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Rockets re-sign Dante Exum
Timberwolves sign Leandro Bolmaro
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Lakers hire David Fizdale and John Lucas III as assistant coaches, and add to training staff
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Utah Jazz waive Jarrell Brantley
Timberwolves re-sign Jarred Vanderbilt Jordan and McLaughlin
Cavaliers re-sign Brodric Thomas to a two-way contract
OKC Thunder sign Paul Watson Jr. to a two-way contract
Grizzlies waive Marc Gasol
Celtics trade Kris Dunn and Carsen Edwards to Grizzlies for Juancho Hernangomez
Miami Heat sign Caleb Martin to a two-way contract
Cedric Ceballos remains in hospital dealing with serious COVID-19 issues
Utah Jazz sign Derrick Alston Jr.
In G League, Santa Cruz Warriors name new GM and head coach
OKC Thunder waive forward Josh Hall
Heat sign Javonte Smart, Micah Potter and Dru Smith
Lakers trade Marc Gasol to Grizzlies
Nets sign Paul Millsap
Lakers sign DeAndre Jordan
Orlando Magic sign E’Twaun Moore
Nets waive Jahlil Okafor
San Antonio Spurs name Matt Nielsen an assistant coach
Pacers forward T.J. Warren remains out with foot injury
In G League, Iowa Wolves name Jeff Newton new head coach
Suns sign Chandler Hutchison



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College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from March, 2021

March 22: "USC defeated Kansas 85-51 on Monday night to reach the Sweet 16 of the men's NCAA tournament -- and in doing so handed the Jayhawks the third-worst loss in program history. Prior to Monday's game, Kansas had suffered only eight 30-point losses in program history, the most recent being a 72-40 loss to Kentucky in 2014." -

"Andy Enfield has finally taken USC to the Sweet 16. Eight years after arriving in Southern California, the former Florida Gulf Coast coach has the No. 6 Trojans dancing for another week thanks to an 85-51 victory over No. 3 Kansas on Monday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks' starting lineup was finally back at full strength Monday after Jalen Wilson returned from COVID-19 protocol, but it wasn't enough to help contain super freshman Evan Mobley and the USC offense. The win snaps a Trojans Sweet 16 drought dating back to 2007 and is the surest sign yet that Enfield has the program trending up. Kansas will head home after failing to reach the second weekend for just the fourth time in the last 14 years, while USC moves on to face No. 7 Oregon for the right to play in the Elite Eight." -

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from February, 2021

Feb. 9: "After dropping under .500 for the first time since 1999 with a loss to Notre Dame on Tuesday, Krzyzewski said the squad was "not accustomed" to the situation it now finds itself in. "Youth has to be developed, and our program, we're not accustomed to that," he said, per David Thompson of the Fayetteville Observer. "And we're not accustomed to losing. But sometimes you have to lose, take responsibility and build from it." -

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from January, 2021

Jan. 21: "Down goes another Top 10 team. And yet again, it happened in shocking fashion. Two days after No. 6 Tennessee was absolutely steamrolled by unranked Florida, Indiana pulled off a 81-69 upset over No. 4 Iowa on Thursday evening, led by a strong performance from Trayce Jackson-Davis and a 23-3 second-half run. " -

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from December, 2020

Dec. 30: "No. 5 Houston is undefeated no more. Unranked Tulsa (5-3, 2-1 AAC) toppled the Cougars 65-64 thanks to free throws from Brandon Rachal with 0.1 seconds left in regulation. Houston (7-1, 2-1 AAC) held a 64-63 lead with 10 seconds remaining after Caleb Mills sank a jumper, but Rachal drew the foul just before the clock expired, giving him a chance to at least tie the game. Instead, he sank both free throws to win it." --

Dec. 30: "Arizona's men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban, the school announced Tuesday. The decision comes as a result of the NCAA investigation stemming from the 2017 federal investigation into corruption in college basketball and college basketball recruiting." --

Dec. 12: Per, the best teams in college basketball right now: "1) GONZAGA: Gonzaga's perfect record features wins over Kansas and West Virginia. The Zags have temporarily suspended basketball activities because of COVID-19 issues... 2) BAYLOR: Adam Flagler finished with 14 points and three steals in Wednesday's 83-52 victory over Stephen F. Austin. The Bears' perfect record features a double-digit win over Illinois... IOWA: Luka Garza made six 3-pointers and finished with 34 points in Friday's 105-77 victory over Iowa State. The Hawkeyes' 5-0 record includes a double-digit win over North Carolina... KANSAS: "Ochai Agbaji finished with 18 points and five rebounds in Friday's 95-50 victory over Omaha. The Jayhawks' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to top-ranked Gonzaga." --

Dec. 8: "Roughly 30 percent of all games scheduled for this past weekend were either postponed or canceled because of issues with COVID-19, and more than 30 programs are currently shut down -- top-ranked Gonzaga among them. As I wrote on Saturday, this is just how the season is going to go. Get used to it. But, that said, it's still wild that the SEC favorite remains 0-0 two weeks into things. So while there are bigger games on Tuesday's schedule -- like Creighton at Kansas, North Carolina at Iowa, and Illinois at Duke -- I'm as interested in Colorado at Tennessee as I am in anything because it'll be the first opportunity to see how Barnes blends his five-star freshmen (Keon Johnson, Jaden Springer) with his established veterans (John Fulkerson, Yves Pons)." --

Dec. 7: "NCAA enforcement staff in its formal response to Louisville's rebuttal to one Level I allegation and three Level II violations committed by the men's basketball program all but formally rejected the Cardinals' arguments. A 70-page document released Monday by the university, showed the NCAA determined that U of L did not provide any documentation that would warrant a lesser penalty range than the NCAA previously decided on in its original Notice of Allegations." --

Dec. 6: Top 25 college basketball team rankings: "1) GONZAGA: Corey Kispert finished with 19 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's 87-82 victory over West Virginia. Andrew Nembhard added 19 points and six assists off the bench., 2) BAYLOR: Adam Flagler got 18 points off the bench in Wednesday's 82-69 victory over Illinois. Davion Mitchell added 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds., 3) IOWA: Luka Garza finished with 35 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's 99-58 victory over Western Illinois. The senior center is averaging 34.0 points and 9.7 rebounds through three games." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from November, 2020

Nov. 29: "Former Maryland star Len Bias, a two-time All-American who died of a drug overdose days after being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 1986 NBA draft, was selected for induction to the College Basketball Hall of Fame's class of 2021 on Sunday. Bias is one of six players and two coaches to be inducted. The other players include: Kansas's Paul Pierce, North Carolina's Antawn Jamison, Ohio State's Jim Jackson, UCLA's David Greenwood and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins." --

Nov. 20: "The NCAA Committee on Infractions placed Alabama's men's basketball program on three years' probation on Friday after a former associate athletics director accepted bribes to facilitate a meeting between a player's father and a financial advisor." --

Nov. 16: "The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee announced Monday that it will relocate all 13 of its previously determined preliminary round sites for the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with their sights set on moving the NCAA Tournament to a single host city... NCAA staff is in preliminary discussions with the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the 68-team tournament around the metropolitan area in March and April. Indianapolis is already scheduled to be the host site for the Final Four next April." --

Nov. 6: Dick Vitale's college basketball preseason All-Americans for 2020-21: First team: Luka Garza (Iowa Hawkeyes), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois Fighting Illini), Jared Butler, (Baylor Bears), Remy Martin (Arizona State Sun Devils) and Olivier Sarr (Kentucky Wildcats) ... Second team: Garrison Brooks (North Carolina Tar Heels), Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton Bluejays), Collin Gillespie (Villanova Wildcats), Sam Hauser (Virginia Cavaliers) and Marcus Garrett (Kansas Jayhawks).

