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

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PDT

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

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

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:14:00 PDT

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

Northwestern signs Pat Fitzgerald, Chris Collins to contract extensions

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:52:25 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:00:00 PDT

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

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

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:39:00 PDT

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

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

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:31:00 PDT

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

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

Kimmel and Louis-Dreyfus...


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

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:07:00 PDT

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

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


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

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:30:00 PDT

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

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

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:50:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:40:00 PDT

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

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


Wichita State leaves Missouri Valley for American Athletic Conference

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:09:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:33:00 PDT

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

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


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

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:48:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:54:00 PDT

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

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

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 11:45:00 PDT

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

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

In 2013, Enfield...


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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 20:37:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:59:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:40:00 PDT

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

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

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

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


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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:20:00 PDT

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

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


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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:10:00 PDT

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

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


Georgetown names former Hoyas superstar Patrick Ewing new coach

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:09:00 PDT

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

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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 05:17:00 PDT

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


North Carolina defeats Gonzaga for sixth national championship

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 22:48:00 PDT

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

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


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

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:11:00 PDT

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

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


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

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 21:49:00 PDT

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

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

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


That time Gonzaga made its NCAA Tournament debut against Maryland

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 05:01:00 PDT

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

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

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:50:00 PDT

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: This will...


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

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:24:00 PDT

Dawn Staley finally could raise an NCAA championship trophy.

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

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


Roy Williams tried to pull a fast one by Mark Few

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:35:00 PDT

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

“Gamblers Anonymous,” Few answered.

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


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

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:25:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:20:00 PDT

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

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

Because he did, the Tar Heels...


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:34:00 PDT

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

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

Now, North...


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:57:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:27:04 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:34:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:09:00 PDT

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

After her church wedding to Steve Rushin...


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 03:19:00 PDT

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

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

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

The team that...


South Carolina Women Beat Stanford 62-53 In Final Four

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:33:00 PDT

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

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


Final Four matchups: Who has the edge?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:59:00 PDT

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

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


Odom thanks fans after UMBC basketball season ends in CIT semifinals

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:21:00 PDT

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

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

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:39:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:40:00 PDT

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

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

That might be a good strategy in...


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

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:35:00 PDT

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

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

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

Bell wrote it before...


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

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:00:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:25:00 PDT

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

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

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

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


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

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:09:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:40:00 PDT

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

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

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


AP All-Time Top 100: Maryland tops the list of never No. 1s

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:50:02 PDT

Gary Williams had great players and great teams during his tenure at Maryland, even won a national championship. The one thing missing from the Terps' resume: A No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. Through 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, Maryland was never once the top-ranked team in the country...(image)

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

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:35:00 PDT

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

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


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

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:44:00 PDT

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

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


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

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:29:00 PDT

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

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


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

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT

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


NCAA needs to stand firm and stay out of North Carolina

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:54:00 PDT

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

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


NCAA referee is target of death threats after Kentucky loss

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:02:00 PDT

Referee John Higgins reported he received death threats after Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, a Nebraska law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Higgins' roofing company received about 3,000 harassing emails and an unknown number of phone calls, some including death threats,...


Former Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke dies at 88

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:54:00 PDT

Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind the expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament during his 18 years as commissioner of the Big Ten, has died. He was 88.

The Big Ten announced Duke's death after his family notified the conference on Wednesday. He had been living in Barrington, and...


In a season of firsts, UMBC still playing postseason basketball

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:43:00 PDT

When Ryan Odom told his UMBC men's basketball team this month that its season would not necessarily have to end in defeat, he glanced at the last senior standing. Happy to play again after a disappointing loss in the America East Conference tournament, the Retrievers were all smiles. Even, somewhat...(image)

For the Samuelson sisters, UConn's Katie Lou and Stanford's Karlie, the Final Four is a family affair

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:45:00 PDT

Katie Lou Samuelson felt a little nauseous. Pretty much on par with how she typically felt in these situations.

She was sitting in the corner of a small locker room at Webster Bank Arena, site of the NCAA women’s basketball Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional, with teammates and assistant coaches huddled...


