonzaga, the road ahead looks straight and clear. No twists, no turns. The Bulldogs just need to keep their foot on the gas.
As guard Nigel Williams-Goss put it: “It’s survive, advance and move on.”
After a weekend in which the 2017 NCAA tournament verged on swerving out of control with a string...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:52:00 PDT
Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send Michigan past second-seeded Louisville 73-69 on Sunday in Indianapolis and into the Sweet 16.
The seventh-seeded Wolverines (26-11) have won seven straight — six since a frightening plane accident before the...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:00:00 PDT
UCLA was so unstoppable Sunday evening that the Bruins ran a give-and-go long after their most significant triumph of the season.
As power forward TJ Leaf sat in front of his locker stall, reflecting on how he had elevated his game following a horrid first half, he received kudos from Lonzo Ball...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:38:52 PDT
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan's ride to the Sweet 16 has been defined by a plane accident last week while taking off for the Big Ten tournament.
The No. 7-seeded Wolverines continued as an unlikely NCAA tournament darling after upsetting second-seeded Louisville 73-69 Sunday.
But here's the reality. Despite...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:35:00 PDT
Washington moved quickly in filling its basketball coaching vacancy, hiring longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins on Sunday.
The move comes four days after Lorenzo Romar was fired following 15 seasons at his alma mater and the Huskies' sixth straight season missing the NCAA tournament.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:31:00 PDT
In Blacksburg, Va., Host Virginia Tech outscored Navy 9-2 down the stretch to come away with a 75-64 victory on Sunday in a second-round game in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The Hokies (19-13) will move on to the next round, where they will take on Penn State.
The loss brought an...(image)
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:17:00 PDT
Trevon Bluiett scored 29 points and Kaiser Gates came off the bench to contribute 14 as the 11 seed Xavier pulled off its second upset of the NCAA Tournament with a 91-66 victory over third-seeded Florida State during Saturday's second round.
The Musketeers (23-13) advance to the West Region semifinal...(image)
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:33:00 PDT
When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court.
There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and No. 1 overall seed — are done.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:42:00 PDT
Showing the defiance his team displayed in the second half, Northwestern coach Chris Collins left Vivint Smart Home Arena convinced Gonzaga's 79-73 victory Saturday came as a result of officials ignoring a basket interference call that led to a momentum-changing technical foul.
It stung Collins...(image)
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:21:00 PDT
Jevon Carter scored 24 points, and West Virginia is headed to the Sweet 16 for the third time since 2010 following a 83-71 win over Notre Dame.
Tarik Phillip added 12 points and Esa Ahmad had nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (28-8), the West region's fourth-seeded team.
Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson...(image)
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:45:00 PDT
Early in the second half Saturday night, Virginia’s Devon Hall bit on a pump fake and fouled Florida’s Devin Robinson as he attempted a 3-pointer. Robinson missed two of the free throws, including the third, but the Gators gathered the rebound, and Justin Leon buried a left-wing 3-pointer.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT
Oklahoma State Coach Brad Underwood is leaving Stillwater for Illinois after just one season, calling the chance to lead the Fighting Illini a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Underwood spent three successful seasons at Stephen F. Austin before signing on to coach Oklahoma State for the 2016-17...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:59:00 PDT
Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
SMU's Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer.
Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans (26-9). Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:15:00 PDT
In USC’s huddle, as Jonah Mathews grabbed him, shook him and told him — correctly, it turned out — that he was about to hit USC’s biggest shot in a decade, Elijah Stewart told Mathews to shut up and get the heck off him.
“I was like, ‘Bro, you're messing up my vibes, man,’” Stewart said.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:25:00 PDT
Outfought inside by smaller counterparts, overrun for stretches while offering little resistance, UCLA finally found a way to push back in a taut game against a heavy underdog.
The Bruins turned into the can’t-miss favorites.
Aaron Holiday made a layup. TJ Leaf buried a jumper. Isaac Hamilton...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:00:00 PDT
Everything was going Miami’s way, until it wasn’t.
After a stellar start, the young Hurricanes melted against Michigan State, falling 78-58 to end their better-than-expected season in the NCAA Tournament’s first round late Friday at the BOK Center.
“Once the momentum shifted from our side – I thought...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:50:00 PDT
The first few days of March Madness were missing a little something.
Namely, the madness.