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from October, 2020

Oct. 27: "Top-35 senior Bryce Hopkins announced his commitment to Kentucky on Monday, giving the Wildcats their second pledge in the 2021 class... A 6-foot-6 small forward from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, Hopkins is ranked No. 32 overall in the ESPN 100 for 2021. He's the No. 5 small forward." --

Oct. 26: ESPN on the Baylor Bears: "Scott Drew's team was near the top of the rankings all of last season, and that shouldn't change for the 2020-21 campaign. The Bears lost just one starter from a year ago -- big man Freddie Gillespie -- and are hoping Tristan Clark, his likely replacement, can return to his pre-injury form from the 2018-19 season. But the strength of this team will revolve around the perimeter, where Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague all return from a year ago -- and Drew also adds ESPN 100 recruit L.J. Cryer and Presbyterian transfer Adam Flagler. It's an elite defensive group, but also one that can create and make shots. Then there's Mark Vital, arguably the best and most versatile defender in the country not named Marcus Garrett. Baylor scheduled like a team looking to test itself against the best of the best, too. The Bears will face Gonzaga and Illinois and are also scheduled for the Empire Classic, which includes Villanova and Arizona State. We'll find out quickly whether Baylor is for real." --

Oct. 26: ESPN on the Villanova Wildcats: "Only once in the past seven seasons has Villanova not earned at least a share of the Big East regular-season title, and the Wildcats enter the season as the favorite to keep its successful stretch going. Jay Wright has a number of lineup options, although the loss of Saddiq Bey will sting due to his versatility and scoring ability. Collin Gillespie returns as one of the best point guards in the country, and Justin Moore hit double figures in five of his final six games and shot 39% from 3-point range in Big East play. Double-double threat Jeremiah Robinson-Earl should take a step forward and be the best big man in the Big East, and Jermaine Samuels also returns after starting 30 games last season. The fifth starting spot is up for grabs, and Wright can go to several different looks. If he wants to stay with a smaller lineup, Tulane transfer Caleb Daniels is an option; he's a stronger guard and can also create for others. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree has provided solid rebounding and defense off the bench, and Cole Swider is an inside-outside scorer. Don't forget Bryan Antoine, a former five-star guard." --

Oct. 26: ESPN on the Gonzaga Bulldogs: "Gonzaga held the preseason No. 1 spot for a long stretch of the offseason, but Filip Petrusev's decision to turn pro instead of returning to Spokane dropped the Bulldogs a couple of spots. They're still in the top tier of national title contenders and have a number of nonconference opportunities for statement wins against Baylor, Iowa, Tennessee and more. Mark Few has the players to win it all. Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi are back as starters, while Drew Timme is poised for a breakout season in place of Petrusev down low. Anton Watson was a steady performer when he started early in the season before injury, and there's plenty of frontcourt depth. The key for the Zags will be point guard play, for which Few brings in Jalen Suggs, a future one-and-done lottery pick who should make one of the biggest newcomer impacts in the country. ESPN 100 guard Dominick Harris and Southern Illinois transfer Aaron Cook are also entering the fold. This team has talent, depth, versatility and experience." --

Oct. 22: "Five-star junior Skyy Clark committed to Kentucky on Thursday, choosing the Wildcats over North Carolina, UCLA and Memphis. Clark becomes the third top-20 junior to announce his commitment, joining Emoni Bates (No. 1, Michigan State) and Dior Johnson (No. 11, Syracuse)." --

Oct. 16: "Kansas basketball will play the 2020-21 season without Silvio De Sousa. The senior forward announced that he will opt out of the season to focus on “personal issues.”" -- Yahoo Sports

Oct. 10: "The nation's top ranked power forward prospect Jabari Smith II of Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) announced Friday via social media he is committed to Auburn. The 6-foot-10 senior picked the Tigers over Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina and Tennessee." --

"Smith, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Sandy Creek High School (Georgia), is ranked No. 5 in the ESPN 100 for the 2021 class. He's the highest-ranked Auburn recruit since the ESPN recruiting database began in 2007, and the fourth five-star prospect Pearl has landed since taking over the Tigers in 2014." --

Oct. 5: "Five-star guard J.D. Davison announced his commitment to Alabama on Saturday, giving Nate Oats his first five-star recruit since taking over in Tuscaloosa... The No. 14 prospect in the Class of 2021, Davison is ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the country." --

Oct. 5: "Ryan Mutombo, the son of former NBA player and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, announced Sunday he would follow in his father's footsteps by committing to play basketball at Georgetown... A legitimate impact recruit in his own right, Mutombo is ranked No. 94 in the ESPN 100 for the 2021 class. He's the No. 15 center in the country and reportedly averaged about 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks last season for the Lovett School (Georgia)." --

Oct. 1: "In what will likely be the best nonconference game of the season, Baylor and Gonzaga are scheduled to play on Dec. 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis." --

Oct. 1: "The Patriot League is expected to cancel nonconference basketball games in 2020, sources told ESPN. Coaches in the league have been informed of the league's plans to begin the season in 2021 with an 18-game conference schedule. Army and Navy can appeal in order to play nonconference games in 2020 due to the service academy exemption, sources told ESPN." --

Oct. 1: "The NCAA announced last month that the 2020-21 college basketball season would be delayed until Nov. 25." -

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from September, 2020

Sept. 16: "The Division I Council has spoken. The 2020-21 men's and women's college basketball seasons will start later than usual and consist of fewer games. And while the council didn't offer specific counsel on how conferences will or should determine which men's teams receive automatic NCAA tournament bids, that, too, could look different this season. Who knows, before it's all said and done, we might even be looking at a smaller field for the 2020 NCAA tournament... The season will commence play on Nov. 25, which is about two weeks later than what we're used to seeing. Then again, this new start date was itself the "normal" starting time for most college basketball programs 25 years ago. Playing regular-season basketball (as opposed to exhibition games) prior to Thanksgiving is a relatively recent innovation." --

Sept. 8: San Diego State has given head basketball coach Brian Dutcher a three-year contract extension.

