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College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from February, 2018

February 4, 2018

Mike Krzyzewski didn't want to use inexperience or looking past a below-.500 opponent as an excuse for Duke's 81-77 upset loss to St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Duke coach didn't mince words in his criticism. "We didn't play basketball the first 32 minutes worthy of our program," Krzyzewski said. "It was disgusting, really." --

For one there is the matter of the Blue Devils’ defense, decent in the scheme of things but lacking for a team with title hopes, ranking 69th nationally in efficiency and on Saturday allowing St. John’s to have its best per-possession offensive showing since a Dec. 2 win over Sacred Heart, which currently sits ninth in the 10-team Northeast Conference. The occasional deployment of a 2-3 zone has provided temporary remedy at times this season, but against the Red Storm it did little to stem the tide, and by the time Duke clamped back down in man, it was trading punches while already backed against the ropes. --

Ohio State guard Kam Williams has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. --

Georgia sophomore guard Jordan Harris has been suspended indefinitely by the team. --

As the pile of celebrating bodies grew, Washington's Dominic Green started to get uneasy. He'd never been in the situation of celebrating a game-winning basket like this, let alone where he was the one hitting the shot. "I was really nervous," Green said. "Just because something like that had never happened, so it gave me the butterflies." Green was at the center of Washington's raucous celebration on Saturday night after his 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Huskies a 78-75 upset of No. 9 Arizona. --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from January, 2018

January 21, 2018

Zion Williamson, the most-hyped recruit from the class of 2018, committed to Duke, he announced Saturday at his Spartanburg High School. The five-star power forward from South Carolina chose the Blue Devils over Clemson, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and more. --

Krzyzewski pulled the proverbial rabbit out of a hat, landing Williamson -- and securing the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 prospects in the 2018 class, something that’s never been done since the ESPN recruiting database started in 2007. Williamson joins a class that already had No. 1 prospect R.J. Barrett and No. 3 Cameron Reddish, as well as No. 1 point guard Tre Jones, the No. 10 overall player in 2018. --

Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young scored a career–high 48 points in the Sooners' loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Young, who leads the nation in points per game and assists, went 14-39 from the floor, including 8-20 from 3-point range. --

Clemson senior forward Donte Grantham will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL during Saturday's game, the team announced. Grantham suffered the injury in the second half of a 67-58 win over Notre Dame. His right knee buckled after he was fouled from behind. --

January 20, 2018

TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher had surgery Thursday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season for the No. 24 Horned Frogs. --

January 19, 2018

An unimpressive start to the season for much of the Big Ten has made it hard for some of the league's emerging talent to stand out. That might not be the case for much longer. Michigan State's Miles Bridges is one of two players from the Big Ten to make the 25-player midseason Wooden Award watch list, released last week. The Spartans have been prohibitive favorites to win the conference since the preseason, but after a rough week in which they lost two of three games, other teams have made it clear that there are legitimate threats to contend for the title. It's time to give the players who are leading that charge their due. --


January 2, 2018

Michigan State was passed by Villanova for the No. 1 ranking after Duke and Kansas lost three weeks ago. The Spartans were No. 3 at the time, but voters moved the fourth-ranked Wildcats to the top spot. Look who's No. 1 now. Michigan State (14-1) moved up to No. 1 in the poll released on Monday, receiving 43 of 65 first-place votes following previously top-ranked Villanova's loss to Butler on Saturday. --

The Lithuanian coach who is set to welcome LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball this week told ESPN that he expects the brothers to "play a lot" once they get on the court. Virginijus Seskus, the head coach of Prienu Vytautas, said that he has watched plenty of footage of the Ball brothers -- on YouTube and also highlights sent by their agent, Harrison Gaines. --

Maryland forward Ivan Bender will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Bender has a torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury that occurred Friday night in a game against Maryland-Baltimore County. --

January 1, 2018

I'm writing this in the aftermath of a loss suffered by Villanova at Butler. The Bulldogs beat Jay Wright's No. 1-ranked team Saturday with a remarkable display of outside shooting, and when it was over, LaVall Jordan's men had a 101-93 victory over the previously undefeated Wildcats. The conventions of sportswriting require that I must now tut-tut sternly and say that Villanova's defense has been exposed. I should insist that the Wildcats will be vulnerable until they learn to do a better job of chasing opponents off the 3-point line. Last, I should warn Nova fans that they are in for a nervous time this season until and unless their team proves that it can buckle down on defense. I'm not going to do any of that, however, because I really don't believe any of that. Villanova will be fine.