In a sporting event know for its unpredictability — and in a season when the field was supposed to be wide open — there were no real shockers through the first round.
But maybe, just maybe, the 2017 NCAA tournament...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:08:00 PDT
Remember that "Seinfeld" episode in which Crazy Joe Davola papered the walls of his apartment with photographs of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Elaine Benes character?
He wasn't as obsessed with her as TBS was during Northwestern's 68-66 NCAA tournament victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday.
It's not that...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:09:00 PDTMount St. Mary's puts scare in No. 1 seed(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:51:00 PDTNCAA tournament live updates: Second-seeded Duke latest upset victim, but third-seeded Oregon advances March 19, 2017, 9:30 p.m. Want to keep up with how you're doing in your office pool? We will post reports here as soon as each game ends, so get a pen and have your bracket handy. March 16, 2017,...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:30:00 PDTNCAA tournament live updates: Second-seeded Duke latest upset victim, but third-seeded Oregon advances March 19, 2017, 9:30 p.m. Want to keep up with how you're doing in your office pool? We will post reports here as soon as each game ends, so get a pen and have your bracket handy. March 19, 2017,...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:10:00 PDT
London Perrantes missed only one game as a sophomore with a broken nose and mild concussion. He sat only two games last season after an emergency appendectomy.
There was no chance he was going to miss what could have been the final five minutes of his Virginia career Thursday.
"Even if I couldn't...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:00 PDT
Hoping to share Northwestern's historic 68-66 victory over Vanderbilt with as many people as possible Thursday, giddy Wildcats junior Gavin Skelly pointed his smartphone toward teammates and asked them to entertain his Facebook Live audience.
"Who wants to be famous?! Who wants to be famous?!''...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:23:00 PDT
Had the term “March Madness” been in vogue in 1974, the state of Maryland would have epitomized it. That was the year two college basketball teams made history hereabouts, and a third just missed by a whisker.
Forty-three years ago, the Morgan State men won the NCAA College Division championship...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:51:00 PDT(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:28:00 PDT
There's no denying Larry Hogan is a Maryland fan.
Maryland's governor showed his home state pride again Thursday, picking the Terps to win the NCAA basketball tournament. If you don't recall, he made the same prediction last year.
Hogan penned "GO TERPS!" beneath his confidently-scribbled championship...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:08:00 PDT
Tom Crean put Indiana basketball back in the national conversation.
As it turned out, it was too much talk and not enough results. Not for the Hoosiers.
Nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil following an NCAA scandal, Crean was fired Thursday after missing the NCAA Tournament for...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:54:00 PDT
Host UMBC (19-12) won its first postseason NCAA Division I tournament game, 88-83, over Fairfield (16-15) in the opening round of the College Insider Tournament on Wednesday night. Jairus Lyles had 20 points and moved into third place on the Retrievers' single-season list of top scorers with 572...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:00:00 PDT
March is a good time to make an introduction, and 30 minutes into an improbable USC comeback victory on Wednesday, 75-71 over Providence, the college basketball world met Nick Rakocevic.
The best way to watch Rakocevic is to watch his teammates. Halfway through the second half of the NCAA tournament...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:23:00 PDT
During a friendly scouting session in 2002 with Buzz Williams in Greg Gard’s hotel room during a tournament in Hawaii, Gard gained insight into the kind of unique, eccentric and slightly odd coaching mind Williams was cultivating.
In truth, the collection of free-floating number and figures contained...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:15:00 PDT
The lunacy of March Madness extends beyond buzzer-beaters and big-time upsets.
We’re talking creative player names.
The NCAA men’s tournament, which gave us God Shammgod and Chief Kickingstallionsims in previous years, will serve up a new list of unusual monikers as play begins this week.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:41:00 PDT
Is this a case of alternative brackets?
Former President Barack Obama released his NCAA tournament picks through his foundation Wednesday, but his women's bracket had a mistake: He has the Irish advancing to the Elite Eight twice.
Since taking office in 2009, Obama has filled out men's and women's...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 PDT
The futility of Northwestern basketball first really sank in when Bobby Knight, a fractious sort known for throwing chairs, lobbed a compliment the Wildcats’ way.
“If I’m watching this game,” the legendary Indiana coach said, “I’m rooting for Northwestern.”
