The Wildcats have a talented incoming class of recruits, but with a bare cupboard, Coach Cal is facing a steep uphill climb next season.
Now that the college basketball coaching carousel has largely stopped spinning, it’s time to appraise what happened.
Isaiah Hicks stood on almost the exact same spot on the court as he was on a Monday night in April a year ago. Then, Hicks was the closest North Carolina player to Kris Jenkins as his shot sent the Tar Heels into sudden defeat with the national championship on the line. There were 7.3 seconds left,
If you have any fond remembrance of the days when men were men and centers were centers, you’ll love this national championship matchup between North Carolina and Gonzaga. Specifically, the matchup between Przemek Karnowski and Kennedy Meeks, roughly 560 pounds of sexy paint power that will collide
The North Carolina Tar Heels’ quest for redemption has devolved into a perilous exercise in avoiding regurgitation. Three times during this NCAA tournament, UNC has coughed up leads and felt the threat of elimination closing in. North Carolina held on, 77-76, and will advance to play Gonzaga for the
The prevailing trend in college sports is for the rich to get richer – more money and more trophies for the five major conferences, a Darwinian consolidation of power in the hands of 65 schools that have all the advantages. Villanova, which won it last year, plays football at the FCS level. Gonzaga
Theo Pinson Sr. was owning the Peabody Hotel lobby Sunday night in downtown Memphis. Wearing a baby blue jersey with his son’s number on it, Pinson was laughing and talking and reliving North Carolina’s thrilling victory over Kentucky to reach the Final Four. Theo Jr. played a huge part in that victory
Kentucky has the best and worst fans in college basketball. When the Wildcats are eliminated in the NCAA tournament, guess which faction takes over? At best, complaining about officiating for more than an hour or two after a loss is an incredibly lame waste of time.
Malik Monk was Marcus Paige: Heroically making shots in the final seconds, including a heavily contested 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds left to tie the game when all hope had appeared lost for Kentucky. Theo Pinson was Ryan Arcidiacono: The dribbler, the decision maker, the delivery man of the underhanded
The Southeastern Conference is suddenly the king of college basketball. The SEC has three teams in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament – Florida and South Carolina will play each other for the right to reach the Final Four on Sunday, and Kentucky will play Atlantic Coast Conference power North Carolina
Soft-spoken, mild-mannered, understated LaVar Ball wants you to believe his oldest son, Lonzo, is the greatest point guard of all time. In the real world, virtually all analysts believe Ball is one of the top two point guards in the 2017 draft class, slotting him anywhere from first to third in mock
He took the FedEx Forum court Thursday to a lusty mixture of boos and cheers, which is exactly how it should be for John Calipari. Nobody in college basketball produces stronger reactions than Cal, and nowhere are the Cal reactions more conflicted than Memphis. Then he jilted the place for Kentucky
Thus began the game’s canonization as the greatest in the history of college basketball. A quarter century later, that quartet of overachieving Wildcats is as ennobled in defeat as the Blue Devils were celebrated in victory.
1. The Atlantic Coast Conference got nine bids to this tourney, and Syracuse nearly made it 10. The league was awarded a No. 1 seed (North Carolina), two No. 2 seeds (Louisville and Duke) and a No. 3 seed (Florida State). Sifting through the wreckage, North Carolina is the only ACC team still dancing
As the Wichita State band played and the cheerleaders locked arms, facing the team’s cheering section, chins quivered. Two shots had been blocked, a great NCAA tournament game had been lost, 65-62, and the Shockers’ souls were ripped out for the second time in the second round by Kentucky. Facing a
Louisville coach Rick Pitino is in the basketball Hall of Fame. “We’re playing the Golden State Warriors on Sunday,” Pitino said, upgrading an NCAA tournament No. 7 seed to the best basketball team in the world. John Beilein, coach of the Michigan Wolverines and not the Warriors, shook his head at