December, 2017 College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories

December 14, 2017

Charlotte has fired former NBA standout Mark Price after two-plus seasons, the school announced Thursday. Price had a 30-42 mark since taking over the 49ers program, including a 16-20 record in Conference USA play. Charlotte is 3-6 this season and on a four-game losing streak. --

December 13, 2017

The University of Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses. WDRB-TV reports the university alleges that negligence and "wrongful conduct" by Pitino has tarnished the school's reputation. --

December 12, 2017

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have reached an agreement to sign professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, the team's coach/GM Virginijus Seskus and Ball family agent Harrison Gaines told ESPN's Jeff Goodman... LiAngelo and LaMelo are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after the basketball team suspended him indefinitely following a shoplifting incident on the Bruins' tour of China. LaVar said he would have both LiAngelo and LaMelo bypass college basketball and planned to search out pro jobs overseas. LaMelo was a junior in high school but dropped out. --

December 4, 2017

The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman's indefinite suspension for his participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins' trip to China. The younger Ball, along with freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three high-end stores last month when UCLA opened its season overseas. LaVar Ball told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN on Monday that he's going to explore other options for LiAngelo because ''I'm not going to let him sit back and not practice.'' -- AP/Yahoo Sports

There were a number of reasons then-No. 11 Cincinnati lost convincingly to No. 21 Xavier on Saturday. For one, the Musketeers are very good, especially when Trevon Bluiett is in All-America form, and they generally played very well. The Bearcats were also in hostile territory in front of a frothing crowd in a bitter rivalry game (more on that in a second), and they could hardly knock down an outside shot or find any complementary offense outside of their four primary scorers, and they got pushed around on the offensive glass. Basketball games are complicated puzzles with a lot going on. It’s rarely ever just one thing. --

But it’s also worth noting that Xavier might have just been more ready, not from a coaching or game-study perspective but when it comes to recent experience. Coaches often describe how non-conference schedules prepare them for league play, or league play prepares them for the postseason, and so on. Looking at the teams’ previous opponents through that prism, a disparity emerges. Undefeated Cincinnati’s only remotely notable wins were against Wyoming and Buffalo in the Cayman Islands. Xavier, meanwhile, was coming off a home win against No. 16 Baylor after a neutral-site loss to surging No. 20 Arizona State, which came a week after a never-a-pleasure trip to Wisconsin. In order words, we knew Xavier’s talent and expected success could be measured within the context of similar-caliber competition. For Cincinnati—a talented team nonetheless—the same could not really be said. --



October 27

The NAIA has agreed to move its Division II men's basketball tournament from a private Missouri college because of the school's stance on the national anthem. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the College of the Ozarks asked for the tournament to be moved because the NAIA had refused its request to require players to stand during the national anthem and would not plan a forum to discuss the issue before the tournament began. --

October 26

George Mason has signed men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen to a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season. Athletic director Brad Edwards announced the extension Tuesday. Edwards said that in Paulsen's two years as the coach, he has built a strong program "and a team that's been recognized as one of the most improved on the court."

October 24

Michigan State snuck into the NCAA tournament last season as a No. 9 seed, and, historically, a spot on the No. 9 or 10 line has represented the absolute floor for how "low" (ha) this program can get under Tom Izzo. Improvement would be the safe prediction for 2017-18 even if we didn't know anything else. But what we do know about this particular group of Spartans is so striking that there's a case to be made for them as the No. 1 team in the nation. Miles Bridges is back for his sophomore season, and he'll be joined in the starting lineup by fellow returnees Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford and Nick Ward. That still leaves one spot open on the floor for Jaren Jackson, the No. 9-rated freshman in the ESPN 100. --