Easy for him to say. The Wildcats had...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:50:00 PDT
In a whirlwind few hours, Cuonzo Martin resigned at California on Wednesday and was announced as the new coach at Missouri in his home state.
He's headed back to the place he knows so well, a big attraction to lure him away from Berkeley after three seasons.
Missouri scheduled a “campus celebration”...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:47:00 PDTWith First Four win in hand, MSM taking on top seed Villanova on Thursday(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDTMount St. Mary's last trip to Dayton ended in disappointment following a mighty comeback and near victory in the NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers made sure this time was different.(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:19:00 PDT
The NCAA men's basketball tournament begins Tuesday, March 14 with Mount St. Mary's taking on New Orleans in Dayton. For all those suffering from March Madness, filling out brackets in the warmth of your homes to avoid the white stuff outdoors, the Times has gathered a collection of facts and figures...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:50:00 PDTWe, the people, tend to fall hard for small things. We put up with Paris Hilton because she had a dog that was small enough to accessorize with a handbag. We eat sliders by the plateful because it's far harder to rationalize eating a lot of regular-size hamburgers. And just when we thought Groot...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:17:00 PDTBill Nelson announced his decision to retire after 31 seasons as Johns Hopkins men's basketball coach. Nelson will step down on June 30.(image)
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:03:00 PDT
Nineteen men's basketball players who grew up and/or attended high school in the Baltimore area will participate in the 2017 NCAA tournament.(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:01:00 PDT
Kamau Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half of a wide-open game on Tuesday night, and Kansas State's balance was the difference as the Wildcats pulled away to a 95-88 victory over Wake Forest in the First Four.
Eleventh-seeded K-State (21-13) got its first NCAA Tournament win in...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:40:00 PDT
Looking for a way to ace the March Madness pool at work? Sports analytics expert Ed Feng suggests a “contrarian” approach.
The Stanford-educated engineer, who founded “The Power Rank” website, bases his NCAA tournament strategy more on probabilities than on won-loss records or shooting percentages....(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:05:00 PDT
March Madness is a time when Under Armour and other fitness apparel and footwear companies battle for the reflected glow of fans' intense college loyalties.
Under Armour is gaining in that battle: It is outfitting a dozen men’s teams, a new high, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and 11...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:50:00 PDT
Before Kadeem Allen arrived at Arizona, West Coast basketball wasn’t on his radar.
Allen grew up in Wilmington, N.C., where Duke and North Carolina games crackled onto the radio and beamed onto his television. For junior college, Allen hauled out to Hutchinson, Kan., where on game days, traffic...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:56:00 PDT
LaVar Ball raised eyebrows earlier this year when he declared that his oldest son, UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball, was already better than two-time reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
But it all makes sense now that we know that Lonzo’s dad was so good he could have defeated...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:16:00 PDTHere's what you need to know about the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team's "First Four" NCAA tournament game against New Orleans on Tuesday.(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:39:00 PDT(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:35:00 PDT
Malcolm Hill scored 25 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Jamall Walker picked up a win in his debut as the interim coach for Illinois, an 82-57 romp over short-handled Valparaiso in an opening game of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Hill made 7 of 12 shots, including four 3-pointers, and 7...(image)
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:14:00 PDT
Picking favorites in the NCAA tournament is the smart play, but it's the upsets and Cinderella teams that make it memorable ... and help you get the edge you need to win your bracket pool.
As we decipher which upset picks look like the smartest plays in Round 1, we are going to focus on the true...(image)
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:12:00 PDT
Connecticut is looking for more of the same. Notre Dame and DePaul hope to bounce back.
The Huskies, winners of 107 consecutive games, will seek an unprecedented fifth straight national championship as the top overall seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament pairings announced Monday.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:20:00 PDT
Illinois State coach Dan Muller may be taking the tack that if you can't beat 'em, troll 'em.
The NCAA tournament selection committee snubbed the Redbirds from the field of 68 despite a 27-6 record, which signals the committee didn't put much stock in the quality of their "quality wins," a key...(image)
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:54:00 PDT
Joe McIntire spent 11 hours on a bus, traveling more than 800 miles to see his school's basketball team play in the first round of the NCAA tournament last March. The 20-year-old sophomore's beloved Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles lost 83-67 to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Back on the bus...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT
There weren’t a whole lot of surprises when the field for the 2017 NCAA tournament was announced Sunday, but the selection committee still left room for a time-honored — if unofficial — tradition.
