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State basketball roundup (Nov. 19): UMBC men fall to Colgate, 93-88

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Jordan Burns made 12 of 15 shots for a career-high 26 points, Will Rayman hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and the Colgate men's basketball team (2-1) rallied in the second half to beat visiting UMBC.

It was Colgate's most points since scoring 101 at the Citadel on Dec. 2 last season.



Donald Trump fires back at LaVar Ball for saying he did nothing to help UCLA players in China

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:15:00 PST

President Donald Trump chastised LaVar Ball, the father of one of three UCLA players who were released by Chinese authorities after efforts by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, tweeting that "I should have left them in jail!"

Trump was responding early Sunday afternoon to Ball's comment that Trump...


No. 20 Northwestern gets thumped by Texas Tech 85-49

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:38:00 PST

A veteran Texas Tech squad didn't want to wait until the Big 12 season to try and earn respect.

The Red Raiders started that campaign Sunday with Keenan Evans scoring 25 points to lead his team over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.



State basketball roundup (Nov. 18): Three players combine for 55 points in Mount's triumph

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:49:00 PST

The trio of Junior Robinson, Jonah Antonio and Greg Alexander combined for 55 points and all nine 3-pointers as Mount Saint Mary's slipped past North Florida 84-81 in a game that came down to the wire on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Robinson scored a jumper to break a 78-78 tie with 37 seconds remaining...


Towson uses complete effort to down crosstown rival Loyola, 95-72, in men's hoops

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:00 PST

Before the season, Towson men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry had a plan for the defense his Tigers would play and a wish for the defenses his Tigers would face.

The plan: Press and press and press some more, up and down the court, wearing teams out with Towson’s depth and length. The wish: that...


No. 23 UCLA gets back to basketball with victory over South Carolina State

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:45:00 PST

A week into the season, everything about UCLA continues to revolve around three freshmen.

Their names Friday night were Jaylen Hands, Chris Smith and Kris Wilkes. The trio generated the kind of feel-good buzz that the Bruins had not enjoyed inside Pauley Pavilion since last season.

Hands made almost...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 16): Jones, Small pace Maryland women

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:39:00 PST

Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds, Ieshia Small added a career-best 18 points, and No. 15 Maryland beat visiting Niagara, 92-65, on Thursday.

Jones was 8-for-10 from the field, and Small also missed just two shots as Maryland shot 57 percent.

Maryland led...


College basketball: Xavier pulls away to defeat Wisconsin

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:25:00 PST

Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in a decisive run over the final 1:47, to help No. 15 Xavier pull away late for an 80-70 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night in Madison, Wis., in one of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

J.P. Macura added 20 points for the Musketeers...


Student kicked off Kansas community college basketball team in anthem flap

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PST

A Muslim student athlete who refused to observe the national anthem for religious reasons at a basketball game in Kansas has been kicked off the team following altercations with a team supporter, who accused him of disrespecting the American flag, and a coach.

The case has ignited concerns over...


UCLA's conduct code gives wide latitude to dean who will decide basketball players' punishment

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:45:00 PST

When UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford read prepared statements to a room full of television cameras and journalists Wednesday, they offered few specifics about punishment for three basketball players whose shoplifting created an international incident.

The players — freshmen...


Hampton leaves comfort of MEAC for challenge of Big South

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:15:00 PST

Eugene Marshall was introduced as Hampton University’s athletic director July 1, 2014. He began exploring conference options for the Pirates that very day.

Three-plus years later, Marshall’s project is complete. Hampton and the Big South announced their partnership Thursday, with the Pirates set...


No. 4 Kansas to sit Billy Preston pending car investigation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:21:00 PST

No. 4 Kansas will keep forward Billy Preston on the bench at least until Its investigation into an on-campus incident with a vehicle is completed.

"We're definitely going to hold him until we get to the bottom of this," coach Bill Self said Thursday, a day before the Jayhawks play South Dakota...


Donald Trump: UCLA players should 'give a big Thank You' to Chinese president

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:14:00 PST

President Donald Trump is exhorting three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in China.

Trump had tweeted Wednesday: "Do you think the three UCLA basketball players will say thank you President...


Navy can't recover from slow start, loses to Penn

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Betley and Caleb Wood scored 13 points apiece and Pennsylvania used a big first half to roll past Navy 66-45 on Wednesday night.

The Quakers (1-2) have their first win of the season, and bounced back from a 75-71 double-overtime loss to La Salle on Monday night.

Penn opened...


Donyell Marshall Set To Rejoin CCSU Basketball Team Nov. 27; Status Of Assistant Remains Unclear

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:30:00 PST

Central Connecticut announced Wednesday that men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall will rejoin the team Nov. 27 following what will amount to a seven-game absence.

The school said in a statement Wednesday that “the personnel situation that led to Coach Marshall’s seven-game absence has been resolved.”


State basketball roundup (Nov. 15): Govan's big night guides Georgetown past Mount St. Mary's

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:14:00 PST

Jessie Govan scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and host Georgetown gave new head coach Patrick Ewing another victory, beating Mount St. Mary's 102-68 on Wednesday night.

Govan had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Hoyas (2-0) in their season-opening victory against Jacksonville. Against...


College basketball roundup: Roy Williams gets 400th win with Tar Heels

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:35:00 PST

North Carolina’s Joel Berry came back. So did Bucknell.

The ninth-ranked Tar Heels held on to beat the feisty Bison 93-81 on Wednesday, giving coach Roy Williams his 400th victory at his alma mater.

Luke Maye scored 20 points and hit an important three-pointer down the stretch and Theo Pinson added...


Men's Basketball: McDaniel rallies to top Penn State Brandywine

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:30:00 PST

McDaniel rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat Penn State-Brandywine 66-62 in the men's basketball season opener Wednesday.

Isaac Ray netted 12 points to lead the Green Terror, who had three players reach double digits. Ray also handed out five assists.

Terrance Brown led the Lions...


Case to be reviewed? Case should be closed on UCLA basketball players

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PST

It was an extraordinary admission of wrongdoing accompanied by a tepid announcement of punishment.

The three UCLA freshman basketball players didn’t steal items from just one Chinese store, but three stores. Their loot was discovered only after police searched bags in the team bus and hotel. They...


Three UCLA basketball players held in China are suspended indefinitely and offer apologies

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:35:00 PST

They expressed their regrets in low monotones, occasionally looking up from prepared statements while glancing around a room jammed with 20 television cameras and about 75 media members who had come to learn their fate.

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill on Wednesday...


USC assistant Tony Bland pleads not guilty in college basketball bribery case

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST

USC associate head basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four charges stemming from allegations he accepted a bribe in return for steering players to use a certain aspiring sports agent and financial advisor.

Bland, wearing a black suit and red tie, appeared quiet but relaxed...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 11): Walker nets 27, climbs charts in Loyola Maryland loss

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:44:00 PST

Andre Walker scored a game-high 27 points for Loyola Maryland, but four Fairfield players had 11 or more, and the host Stags defeated the Greyhounds, 64-52, at Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday night.

Walker made five 3-pointers and recorded his 13th career game with 20 or more points. He scored 20...


Grayson Allen's big night leads No. 1 Duke over No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:00:00 PST

Duke senior captain Grayson Allen held tightly onto the ball, looked at the scoreboard for a final time and walked calmly over to the United Center sideline where his young teammates were high-fiving.

It was a big game for Allen, but he certainly has been on bigger stages.

That maturity and experience...


UCLA basketball trio arrives home from China; Trump calls their actions 'unfortunate'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:25:00 PST

The three UCLA basketball players walked slowly through the airport terminal, a barrage of camera flashes reflecting off their gray jackets as questions were shouted at them.

“Did LaVar pay for your bail? … Do you have a message for Trump? … Why would you take that stuff?”

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley...