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from August, 2020

August 27: "Lute Olson, the all-time winningest coach in Arizona men’s basketball history, died on Thursday, the school announced. He was 85. Wildcat. Legend. Icon. Lute... Among the players Olson coached at Arizona were Steve Kerr, Jason Terry, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye. All of them and more posted tributes to their departed coach after news broke of his death:" -- Yahoo Sports

August 21: "Duke's upcoming recruiting class got a significant boost Thursday when Paolo Banchero, ESPN's No. 3-ranked prospect in 2021, committed to the Blue Devils. Banchero, the 6-foot-8 center, had been heavily pursued by both Tennessee and Kentucky. He's the second top-10 recruit for Duke, which also has received a commitment from A.J. Griffin, ESPN's No. 9 recruit in the 2021 class." --

August 21: "Michigan basketball just landed one of the top point guards in the nation... With his commitment, Collins became the highest-ranked recruit in Michigan's class. He is the nation's No. 57 prospect and No. 9 point guard, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings." -- Detroit Free Press

August 19: "Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has found his point guard. Frankie Collins,'s No. 69 senior in the 2021 class, gave Howard his pledge and announced for the Wolverines on Instagram Wednesday night." -- Wolverine

August 17: "In a statement Monday, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said there are contingency plans in place if the season can’t begin Nov. 10. The NCAA plans to meet to discuss those alternatives, and will provide an update in mid-September if the season will be delayed." -- Yahoo Sports

August 13: "NCAA president Mark Emmert endorsed the idea of potentially using bubbles for NCAA championships -- including basketball -- in the first half of 2021, saying Thursday night that it's "perfectly viable in many sports." ... "Starting with 64 teams is tough. Thirty-two, OK, maybe that's a manageable number. Sixteen, certainly manageable. But you've got to figure out those logistics," Emmert said in an interview on the NCAA's website. "There's doubtlessly ways to make that work."" --

August 12: "College athletes who opt out of playing during the 2020-21 school year likely won’t be at risk of losing a season of eligibility. The NCAA’s Division I Council officially recommended that the Division I Board of Governors implement a rule that would allow players to keep their full remaining eligibility if they decide not to play because of coronavirus concerns." -- Yahoo Sports

August 7: "Former Florida State center and 7-foot-1 fan favorite Michael Ojo has died at age 27. Ojo, who was in Belgrade playing for the Serbian basketball team Partizan, reportedly collapsed while running during practice on Friday. reports that he had a heart attack and doctors were unable to resuscitate him." -- Yahoo Sports

August 4: "The college basketball regular season is scheduled to begin on November 10, but a final decision on the start date is expected to come in September. “I think at this point we’re probably looking at some time in September, having to make decisions about whether we stick with the plan to start on Nov. 10 or consider other alternatives,” NCAA senior vice president Dan Gavitt told Andy Katz. “And we’ll continue to look at those alternatives and contingencies.”" -- RunningtheBulls/

August 1: "Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu announced on Friday night that he will be withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft to return to Champaign for his junior season... Dosunmu will enter the season as an All-American and will be in the mix for Big Ten Player of the Year as well." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from July, 2020

July 28: "Top-25 prospect Peyton Watson committed to UCLA on Monday, giving the Bruins the top-ranked player from the state of California for the first time since 2018... Watson, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN 100 for 2021." --

July 25: "Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon withdrew from the 2020 NBA draft on Friday and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season." --

July 23: "The faculty of the University of Kentucky's African American and Africana Studies program has asked UK president Eli Capilouto to change the name of Rupp Arena because the legendary basketball coach's name "has come to stand for racism and exclusion" and "alienates Black students, fans, and attendees." --

July 20: "Five-star prospect Kendall Brown committed to Baylor on Monday, giving Scott Drew and the Bears their third commitment in July... Brown, a 6-foot-7 wing who played at Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas) last season, is considered one of the top small forwards in the country. He stands out in games with his driving ability, as he finds ways to get to the paint and finish -- using body control and a high level of athletic ability." --

July 19: "Arizona State guard Alonzo Verge Jr. is returning to the Sun Devils for his senior season... Verge played 28 games and made nine starts for the Sun Devils, averaging 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists." --

July 16: "Jonathan Kuminga announced on Wednesday night that, after graduating from The Patrick School last month, he will be reclassifying into the Class of 2020 and, instead of going to college, enrolling in the G League Pathway Program. This decision will allow Kuminga, originally a member of the Class of 2021, to enter the 2021 NBA Draft, where he is considered a potential top five pick in what should be a loaded draft class." --

July 15: "Moussa Cisse committed to Memphis on Wednesday, which is huge for the Tigers. Any time you add a 6-foot-11 center that is a top ten prospect and a potential one-and-done player that could end up being the very best rim protector in all of college basketball this upcoming season, it’s a good thing... He’s a terrific athlete that plays with a motor, loves to get on the glass and will be an impact defensive presence from the first day that he is allowed to play for the Tigers." --

July 9: "Ohio State has paused all voluntary workouts on campus following the results of its most recent COVID-19 testing of student-athletes, the school announced Wednesday, but it didn't release the number of positive tests, citing a concern that it could "lead to the identification of specific individuals and compromise their medical privacy."" --

July 7: "Five-star guard Max Christie told ESPN on Tuesday that he has committed to Michigan State basketball... A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Rolling Meadows (Illinois) High School, Christie is ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 100 for 2021. He's the No. 3 shooting guard." --

July 3: "Five-star forward Makur Maker, the younger brother of Thon Maker, announced early on Friday morning that he has committed to play his college basketball at Howard... Maker, a versatile, 6-foot-11 forward, is considered a consensus top 20 prospect in the country. He has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, but he’s a second round prospect at best." --

July 3: "Maker, a versatile 6-foot-11 frontcourt player, is ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 100 for 2020. He also entered his name into the NBA draft, but he is likely to withdraw if he's not expected to be a first-round pick. Maker is ranked No. 75 in ESPN's NBA draft rankings. There have been links between Maker and the G League, but sources have told ESPN he isn't interested in going that route." --

July 1: "Emoni Bates, widely considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade, announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday... Bates, a 6-foot-9 wing with a smooth offensive game and elite shooting ability, is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 60 for the class of 2022 and is also considered the best prospect in the country regardless of class. When ESPN polled more than a dozen grassroots basketball experts last summer about the best high school prospect since LeBron James, Bates finished in a tie for third, behind Kevin Durant and Greg Oden." --

July 1: On Emoni Bates: "The 6-foot-9 wing led Lincoln to a 19-3 record last season, averaging 32.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. He has surpassed 1,300 career points in just two seasons." --

July 1: "There isn’t a player in this year’s draft class that sums up how weird the top of the 2020 NBA Draft is going to be better than Obi Toppin. He’s college basketball’s reigning National Player of the Year. He is already 22 years old and coming off of a redshirt sophomore season where he was the linchpin for one of the most efficient offenses in the country. He stands 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds and is one of the most explosive athletes in the draft, and given the totality of his skill-set, I think it’s fair to say that no one in 2020 NBA Draft is as ready to slide into a role in the NBA as Toppin is. In a draft that lacks sure-fire star-power at the top, that has quite a bit of value. The catch? Toppin will likely top out as a role player." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from June, 2020