North Carolina never loses transfers, in an age when every team does

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:52:00 PDT

More than 700 college basketball players transferred last season, emblematic of the impermanence riddling the sport. The trend, powered by less restrictive rules for graduates and a generational shift in the desire for immediate playing time and scoring responsibility, has infiltrated most every...(image)

North Carolina's Luke Maye went from benchwarmer to Tar Heels legend with one shot

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:25:00 PDT

After he had danced with his teammates in a corner of FedExForum on Sunday evening, a strand of net tied around the back strap of his Final Four cap, Luke Maye scurried up several rows of seats.

That’s where he hugged his mother while accepting congratulations from his father, two brothers and...


Four players to watch in the Final Four

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:15:00 PDT

One prediction can be made about this unpredictable Final Four.

Seemingly every year, a player becomes a household name — Kemba Walker or Kris Jenkins, for example — for his NCAA tournament theatrics.

Here are four players to watch this year.

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Nobody has made...


UConn secures a ticket to its usual destination...the Final Four

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:40:00 PDT

The final seconds were ticking off the clock, Connecticut was on the cusp of yet another trip to the Final Four, and the prime-time players could finally exhale.

The starters who fueled an improbable season of perfection shared the joy. All five players took part in the same accomplishment a year...


Like the men, South Carolina women advance to the Final Four

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:15:00 PDT

Kaela Davis scored 23 points and A'ja Wilson added 16 and top-seeded South Carolina held off No. 3 seed Florida State 71-64 in a furious finish Monday night to win the Stockton Regional.

Davis scored immediately off the tip and again on a timely, brilliant left-handed drive with 1:42 to go.



'Hey Frank:' South Carolina's coach explains why players use his first name

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:50:00 PDT

During Frank Martin's first collegiate coaching job, reporters often noted that his Kansas State players didn't call him coach, but rather addressed him by his first name.

The Denver Post: "Martin doesn't mind that his players call him by his first name. In fact, he likes it. Everybody had better...


North Carolina coach Roy Williams: Final Four legend among first-timers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:25:00 PDT

His three fellow Final Four coaches call him a mentor, a friend and a man whose image should be chiseled into the Mount Rushmore of college basketball coaches.

North Carolina's Roy Williams will be the granddaddy of the Final Four compared with the trio of first-timers in Glendale, Ariz.



Oregon's secret weapon? A geriatric scout team

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:30:00 PDT

Kansas’ point guard looked as though he’d lost a step or three during a practice last week. He could barely get off the ground. His dribbling was suspect at best.

His jumper? Well that was all right, actually, but everything else about his game seemed as if it had aged by about 40 years.



Luke Maye gets a standing ovation at his 8 a.m. class the day after putting Tar Heels into Final Four

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Luke Maye’s Monday morning started like this:

The North Carolina backup forward received a standing ovation at his 8 a.m. class in Chapel Hill. That’s because he did this Sunday evening in Memphis:

Maye made a shot with three-tenths of a second remaining for a 75-73 victory over Kentucky to send...


The Final Four, from A to Z

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:41:00 PDT

Running down the four-team contingent set to meet in the desert in the 2017 Final Four, in an orderly and alphabetical way ...


Final Four features blue blood versus new blood

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:56:00 PDT

Three of these things are not like the other.

The final days of the college basketball season will feature two Final Four virgins and a team that hasn't been there since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. Oh, yeah, and a team that has won five NCAA championships.

The Final Four will be the blue...


An unlikely Final Four is an ode to grinders

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:50:00 PDT

Oregon Coach Dana Altman made his way slowly to each player’s locker Saturday evening, sipping water from a plastic cup. He looked less elated than pleasantly content, like a man about to settle down in the good chair after a hard day’s work.

The only thing that betrayed the euphoria and improbability...


New Indiana coach Archie Miller delivers all right words in introduction

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:54:00 PDT

New Indiana coach Archie Miller intends to win the in-state recruiting battles and bring back a defense-first philosophy to the tradition-rich program.

Two days after being hired, Miller spoke to a crowd that included Hoosiers' players and fans gathered inside Assembly Hall.

Miller made it clear...


Sunday's NCAA tournament roundup: Luke Maye's late jumper lifts UNC to Final Four

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:41:00 PDT

Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday's showdown of college basketball's elite in the South Regional.