October 23

North Carolina senior point guard Joel Berry II broke a bone in his right hand and will likely miss the start of the regular season... Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists last season and was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player after scoring 22 points in the win over Gonzaga in the national title game. Berry was named a Preseason First Team All-American by ESPN on Monday. --

October 21

Louisville interim coach David Padgett has promoted R.J. Evans to acting assistant coach to "unofficially round out our staff." The announcement of Evans' promotion Friday comes a day after Padgett introduced Greg Paulus as an assistant coach. Evans worked under Rick Pitino, who was fired earlier this week. Evans was given on-court responsibilities after assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair were placed on paid administrative leave. --

October 19

USA Today’s preseason coaches poll is out, and there are familiar faces all around as Duke returns to the No.1 spot for the second straight season. The Blue Devils are followed by Michigan State at No. 2, Kansas and Kentucky at Nos. 3 and 4, and Arizona in fifth. Duke brings back the mercurial Grayson Allen and has surrounded him with a number of elite freshmen recruits, including potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Marvin Bagley, big man Wendell Carter and guards Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr. After an early exit in last year’s tournament, the Blue Devils are positioned to bounce back as quickly as the new pieces start to jell. --

October 11

Villanova's Jay Wright will receive the John R. Wooden Award Legends of Coaching honor. The annual award is given to college basketball coaches who exemplify the late UCLA legend's standard of coaching success and personal integrity. Wooden's daughter Nan announced the selection on Tuesday. --

October 9

Hopefully, college basketball fans won’t lose any sleep over this news: ESPN is abandoning its 24-Hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon for 2017. There still will be games televised by the company’s various channels on Tuesday, Nov. 14, notably the Champions Classic doubleheader in Chicago matching Michigan State vs. Duke and Kentucky vs. Kansas. But the joy of watching a team like Winthrop playing Manhattan just as the workday begins will be no more. -- Sporting News

October 6

The University of Louisville placed basketball assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair on paid leave Friday, the school announced, according to the Courier-Journal. It's the latest development for Louisville in the FBI's investigation into a college basketball corruption scheme that has already effectively cost head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich their jobs. Federals investigators allege that Pitino helped a top-rated prospect take a $100,000 bribe to join the the school, facilitated by Adidas. --

October 4

Josh Pastner has signed a one-year contract extension to remain Georgia Tech's coach through the 2022-23 season after exceeding expectations in his debut season. --

September 24

The national champion North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team will not be going to the White House, but it has to do with a scheduling conflict and nothing to do with President Donald Trump. "The team and Coach [Roy] Williams wanted to go, but we couldn't find a date that worked for everyone," North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschner told ESPN on Saturday afternoon. "We offered up eight or nine dates, but none of them worked." --

September 23

The Paradise Jam basketball tournament will not be played in the U.S. Virgin Islands this year because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. --

September 20

Former five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson will not play college basketball this season and will instead focus on training for the NBA draft. Robinson, a 7-foot center, had been set to attend Western Kentucky and arrived on campus for summer school, but soon left and went back home to Louisiana. --

September 15

Arizona's going to get its fair share of preseason votes as the No. 1 team in the nation, period, and rightly so. With an attack led by Allonzo Trier, Rawle Alkins and incoming freshman Deandre Ayton, Sean Miller will have possibly the most talented and potent nucleus in the country. In a sophomore season that was abbreviated due to a suspension for PED use, Trier, 6-foot-5, was a foul-drawing machine who made opposing defenses suffer both from beyond the arc and in the paint. Alkins put together a freshman season that qualifies him as a borderline Trier clone, only beefier (and with fewer fouls drawn). --

Lastly, Ayton, 7-1, is projected as a top-three pick in the 2018 draft. --

September 11

His numbers and accolades prove he's America's most capable returning big man. Last season, Wisconsin power forward Ethan Happ grabbed a spot on the Associated Press All-America squad's third team after averaging 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 steals per game. The all-Big Ten first-teamer also finished 20th in's efficiency ratings for high-usage players. But an offseason video of the junior shooting 3-pointers -- the 6-foot-10 standout did not take a 3-pointer in his first two years with the program -- sparked talk of the veteran big man evolving like the versatile incoming freshmen who will soon alter the collegiate landscape. --