March Madness gets its angry side from inevitable complaints about seedings, who got in and...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:55:00 PDT
The first gasp swept through the crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena when Wisconsin was announced as a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Whoa! The Wisconsin that just beat Northwestern by 28 points in the Big Ten tournament?
"We were like, 'Wow,'" NU forward Vic Law said. "The committee is being tough (on...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:00:00 PDT
A look at the NCAA tournament’s West Regional:
THURSDAY :: Salt Lake City
1 Gonzaga (32-1, West Coast Conference champion)
vs. 16 South Dakota State (18-16, Summit League champion)
The Bulldogs, who won their first 29 games, are seeded No. 1 for the second time. They had that spot in 2013 when...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:55:00 PDT
A look at the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional:
FRIDAY :: TULSA, OKLA.
1 Kansas (28-4, at-large)
vs. 16 Play-in winner
(See matchup below)
Never mind that Kansas lost its Big 12 Conference tournament opener. The Jayhawks are the second overall seed in the tournament and are contending for...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT
A look at the NCAA tournament’s East Regional:
THURSDAY :: BUFFALO, N.Y.
1 Villanova (31-3, Big East champion)
vs. 16 Play-in winner
(See matchup below)
The biggest hurdle to the heavily favored Wildcats returning to the Final Four could be an regional final matchup against Duke at Madison Square...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:30:00 PDT
A look at the NCAA tournament’s South Regional:
FRIDAY: GREENVILLE, S.C.
1 North Carolina (27-7, at-large)
vs. 16 Texas Southern (23-11, Southwestern Athletic Conference champion)
Texas Southern Coach Mike Davis, who was Bobby Knight’s successor at Indiana, may be scowling more than usual as...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:56:00 PDT
Winning the Big Ten regular season got Purdue a No. 4 seed. Ouch. Winning the Big Ten tournament "earned" Michigan a 7 seed. Double ouch. And Wisconsin, which finished second in both the tournament and regular season, got handed an 8. Make it stop!
The news wasn't all bad for the Big Ten, though....(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT
College basketball had a problem.
Teams were scoring less and less, physical defense had turned the area under the basket into a mosh pit and sluggish play was choking the life out of the game.
So, in the spring of 2015, members of the NCAA rules committee sequestered themselves for days of tough...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:00:00 PDT
While the Philistines battled the Israelites, as written in the Old Testament, some bystander probably looked at the giant Goliath, looked at the diminutive David, and saw an opportunity.
Sure, there was money to be made in a straight-up wager on the underdog, David, but what if you could put a...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:48:00 PDTAs a North Carolinian, Brenda Smith knows some humans who are mad as a March hare for college basketball. As the president of the North Carolina Rabbit Breeders Association, she has joked with such humans that the NCAA should get out of the way and ease the March calendar. Her association's bylaws...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:16:00 PDT
Only 16 teams in Division I won more games than Illinois State did this season.
All victories are not created equal, of course, and the NCAA Tournament selection committee was not impressed with how the Redbirds accumulated their 27-6 record.
March Madness took on a different meaning in Bloomington-Normal...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:10:00 PDT
De'Aaron Fox scored 18 points to lead No. 8 Kentucky to its third straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship with an 82-65 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.
The Wildcats (29-5) added their 30th tournament title all-time to their 48 regular-season championships in convincing fashion....(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:16:00 PDTNEC champion Mountaineers bound for Dayton to tip off NCAA tourney(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:08:00 PDT
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Navy coach Stefanie Pemper said she thought it would take her team's best game of the season to defeat Bucknell in the Patriot League women's basketball tournament final Sunday.
The Midshipmen gave her that, but it still wasn't enough as Bucknell won, 79-71, in overtime.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:33:00 PSTMids look to avenge regular-season losses to top-seeded Bison(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:51:00 PST
Last month the NCAA tournament selection committee released a midseason top 16, bracketing those teams in the four regions. It was a first for college basketball, a concept borrowed from the College Football Playoff.
"We still kind of term it as the PSAT," committee chairman Mark Hollis said Wednesday...(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:48:00 PST
TV: 2 p.m. Sunday, CBS- 2.