June 28: "Under Armour is attempting to break its 15-year, $280 million contract with UCLA... UCLA and Under Armour reached the $280 million deal in May 2016, and it went into effect in July 2017. It remained the largest college apparel deal as of September 2019, according to Forbes." --

June 25: "John Swofford has spent his entire career in the ACC. Some might even say he saved the ACC. With the hard work done to stabilize the conference and ensure its future strength, Swofford announced Thursday he will retire as ACC commissioner after the 2020-21 season. Swofford, 71, will have served 24 years leading the ACC, the longest-tenured commissioner in league history." --

June 23: "Andrew Nembhard, the nation's top available transfer, announced Tuesday he was committing to Gonzaga... A 6-foot-5 point guard from Canada, Nembhard started all 67 games for Florida the past two seasons." --

June 22: "Oklahoma State finally got themselves some good news. On Monday morning, Cade Cunningham announced that he will be honoring his commitment to Oklahoma State despite the fact that the Cowboys are currently banned from the 2021 NCAA Tournament." --

June 21: "Top international basketball prospect Andrej Jakimovski has committed to Washington State, he told ESPN on Sunday... The Macedonian-born Jakimovski, 19, is considered one of the top European recruits committing to the college route after leading the FIBA U18 European Championship B in scoring at 18.4 points per game." --

June 21: "Potential early-entry candidates for the 2020 NBA draft will have until Aug. 17 to declare that they are entering the draft, according to a memo obtained by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. The new deadline is pending the NBA finalizing an agreement with the players' union on system rule changes in the collective bargaining agreement related to the resumption of the 2019-20 season." --

June 19: "The NCAA expanded its Confederate flag policy on Friday to prohibit all its championship events from being held in the states where the flag is flown. Mississippi is the only state affected by the policy change. It is the only state flag that continues to feature the banner of the Confederacy -- a blue cross with 13 white stars." --

June 17: "Former Purdue guard Nojel Eastern announced on Wednesday that he will not be transferring to Michigan and, instead, will be reopening his recruitment. Eastern was not admitted into Michigan. He committed there last month, just a day after announcing his decision to leave Purdue." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from May, 2020

May 28: "The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee once again extended the recruiting dead period in all sports, now through July 31. The committee had previously extended the dead period, which was instituted because of the coronavirus pandemic, to June 30, and on Wednesday further extended it through the end of July." --

May 25: "David Mutaf, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound left-handed shooting guard from Turkish club Fenerbahçe Beko who models his game after Luka Doncic, has committed to Minnesota for the upcoming college basketball season." --

May 24: "Eddie Sutton was the first coach to take four different Division I schools to the NCAA tournament. He won more than 800 games in his illustrious head coaching career. He took two different programs to the Final Four, and in April, he was finally voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, Sutton died in his home in South Tulsa, surrounded by his family. He was 84 years." --

May 24: "Less than two months ago, Sutton was informed that he'd be a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 class. In its statement, the Sutton family said his inclusion in the Hall "was an honor and a tribute to the great players he coached and outstanding assistant coaches that worked for him." Sutton had been a finalist on six previous occasions." --

May 20: "Chaundee Brown, a former Wake Forest guard, is transferring to Michigan, he announced Tuesday via social media. Brown was Wake Forest's third-leading scorer last season at 12.1 points per game and its second-best rebounder at 6.5 boards per game." --

May 18: "The University of Kentucky has dismissed the entire coaching staff and the adviser of its powerhouse cheerleading squad after a three-month internal investigation that revealed a lack of oversight by those in charge and a culture of hazing, public nudity and alcohol use, according to a release Monday." --

May 14: "The NCAA announced Wednesday that it has extended indefinitely the deadline for college basketball players to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain their college eligibility amid the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline was June 3, but Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement that it will be extended "with the health and well-being of our student-athletes in mind, along with their ability to make the most informed decisions during this uncertain time."

May 13: "Alabama State named former NBA point guard Mo Williams as its head coach Tuesday... Williams, 37, spent 13 years as an NBA player with the Jazz, Bucks, Cavaliers, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves and Hornets. He was an All-Star with the Cavs during the 2008-09 season." --

May 7: "Top international basketball prospect Rati Andronikashvili has committed to Creighton, he told ESPN on Thursday... The Tbilisi, Georgia-born Andronikashvili, 19, is considered one of the top European prospects in the 2020 class committing to the college route." --

May 7: "The NCAA enforcement staff said Kansas' basketball program committed "egregious" and "severe" rules violations that "significantly undermine and threaten the NCAA Collegiate Model," and alleged that Jayhawks coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend "embraced, welcomed and encouraged" Adidas employees and consultants to influence high-profile recruits to sign with Kansas. That was the NCAA enforcement staff's position in its 92-page reply to Kansas, which the university released on Thursday. The Jayhawks are charged with five Level I rules violations, the most serious, including lack of institutional control. Self is charged with head-coach responsibility violations." --

May 1: "The NCAA Division I Board of Directors said Thursday that it does not recommend potential changes to the transfer waiver process. The Division I Council is expected to vote on a one-time transfer waiver in May that would allow student-athletes in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and men's ice hockey to transfer and compete immediately at their new school." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from April, 2020

April 29: "The NCAA took a significant step towards allowing college athletes to profit off of their Name, Image and Likeness rights on Wednesday when its Board of Governors approved a set of recommendations that will allow athletes to earn income through endorsements and social media content. This decision comes on the heels of significant pressure being put on the association over the past year, as Congress has gotten involved after numerous state legislatures passed laws allowing student-athletes to profit off of their NIL rights." --

April 29: "The Texas Tech Red Raiders have landed a commitment from former VCU big man Marcus Santos-Silva, arguably the nation's best available transfer... A 6-foot-7 power forward, Santos-Silva was VCU's leading scorer and rebounder last season. He averaged 12.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, while shooting 56.9% from the field." --

April 28: "Five-star point guard Daishen Nix is decommitting from UCLA and signing with the new G League pathway program, the league announced Tuesday... Nix is the third player to join the G League from the 2020 class, following No. 1 prospect Jalen Green and five-star forward Isaiah Todd, both of whom made the decision earlier this month. Nix is the first player to renege on a signed letter of intent to join the G League." --

April 27: "Tulane guard Teshaun Hightower has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, battery and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in connection with a homicide that occurred on April 8th in Stockbridge, Georgia." --

"According to a Facebook post by the Henry County Police Department, Hightower is one of six men who were subjects in the homicide investigation. Five of the men were in custody on Sunday, including Hightower's brother, Jeffery. One man still hadn't been arrested, according to jail records" --

April 25: "Wake Forest has fired Danny Manning after six seasons as head coach in Winston Salem. Manning had just one winning season during his tenure with the Demon Deacons. He did not finish above .500 in league play in any of his six seasons... He is owed roughly $15 million for a buyout based on a contract extension that he signed in 2017." --