September 7

Great defensive team: Louisville Cardinals -- The Cardinals have been making their headlines off the court of late, of course, and as a result, Rick Pitino will serve a five-game suspension when his team begins ACC play this season. That alone makes Louisville a risky choice for "best defense in the nation" honors or any superlatives. Duly noted. Strictly on paper, however, there's a lot to like with this group of Cardinals. Last season, Pitino's guys held ACC opponents to just 1.01 points per trip, despite the fact that Louisville was merely pretty good but not great at both rebounding misses and forcing turnovers. One of those "pretty good" traits might stay merely so-so in 2017-18 (and it might be defensive rebounding), but it's doubtful that both will. Plus, with a front line anchored by Ray Spalding and a reportedly beefed-up Anas Mahmoud, the Cards are going to force a high number of misses. Replacing Donovan Mitchell will be no small challenge on offense, but Pitino should once again have an elite defense when he returns from his suspension. --

September 6

Michigan State's basketball team will wear patches throughout the upcoming season to honor former coach Jud Heathcote. The Feb. 10 home game against Purdue also has been named the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game. Michigan State says that date coincides with the annual reunion of former Spartans players. --

September 3

Razorback basketball player Arlando Cook has been released after being arrested early Saturday morning. 21-year-old Cook is expected to face assault, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication charges. Details of what led to the arrest were not immediately available. --

August 31

The youngest Ball brother, 16-year-old high school junior LaMelo Ball, now has his own signature shoe and his father, LaVar Ball, told ESPN that he isn't concerned whether it will affect his son's college eligibility. "We'll worry about it when we get there," Ball told ESPN. "Who cares? If he can't play, then he can't play. It doesn't mean he'll stop working out and getting better." --

In a series of tweets that clash with the NCAA’s principles governing amateurism, the Big Baller Brand announced Thursday that the Melo Ball 1 is now available for pre-order at $395 pair. One of the tweets featured a picture of the youngest Ball brother wearing a Big Baller Brand shirt and displaying his signature shoes. LaMelo also starred in an ostentatious 56-second rap video intended to advertise the shoes. -- Yahoo Sports/The Dagger

LaVar Ball wants you to like him. At least that seems like the goal as Ball and talented sons join the reality TV family pantheon alongside “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “The Real Housewives of New York.” But unlike the Kardashians, who never really care about authenticity, “Ball In The Family,” which released its first two episodes Thursday on Facebook, tries to be sympathetic to the Ball patriarch while showing his brashness isn’t just there to generate social media buzz. --

August 30

Longtime Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino has died, Keiser University announced Wednesday. He was 82. Massimino coached the Wildcats from 1973 to 1992, followed by stints at UNLV and Cleveland State. He spent the last 11 seasons coaching at Keiser (formerly known as Northwood University), a NAIA school in Florida, and led the team to a 23–9 record last season. --

August 29

Jud Heathcote, who led Magic Johnson and Michigan State to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90. The school says Heathcote died Monday in Spokane, Washington. --

August 28

After an impressive freshman season, forward Taurean Thompson will not be returning to the Syracuse Orange. "We have been informed that Taurean is taking a leave of absence from Syracuse University," coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement to "My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues." Thompson was set to be a focal point of the Orange's 2017-18 squad as the only returning big man who played significant minutes last season. --

August 24

The 2017 Great Alaska Shootout will be the 40th and final edition of the tournament, according to the University of Alaska Anchorage. "The Shootout has been an iconic event at UAA for 40 years, but unfortunately we cannot sustain our funding of this tournament in the current budget climate," said UAA chancellor Sam Gingerich. This announcement comes on the heels of $2 million cuts over the past four years to the athletic department, according to Gingerich. --

August 20

LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade on Saturday said 6-foot-11 forward Kavell Bigby-Williams is transferring from Oregon to play for the Tigers this fall. --

August 17

In the three months after the early withdrawal deadline for early entrants in the NBA draft, we've witnessed developments that have altered the national landscape in college basketball. Michael Porter Jr. and his younger brother, top 2018 prospect Jontay Porter, picked Missouri, a program now positioned to compete for the SEC title. Miles Bridges returned to Michigan State, now the undeniable favorite in the Big Ten race. Wichita State point guard Landry Shamet suffered a foot injury last month that could hinder the start of his season. And the NCAA reaffirmed elite prospect Mohamed Bamba's eligibility at Texas after his brother claimed he'd accepted improper benefits. --