What is UCLA supposed to do with the basketball players who were detained in China?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:05:00 PST

The three UCLA freshman basketball players detained in China are finally coming home, but the embarrassing story isn’t over.

What do the Bruins do with them now?

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were on a flight back to Los Angeles on Tuesday after being confined to their Hangzhou hotel...


College basketball: Koulechov has smashing debut for the Gators

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:25:00 PST

Egor Koulechov scored 34 points, hitting six three-point shots in his Florida debut, to lead the eighth-ranked Gators to a 116-74 victory against visiting Gardner-Webb in the team’s season opener Monday night.

Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice, broke the school record for most points in...


Former Old Dominion coach Jeff Capel Jr. dies of ALS

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:05:00 PST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Former Old Dominion and Fayetteville State coach Jeff Capel Jr. has died, less than two years after being diagnosed with ALS.

Fayetteville State Chancellor James A. Anderson said family members told him of Capel's death Monday. He was 64.

Anderson called Capel one of the school's...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 13): Morgan State men top South Florida, 63-53

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:57:00 PST

LaPri McCray-Pace made three 3-pointers and scored 15 points and the Morgan State men's basketball team held off host South Florida, 63-53, on Monday night.

After dropping a 76-59 decision at Binghamton on Friday, the Bears flew to Tampa, Fla., and took charge early, building 32-26 advantage by...


President Trump asks his Chinese counterpart for help with UCLA basketball players scandal

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:25:00 PST

President Trump has personally intervened on behalf of the three UCLA basketball players ensnared in an international shoplifting scandal, asking his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help settle the case, a top White House spokesman said Monday.

Trump spoke with Xi during a visit to Beijing...


Duke No. 1 in the first AP regular-season poll, followed by Michigan State and Arizona

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

Duke is No. 1 in the first regular-season AP poll of 2017-18.

The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the preseason poll and received 34 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday after winning their first two games.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 12): UMBC hangs with No. 3 Arizona for a half in 103-78 loss

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:15:00 PST

Allonzo Trier scored 30 points and No. 3 Arizona overpowered visiting UMBC for a 103-78 win Sunday despite leading only 58-55 early in the second half.

DeAndre Ayton added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (2-0), who scored over 100 points for the second time in two games this season.


UCLA basketball team returns to L.A., with three arrested players still in China

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 18:20:00 PST

UCLA’s basketball team returned from Shanghai after its season-opening victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday without the three players ensnared in a legal imbroglio over the alleged theft of designer sunglasses.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remained in a hotel in Hangzhou,...


Coppin State's strong second half in Juan Dixon's debut not enough in 70-54 loss to Oregon

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 04:05:00 PST

Oregon coach Dana Altman is looking for a few good men to take on some dirty work.

Scoring won't be a problem for the Ducks, but defense is fast becoming job one after Roman Sorkin had a career-high 23 points and Troy Brown scored 18 to lead Oregon to a 70-54 victory over Coppin State on Friday...


Dulin, Anderson lead way as Navy defeats Pittsburgh, 71-62, in Veterans Classic

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:30:00 PST

Navy entered the 2017-2018 basketball season with a veteran squad featuring eight returning lettermen, including four starters. The Midshipmen welcomed back their top five scorers from a year ago.

Same could not be said for Pittsburgh, which underwent a complete roster overhaul. The Panthers had...


College basketball: No. 5 Kentucky struggles to beat Utah Valley

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:40:00 PST

Hamidou Diallo scored 15 second-half points, most of them during an 18-0 run, and No. 5 Kentucky shot 59% after halftime to rally past Utah Valley 73-63 on Friday night in the opener for both schools at Lexington, Ky.

One of Kentucky coach John Calipari's youngest rosters since arriving in Lexington...


Navy men's basketball adjusts to new-found respect

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:00:00 PST

Navy men’s basketball finds itself in an unusual position going into this season.

Throughout the seven-year tenure of head coach Ed DeChellis, the Midshipmen have played with a chip on their shoulder after being predicted to finish at the bottom of the Patriot League.

Things have changed going...