April 22: "Boise State University, which is already facing $10 million in losses because of a partial shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is furloughing many of its employees, including coaches and athletics staff... The university said 12-month employees earning more than $40,000 per year are required to take furloughs between May 3 and July 31. The highest-paid employees making more than $150,000 annually will have to take 10-day furloughs." --

April 16: "California high school star Jalen Green, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 ESPN 100, is making the leap to a reshaped NBA professional pathway program -- a G League initiative that sources say will pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor league's traditional team structure. Green -- a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft -- announced Thursday that he is bypassing college to become the professional pathway's first participant, a decision that likely clears the way for more commitments from elite prospects." --

April 16: "Kentucky landed a commitment from Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin, he said Thursday... Toppin, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in a reserve role at Rhode Island last season. He started four games." --

April 13: "Ziaire Williams is headed to Stanford. The No. 1 small forward in the Class of 2020 and the No. 6 player in the nation according to, Williams chose the Cardinal over Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, UCLA and USC." --

April 11: "Vernon Carey Jr., who led Duke in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots this past season, announced Friday that he would enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound Carey is the No. 4 center and No. 28 prospect overall of ESPN's best available prospects." --

April 9: "Jay Scrubb will not play college basketball for Louisville this season. The top JuCo prospect in the country, a product of John A. Logan College, will instead turn pro regardless of where he is projected to be picked in the NBA draft, his father told 247 Sports." --

April 7: "Arizona has landed a commitment from Seattle graduate transfer Terrell Brown, one of the top-10 grad transfers this spring... Brown earned first-team All-WAC honors last season after averaging 20.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He was a second-team All-WAC selection in 2018-19." --

April 6: "Louisville has landed a commitment from former Radford guard Carlik Jones, the top graduate transfer in the country, Jones announced Sunday night... Jones, a 6-foot-1 guard from Cincinnati, emerged as the No. 1 graduate transfer in the country after entering the transfer portal in late March. The Big South Player of the Year averaged 20.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season, shooting 40.9% from 3-point range." --

April 5: "Ole Miss landed one of the top graduate transfers on the market on Sunday, as former Rider guard Dimencio Vaughn announced his commitment to the Rebels." --

April 4: "Rick Pitino and his staff continue to build their roster for the 2020-21 season and beyond. Pitino has added his first and second commits in the 2021 class with the addition of Life Christian Academy (VA) wings Ikechi Chantilou and Kenard Richarson, a source confirmed to ZAGSBLOG Saturday." --

April 3: "Oregon senior Sabrina Ionescu and Dayton sophomore Obi Toppin were named winners of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy, presented annually to college basketball’s most outstanding players, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. " --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from March, 2020

March 31: "Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is the new head coach at Division I-bound Tarleton State, the school announced Monday. Gillispie agreed to a four-year deal, according to the Stephenville, Texas-based school." --

March 29: "Top-50 senior Cliff Omoruyi announced his commitment to Rutgers on Sunday, becoming the Scarlet Knights' highest-ranked recruit since 2008... Omoruyi, who attends Roselle Catholic High School (New Jersey), is ranked No. 49 in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2020. He slots in at No. 9 among centers. " --

March 28: "Kentucky Wildcats freshman Johnny Juzang announced Friday he is transferring from the school... Juzang, a 6-foot-6 wing from Los Angeles, reclassified into the 2019 class last April and committed to Kentucky in early May. He was the No. 30-ranked recruit in the ESPN 100 for 2019." --

March 27: "Tennessee has landed a commitment from Sacred Heart graduate transfer E.J. Anosike, a first-team All-Northeast Conference selection last season." --

March 25: "Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape has committed to Duke, he told ESPN on Tuesday. Tape chose the Blue Devils over a final four that also included Syracuse, USC and Ohio State. He will be eligible immediately in Durham, North Carolina, next season." --

March 23: "Former Harvard forward Seth Towns announced on Sportscenter that he will be transferring to Ohio State over Duke... Towns, in theory, is a perfect piece for the Buckeyes. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2018, having averaging 16.0 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 44.1 percent from three." --

March 22: "Former Harvard wing Seth Towns, the best graduate transfer on the market, committed to Ohio State on Saturday night. Towns, a Columbus native, chose the Buckeyes over Duke, while his final list also included Kansas, Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan and Maryland. He will be eligible immediately next season and should have two seasons of eligibility." --

March 20: "Loyola Marymount has hired Marquette associate head coach Stan Johnson as its next head coach, the school announced Friday. Johnson has been at Marquette for five seasons and was the point man in the recruitment of Markus Howard, a first-team All-American and the nation's leading scorer." --

March 15: "Rick Pitino has returned to college basketball as he has been hired by Iona. The Hall of Famer has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach at Iona. Tim Cluess, who had spent ten seasons with the Gaels, announced that he was stepping down from the position due to health reasons on Friday. He had won either the regular season or the conference tournament title every year from 2012-2019." --

March 14: "The NCAA is suspending on-campus and off-campus recruiting for all Division I sports through April 15. In the wake of the coronavirus threat, the NCAA has taken measures to mitigate any risks associated with the virus, and that now includes recruiting. The NCAA recently canceled remaining winter and spring championships, while some conferences have made decisions to further cancel competition." --

March 12: "The 2020 NCAA tournament is canceled. The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments became the latest sporting events to get erased from the American sports calendar. The NCAA’s decision to cancel was officially announced on Thursday afternoon. The global world of sports has been flipped upside down the past 24 hours in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak." --

March 12: "The Power 5 leagues -- the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 -- canceled their men's basketball conference tournaments Thursday, with several leagues going as far as to indefinitely postpone all athletic events amid the coronavirus pandemic." --

March 12: "The Colonial Athletic Association said Thursday that a game official who worked this week's CAA men's basketball tournament in Washington, D.C., has tested positive for the coronavirus." --

March 10: "The Ivy League on Tuesday canceled its upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, scuttling the Boston event as the coronavirus scare begins to wrap its tentacles around American sporting events. Yale, winner of the men’s regular season title, punched an automatic ticket to The Dance with the news. Princeton won the women’s regular season championship and will also go the NCAA Tournament." -- NY Daily News

March 4: "Chicago State became the first college basketball team to cancel games due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The Bobcats informed the WAC on Tuesday night that they will not be traveling to play road games at Seattle or at Utah Valley this week, according to a report from Stadium." --

March 2: "Providence has just about played their way into the NCAA tournament thanks for a February that saw them win five games against ranked teams and earn six of their eight Quad 1 wins on the season. And if you have been following the Friars closely this season, it may come as a surprise to you that the best player on the floor in those two games was point guard Luwane Pipkins. The grad transfer from UMass had 24 points in an 84-72 win over Marquette in the Dunk on Tuesday night and followed that up with 27 points in a 58-54 win at Villanova on Saturday." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from February, 2020

Feb. 26: "The biggest winner of the night was, without question, Oklahoma. The Sooners picked up their fourth Quad 1 win of the season with an impressive, 65-51 win over Texas Tech (15). It snaps a three-game losing streak that had dropped Oklahoma to 17-11 on the season and sets them up for a massive trip to West Virginia (17) on Saturday, who they beat at home earlier this month. They are now 17-11 on the season and are sitting with a 4-9 record against the top Quad and nine total wins against the top two Quads. It’s also worth noting they only have two road wins on the season — at Texas (66) and at North Texas (92)." --

Feb. 25: "Florida State: Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the No. 6 Seminoles used a 42-16 tidal wave over the course of the final 15 minutes to turn a 51-40 deficit into an 82-67 win over No. 11 Louisville. It was everything that you expect a Florida State team to be during that stretch. They forced turnovers, they switched everything defensively, they dared you to try and beat them in isolation, and they did it all while getting the kind of balanced effort that makes it impossible to key in on a single player. Five guys were in double-figures on Monday night, and that doesn’t include the eight points that Leonard Hamilton’s club got from Anthony Polite off the bench. This program is a machine." --

Feb. 24: "Udoka Azubuike (Kansas) put together one of the most dominant performances I can ever remember seeing on Saturday against Baylor. He finished with 23 points points on 11-for-13 shooting, 19 boards and three blocks, but that really doesn’t entirely reflect the impact that he had on the game. Offensively, it was obvious. The first time that Kansas and Baylor faced off, the Jayhawks were smothered by Baylor’s defense, as the Bears completely took away Doke by, essentially, double-teaming him before a pass was even made into the post. Kansas answered on Saturday by putting Doke in ball-screen after ball-screen after ball-screen, and his ability to be a vertical spacer was something that the Bears had no answer for." --

Feb. 23: "NO. 3 KANSAS BEAT NO. 1 BAYLOR IN WACO: It’s weird when the highlight of a college basketball Saturday happens in the first game, but that was precisely the case today, as Udoka Azubuike put together one of the most dominant performances on both ends of the floor that we have seen this season in a 64-61 win over the No. 1-ranked Baylor Bears in Waco." --

Feb. 22: "Udoka Azubuike wasn’t hard to find this time around. The 7-footer put together the best performance of his college basketball career on Saturday afternoon, going for 23 points, 19 boards and three blocks while shooting 11-for-13 from the floor as No. 3 Kansas went into the Ferrell Center and staked their claim to the title fo the best team in college basketball with a 64-61 win over No. 1 Baylor." --

Feb. 21: "We did not get much more clarity in the Pac-12 regular season title race on Thursday night. All four teams that were sitting in a tie for first-place in the league were in action, and the only one that lost — No. 14 Oregon — is the one that was playing on the road against another league leader. The Ducks fell at Arizona State on Thursday night, losing 77-72 as the Sun Devils picked up their sixth straight win. They are now sitting at 9-4 in the league and have more or less played their way into a spot where missing out of the NCAA tournament would be something of an upset." --

Feb. 18: "Each college basketball season begins with a clean slate for all 353 teams. As of now, there's just one undefeated DI men's college basketball team left — No. 4 San Diego State (26-0). We'll continue to track the Aztecs all season to see if they can achieve an undefeated regular season. No team has had a perfect season since Indiana went 32-0 in 1976. Including that year, there have only been seven undefeated seasons in Division I basketball since the start of the NCAA tournament in 1939. Only Wichita State and Kentucky have taken perfect records into the NCAA tournament since 2014. That year, the Shockers reached the Round of 32 at 35-0 before their only loss of the season. The following year, the Wildcats finished 38-1, carrying a perfect record into the Final Four." --

Feb. 17: "Marcus Garrett played the best game of his life on Saturday. Oklahoma decided that what they were going to do defensively was to try and take away Udoka Azubuike by using whoever was supposed to be guarding Garrett to park in the paint and double Doke as quickly as possible. Garrett was going to have to prove that he would be good enough to make the Sooners pay, and honestly, it wasn’t a bad strategy. Entering Saturday, Marcus Garrett hadn’t made a three since January 14th. He had only attempted a single three in the month of February. In his last 14 games, he was 3-for-17 from three, combined." --

Feb. 16: "No. 5 Louisville eliminated any and all chance that they might end up being a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday this week. After suffering what we all thought was going to be their worst loss of the season on Wednesday, losing at Georgia Tech, the Cardinals came out on Saturday and … made five first half field goals at Clemson? Louisville trailed 31-14 at the break. They shot 15.6 percent in the first half. They were down by as many as 21 points to a team that entered the afternoon 12-12 on the season. Both Josh Pastner and Brad Brownell entered this week on the hot seat, and if they do keep their jobs this season, one of the reasons why will be that they beat Louisville this year. Wouldn’t that be ironic." --

Feb. 14: "How often do teams that go on 20-0 runs lose? I know of at least one time that it happened: On Thursday night, when Colorado turned a 16-10 deficit at Oregon into a 30-16 lead and still managed to find a way to take a loss.. What’s far more interesting is that the Pac-12 race now, functionally, has a four-way tie for first-place. Colorado and Oregon are both sitting at 8-4 in the league with Arizona and Arizona State sitting at 7-4 in league play. Should I mention that both USC and UCLA are sitting one-game out of first place?" --

Feb. 13: "The [Florida] Gators could not afford to lose to Texas A&M (133) on Wednesday night, and they got the win they needed, beating the Aggies by 17 in College Station. As it stands, Florida’s resume is more or less built on a home win over Auburn (15) and a neutral court win over Xavier (42). They are now 6-9 against the top two Quads without a Quad 3 or 4 loss, but this is still not a very strong resume. With two games left against Kentucky (22) and a home date with LSU (27), the Gators are not as comfortable is it may seem, but they will have chances to improve." --

Feb. 12: "In the history of the bracket, 120 No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Sweet 16 compared to 89 No. 2 seeds. To put that difference of 31 appearances into context: The difference between 2-seeds and 4-seeds is 23. If you take it a few steps further, No. 1 seeds have 66 Final Four appearances, nearly as many as No. 2, 3 and 4 seeds combined (67). So there may not be much difference in skill between the top-eight teams in this tournament, but it's tough to deny that seeds matter, and it's not just the battle for the top seeds." --

Feb. 11: "No. 24 Texas Tech won their third straight game on Monday night, absolutely mollywhopping TCU in Lubbock to the tune of a 88-42 win. Jahmi’us Ramsey and Davide Moretti both had 17 points in the win. As a team, the Red Raiders shot 59 percent from three. Either Baylor or Kansas — and maybe both — is going to end up winning the Big 12 regular season title, but at this point, it seems like the Red Raiders have solidified themselves as the third best team in that conference." --

Feb. 10: "Florida State at Duke (Monday): The winner of this one will stay within striking distance of Louisville at the top of the ACC standings, while the loser will fall two games back of the Cardinals in the loss column. Moreover, Florida State could really use another marquee win to pair with its road victory over Louisville at the beginning of January and Duke has to win to stay in the mix for a top-five ranking." --

