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What's the Big Ten's best basketball coaching job? And what's the worst?

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...


Two Baltimore-area natives still alive in NCAA Tournament

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...


Coppin men's basketball coach Michael Grant let go

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:12:00 PDT

He had compiled a 25-69 overall record and a 19-29 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.(image)

Notre Dame loses top scorer Brianna Turner to knee injury

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...


Bruins can use more roaring success from Ike Anigbogu when they meet Kentucky

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...


UConn Women: Even Geno Auriemma Impressed By Huskies' Swagger Vs. Syracuse

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,...


Greenwood makes the call as head of basketball officials

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...


Kia Nurse hits nine 3-pointers to lead UConn over Syracuse for 109th straight win

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...


Digest: Loyola Md. falls to Coastal Carolina in CBI quarterfinal, 72-63

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...


Winners and losers from first two rounds of NCAA tournament

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:...


Wichita State coach's wife escorted out of arena after loss to Kentucky

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...


In a wild NCAA tournament weekend, it's adapt or perish. Guess what Duke did.

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.

"Ahhhhh!" Arizona...


With UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina, South Regional has a case of the blues

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...


Big Ten thrives at NCAA tournament — while ACC flops

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....


Road to Final Four and NCAA title got a little smoother thanks to upsets

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...


Sunday's NCAA tournament roundup: Michigan beats Louisville, UNC avoids upset

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...


Lonzo Ball and UCLA kick it into gear in second half to beat Cincinnati, 79-67

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...


Michigan's Sweet 16 ride due as much to talent as destiny

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...


College basketball: Washington hires Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as coach

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.



Navy women fall short at Va. Tech in WNIT loss

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...


Saturday's NCAA tournament roundup: Xavier upsets Florida State

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...


Wisconsin stuns defending champion No. 1 Villanova in NCAA tournament

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.

On Wisconsin.


Northwestern loss hurts, but season's joyful memories will last longer

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...


West Virginia ousts Notre Dame in second round of NCAA tournament

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...


U.Va.'s season ends in NCAA tournament beatdown from Florida

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.



College basketball: Illinois hires Brad Underwood as coach

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...


Friday's NCAA tournament roundup: No. 11 seeds USC, Rhode Island win

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...


USC again rallies from double-digit deficit to advance in NCAA tournament with win over SMU

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.

A moment...


UCLA surges to win over Kent State with a flashy finish

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...


Miami Hurricanes outmuscled by Michigan State in 78-58 NCAA opening-round rout

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...


This NCAA tournament could use a dose of madness to spice things up

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...


TBS obsessed with Julia Louis-Dreyfus during Northwestern's win

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...


Men's Basketball: Villanova shakes off slow start to defeat Mount

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:09:00 PDT

Mount St. Mary's puts scare in No. 1 seed(image)

March Madness: Arizona easily handles North Dakota, 100-82

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:51:00 PDT

NCAA 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)

NCAA tournament live updates: Second-seeded Duke latest upset victim, but third-seeded Oregon advances

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:30:00 PDT

NCAA 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)

Perrantes gets off deck late to secure U.Va. tournament win

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...


Historic NCAA tournament victory emotional for Northwestern, fans

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?!''...


Mad success for three Maryland basketball teams in 1974

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...


The 10 creepiest mascots in the NCAA tournament

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:51:00 PDT


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan picks Terps in NCAA bracket. Again.

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...


Indiana fires Tom Crean as the NCAA tournament tips off

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...


Digest: UMBC, Loyola men win first-round basketball games

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...


USC wipes out 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, 75-71

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...


Hokies' Williams, Wisconsin's Gard have crafted winning teams this season by going all-in on strengths

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...


Forget about the best March Madness teams — these are the best player names

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.



Barack Obama's women's bracket accidentally counts Notre Dame twice

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...


First person: For long-suffering Northwestern basketball fans, it's time to dance

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...


Cuonzo Martin leaves Cal to coach at Missouri; Washington fires Lorenzo Romar

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”...


Men's Basketball: Mountaineers looking to make history

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:47:00 PDT

With First Four win in hand, MSM taking on top seed Villanova on Thursday(image)

Mount now ‘part of the madness’ after last-second win in NCAA tournament

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT

Mount 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)

NCAA tourney by the numbers

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...


Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson is the NCAA tournament's new darling

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:50:00 PDT

We, 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)

Longtime Johns Hopkins men's basketball coach Bill Nelson to retire

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:17:00 PDT

Bill Nelson announced his decision to retire after 31 seasons as Johns Hopkins men's basketball coach. Nelson will step down on June 30.(image)

Baltimore-area natives in the 2017 NCAA tournament

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. 


Balanced Kansas State beats Wake Forest 95-88 in NCAA tourney First Four

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...


Want to win your March Madness pool? Don't pick the best team

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.


Under Armour boosts March Madness presence with 12 men's teams

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...


March Madness: Pac-12 Conference tries to regain its swagger in NCAA basketball tournament

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...


LaVar Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, says he could have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one

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...


Previewing Mount St. Mary's vs. New Orleans: Game time, TV and more

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:16:00 PDT

Here'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)

Fill out and print your own NCAA men's tournament bracket

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:39:00 PDT


Illinois defeats Valparaiso 82-57 in NIT opener

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...


NCAA tournament: The most likely upsets for the first round

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...


Notre Dame named No. 1 seed, DePaul No. 7 seed in women's NCAA tournament

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.



After NCAA tournament snub, Illinois State coach tweets appeal to Power 5 schools

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...


More students apply to schools that break March Madness brackets

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...


March Madness: Few would disagree with Villanova as No. 1, but there's room for griping

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...


Northwestern will 'go dance in Salt Lake City' after first NCAA tournament bid

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...


NCAA tournament preview: West Regional

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...


NCAA tournament preview: Midwest Regional

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:55:00 PDT

A look at the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional:



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...


NCAA tournament preview: East Regional

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT

A look at the NCAA tournament’s East Regional:


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...


NCAA tournament preview: South Regional boasts North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:30:00 PDT

A look at the NCAA tournament’s South Regional:



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...


The good, bad and ugly of Big Ten seeds in NCAA tournament

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....


In 2015, the NCAA took a gamble. Now, it's scoring big

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...


Prop wagers for March Madness? You can bet on it

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...


Greensboro lost March Madness after HB2, but it still has a rabbit show

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:48:00 PDT

As 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)

Illinois State fumes over 'idiotic, stupid' NCAA tournament exclusion

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...


College basketball: Kentucky, Michigan and SMU win conference tournament titles

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.


Men's Basketball: Mount St. Mary's gets its marching orders

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:16:00 PDT

NEC champion Mountaineers bound for Dayton to tip off NCAA tourney(image)

Navy women fall in league final to Bucknell in overtime

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.

"I don't...


Navy hopes to rise and shine against Bucknell

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:33:00 PST

Mids look to avenge regular-season losses to top-seeded Bison(image)

ACC to dominate NCAA Selection Sunday

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...


Sunday's Big Ten tournament matchup: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

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.


No. 7 Arizona tops No. 5 Oregon 83-80 for Pac-12 title

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....


No. 22 Notre Dame falls 75-69 to No. 14 Duke in ACC title game

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...


Northwestern falls to Wisconsin in Big Ten semis, but Selection Sunday awaits

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...


Derrick Walton Jr. fuels Michigan past Minnesota, into Big Ten final

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...


March Madness 2017: NCAA men's tournament bracket

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:21:00 PST


No. 2 Villanova wins Big East tourney, 74-60 over Creighton

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...


Illinois fires men's basketball coach John Groce after five seasons

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...


Condie delivers Navy women's basketball to league final

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:33:00 PST

Senior guard sinks game-winner for Mids(image)

Saturday's Big Ten tournament matchups

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:42:00 PST

Tribune reporters Teddy Greenstein and Shannon Ryan preview Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinals.


Minnesota 'a pretty special story' heading into Big Ten semifinals

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...


Balanced Wisconsin knocks off Indiana 70-60 in Big Ten quarterfinals

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...


Michigan enjoying 'fun of the run,' upsets top seed Purdue in overtime

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,"...


Big Ten tournament's visit to Washington picks up as week goes on

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...


Notre Dame beats Florida State, sets ACC title game matchup with Duke

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...


Freshmen key another stirring comeback as Duke topples UNC in ACC tournament

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...


Bob Knight on the folks who ran Indiana University while he coached there: 'I hope they're all dead'

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...


UCLA's offensive and defensive woes resurface in 86-75 loss to Arizona

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...