South Carolina has proven Cinderella doesn’t have to hail from a small conference. In their first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 seasons, the seventh-seeded Gamecocks crashed college basketball’s biggest stage by toppling the likes of Duke, Baylor and Florida over the past two weeks. How does South
The title of the group chat that includes every North Carolina player is “redemption,” a not-so-subtle reference to the theme of this year’s season in Chapel Hill. Now the Tar Heels are one victory closer to achieving what they crave. Nearly one year after North Carolina was the victims of Kris Jenkins
Tom Crean was fired Thursday. In his first public comments since Indiana fired him last week, former Hoosiers coach Tom Crean made it clear he harbors no bitterness toward the school. “I love Indiana,” he told SI.com last Tuesday.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Once it became clear that his program had achieved the one milestone that had eluded it the past two decades, Gonzaga coach Mark Few walked from one end of his bench to the other congratulating the players who made history Saturday evening. Something Few repeated in between embraces
Gonzaga will try to get Mark Few to his first Final Four with a win over Xavier on Saturday. SAN JOSE, Calif. — For a coach who has reached 19 NCAA tournaments in a row, won nine straight first-round games and made the Elite Eight twice in the past three years, Gonzaga’s Mark Few still spends a startling
The insipid debate over whether Lonzo Ball is better than Steph Curry ended abruptly on Friday night when it became clear the heralded UCLA freshman may not even be college basketball’s premier point guard. Fellow freshman De’Aaron Fox staked his claim to that title with a performance for the ages in
Wyking Jones will be the next head coach of Cal’s men’s basketball team. Cal made a surprising coaching hire on Friday that hints at some of the financial issues facing its athletic department. The Bears promoted assistant Wyking Jones to head coach just nine days after Cuonzo Martin resigned to take
As Arizona tried in vain to account for how it squandered an eight-point lead in less than four minutes against 11th-seeded Xavier, sophomore guard Allonzo Trier shot down one popular explanation. Trier insists poor shot selection wasn’t the reason the Wildcats failed to score on their last six possessions
SAN JOSE, Calif — Only a couple weeks ago, Xavier needed another win or two just to secure its place in the NCAA tournament.
Before the defensive stand that sent Gonzaga to the Elite Eight, Nigel Williams-Goss approached Silas Melson with a last-second adjustment. Williams-Goss asked to guard Jevon Carter, the West Virginia guard who led the Mountaineers in scoring this season and tormented the Zags for much of the second
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