But nothing topped Tuesday's announcement on SportsCenter by Marvin Bagley, now the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class who will play for Duke next season. His reclassification from the 2018 class to 2017 and his decision to attend Duke has changed everything. --

August 16

South Carolina guard Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely from the team and will not attend class in the fall, head coach Frank Martin announced Wednesday. According to the Post and Courier, Felder has been suspended since June 30, the day he was part of an altercation outside a bar in Columbia, S.C., in which he allegedly spit on a woman. Felder was later charged with assault and battery third degree, which is the least form of assault and battery under state criminal code. --

August 15

By mid-August of any given year, your college basketball team tends to be set. You can still lose pieces—someone’s knee buckles in practice, someone fails to get academically eligible, someone sees how the rotation is shaping up and decides to transfer—but you don’t add solutions. The weaknesses in your roster are the weaknesses you’ll be dealing with all season. Unless, that is, you’re Duke in 2017, and 14 days before your fall semester classes begin, you receive a commitment from not just a solution but a national-title-race-altering star: Marvin Bagley III, a Phoenix-area power forward who chose to reclassify to the Class of 2017 and pick the Blue Devils during Monday’s 11 p.m. SportsCenter, immediately vaulting himself to the top of this year’s recruiting rankings and 2018 NBA draft boards, and likely pushing Duke to the No. 1 spot in preseason polls. --

The 6' 11" Bagley had been the consensus top prospect in the Class of 2018 and is now viewed, by various recruiting services, as either the top prospect in the Class of 2017, slightly ahead of Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. and Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton, or as an equal of those two players. And we are not used to No. 1 prospects making decisions—and boosting teams that are already top-10 caliber—this late in the game. --

August 10

Jontay Porter, the No. 11 player in the Class of 2018 and the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., the top-ranked freshman in the country, told ESPN he will reclassify and join his brother and his father at Missouri this season... There is a little more than a year in age difference between the pair. Michael Porter Jr. is a skilled 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward who is projected as the top overall pick in next year's NBA draft. Jontay, the 6-foot-11, 240-pound younger brother, is a terrific passer and will help bolster the Tigers' frontcourt. --

August 3

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber agreed a two-year contract extension Tuesday that could keep him with the Wildcats through the 2020-21 season. It was the first major personnel decision made by new athletic director Gene Taylor. --

July 31

Freshman Mitchell Robinson has been suspended indefinitely by Western Kentucky for a violation of team rules, the school announced Monday. The school didn't specify the exact reason Robinson was suspended, but the center left Western Kentucky two weeks into summer school, a source told ESPN. --

Dedric Lawson, who recently transferred to Kansas from Memphis, has been suspended and will not travel to Italy with the team for its upcoming trip, team spokesman Chris Theisen confirmed on Sunday. --

Friday, June 30

Alabama has signed transfer guard/forward Tevin Mack, who led Texas in scoring last season but also was suspended twice. Mack played his first two college seasons with the Longhorns and will sit out the 2017-18 men's basketball season under NCAA transfer rules. --

Saturday, June 24

The ACC’s preeminence as college basketball’s standard bearer has been established for some time now. Four of the last five NCAA championship games have featured at least one ACC program, with three of those schools (Louisville’s now-in-jeopardy 2013 banner notwithstanding) winning it all. That’s in addition to setting the record last season for most NCAA tournament bids by one conference with nine. Then factor in that 10 ACC players went in the first round, the most of any league in draft history, and it’s clear which conference still rules college basketball. --

Still, other conferences are doing their best to maintain relevancy in the college game, none more so than the Pac-12. Fourteen selections Thursday night, the same as the ACC, tied a conference record for drafted players. The question will be whether or not those Pac-12 schools can replenish themselves and still compete on a season-to-season basis (hey, Oregon), or whether all those drafted players are leaving behind an empty cupboard. --

