As the rest of his teammates warm up before games, Oregon star Dillon Brooks typically retreats to a quiet corner of the locker room, plants himself in a chair and drapes a towel over his head. It is here that he sheds the laid-back, soft-spoken temperament he exhibits off the court and morphs into
In a year in which most of the NCAA tournament’s slingshot-wielding underdogs missed their mark, the Sweet 16 is lacking small-conference charm. The 16th is Gonzaga, which long ago shed its mid-major label. The only double-digit seed left is Xavier, which upset Maryland and Florida State to make its
When Oregon snapped Arizona’s national-best 49-game home win streak 14 months ago, Sean Miller feared he had lost more than just a basketball game. The Arizona coach worried that the five-star prospect visiting campus that day might lose interest after seeing the Wildcats beaten on their home floor.
Will Wade made exactly the type of move Shaka Smart annually resisted. Instead of staying at VCU until an elite job comes open, Wade is leaving for a program that has been to the Sweet 16 twice in the past 30 years. LSU announced Monday night that Wade will be its next head coach.
Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey has upped his game in the postseason so far. A surprisingly dull, predictable opening round of the NCAA tournament gave way to a second round rife with dramatic finishes and stunning upsets. Thankfully for Oregon, Tyler Dorsey has gotten hot at the best possible time.
In a year in which Duke was impossible to predict from start to finish, the shocking way its season ended was only fitting. The Blue Devils lost to a team very few believed could beat them. Having not won a single NCAA tournament game in 44 years prior to Friday night, South Carolina is about as tradition-bereft
Tyler Dorsey showed once again he too isn’t afraid to take a big shot with his team’s season on the line. With the score tied and just over 40 seconds left in Sunday’s second-round matchup between Oregon and Rhode Island, Dorsey chose not to let anymore time melt off the clock so the Ducks would have
Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse beyond the 2017-18 season. Syracuse announced Sunday that Boeheim has agreed to a contract extension that will extend his tenure beyond the 2017-18 season, the year that was supposed to be the last for the Orange’s legendary head coach. The revelation that Boeheim, 72
Three years after unbeaten Wichita State fell to talent-laden, underseeded Kentucky in a classic second-round matchup, the Shockers couldn’t quite get the revenge they craved. With no timeouts remaining and the shot clock under 10, Markis McDuffie tried to get Malik Monk on his heels with a hard dribble
The NCAA tournament is back in South Carolina for the first time since 2002. A small group of protesters marred the return of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to the state of South Carolina. SC Secessionist Party flying Confederate flag across from @BSWArena where #NCAATournament is being held.
There’s no question which day should be the best of the opening week of the NCAA tournament. 1. Kentucky (2) vs. Wichita State (10) – 2:40 p.m. ET , CBS: Three years after top-seeded Wichita State fell in the second round to talent-laden, under-seeded Kentucky in an Elite Eight-caliber classic, the
Arizona guard Allonzo Trier (35) goes to the basket as Saint Mary’s Dane Pineau (22) and Evan Fitzner, right, defend during the first half. SALT LAKE CITY — Sean Miller always says he’s confident he’ll reach his first Final Four someday if he just keeps knocking on the door year after year. Well, now
Already stomping mad after several borderline calls went against his team, Chris Collins simply couldn’t stomach another one. The Northwestern coach ran onto the floor wildly gesturing for goaltending after Gonzaga center Zach Collins illegally put his right hand through the cylinder of the rim while
What’s the only upside to a humdrum, uneventful first round of the NCAA tournament in which teams seeded No. 4 or better went 16-0? 1. Villanova (1) vs. Wisconsin (8) (2:45 p.m. EST, CBS): The reigning national champs will get a huge opening-weekend test from a Wisconsin team gunning for its fourth
Rhode Island defeated Creighton for its first NCAA tournament win since 1998. One of Rhode Island’s most famous basketball alums was in the stands Friday afternoon when the Rams returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999. Lamar Odom celebrated with his alma mater in the locker room
At this time last week, USC wasn’t even sure if it had done enough to make the NCAA tournament. Now the Trojans are headed to the second round for the first time in eight years. Stewart’s corner 3-pointer proved to be the decisive blow in the 11th-seeded Trojans’ surprising 66-65 upset victory.
When the selection committee pitted Michigan against Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the showdown between two of the nation’s five most efficient offenses figured to be one of the most compelling games of the opening weekend. Take a bow, Wolverines and Cowboys. In what was
After an unusually upset-free opening day of the NCAA tournament, perhaps more carnage awaits on Friday. Must-see: Two sleeper threats to make deep NCAA tournament runs meet in Friday’s opening game. Surging Michigan reeled off four wins in four days to capture last weekend’s Big Ten tournament.
As Saint Mary’s point guard Emmett Naar was watching ESPN the past few days, he noticed an aggravating trend. In addition to advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament for just the second time in program history, Saint Mary’s achieved something else with its 85-77 victory over VCU. The seventh-seeded
At first, Bryant McIntosh thought he was the one who messed up. The Northwestern guard was so surprised Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis fouled him intentionally that he initially assumed he had the score wrong. It was Fisher-Davis who lost track of the score.
At a time when Missouri needs to revitalize its floundering men’s basketball program, the Tigers are taking a chance on a coach with a respectable track record, strong regional ties and a habit of moving around every few years. Cal announced Wednesday afternoon that Martin had resigned to pursue other
It was July 1999, and Dan Monson was a wreck. Monson had every intention of remaining the coach at Gonzaga for many years when he returned home from three weeks in Spain and found a voicemail from Minnesota athletic director Mark Dienhart on his answering machine. Dienhart had fired disgraced coach
It will be “Greensboro vs. Boeheim” when the Spartans and Orange clash in the NIT. When the NIT selection show came on the air Sunday night, the UNC Greensboro basketball team crowded around the TV in coach Wes Miller’s living room. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim became maybe the most hated man in Greensboro