For Towson basketball, there's strength in numbers but real questions, too

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

Over the summer, Pat Skerry devised a two-question survey for his Towson men’s basketball team. A psychology major at Tufts, he knew that if he quizzed the players himself, they’d tell him what he wanted to hear. So an assistant coach did the asking:

How many minutes per game do you expect to play...


At Loyola Maryland, cornerstone seniors know only a trophy guarantees a legacy

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:35:00 PST

"The only legacy I can see is if we win a championship," senior guard Andre Walker said.(image)

In Ryan Odom's second year at UMBC, great expectations — and a good sweat, too

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PST

At UMBC men’s basketball practices, the toughest drill is a layup drill. Specifically, the Lakers drill, so named for Los Angeles’ freewheeling “Showtime” fast breaks of the 1980s, the era of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pat Riley.

“Literally, just nonstop sprinting,” is how Retrievers...


Coaches shaped Juan Dixon's basketball career. Now it's his turn at Coppin State

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 13:55:00 PST

This is the first of a seven-part series previewing local Division I men’s basketball teams. Check back this week and in The Baltimore Sun for a look ahead at Morgan State, Loyola Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Maryland and Navy.

From Anthony Lewis and Mark Amatucci, two stewards of Baltimore basketball,...


With two stars and a big cast, Morgan State sets its sights on a feel-good basketball season

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

This is the second of a seven-part series previewing local Division I men’s basketball teams. Check back this week and in The Baltimore Sun for a look ahead at Loyola Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Maryland and Navy.

Maybe the best thing Morgan State men’s basketball coach Todd Bozeman has seen this preseason...


Men's Basketball: Mount St. Mary's not looking for any 'encore'

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:00:00 PDT

Jamion Christian attended Baltimore Basketball Media Day two weeks ago at Towson University;s SECU Arena, and the Mount St. Mary’s coach fielded a question about his team’s chances for an “encore” performance.

The Mount won a Northeast Conference championship last season, earned a trip to the NCAA...


Veterans Classic teams soak up visit to the Naval Academy

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:00:00 PST

Tubby Smith grew up in Lexington Park, Maryland, and remembers taking school field trips to Annapolis to see the State House and other historic sites in the capital city. However, Smith had never stepped foot on the campus of the Naval Academy until Thursday.

Smith, a legendary college basketball...


Navy women's basketball hopes winning spirit from successful season carries on

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:00:00 PST

Last season was very uplifting for the Navy women’s basketball program on many levels.

A team that was picked sixth in the preseason poll came within a whisker of capturing the Patriot League championship, losing to top-seeded Bucknell in overtime. The Midshipmen earned a berth in the Women’s National...


At Veterans Classic, Paul Evans' loyalties lie with Navy

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:50:00 PST

As a basketball coach, Paul Evans won at Navy then won at Pittsburgh, too. In fact, he made multiple trips to the NCAA Tournament with both schools.

But when those two teams meet Friday night in the second game of the fourth annual Veterans Classic at Alumni Hall, Evans made it clear where his...


Highly ranked college basketball teams with experience becoming rare

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:06:00 PST

Mike Krzyzewski, who will begin his 38th season as Duke's basketball coach Friday, said this earlier this week: "This will be the youngest team we've had since the [Johnny] Dawkins-[Mark] Alarie-[Jay] Bilas-[David] Henderson group back in 1982. Of course this group's expectations are a little bit...


Auburn reportedly tells Bruce Pearl to cooperate with investigation or risk being fired

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

Auburn has told Bruce Pearl that if he does not cooperate with an internal investigation into its basketball program, he risks being fired. That's according to ESPN, which reported Wednesday that the coach has refused to speak with attorneys retained by the school.

Those attorneys reportedly have...


UCLA trio could face lengthy legal proceeding in China; basketball team moves on without them

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:20:00 PST

The three UCLA basketball players questioned over shoplifting allegations in Hangzhou, China, could face a lengthy legal limbo depending on the actions of authorities handling their case, an expert in Chinese law said Wednesday.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have remained in...