What Michigan needs: Can Derrick Walton Jr. have another ginormous game? The senior point guard had 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds against Minnesota. The obvious question is whether the Wolverines can bring the energy required to win a fourth game in four days....(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:34:00 PST
Allonzo Trier scored 23 points and hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds, helping No. 7 Arizona outlast No. 5 Oregon 83-80 on Saturday night in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game.
Arizona (30-4) lost a lopsided game at Oregon earlier this season on a barrage of 3-pointers by the Ducks....(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:36:00 PST
In a season that has been anything but routine for Duke, the Blue Devils won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament as it had never been done before.
Jayson Tatum took over in the final three minutes, making key plays all over the floor, and No. 14 Duke became the first team to win the event...(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:29:00 PST
In this season of milestones for Northwestern basketball, this will go down as the least harmful high-profile loss in program history.
Sure, the Wildcats wanted to complete a two-game season sweep of Wisconsin. A victory Saturday might have moved them up a seed line in the NCAA tournament. And...(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:41:13 PST
Derrick Walton Jr., kept his fist raised as he walked toward the Michigan bench after the final buzzer, only lowering it to blow a kiss to the Michigan fans in the Verizon Center.
Walton fueled the Wolverines to an 84-77 victory against Minnesota on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament, delivering...(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:21:00 PST(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:37:00 PST
Josh Hart scored 29 points and No. 2 Villanova beat Creighton 74-60 on Saturday to win the Big East Tournament and probably lock up the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Hart, the conference player of the year, became just the third player to win the tournament MVP award twice, joining...(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:57:00 PST
Josh Whitman recalled the electricity he felt as a fan attending a basketball game 10 years ago in Champaign.
The Illinois athletic director remembered seeing a clip from the movie "Ali" with the song "The Champ Is Here" playing on the Jumbotron.
As a cautionary tale, he mentioned this memory at...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:33:00 PSTSenior guard sinks game-winner for Mids(image)
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:42:00 PST
Tribune reporters Teddy Greenstein and Shannon Ryan preview Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinals.(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:14:00 PST
Coach Richard Pitino noticed the Minnesota cheerleaders and heard the band Friday at the Verizon Center and thought: Were these guys with us last year?
"I don't remember anyone playing songs," he said.
Last year the Gophers played the blues. They finished the season 8-23 with a 33-point loss to...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:26:00 PST
At one point this season, Wisconsin's offense was sputtering. Then when the Badgers figured that out, their defense was out of whack.
"Now we're focusing on both," sophomore forward Ethan Happ said. "We've been doing a good job of maintaining both, not letting one lapse."
Wisconsin had lost five...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:07:00 PST
Michigan's March momentum is a blast so far.
After the Wolverines beat top seed Purdue 74-70 in overtime Friday in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal, coach John Beilein said his eighth-seeded team has embraced its journey.
Even as bumpy as it started out.
"We've been selling the fun of the run,"...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:06:00 PST
As the Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament unfolded in Washington this week to tepid attendance expectations from league officials, a curious trend took hold inside Verizon Center: People were talking about who was at the games, not who wasn't (which, judging by the largely empty upper...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:10:00 PST
Steve Vasturia and Bonzie Colson each scored 18 points and No. 22 Notre Dame knocked off No. 16 Florida State 77-73 on Friday night to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title game.
The third-seeded Fighting Irish (25-8) will face fifth-seeded and No. 14 Duke on Saturday night...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:56:00 PST
Duke trailed Louisville by 12 with 13-plus minutes remaining. And won.
The Blue Devils trailed North Carolina by 13 with 13-plus minutes left. And won.
On consecutive nights. In the ACC tournament. Against national-title contenders coached by Hall of Famers.
“It’s New York,” Duke freshman Harry...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:30:00 PST
Bob Knight said something controversial.
OK, so that’s not all that shocking. But what Knight said Friday on “The Dan Patrick Show” was.
Patrick commented on the fact that Knight has not been back to Assembly Hall at Indiana University since he was fired in 2000 after nearly 30 years as the school’s...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:50:00 PST
Bryce Alford’s final shot was more than a chance to salvage an ugly stat line. The UCLA shooting guard spotted up from the corner and launched the ball, his team in need of points in a hurry.
The ball sailed all the way over the rim.
The third-ranked Bruins’ final game before the ones that matter...(image)