"Kansas at West Virginia (Wednesday): Kansas leads the nation in a number of résumé categories, from strength of schedule to Quadrant 1 wins to the average opponent NET in its wins. But the Jayhawks have to keep winning to remain one game behind Baylor at the top of the Big 12, and another top-15 win would provide some 1-seed insurance moving forward." --

Feb. 9: "In what might be the game of the season to date, No. 7 Duke erased a 13 point deficit in the final 4:31 to force overtime (off of a missed Tre Jones free throw!) at the buzzer only to erased a five-point deficit in the final 21 seconds to win the game (off another missed Tre Jones free throw!!) at the buzzer again. It was bonkers." --

Feb. 7: "I think that it’s pretty safe to say that the biggest game of Cincinnati’s season came on Thursday night, and the Bearcats delivered. Jarron Cumberland finally looks like Jarron Cumberland again, as he scored a game-winning three-point play in the final seconds to land a win at Wichita State (38). It’s the first Quad 1 win for the Bearcats, who are suddenly in first place in the American thanks to action elsewhere in the conference. There are two major problems with Cincinnati’s resume right now: They don’t have an elite win and there aren’t any elite wins available for them." --

Feb. 6: "Purdue earned a blowout win over No. 17 Iowa on Wednesday night with a decisive 104-68 Big Ten home victory. Shooting a ridiculous 19-for-34 from three-point range, the Boilermakers scored 61 points in the first half and never looked back. Following an impressive comeback road win to close out Northwestern over the weekend, Purdue continued a strong stretch to improve to 6-6 in Big Ten play." --

Feb. 5: "Whatever concerns of a collapse there may have been about Penn State when the Nittany Lions dropped three-straight a couple weeks ago, well, those are proving to be unfounded. No. 22 Penn State continued its resurgence under Pat Chambers on Tuesday with an impressive 75-70 win over No. 16 Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, the Nittany Lions’ fifth-straight – and by far best – victory since that three-game January skid" --

Feb. 4: "The Bears jumped out to a 22-6 lead on Kansas State on the road and never looked back. The Wildcats made it interesting, but they never tied the game and only managed to cover the 6.5 points thanks to one of the most excruciatingly bad beats of the season." --

Feb. 2: "Houston guard DeJon Jarreau was ejected from a 64-62 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday after referees ruled that he bit Bearcat forward Mamadou Diarra in the leg." --

"Denzel Mahoney scored 21 points off the bench while Ty-shon Alexander and Mitchell Ballock combined to shoot 9-for-13 from three as Creighton went into the Wells Fargo Center and jumped all over No. 10 Villanova, 76-61. They were up 31-14 before Villanova woke up and the Wildcats never got closer than three the rest of the way." --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from January, 2020

JAN. 31: "Anthony Cowan finished with a career-high 31 points to go along with six assists and six boards as No. 18 Maryland knocked off No. 15 Iowa, 82-72, in College Park. The Terps have now won four in a row and seven of their last nine games as they improved to 17-4 on the season and 7-3 in the Big Ten, just a game out of first place. We’re getting close to the point where it is time for us to start asking if Maryland has actually turned a corner." --

JAN. 30: "Entering Wednesday night, defending national runner-up Texas Tech had a very unusual NCAA tournament profile. The Red Raiders were ranked in the AP top 25 just last week. An overtime home loss to Kentucky on Saturday continued a troubling trend of Texas Tech losing Q1 games. The Red Raiders found themselves only 1-7 against Q1 teams entering this week. They only had three Q2/Q3 wins as well. Things changed dramatically for the Red Raiders’ on Wednesday. Texas Tech tore apart the nation’s No. 1 defense in a convincing 89-81 Big 12 win over No. 12 West Virginia." --

JAN. 29: "Villanova runs streak to seven ahead of grueling stretch: Jay Wright’s team had little trouble winning its seventh-straight Tuesday with a 79-59 victory at Madison Square Garden over St. John’s. Saddiq Bey was brilliant, scoring 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting, including 5 of 9 from deep. Collin Gillespie was equally great, going for 17 points, 13 boards and six assists while Jeremiah Robinson-Early had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Cole Swider and Justin Moore both had 11 to put all five Wildcat starters in double-figures to help offset the absence of the injured Jermaine Samuels." --

JAN. 28: "For 33 minutes, this looked like Wisconsin’s night, like the Badgers were going to go into Carver-Hawkeye Arena and make a statement with a road win against a ranked team in a league where those are few and far between. That’s not what happened. Iowa used a 21-2 run late in the second half to turn a 57-45 deficit into a 66-59 lead, holding on for a 68-62 home win that few saw coming. And to me, this is the kind of win that speaks to the change in what we have seen in the Iowa program this season. Fair or not, the reputation the Hawkeyes have had in the past is to start the year out well before collapsing late in the season. This is precisely the kind of game that they would lose in past seasons." --

JAN. 25: "Kentucky will be down a five-star recruit for the rest of the season. Kahlil Whitney, who was the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2019, according to 247 Sports’ composite ranking, announced on Friday that he will be leaving the Kentucky program." --

JAN. 24: "It hasn’t really been discussed much nationally to this point, but BYU is a really good, really dangerous team this season when they are at full strength. The problem has been that they’ve barely been at full strength. Their best player is Yoeli Childs, a 6-foot-9 center with all the tools that make him an intriguing NBA prospect and, in turn, an absolute monster in the WCC. But he missed the first nine games of the season because of a paperwork issue withdrawing from last year’s NBA draft, and then had to sit out the last four after injuring his finger. But he’s back now." --

JAN. 23: "Rutgers basketball was typically an afterthought in the Big Ten and rarely in contention during its Big East days. Fast forward to 2020, the Scarlet Knights are not only winning, but they are also ranked in the AP Poll for the first time in 41 years. In fact, they have already matched their win total from last season in January with 14." --

"No. 20 MEMPHIS LOST BY 40 TO TULSA: That is not a typo. The 20th-ranked team in the country went into Tulsa, Okla., and lost to the Golden Hurricane, 80-40. Tulsa was up 40-17 at halftime. This was a butt-whooping that was so bad that all Tulsa needed to do was score a single point in the second half and they would have been able to get the win." --

"Redshirt freshman Shareef O'Neal announced that he is transferring from UCLA on Wednesday evening. " --

"Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa has been suspended 12 games for his role in the brawl between the Jayhawks and Kansas State on Tuesday, the Big 12 announced on Wednesday." --

JAN. 21: "Walter McCarty was fired as Evansville’s head coach on Tuesday night. The school officially announced the decision after additional reports of alleged misconduct. On administrative leave since Dec. 26, McCarty was under investigation for Title IX violations." --