The Tar Heels (31-7) will play Midwest champ...


NCAA women's tournament: Stanford erases 16-point deficit to beat Notre Dame

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:40:00 PDT

Alanna Smith’s layup with 23 seconds left capped Stanford’s rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half, Erica McCall blocked a last-second shot and the Cardinal beat top-seeded Notre Dame, 76-75, Sunday to reach its first Final Four since 2014.

Brittany McPhee scored 27 points to help the...


Digest: UMBC men's basketball beats Liberty to reach CIT semifinals

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The UMBC men's basketball team defeated visiting Liberty, 80-68, on Sunday to reach the semifinals of the College Insider Tournament.

UMBC improved to 21-12, reaching the 21-win mark for just the second time in the school's 30-year Division I history. The 2007-08 America East championship team...


Oregon ends long wait for Final Four return: 'It's been a long time coming'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:52:00 PDT

Just 40 miles away from Kansas' campus in Lawrence, the Sprint Center was almost entirely filled with Jayhawks fans.

With 45 seconds left, they filed out of the arena as a group of a few hundred green- and yellow-clad Oregon fans heartily celebrated.

Third-seeded Oregon outmatched No. 1 seed Kansas'...


Gonzaga's national title chance a breakthrough moment

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:25:00 PDT

Gonzaga had great players go through Spokane, great teams that won year after year, laying the foundation for the program's big breakthrough this season.

Now the bar will be raised.

No more questions about when the Zags will reach college basketball's final weekend. Their Final Four jinx over,...


Saturday's NCAA tournament roundup: Oregon, Gonzaga reach Final Four

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:42:00 PDT

Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and plucky Oregon ended Kansas' romp through the NCAA Tournament with a 74-60 victory Saturday night that gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in nearly 80 years.

Dylan Ennis added 12 points for the Ducks (33-5), who took the lead with...


Oregon upsets Kansas, ends long wait for Final Four return

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:08:00 PDT

Just 40 miles away from Kansas' campus in Lawrence, the Sprint Center was almost entirely filled with Jayhawks fans.

With 45 seconds left, they filed out of the arena as a group of a few hundred green- and yellow-clad Oregon fans heartily celebrated.

Third-seeded Oregon outmatched No. 1 seed Kansas'...


Indiana hires Dayton's Archie Miller as new basketball coach

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:09:00 PDT

Fred Glass wanted to hire a proven winner for Indiana's next coach. The athletic director didn't have to wait long — or travel far to find what he was looking for.

On Saturday, less than 24 hours after UCLA coach Steve Alford pulled his name out of the sweepstakes, Glass announced he had hired...


UConn Storms Back From Early Deficit, Beats UCLA; Geno Ties The Great Pat Summitt

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:19:28 PDT

The pattern is often the same, regardless of the opponent or the setting or the time of the season.

UConn rolls to a lead and the baskets pile up before the Huskies are suddenly sitting on a 35-point cushion. It happens quickly to overwhelmed opponents, season after season, from one lopsided win...


NCAA women's tournament: Oregon knocks off No. 3-seeded Maryland

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:00:00 PDT

Sabrina Ionescu led five Oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the 10th-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA women’s tournament on Saturday with a 77-63 upset victory over third-seeded Maryland in the Bridgeport Regional.

Fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard added...


Kid asks good question at NCAA tournament press conference, reporter gets upset

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:00 PDT

South Carolina Coach Frank Martin was discussing his team's 75-70 Sweet 16 win over Baylor on Friday night when he got a question from a Sports Illustrated For Kids reporter named Max. It was a pretty good question in that it did not involve a tired lead-in like "talk about" or "how did you feel?"...(image)

Friday's NCAA tournament roundup: Florida stuns Wisconsin on buzzer-beater

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:06:00 PDT

Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA tournament.

Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws. With no timeouts...


UCLA can't keep pace with Kentucky and is beaten at its own game in Sweet 16

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:40:00 PDT

They chased and chased, until there was no point in running anymore.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Lonzo Ball walked to one corner of the court and bent over, gripping his shorts. Bryce Alford hugged his older brother Kory, his college career over.

The team that had trampled others...