Wednesday, June 21

Kansas State has added graduate transfer Mawdo Sallah from Mount St. Mary's to provide some front-court depth following the dismissal of Isaiah Maurice from the men's basketball program. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said Tuesday that Sallah, a 6-foot-9 forward, had signed a financial aid agreement. He will be eligible to play immediately and have two seasons with Kansas State. --

Tuesday, June 20

New Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann has persuaded a top prospect to follow him from Butler to the Buckeyes. The school said Monday that 6-foot-8 forward Kyle Young has signed to play for the Buckeyes next season. Young, a three-time Associated Press All-Ohio performer from Massillon, was recruited by Holtmann and previously had committed to him at Butler. --

Friday, June 16

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo contemplated playing a scrimmage against another Big Ten foe. Purdue's Matt Painter thought about holding a nonconference game to help alleviate fears of rust from what could be a lengthy layoff. There has also been consideration from coaches in the league of bringing in a Division II cupcake just prior to the NCAA tournament. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany knows it was a risky decision, moving the conference tournament up a week in order to get it in New York, and specifically, Madison Square Garden. But after recently adding Rutgers and Maryland to the league, Delany wanted to make sure he expanded the league's footprint in the Northeast corridor. --

Thursday, June 15

The NCAA suspended University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games next season following an investigation into the program's basketball escorts case. Pitino's suspension is just one penalty levied against the program, which was put on probation. Former staffer Andre McGee was hit with a 10-year show cause penalty after the NCAA said Pitino failed to monitor McGee, a former director of basketball operations at Louisville. --

Wednesday, June 14

It’s awfully hard to win a national championship and not say goodbye to key players the following season. North Carolina knew it was losing seniors Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt, and it was all but certain junior Justin Jackson would move on, as well. Jackson made that official shortly after the Tar Heels cut down the nets at the Final Four, but freshman big man Tony Bradley waited until late May to reveal he would remain in the NBA draft. Jackson, Meeks and Hicks accounted for 42.6 points and 19.7 rebounds per game last season. Remember, the Tar Heels’ greatest offensive strength was the glass, where they cleaned up 41.3% of their own misses. Coupled with Jackson’s singular talent, the Tar Heels ranked ninth in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to This, of course, is a program that can reload on the fly, and Joel Berry’s decision to return for his senior year was a boon, but Roy Williams will have quite the task replacing Jackson, Meeks, Hicks, Bradley and Britt. --

Tuesday, June 13

If college basketball’s power conferences each adopt 20-game league schedules, the change would come at a price. Expanded league slates would surely mean fewer quality non-conference matchups each November and December. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told ESPN on Monday that there have been ongoing discussions about moving to a 20-game league schedule. Delany’s comments come less than a year after the ACC announced it will adopt a 20-game conference slate beginning with the 2019-20 season, the same year the league’s TV network is scheduled to launch. -- Yahoo Sports

Monday, June 12

It took Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith three days to hire the ideal men’s basketball coach. Not fast enough, obviously. Because during that short time, from about 3 p.m. Monday until he sat down in Dayton on Thursday with candidate Chris Holtmann and was able to declare to associates afterward “We got our guy,” Smith’s competence routinely was questioned in public forums. Can you imagine that? You don’t even get three days now to do something as intricate as hiring an employee to whom you might eventually pay $25 million, whether or not he’s a success. -- Sporting News

Friday, June 9

Chris Holtmann has left Butler to become the next men's basketball coach at Ohio State, it was announced Friday. He agreed to an eight-year deal with the Buckeyes and will receive $3 million per season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. --

Luke Maye, the UNC forward who sent the Tar Heels to the Final Four with a game-winning shot over Kentucky in March, flipped his car several times but emerged uninjured from a car accident Thursday, according to The Charlotte Observer. "He did run into an 18-wheeler and spun his car around, landing on a bank beside the road,” Luke's father, Mark Maye, told the Observer in a text message. “Damaged the car pretty bad, but he (Luke) said he feels perfectly fine.” --

Tuesday, June 6

Cam Johnson is betting on Pittsburgh failing in its needless attempt to keep him off the floor next season. The prized graduate transfer announced Tuesday that he’ll transfer to North Carolina even though it remains uncertain whether he’ll be able to play right away for the Tar Heels. Having graduated from Pittsburgh in three years but only played for the Panthers in two of those seasons, Johnson is the rare graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining. -- Yahoo Sports