Federal grand jury indicts 4 assistant coaches in college basketball bribery case

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:07:00 PST

Four assistant basketball coaches are among eight people indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York in connection with the FBI's investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball.

Auburn's Chuck Person, USC's Tony Bland, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans and Arizona's Emanuel...


UCLA athletes released on bail in China after reported shoplifting

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 04:25:00 PST

The three UCLA basketball players arrested in connection with an alleged shoplifting in Hangzhou, China, have been released on bail, according to an ESPN report.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill remained at a luxury hotel in Hangzhou after police questioning while their Bruins...


Shhhhh ... Northwestern is done talking about last season's breakthrough

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

They won’t take a pair of scissors to those purple “CHICAGO IS DANCIN’ ” T-shirts. Printing out and tearing up a bracket? That’s not happening either.

“We haven’t done any ceremonies,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said, “but the guys know they will not hear me talk about last year. I told them...


Federal grand jury indicts USC assistant Tony Bland in college basketball bribery case

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PST

A federal grand jury in New York indicted USC associate head coach Tony Bland on Tuesday in the bribery and corruption case shaking college basketball, according to court documents.

Bland has been on administrative leave from USC since he was among 10 men arrested and charged in September in connection...


Three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, are questioned by police in China about shoplifting

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 21:35:00 PST

The itinerary called for a week of international goodwill events for UCLA’s basketball team leading up to its season opener.

There would be a trip to Shanghai Disney as well as a meet-and-greet with Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese commerce giant Alibaba who extended his left arm and smiled...


Bonzie Colson: From Notre Dame role player to a Player of Year candidate

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

Bonzie Colson played only one minute in Notre Dame’s first four ACC games as a freshman in 2014-15.

With Zach Auguste unavailable because of an academic matter, the Irish needed Colson’s services in the fifth game, a trip to Georgia Tech.

The forward was ready.

“I did exactly what (former teammates)...


As college basketball tips off, FBI probe promises to linger over season

Sun, 5 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked at Big Ten media day about the shadow of an ongoing FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball hovering over the season.

Asked about fans who may have lost faith in the sport, Izzo might as well have been asked more bluntly: Just how dirty is...


Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball preview

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Last season, North Carolina Central won its second MEAC championship in four years. But only five players are back from that team, and none of them averaged more than 7 points a game.

True, an influx of transfers could mesh in time to make a three-day run in March for the title. But if the Eagles...


Lawyers debate legal theories as corruption scandal in college basketball continues

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:55:00 PDT

When Joon H. Kim unveiled the bribery and corruption case that has shaken college basketball during a news conference in September, the first question had nothing to do with the undercover FBI agents, wiretaps, hidden cameras or cash-filled envelopes.

“Who is the victim in this?” an unidentified...


Back from another knee injury, Villanova guard Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) in line for 'big impact'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Before the Villanova men’s basketball team’s secret scrimmage Saturday, coach Jay Wright went back and looked at last year’s tape.

The matchup was against Pittsburgh, just like Saturday’s. Phil Booth was healthy then, just as he is now. He looked ready to contribute in ways he hadn’t before, just...


Danny Ferry's basketball journey started in Bowie

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:55:00 PDT

Danny Ferry's basketball journey has taken him all over the country.

He's played in Final Fours, earned an NBA championships and - Thursday night - got inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Area Basketball Hall of Fame.

But that journey started modestly at his boyhood home on Barrister Lane...


ACC officials address college basketball's latest 'shame'

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:15:00 PDT

As college basketball’s premier conference, historically and presently, the ACC is obligated to lead the sport. Compounding that duty, the further tarnishing of league member Louisville by the game’s most recent scandal.

Toward that end ACC commissioner John Swofford unveiled Wednesday a five-member...


Digest (Oct. 24): Ex-Terp Lewis hired by CCBC-Dundalk to coach women's basketball

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:05:00 PDT

Derrick Lewis has been named women's basketball coach at CCBC-Dundalk for the 2018-19 season. Women's basketball will return to CCBC-Dundalk that season after a one-year hiatus. A health, fitness and physical education teacher at Archbishop Spalding, Lewis played basketball at Maryland from 1984...