JAN. 21: "Kansas and Kansas State engaged in a brawl in the final seconds of the Jayhawks' 81-60 victory on Tuesday. Kansas State guard DaJuan Gordon was rejected on a layup in the final seconds by Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa. De Sousa then stood over Gordon until the Kansas State bench emptied and ran toward DeSousa. Kansas's bench then also cleared as the brawl spilled toward the stands at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas." --

JAN. 21: "The Shaka Smart era at Texas feels like it has hit an inflection point. On Monday night, the Longhorns went into Morgantown, W.V., and found themselves wishing Country Roads would take them home before the first half came to a close. No. 14 West Virginia, coming off of blowout loss at Kansas State on Saturday, used a 28-2 run over a 10 minute stretch in the first half to turn a 15-13 lead into a 43-15 blowout. They would go on to win 97-59. The loss dropped Texas to 12-6 on the season and 2-4 in the Big 12. " --

JAN. 19: "DUKE LOST THEIR SECOND GAME THIS WEEK: David Johnson exploded on to the scene with 19 points, seven assists, four boards, three steals and two blocks. Louisville exorcised some demons. Duke looked like a team that is banged up, can’t guard the four and lacks a go-to scorer." --

"Auburn entered this seek as one of just two undefeated teams left in college basketball, but there were question marks. The Tigers don’t have a single win over a team ranked in the top 40 on KenPom. They have only played three Quad 1 games this season. Their only Quad 1 win is barely a Quad 1 win: It came at Mississippi State, who currently ranks 70th in the NET; the cutoff for Quad 1 road wins is top 75." --

JAN. 17: "Kyle Smith landed his first big win as the head coach of the Cougars as he knocked off the 8th-ranked Ducks, 72-61, in Pullman. C.J. Elleby scored 25 points to lead the way for Wazzu, who improves to 11-7 on the season and 2-3 in the Pac-12 with the win. The loss is more relevant for Oregon, however, as they fall two games off the pace that Stanford has set in the Pac-12." --

JAN. 13: "UNC Wilmington fired coach C.B. McGrath on Monday, the school announced. Assistant coach Rob Burke will take over for the rest of the season on an interim basis." --

"If you wanted to know what makes Isaac Okoro a guy that has NBA scouts salivating, look no farther than what he did this week. On Tuesday night, he scored 23 points on 6-for-9 shooting in a win over Vanderbilt. He got to the line 14 times and threw down this absolutely gargantuan dunk that nearly put Ejike Obinna in the hospital. He’s a freight train when he puts the ball on the floor and gets a step, and when — not if, when — that jumper finally comes around, there are going to be so many more chances for him to get a step on a defender. But the best part of Okoro’s game is what he can do defensively, and that was on display on Saturday." --

JAN. 12: "The first time that Clemson played a college basketball game at North Carolina was way back in 1926. 94 years and 59 games later, the Tigers earned their first-ever win in Chapel Hill, erasing a late 10-point deficit to land a 79-76 overtime win over a reeling Tar Heels team. Williams was visibly upset after the loss, but it wasn’t because the streak came to an end. He blamed himself, telling reporters after the game that he forgot to tell his players to foul on the final possession of regulation when they were up by three points. Aamir Simms eventually hit a three with 3.5 seconds left that tied the game." --

JAN. 12: "Over the course of the last four games, No. 14 Kentucky has asserted themselves as one of the best teams in college basketball once again. They’ve knocked off Louisville, Missouri, Georgia and Alabama during that run, and it should come as no coincidence that the best stretch of Kentucky’s season has come at the same time that Nick Richards has played the best basketball of his career. In those four games, Richards is averaging 16.0 points, 10.0 boards and 2.5 blocks, but more importantly, he’s staying on the floor for more than 29 minutes per game. He’s starting to figure things out, and that, in turn, has helped build his confidence, his belief in himself." --

JAN. 11: "When the final overtime buzzer sounded, Clemson forward John Newman III picked up head coach Brad Brownell in celebration. The Tigers had seconds earlier done something that no Clemson team had ever done before: win in Chapel Hill. Clemson entered Saturday's contest having lost 59 straight games on the road against UNC, an NCAA-record road losing streak against a single opponent. But after a late second half rally forced the game into overtime, Clemson prevailed in the extra frame, winning 79-76." --

JAN. 10: "Washington point guard Quade Green has been ruled academically ineligible, the school announced Thursday. Green is ineligible for the winter quarter, which ends March 20." --

JAN. 9: "Auburn’s undefeated start has been tricky to parse. On one hand, it’s been the byproduct of an exceptionally blah non-conference schedule, with close wins over NC State and Furman the closest the Tigers have come to being challenged. On the other hand, they’re having their way with pretty much everyone, leaning on five seniors who contributed to last year’s Final Four team and stellar freshman Isaac Okoro, who’s been their most valuable player" --

JAN. 7: "Cassius Winston played maybe the best game of his college basketball career on Sunday as the Spartans beat down intra-state rival Michigan, 80-66. He finished the game with 32 points and nine assists, making 11-of-19 shots from the floor and breaking more than a few ankles in the process. The bigger story here, however, is that Winston looks like he is back to being his old self. It’s not really a secret that the story of this Michigan State season really has nothing to do with Michigan State basketball. It has to do with Winston himself, his emotional well-being and the way that he is grieving the loss of his brother." --

JAN. 6: "Gonzaga, Duke and Kansas remain atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The rest of the top 10 is a big jumble. The Bulldogs received 54 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in the poll released Monday. The Blue Devils had nine first-place votes and the Jayhawks two." --

JAN. 6: "This week, however, the big story is the newest arrival inside the top five: San Diego State. The Aztecs are one of two unbeatens remaining in college basketball, and they improved to 15-0 on Saturday after winning at Utah State -- arguably their toughest game left on the schedule. Brian Dutcher's team gets the edge on Auburn, the other unbeaten team, for the No. 5 spot due to the Aztecs' collection of quality wins. They now own victories over Iowa, Creighton, BYU and Utah State, compared to Auburn's best win coming against NC State." --

JAN. 5: "I’ll go on the record saying that Duke is the best team in the ACC this season, and at this point, I don’t that is a controversial opinion in the least. They have the best point guard in the conference. They probably have the best big man in the conference. Their wings are starting to figure things out. Hell, I think you can make a pretty compelling case right now that they are the best team in college basketball, and nothing about their blowout win at Miami changes my mind." --

JAN. 3: "The injury issues keep building for North Carolina this season. Anthony Harris, a freshman point guard from Virginia, tore his ACL in a Dec. 30 win over Yale and will miss the rest of the season, the school announced on Friday. Harris had only played in five games this season, averaging 6.8 points, after returning from a torn ACL he suffered in December of 2018 while a senior in high school." --

JAN. 2: "San Diego State won their 14th straight game on Wednesday night, taking care of Fresno State despite the fact that they were missing a couple of injured players, including starting center Nathan Mensah. The Aztecs are one of just two undefeated teams left in the country, which is perfect because on Saturday, the 14th-ranked Aztecs head to Logan to take on Utah State in a battle of the preseason Mountain West favorite and the current Mountain West favorite." --

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