Monday, June 5

Thad Matta will no longer be the men's basketball coach at Ohio State, effective immediately, the university announced Monday. Athletic director Gene Smith said a conversation between him and Matta led to the determination that a change was needed... One source told ESPN that Matta wanted to keep coaching. At a news conference Monday, Matta said "never say never" to the possibility of him returning to the sideline. --

Saturday, May 27

UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce told ESPN he will follow his former college coach Kevin Keatts to NC State. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season for Keatts at UNCW. He was the CAA tournament MVP. Bryce will sit out this season and have two left in Raleigh. --

Friday, May 26

Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Wildcats... Diallo attended the NBA draft combine in Chicago earlier this month, posting the highest vertical leap in the class -- the second highest in draft combine history -- and also tested well in the three-quarters-court sprint and wingspan portions. A five-star prospect in the 2017 class, Diallo graduated from high school early and enrolled at Kentucky in January. He didn't play in any games, though, and redshirted the spring semester. --

Wednesday, May 24

Illinois landed Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork on Wednesday. Alstork, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Ohio, chose the Fighting Illini over finalists Pittsburgh, LSU and South Carolina. He visited all four of those schools, as well as Georgetown and Louisville. --

Monday, May 22

Texas guard Andrew Jones will return for his sophomore season after announcing his withdrawal from the NBA draft via Twitter on Monday. "I've matured and learned a lot through this process," Jones wrote on Twitter two days before the NCAA's withdrawal deadline for players who haven't hired agents. "I enjoyed the experience and opportunity that I had to be able to participate in the [NBA combine] and team workouts." --

Seton Hall big man Angel Delgado announced he will return to school for his senior season after speculation surfaced that he would remain in the NBA draft and sign with an agent. Delgado announced he will withdraw from the NBA draft process via Twitter. The deadline is Wednesday to withdraw and maintain college eligibility. --

Tennessee has landed the nation's leading scorer from the 2015-16 season. James Daniel, who averaged 27.1 points per game two seasons ago at Howard, told ESPN on Monday that he will spend his final season in Knoxville playing for Rick Barnes and the Volunteers. --

Sunday, May 21

Arizona's Rawle Alkins has announced that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Wildcats for his sophomore season. "Still have some unfinished business to take care of," Alkins posted Sunday on Twitter. "Declaring for the NBA Draft has taught me more than I could have imagined and has been an incredible experience. I can't wait to help the Wildcats win a national championship next year with a great team, great coach, and the most amazing fans in the world behind us," he posted. --

Friday, May 19

Florida center John Egbunu is returning for his final year of eligibility, a big boost for a team that made the Elite Eight last season. Egbunu graduated from Florida this spring with a sociology degree, and even though he's recovering from a left knee injury suffered in mid-February, he decided to explore his professional options. Unable to work out for NBA teams, he decided Friday to play another season for the Gators. He is expected to return in mid-January. --

Thursday, May 18

The top uncommitted prospect in the 2017 class won’t be playing for one of college basketball’s blue bloods next season. Mohamed Bamba instead will forge his own path, spurning offers from Duke and Kentucky in favor of a program coming off a 22-loss campaign. In an essay published by the Player’s Tribune on Thursday morning, Bamba announced he will attend Texas. The 6-foot-11 center cited Texas’ business school and strength and conditioning program as big factors in his decision, but the main he reason he chose the Longhorns was the strong bond he forged with coach Shaka Smart last summer in Chile when he played for him on the U.S. U-18 team. Yahoo Sports / The Dagger


Monday, February 27

Kansas moves to No. 1 in AP poll, Villanova 2nd, UCLA 3rd: Kansas could have rested easy after clinching a share of its 13th straight Big 12 title. Instead, the Jayhawks hit the road to beat Texas on Saturday, clinching the outright championship with two games left in the regular season. And when top-ranked Gonzaga and second-ranked Villanova dropped games last week, it meant the Jayhawks ascended to the top of The Associated Press poll. So much for taking it easy. The Jayhawks (26-3) moved up two places to the top spot, receiving 58 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel . They spent five weeks at No. 1 last season, including the final three polls, but became the sixth No. 1 this season by moving to the top spot for the first time. -- AP