Hurricanes basketball coach Jim Larrañaga thinks he is 'Coach-3' but he 'did nothing wrong'

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:00:00 PDT

For the first time since his program was linked to a Department of Justice probe into corruption in college basketball last month, Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga publicly addressed the allegations and emphatically denied that neither he nor any of his coaches have committed any wrongdoing.



Digest (Oct. 21): Towson, Bucknell add benefit basketball game Saturday

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:10:00 PDT

Towson will host Bucknell in a special exhibition game to help raise money for hurricane relief on Saturday at 1 p.m. in SECU Arena. The concept of an additional game was an idea formulated by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to support relief efforts after a series of hurricanes...


Towson to host Bucknell in basketball exhibition game to support hurricane relief

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:28:00 PDT

Towson’s men’s basketball team will host Bucknell in a special exhibition game next Saturday to raise money for hurricane relief.

The extra game, which will be played at 1 p.m. at SECU Arena, was an idea from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to support Texas, Louisiana, Florida,...


Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany not surprised by the latest college basketball scandal

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said during the league’s media day at Madison Square Garden that the latest college basketball scandal is not surprising, given what has transpired in the sport for decades.

“I'm not shocked about this,” Delany said. “This is the ninth or tenth intersection between...


Hurricanes basketball coach Jim Larrañaga receives subpoena in FBI basketball probe

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Hurricanes men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga has already turned over a series of documents to government officials, but on Wednesday, his attorney confirmed Larrañaga has also received a federal grand jury subpoena in the large-scale investigation of corruption in college basketball.

Coral Gables...


Guess who isn't shocked about alleged cheating in college basketball recruiting? The players.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:31:00 PDT

Many coaches, at least publicly, said they were shocked by the FBI probe that painted a dirty picture of how some schools attract elite recruits.

Not shocked: the college basketball players who gossip and speculate on the topic with one another.

"Nah, I'm not surprised at all," Creighton guard...


Towson men's basketball picked to finish second in CAA preseason poll

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:20:00 PDT

The Towson men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association this season, according to a preseason poll of media members, coaches and sports information directors.

College of Charleston, which returns all five starters from a team that appeared in the National...


Rick Pitino sues Adidas for damaged reputation and emotional distress

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:14:00 PDT

Rick Pitino, who was officially fired as Louisville's head men's basketball coach on Monday, has filed a federal lawsuit against Adidas, alleging that the athletic apparel company deliberately damaged his reputation.

Adidas is at the center of a federal investigation into college basketball recruiting....


Schmuck: Towson's Diane Richardson takes long, winding road to first Division I head coaching job

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:15:00 PDT

When Diane Richardson was introduced as Towson University’s new women’s basketball coach June 30, she really didn’t need an introduction.

Her resume was crowded with accomplishments and experience in this region, beginning with her own amateur athletic career that would have crested as a member...


Could a Baltimore-area college basketball showcase be close? Coaches hope so

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:00 PDT

In the 1960s and ’70s, it was called the Baltimore Metro, a three-day, season-opening tournament of games between seven local men’s basketball programs. One of the schools, the University of Baltimore, no longer has a team; another, Johns Hopkins, competes in Division III.

From 1998 to 2003, it...


Maryland-Navy to resume men's basketball series

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Len Bias and David Robinson were the star players the last time Maryland and Navy met in men’s basketball.

Bias led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Terrapins beat the Midshipmen, 64-59, in the second round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena in Ohio. Bias did a solid job...


More than 2 dozen schools reviewing basketball programs in wake of federal corruption scandal

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19:00 PDT

The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the expected downfall of one of the sport's best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools...


Louisville officially fires Rick Pitino amid federal investigation

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:56:00 PDT

Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe.

The association, which oversees Louisville's sports programs and is composed of...


