The white-knuckle grip North Carolina had on one of the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 seeds no longer is as tight. The Tar Heels lost 53-43 at previously struggling Virginia on Monday night, missing a chance to wrap up the outright ACC title. If North Carolina beats rival Duke at home on Saturday night to
Illinois State is one of only a handful of mid-major contenders for at-large bids. When the NCAA tournament bracket gets unveiled 13 days from now, it’s easy to predict what one of the most common complaints will be. Teams from outside college basketball’s six power conferences are in jeopardy of receiving
Gonzaga entered Saturday night’s game one win away from an unbeaten regular season. You’ll probably hear some folks argue that a loss is the best thing that could have happened to Gonzaga, that it will ease the pressure on the Zags going into the NCAA tournament, that it will remove the target on their
UCLA needs a win at Arizona to stay alive in the Pac-12 title race. Arizona and UCLA are undeniably the Pac-12’s two flagship basketball programs, but here’s a strange fact about their fierce rivalry. When Arizona was a fixture in the top 10 late in Lute Olson’s tenure, UCLA only sporadically played
If Dillon Brooks wasn’t already in the running for first-team All-American honors prior to Wednesday night, the Oregon forward probably should be now. Brooks spearheaded an impressive second-half rally at Cal and capped the comeback with his second buzzer-beating 3-pointer of the past two months.
The final score of rival Duke’s buzzer-beating loss at Syracuse had just appeared on the video board. The roars at the Dean Dome only grew louder as the night wore on and North Carolina began to methodically impose its will. The eighth-ranked Tar Heels pulled away from seventh-ranked Louisville in
At first, the streak was notable for the parade of exemplary individual talents that Kansas overcame. More recently, the overall quality of the Big 12’s top teams has posed the greatest threat. No matter what, one thing has always remained constant: The Jayhawks have always found a way to turn back
Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. is out for the season with an ACL injury. When Creighton hosts St. John’s next Tuesday night in its final home game of the season, the Bluejays’ most heralded player will not participate in senior day activities. Injured point guard Maurice Watson has been suspended from
Already perturbed that his team led by just a single point over SEC doormat Missouri at halftime Tuesday night, Kentucky coach John Calipari had to deal with an extra annoyance. Missouri students berated him with “Cal, you suck!” chants as he attempted to conduct a halftime interview with the SEC Network
The Gamecocks’ loss at Florida was their fourth in five games. One year after a staggering late-season collapse cost South Carolina the chance to go to the NCAA tournament, the Gamecocks are again beginning to teeter as March approaches. There’s no shame in losing in Gainesville against the surging
Bob Huggins apparently isn’t worried about the health scare he endured during Monday night’s 77-62 victory over Texas. The West Virginia coach never left the game even after dropping to his knees late in the first half and clutching his chest. Medical personnel evaluated Huggins on the floor and Texas
Wichita State is an impressive 25-4 but has only beaten one team 97th or better in the RPI. When the NCAA tournament selection committee convened in New York last March, assessing Wichita State was one of its toughest decisions. On one hand, the Shockers boasted only one victory over a team 68th or
NC State is looking for a coach after firing Mark Gottfried last week. When NC State announced it was firing Mark Gottfried on Thursday night, that decision drudged up a familiar but polarizing question. One side argues that NC State has unrealistic expectations if it’s firing a coach who reached the
With his team leading host Detroit by eight in the closing seconds of the first half on Sunday afternoon, Valparaiso guard Micah Bradford hoisted a three-quarters-court heave just before time expired. The Crusaders cruised to an 83-63 road victory to maintain sole possession of first place in the Horizon
Wisconsin snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Maryland. Nine minutes remained in his team’s biggest game of the season so far, and Wisconsin coach Greg Gard couldn’t hide his frustration. Just when it seemed the Badgers were about to pull away from fellow Big Ten title contender Maryland
Bacon, an all-conference candidate who entered averaging nearly 18 points per game, went scoreless for the first time in his two-year college career. Determined to assert himself after halftime, Bacon forced two pull-up jump shots and two quick 3-pointers in the second half’s opening five minutes.
Eron Harris suffered a serious knee injury on Saturday. If Michigan State is going to extend its streak of consecutive NCAA tournaments to 20, the Spartans will have to do it without the lone senior in their starting five. “We all feel absolutely awful for Eron,” Tom Izzo said in a statement Sunday
In the history of college basketball, only John Wooden-era UCLA has ever won 13 straight conference championships. Kansas is now one victory away from matching that. The Jayhawks tightened their white-knuckle grip on the Big 12 this week with back-to-back thrilling victories over their two toughest
Wisconsin followed a loss to Northwestern by falling at Michigan. Five days ago, Wisconsin was unhappy about being one of the last teams left out of the selection committee’s top 16. Now the Badgers might be thrilled if the committee still believed they were worthy of a No. 5 seed.
John Calipari will coach the U.S. team at the FIBA U-19 World Championships in Egypt from July 1-9, ESPN.com reported Thursday morning. The U.S. U-19 team is typically compromised of rising college sophomores, incoming college freshmen and a few of the nation’s best rising high school seniors. At the
Arkansas’ win at South Carolina is its biggest of the season so far. In Mike Anderson’s first five seasons at Arkansas, an inability to win on the road was his team’s fatal flaw. The Razorbacks were 15-38 in road games, a huge reason they reached the NCAA tournament only once in that span.
Instead of emphasizing unselfishness, patience and ball movement late in Wednesday night’s game at Virginia, Duke tried out a less conventional strategy. The Blue Devils gave the ball to Jayson Tatum, then got out of the heralded freshman’s way. In a slow-paced, defensive-oriented game in which neither
John Egbunu anchored Florida’s interior defense this season. An elite Florida defense will need to find someone else to shut down the paint. The Gators announced Wednesday that they’ve lost starting center John Egbunu for the rest of the season to a torn ACL suffered during a victory over Auburn the
Only one of Oregon, Arizona and UCLA can secure a spot in the geographically friendly West Region. The conference’s lone spot in the geographically friendly West Regional also could be at stake. Since the selection committee’s bracketing principles dictate that every league’s top teams get sent to