Three of the league’s top teams will try to validate strong starts against dangerous opponents and rapidly improving Marquette will seek its first marquee win of the season against in-state rival Wisconsin. One big question: Can Notre Dame add to its reputation as a giant killer?
Whatever the reason, 12th-ranked Saint Mary’s was a shadow of itself Thursday night during a surprising 65-51 home loss at the hands of quality mid-major Texas Arlington. A Saint Mary’s team that entered play leading the nation in points per possession didn’t crack 50 points until less than a minute
The Huskies are off to a dismal 4-4 start despite the presence of transcendent freshman Markelle Fultz (AP). Less than two minutes into the second half of his team’s 98-71 demolition of Washington on Wednesday night, Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski found himself in a position he has seldom experienced before
In the past nine years, the Atlantic 10 has never received fewer than three NCAA tournament bids. Only one Atlantic 10 team has notched a victory over an opponent in Ken Pomeroy’s top 50, Rhode Island’s 76-71 neutral-court win over Cincinnati on Nov. 19. The closest thing the league has to a marquee
As he walked back on defense late in Tuesday night’s 84-74 victory over Florida, Duke guard Luke Kennard could not resist mouthing off a little. Kennard has earned the right to talk trash given his contributions to a Duke team riddled with injuries. The 6-foot-6 sophomore has teamed with senior forward
Ohio State’s bid to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for a second straight season veered off course Tuesday night. The Buckeyes suffered a damaging upset loss that will shrink their margin for error in the coming months. With the score tied late in overtime, Florida Atlantic coach Michael Curry called
Villanova could be poised to take an unbeaten record into Big East play. Three years ago, Wichita State completed the regular season undefeated. 1. VILLANOVA (9-0): The reigning national champs remain a serious threat to become the first college basketball team to repeat since Florida in 2006 and 2007
A judge dismissed sexual assault charges against the ex-Michigan State basketball star on Monday because of insufficient evidence. Prosecutors have the right to appeal Flint district court judge Cathy Dowd’s ruling. Cleaves, 39, had been accused of unlawfully imprisoning and sexually assaulting a 24
Johnathan Motley has helped Baylor rise from unranked in the preseason to No. 4 today. Having lost his leading scorer to the NBA, leading rebounder to the NFL and starting point guard to graduation, Baylor coach Scott Drew wasn’t sure how good his team would be this season. Only after the Bears began
In addition to toppling a marquee opponent and preserving its undefeated record, Gonzaga achieved something far more satisfying Saturday evening. Przemek Karnowski scored 18 points and Josh Perkins had 16 as Gonzaga hung on for a 69-62 victory over a 16th-ranked Arizona team decimated by injuries and
Saturday afternoon’s showdown between UCLA and Kentucky featured all the ingredients of an early-season classic, and the game itself did not disappoint. Overcoming an unsteady, turnover-plagued start and a mistake-prone, needlessly anxious finish, 11th-ranked UCLA stunned No. 1 Kentucky, 97-92, in Lexington
Virginia Tech is off to an impressive 6-1 start in Buzz Williams’ third season. ANAHEIM, Calif. — As referees struggled to coax a pair of young ball boys into mopping up a wet spot underneath the basket last Sunday afternoon, Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams began to grow impatient. Seconds later,
No longer does Ohio State coach Thad Matta have only one career loss when his team leads by 15 or more points. Senior point guard London Perrantes was the catalyst for the Cavaliers’ comeback. The heroics of Perrantes doomed Ohio State to its first loss and kept Virginia unbeaten.
Duke’s Frank Jackson defends Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. Take three projected lottery picks off preseason No. 1 Duke, and what do you get? With McDonald’s All-Americans Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden all sidelined by injuries, Duke has still reeled off seven victories in its first
The ACC and Big Ten are tied one apiece in their annual challenge after Florida State and Northwestern picked up victories on Monday night. MICHIGAN STATE (4-3) AT DUKE (6-1) (9:30 p.m. EST): The unnecessarily brutal November slate Tom Izzo assembled for his team became downright masochistic after a
On a night when Kentucky produced numerous YouTube-worthy highlights, one sequence still stood out among the rest. It was a ridiculous assist from Malik Monk midway through the second half of the Wildcats’ 115-69 rout of Arizona State in the Bahamas. Falling out of bounds in an effort to grab an errant
While Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and BYU have dominated the league, the other seven schools have cycled through an astonishing 22 coaches in the past decade.
The McDonald's All-American tallied 16 points and 10 assists in the title game of the Wooden Legacy tournament on Sunday night.
Snubbed on Selection Sunday despite 25 wins last March, South Carolina is determined not to leave any doubt about its NCAA tournament worthiness this season. The Gamecocks took a big step toward that goal this week with back-to-back victories over Top 25 opponents. South Carolina’s victories make it
One night after his star freshman’s father guaranteed a national championship during a mid-game TV interview, UCLA coach Steve Alford insisted he’s neither surprised nor upset. Alford said after Friday’s 82-71 victory over Nebraska that Lavar Ball’s high standards and loud-mouthed bravado have brought
The first time he watched incoming freshman Robert Williams this summer, Texas A&M guard Admon Gilder thought his eyes were deceiving him. Williams is a genetic marvel with the wingspan, timing, foot speed and quick-twitch leaping ability to intrigue NBA scouts and to impact a game at both ends of the
With its one-sided victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday night, North Carolina captured this year’s Maui Invitational. Below is a look at the best and worst from one of the holiday season’s most anticipated tournaments: