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NCAA Championship Game
(1) Virginia 85, (3) Texas Tech 77, OT

Final Four Results
(1) Virginia 63, (5) Auburn 62
(3) Texas Tech 61, (2) Michigan State 51

Elite Eight Results
(5) Auburn 77, (2) Kentucky 71, OT
(2) Michigan State 68, (1) Duke 67
(3) Texas Tech 75, (1) Gonzaga 69
(1) Virginia 80, (3) Purdue 75, OT

Sweet 16 Results
(2) Michigan State 80, (3) LSU 63
(5) Auburn 97, (1) North Carolina 80
(1) Duke 75, (4) Virginia Tech 73
(2) Kentucky 62, (3) Houston 58
(1) Gonzaga 72, (4) Florida State 58
(3) Purdue 99, (2) Tennessee 94, OT
(3) Texas Tech 63, (2) Michigan 44
(1) Virginia 53, (12) Oregon 49

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from April, 2019


Cole Anthony, a top five player and the best point guard in the Class of 2019, announced on Tuesday morning that he will be playing his college basketball for North Carolina. --

Arizona has landed a commitment from UC Irvine grad transfer Max Hazzard, one of the most sought after transfers on the market this season. Hazzard’s brother, Jacob, was a walk-on for the Wildcats from 2012-2016. --

The rich got richer on Monday, as one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the 2019 class, four-star guard Cassius Stanley, announced his commitment to Duke. Stanley's decision comes on the heels of top-10 recruit Matthew Hurt also choosing the Blue Devils on Friday, further cementing what's poised to be Duke's fourth consecutive year with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class on the 247Sports composite. --

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Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston will return to the program for his senior season, Winston announced on Friday... The 6'1" Winston averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 33.5 minutes while playing in all 39 games. --


Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver has declared for the 2019 NBA draft. Culver announced his decision during a press conference at United Supermarkets Arena on Thursday and thanked his coaches and teammates before declaring. --


Virginia took care of business, and Texas Tech, on Monday night, coming away with their first championship and an 85–77 win in overtime... The De’Andre Hunter/Jarrett Culver battle proved gripping. Both players were total duds in the first half (due in part to their respective defensive efforts on one another), then stepped up down the stretch. In the end, it was Hunter’s impressive late-game display of outside shooting that saved Virginia, and he finished with 27 points and six rebounds on 4-of-5 three-point shooting. --

De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left in overtime put the Cavaliers up a pair, and Texas Tech went on nearly a 2-minute scoring drought as Virginia exorcised the ghost of UMBC with the first championship in school history. The Cavaliers led by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Red Raiders knotted things up with just over 3 minutes to play in regulation. --

A career-high 27 point performance and lockdown defense from De'Andre Hunter led Tony Bennett's Cavaliers to an 85–77 victory on Monday night in an overtime thriller in Minneapolis. --

Texas Tech's first field goal of the game came more than seven and a half minutes into the first half on a three-point jumper from sophomore guard Davide Moretti. The Red Raiders followed back-to-back threes from Brandone Francis and Kyler Edwards with a third three–Francis's second–got their offense rolling as Texas Tech knocked in nine points in a two-minute span to start a 12–2 run. --

Two weeks ago, everyone was lamenting the lack of upsets, buzzer-beaters and, frankly, drama in the first two rounds of the Big Dance. The 12 top seeds all advanced to the Sweet 16, plus two No. 4 seeds, one No. 5 seed, and a No. 12 seed from a Power 5 conference. The plus—and much more important—side of chalk dominating the first two rounds is that the final 16 teams alive this college basketball season were the very best in the sport. And that created two wonderfully compelling weeks of basketball, culminating in a national championship game worthy of punctuating one of the best NCAA tournaments ever. --

The celebration is on in Charlottesville as Virginia has won the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Cavaliers have played nothing but nail-biters down the stretch, beating Purdue in overtime in the Elite Eight, Auburn by one in the Final Four and then needing overtime again in order to outlast Texas Tech in Monday night's championship game. At the conclusion of the tournament, the Final Four All-Tournament was announced. Filled entirely with Virginia and Texas Tech players, the coveted Most Outstanding Player honor was awarded to Kyle Guy. --


Duke freshman point guard Tre Jones will return for a sophomore season, putting his NBA dreams on hold. --


The Red Raiders have been the nation’s No. 1 defensive team on KenPom for most of this season behind head coach Chris Beard’s hard-nosed culture and assistant coach Mark Adams’ strategy. Even though the Red Raiders had to replace most of last season’s Elite Eight core, they find themselves 40 minutes away from the national title thanks to their relentless pressure on defense. --

Virginia, the nation’s No. 5 defense on KenPom, has suffocated opponents during the Tony Bennett era. The Cavaliers slowly choke opponents like a boa constrictor thanks to their trademark pack-line defense. In a league with offensive juggernauts like Duke and North Carolina, Virginia continues to win ACC regular-season titles thanks in large part to their defense. --

Virginia's De'Andre Hunter vs. Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver: Look no further than the two top NBA prospects on the court. Both Hunter and Culver were clearly the top options during key second half possessions of Saturday's semifinals, and the two wing forwards could end up matched on each other in similar situations on Monday night. Kyle Guy made the last six six points and Ty Jerome got things started for the Wahoos, but Hunter had the ball in his hands for several of those last key possessions. Similarly, it was Mooney who got things moving for the Red Raiders but Culver who was needed to seal the win down the stretch. --

What Chris Beard has done in his three years at Texas Tech -- three years! -- is nothing short of remarkable. Lubbock, Texas, is not exactly a hotbed for basketball. Bobby Knight went there, and he didn't take Texas Tech anywhere near this far. Tubby Smith went there, and he didn't take Texas Tech anywhere near this far. --

Fortunately for coach Chris Beard and the Red Raiders, graduate transfer Matt Mooney was ready for the big stage. Mooney, who transferred from South Dakota last spring, finished with 22 points and four 3-pointers. Midway through the second half, Mooney hit three 3-pointers in a 2-minute, 35-second span that extended Texas Tech's lead from six points to 12. --

Virginia is an elite shooting team, and has been all season, ranking eighth in the country in three-point percentage. Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter shoot a combined 41.7% from distance, and all of them have attempted at least 100 threes. Texas Tech, meanwhile, has Jarrett Culver, who’s likely to be a top-10 pick in this year’s NBA draft. Add to the mix good shooter Matt Mooney, and great shooter Davide Moretti (46.3% three-point percentage), and you get a Red Raider squad that has plenty of offense to go along with its top-rated defense. --


The Tigers will be an underdog when they take on the Cavaliers, who entering the day are the favorite to win not only Saturday, but also the tournament. With the extra pep in the step Barkley infused from his pre-game speech, though, expect the Tigers to be plenty fired up come tip time. --

Duke is "looking into" attorney Michael Avenatti's allegation that Nike paid Zion Williamson's mother for consulting services while her son was a top high school recruit, according to athletic director Kevin White. Avenatti, who has been charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million in payments from Nike, alleged on Twitter on Friday night that Nike paid for "bogus" services in 2016 or 2017 "as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke." --

The Buffalo Bulls have promoted Nate Oats' top assistant, Jim Whitesell, to take over the men's basketball program, the school announced Saturday. --

Kevin Willard will stay the head coach at Seton Hall after listening to an offer from Virginia Tech. --

Chris Mullin will be back at St. John’s next year, according to the school’s athletic director. --


Auburn's top two scorers on the season, guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper, are battling illness on Friday just a day before the start of the 2019 Final Four. A third player, backup point guard J'Von McCormick, is also battling a bug. --

The shot that altered Virginia basketball history -- Mamadi Diakite's buzzer-beater to send Virginia to overtime against Purdue, later netting the Cavaliers an 80-75 triumph -- can be traced back to a moment. It was the end of the ACC Tournament. Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite called a meeting with his coach, Tony Bennett. He wanted to make one thing clear. "I wanted to tell him that I'm ready," Diakite told CBS Sports. --

Vanderbilt has hired former NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse to be its next coach, the university announced on Friday. "I am extremely excited to join the Vanderbilt family and build on the incredible accomplishments of its athletics program and men's basketball program," Stackhouse said in a statement. --

Georgia State has hired Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier as its next head coach, the school announced Friday morning. Lanier replaces Ron Hunter, who left last month for the vacancy at Tulane. --


The UCLA Bruins and representatives for TCU coach Jamie Dixon have engaged on contract parameters and his buyout with the Horned Frogs, sources told ESPN on Wednesday, but no deal has yet been reached. Dixon is among the finalists to replace Steve Alford, who was fired by the Bruins on New Year's Eve. --

Freshman Jahvon Quinerly will transfer from Villanova, the school announced Wednesday. The 6'1" guard appeared in 25 games for the Wildcats this season. Quinerly will enter his name into the transfer portal later this week. --

Buzz Williams will be the next head coach at Texas A&M. Virginia Tech confirmed as much on Wednesday morning, but this had been the worst kept secret in college basketball for months. --


Duke's Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett might have come up short in their bid to win a national championship, but they still managed to make a bit of history. The Duke duo was named to the The Associated Press All-America team on Tuesday, becoming the second freshman teammates to make the first team in the same season. They were joined on the first team by Tennessee's Grant Williams, Murray State's Ja Morant and Cassius Winston of Michigan State. --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from March, 2019


Nebraska is finalizing a deal to hire former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as the school's next head coach, multiple outlets reported Saturday. A source confirmed the hire to Sports Illustrated. --

Duke escaped with another NCAA tournament win on Friday night as they outlasted ACC rival Virginia Tech to advance to the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils were carried to victory by three freshmen as Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and R.J. Barrett were the team’s three top scorers. But it was the absence of the team’s fourth five-star freshman, Cam Reddish, that has people asking questions ahead of Sunday’s showdown in the East Region with No. 2 seed Michigan State. --

Auburn is the lowest remaining seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Tigers are the rest of the field's worst nightmare. Auburn took down its second straight college basketball giant Friday night in the Sweet 16, running away from North Carolina in the second half for a 97-80 victory. The Tigers, the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region, will play Kentucky on Sunday. The Tigers beat the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels the same way they took down Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16. They made 17 of 37 3-point shots (46 percent), including 12 of 18 in the second half. They buried 43 percent of their 3s in beating the Jayhawks. --

One by one, Auburn rained down 3s against North Carolina, 12 of them in the second half and 17 overall. At some point, it became too much even for a high-scoring team like the Tar Heels. As a result, the Tar Heels fell hard to the Tigers in the Sweet 16. North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, is going home early after a 97-80 loss that left them stunned. --


Nebraska has parted ways with coach Tim Miles after seven seasons, the team announced on Tuesday. The favorite to replace Miles is former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, multiple sources told ESPN. --

Miles has been the head coach of the Cornhuskers since 2012, racking up a 116-114 record and a 52-76 mark in Big Ten play. He reached the NCAA tournament in his second season in Lincoln, but failed to get back to the dance over the course of the last five years. --

Iowa State announced on Tuesday morning that they had agreed to a contract extension with head coach Steve Prohm that will keep the coach in Ames through 2025. Prohm is an Alabamian that grew up in the south, and after Avery Johnson and the Crimson Tide agreed to part ways last week, his name was one of the first that was linked to the opening. --


The Blue Devils advanced in dramatic fashion with a nail-biting win over UCF. This is the most talented team, with three lottery picks, two of whom can score almost at will in the paint. Duke's paint scoring comes in large part from its defense, drives and offensive rebounds. Duke defends the ball and gets out into the open floor as well as any team in America, and the only things that can stop Duke are poor perimeter shooting and foul trouble. Any team that has Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett is the best team. Can this team be beaten? Absolutely. But so can every other team on this list. --

Two months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that North Carolina would be this good. For those who didn't know or refused to admit it, Roy Williams is truly one of the great coaches of all time. He will not give in, and he develops his teams and players as well as anybody ever. The improvement of the Tar Heels' defense, the relentless pursuit of the ball on the glass and the dogged determination to run are all amazing to watch -- and ridiculously consistent. Cameron Johnson is one of the great (and underappreciated) college players this season. He never misses. Kenny Williams is the glue, Coby White is the speed and Garrison Brooks is the fiber. Luke Maye is the heart, and he's all heart. If there is a better group of guys playing in the tournament, I'd have a hard time pointing them out. --


George Washington is expected to hire Jamion Christian as their next head coach, sources told NBC Sports. Christian spent last season at Siena, where he finished fifth in the MAAC regular season. He had previously spent five seasons as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s, where he reached the NCAA tournament twice in five years. --

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says Marques Bolden, who missed the ACC tournament with a sprained knee, will play Friday in top-seeded Duke's NCAA tournament opener against North Dakota State, but key reserve Jack White is likely out with a hamstring injury. --

Kentucky star forward P.J. Washington has officially been ruled out of Thursday’s NCAA tournament first-round matchup against Abilene Christian with a sprained foot. --

Washington has given basketball coach Mike Hopkins an extension though the 2024-25 season, the school announced Thursday. --

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