Gators hit last-second 3-pointer in OT, advance to Elite Eight

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:00:00 PDT

NEW YORK – Oh the irony. They call him Cheese, but the people in Wisconsin won’t appreciate the connection.

Florida Gators speedy, back-up point guard Chris Chiozza’s floating 3-pointer with time running out Friday night sealed an 84-83 overtime victory over Wisconsin and sent UF into Sunday’s...


NCAA women's tournament: Stanford advances to Elite Eight

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:15:00 PDT

Erica McCall had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Karlie Samuelson scored 15 points and Stanford outlasted Texas for a 77-66 win on Friday night to reach the Lexington (Ky.) Regional final.

The second game this season between the schools ended with another Cardinal win despite the team shooting 42%...


Jeff Jacobs: Geno Shows He's A Big Quinnipiac Fan, And Dresses The Part

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:33:00 PDT

Geno Auriemma was talking about Jordin Canada, Monique Billings, Kari Korver and the UCLA women Friday at Webster Bank Arena when he began tugging at the top of his warmup suit.

"I'm just glad we're in our bracket and not in their bracket, because I'll tell you what, I wouldn't want to be in their...


Kansas looks to keep rolling in Elite Eight vs. Oregon

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:41:00 PDT

The memory of losing in the Elite Eight a year ago is still fresh for Kansas guard Devonte' Graham.

"It's just a motivating factor," he said of last season's loss to eventual champion Villanova. "You feel like something is so close and it slips away."

This Kansas team seems like one that has its...


UCLA women facing tall order vs. mighty UConn in regional semifinal

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:45:00 PDT

Several members of the Connecticut women’s basketball team fielded questions in a small locker room jammed with reporters on Friday. Meanwhile, an HBO television crew shadowed their coach and about half of the team sat around a table playing cards and laughing.

Just another day at the office for...


A UCLA team with Final Four hopes is battered beyond recognition

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:50:00 PDT

It ended as it has ended every spring for the last 22 years.

College basketball’s greatest dynasty pushed around, shoved down, run over, knocked out.

UCLA basketball put to sleep early, 11 national titles dusted over quickly, a world of promise ended suddenly in a faraway gym amid boos and jeers.


Top high school prospect Michael Porter Jr. follows father, commits to Missouri

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:07:00 PDT

Michael Porter Jr., rated as the nation's top high school basketball prospect in his class by multiple recruiting services, says he plans to play for Missouri.

Porter tweeted his college selection Friday on his verified account, one day after Missouri announced that his father had accepted a position...


College basketball: California promotes Wyking Jones to head coach

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:05:00 PDT

California promoted longtime college assistant Wyking Jones to head basketball coach Friday in place of the departed Cuonzo Martin.

Jones was an assistant under Martin the past two seasons and served as interim coach after Martin left to take the job at Missouri last week. Jones has also been...


Michigan's wild ride comes to an end with one-point loss to Oregon

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:38:00 PDT

So many times when Michigan needed a big shot, Derrick Walton Jr. delivered.

Hoping to do it again, he rose for a 3-pointer in the closing seconds Thursday night at the Sprint Center. It bounced off the rim, ending an inspired NCAA tournament ride for the seventh-seeded Wolverines, who fell 69-68...


Lagerald Vick's 360 dunk symbolizes Kansas turnaround into rout of Purdue

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:39:00 PDT

Once upon a time, Purdue had the lead against Kansas.

Then the top-seeded Jayhawks took over, making that eight-point first-half advantage feel like it happened in an alternate universe as Kansas cruised to a 98-66 victory in Thursday night's second Midwest Region semifinal.

Nothing defined the...


Xavier upsets No. 2-seeded Arizona, 73-71

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:58:00 PDT


Top-seeded Gonzaga survives for 61-58 win over West Virginia

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:10:05 PDT

Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn't allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute...(image)

College basketball: Georgetown looking for new coach after firing John Thompson III

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:20:00 PDT

John Thompson III was fired as Georgetown's basketball coach Thursday after two consecutive losing seasons at the school his father led to a national championship.

Thompson said in a statement released by agent David Falk that he was “honored” to have been the Hoyas' coach and proud of what his...