NCAA on 18 years of academic fraud: Nothing to see here

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:00:00 PDT

The NCAA Division I Manual is 428 pages. The term, “student-athlete,” appears 3,671 times.

There are rules for practice times, rules for travel, for summer jobs, for meals, for scholarships, for impermissible benefits, for social media, for the size of media guides and the amount of color photographs...


UNC verdict shows NCAA powerless to sanction rampant academic fraud

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:35:00 PDT

Late in the 2009 football season, North Carolina’s entire coaching staff met with two academic counselors. The counselors warned of impending trouble.

The woman awarding bogus grades in bogus courses disproportionally populated by athletes was retiring. To reinforce how critical these courses had...


Oklahoma State subpoenaed for records of NCAA violations in college basketball probe

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:48:00 PDT

Illinois coach Brad Underwood, who coached at Oklahoma State last season, said Wednesday he had no knowledge of details of a grand jury subpoena asking Oklahoma State for records pertaining to NCAA rules violations.

Oklahoma State received the subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Southern...


Federal grand jury issues sweeping subpoenas to USC and 3 other schools in basketball bribery case

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:30:00 PDT

As the federal investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball expands, a grand jury in New York has issued sweeping subpoenas to the four schools whose assistant coaches have been charged in the scandal: USC, Arizona, Auburn and Oklahoma State.

The subpoenas, confirmed by a person...


NCAA to form commission in response to bribery scheme

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:50:00 PDT

The NCAA says it will form a commission to study the inner workings of college basketball in response a federal investigation into bribery and fraud that rocked the sport and implicated several assistant coaches.

The NCAA announced the commission Wednesday and said former Secretary of State Condoleezza...


Heart condition sidelines former Terps guard Jaylen Brantley at UMass, is expected to end his career

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:05:00 PDT

Former Maryland men’s basketball guard Jaylen Brantley will miss his final season of eligibility after Massachusetts detected a previously undiagnosed heart condition in the graduate transfer.

The condition is expected to be career ending, but Minutemen coach Matt McCall said the team will honor...


'Tip of the iceberg': More charges expected this month in college basketball scandal

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:20:00 PDT

During a news conference last month, William F. Sweeney Jr., the assistant director in charge of the New York FBI office, cautioned college basketball coaches about the bribery and corruption case that’s shaken the sport.

“We have your playbook,” he said.

The wide-ranging investigation continues...


UCLA awards basketball coach Steve Alford a one-year contract extension

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Steve Alford got his year back.

UCLA announced Friday that it had awarded its men’s basketball coach a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2020-21 season, more than a year after Alford had returned a previous one-year extension in the wake of a losing season.

The Bruins went 31-5...


Louisville board OKs firing of Rick Pitino in bribery scandal

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Louisville's interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of a federal bribery investigation, a scandal that has shaken the university and brought down one of the most prominent coaches in college basketball.

The school's Athletics Association, a separate body of officials...


USC assistant Tony Bland hires high-powered New York attorney in bribery case

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 16:20:00 PDT

Tony Bland, the USC assistant coach charged last week in the college basketball corruption and fraud scandal, has retained a veteran New York attorney who defended John Gotti Jr. and represents alleged drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

In his first public comments about the Bland case, Jeffrey...


Northwestern basketball's odd combo: temporary home, high expectations

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:53:00 PDT

This will be a Northwestern basketball season like no other.

The Wildcats will play home games in Rosemont, practice in an on-campus gym better known for hosting intramural volleyball, play the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden and have two Big Ten games in early December.

Oh, and...


McDonogh four-star guard Noah Locke to announce college decision Tuesday

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 16:05:00 PDT

McDonogh boys basketball standout senior guard Noah Locke will make his college decision Tuesday night, he announced Monday on Twitter.

The 6-foot-2 Locke, an All-Metro first-team selection last season, is expected to choose between Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Providence and Xavier, each of...


USC basketball gets set for a season with high expectations despite bribery allegations

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:30:00 PDT

In a stuffy, windowless room at Galen Center, USC coach Andy Enfield did his best Friday to avoid discussing the bribery scandal rippling through his team and the rest of college basketball.