Texas gives suspended swingman Mack his release: Texas coach Shaka Smart says Tevin Mack has been released his scholarship. Mack was the Longhorns' leading scorer when he was suspended in January for the second time this season. He was also benched for the season opener. Smart said Monday that Mack was given his release to transfer. -- AP

Young Vols slumping as their postseason hopes fade: The underclassmen who dominate Tennessee's roster are learning some hard lessons about how the intensity level changes as March approaches. After outperforming preseason expectations for much of the season, Tennessee (15-14, 7-9 SEC) has dropped four of its last five games to fall out of contention for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. In their last two games, the Volunteers lost 67-56 to Vanderbilt and 82-55 at South Carolina . -- AP

Sunday, February 26

UCLA within striking distance of a No. 1 seed: Watching from his couch (ESPN still believes differently) in Los Angeles, LaVar Ball probably announced to anyone willing to listen his son, Lonzo, will soon earn the Imperial Medal of Bravery for his galactic performance in Tuscon. Ball and cohorts were indeed brilliant. They racked an explosive 1.22 points per possession against a steadfast Arizona defense. More outstandingly, they out-rebounded the Wildcats and defended sufficiently. Yes, you read that correctly. If their 3-2 zone employment continues to frustrate, the sky’s the limit. They are, after all, the most electric offense in the country. Ball, T.J. Leaf, Thomas Welsh, Bryce Alford, Aaron Holiday and Isaac Hamilton are insanely efficient. As a group, they net over 41 percent from beyond the arc and over 60 percent inside it. -- The Dagger

Lonzo Ball's father says son will 'only play for the Lakers,' later clarifies statement: UCLA’s Lonzo Ball is still in college but his father, LaVar, already knows where his son is going to be playing after college: The Los Angeles Lakers. “My son will only play for the Lakers,” LaVar Ball said on The Kevin and Mike Show, a local Arizona sports radio show. LaVar later cleared up the comments, telling ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, “All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence. I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers. I’m not trying to say he won’t play for a different team.” -- The Dagger

Friday, February 24

Locker room fight over music volume results in a University of Maine player breaking his jaw: A request to “turn the music down” escalated quickly in the Maine locker room on Feb. 14. What started as a request, ended up sending a player to the hospital with a broken jaw. His jaw had to be wired shut for six to eight weeks. A public safety officer from the University of Maine came to the locker room after an ambulance transported senior guard Marko Pirovic to the hospital where he had to have surgery on two bilateral fractures in his jaw. Initially, players told the coaching staff and the officer that Pirovic slipped in the shower and injured himself. However, in the officer’s report, it was noted that Pirovic’s hair was dry. -- The Dagger

Thursday, February 23

Rick Pitino restrained after verbal exchange with UNC fan: Lousiville head coach Rick Pitino had to be restrained from going after a North Carolina as he worked off the court for halftime during the Top 10 matchup on Wednesday. Video shows Pitino walked toward the locker rooms at the Smith Center when he turns around and starts shouting at someone in the stands. Team personnel and staff held him back and ushered him toward the locker room. A North Carolina team spokesman said that fan was ejected from the arena after the incident. -- SI Wire

Saturday, February 18

Mick Cronin's 300th win seems a perfect number after what he has been through at Cincinnati: There have been only 22 defeats in the 27 months since Mick Cronin was reminded he had so much more to lose than a basketball game. So maybe that’s why he handles the losses better now. Perspective helps, but success helps more. He’ll still have his moments where photographers or television catch him shouting an instruction, or perhaps some friendly advice to a referee, and he’ll look a shade maniacal. After games, though, you almost never will see him celebrate a victory or grieve a defeat. You won’t find YouTubes of his press conferences that become instantly legendary through Twitter or Facebook sharing. He picks through the Cincinnati Bearcats’ rare defeats with the calm demeanor of, say, a doctor trying to explain precisely what’s gone wrong in a patient’s brain. Cronin did not immediately smile when he won the 300th college basketball game of his career Saturday, but no doubt he was proud. -- Sporting News

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