The Trojans had completed their first practice since piling up 26 wins last season — including two NCAA...


John Clay: Could Arizona's Sean Miller be the next coach to go over scandal?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:01:08 PDT

We know the fate of Rick Pitino, officially placed on administrative leave on Wednesday by the University of Louisville, effectively fired according to his attorney, and now possibly under FBI investigation for being "Coach-2" in a federal complaint. What about Arizona coach Sean Miller? After...(image)

Rick Pitino reported to be ‘Coach-2' in criminal complaint

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Ousted Louisville men's basketball Coach Rick Pitino is “Coach-2” as referred to in the criminal complaint released Tuesday by the Justice Department, according to several outlets, including CBS News, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

If true, that would put Pitino in the middle of the investigation...


Congressional committee wants answers in college basketball bribery scandal

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:35:00 PDT

Congress is getting involved in college basketball’s bribery scandal.

Two top members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have requested a briefing from the NCAA and companies allegedly involved in the sprawling case that has shaken the sport.

“The federal government’s investigation...


Perry Hall senior forward Anthony Higgs commits to Ole Miss

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Perry Hall boys basketball senior forward Anthony Higgs committed to Mississippi on Wednesday, he announced on Twitter.

A three-star recruit and All-Metro first-team selection last season, Higgs took an official visit to Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 1 with Gators coach George Panageotou and his father...


College coaches know everything that goes on in their programs. Even Rick Pitino.

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:37:00 PDT

Football and basketball coaches will tell you that they know everything about what's going on in their program.

When I was at Indiana in the mid-80s spending a season with Bob Knight, his academic adviser was under orders to come and tell him — not an assistant coach — if a player missed a class,...


Louisville places Rick Pitino, AD on administrative leave in wake of federal corruption case

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:27:00 PDT

Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach's attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has "effectively...


UM acknowledges probe; Larrañaga denies knowing identity of 'Coach-3'

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:00:00 PDT

A day after the attorney for Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga said his client was unaware of any impropriety regarding the Hurricanes program, the University of Miami has confirmed the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a member of the UM coaching staff and a potential


Auburn offers refunds for basketball season tickets after charges against assistant coach

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:20:00 PDT

On Monday, Auburn sold out of men’s basketball season tickets for the fourth straight year. A day later, assistant coach Chuck Person was one of 10 people charged in U.S. District Court in New York as part of an investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Anybody regretting the purchase...


USC basketball program gives another black eye to school that's had its share of them

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:55:00 PDT

USCandal, again.

This one is not as serious as this summer’s revelations about medical school dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito, and the penalties won’t be as harsh as those that led to the Reggie Bush devastation, but these allegedly broken rules are sounding like a broken record.

A resounding USC success...


Notre Dame lands 4-star power forward Nate Laszewski

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:25:00 PDT

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team landed its fourth four-star recruit for the Class of 2018.

Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon forward Nate Laszewski orally committed on Wednesday, his school’s basketball team announced on Twitter.

The 6-foot-10, 190-pound Laszewski is the No. 93 player in the...


Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach surrenders to federal authorities

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:35:00 PDT

The FBI says Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans has surrendered to federal authorities in allegations that he took bribes to influence star athletes.

Evans was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator last season under Brad Underwood, who is now the head coach at Illinois.


Federal corruption investigation rocks college basketball

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:40:00 PDT

The college basketball world was rocked Tuesday when 10 men — including four assistant coaches and a top Adidas executive — were charged with crimes including bribery and fraud as part of a wide-ranging federal investigation into corruption in the sport.

Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans is...


After another NCAA basketball scandal, let's be honest: This is how college sports works

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:20:00 PDT

So today, we have Auburn, Southern California, Oklahoma State and Arizona as the bad apples. They're the college basketball programs that have assistant coaches who have been indicted by federal authorities because they allegedly accepted bribes to push players toward a slew of potential moneymakers...