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

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."" -- ESPN.com

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. Eurohoops.net 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/Rivals.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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."" -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- Maxpreps.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- Zagsblog.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

"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" -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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 247Sports.com, Williams chose the Cardinal over Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, UCLA and USC." -- Zagsblog.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- Zagsblog.com

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. " -- NCAA.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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. " -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com



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)." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBsports.com

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." -- NCAA.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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?" -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

"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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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" -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

"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." -- NBCsports.com



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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- SI.com

"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." -- NBCsports.com

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

"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." -- SI.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- SI.com

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. " -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

"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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

"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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- SI.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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" -- SI.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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." -- NBCsports.com

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

DEC. 31: "Memphis native and former Memphis player K.J. Lawson returned to his hometown for the last time on Monday night, and while he scored 22 points in an 84-73 loss to the No. 9 Tigers, he was also booed by the fans, something that left him in tears while talking about it in the press conference." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 30: "Engine failure forced an emergency landing from the plane carrying the Kansas basketball team home on Sunday evening, the team said in a statement. The Jayhawks won at Stanford on Sunday afternoon, but just 20 minutes after departing from a San Jose airport, one of the engines on that plane failed. They immediately turned around and landed safely." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 27: "James Wiseman has officially turned the page to the next stage of his basketball career. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Wiseman, a potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, has signed with Excel Sports for his professional representation, ending his college career. In doing so, he will start preparing for the 2020 draft." -- SI.com

DEC. 23: "Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and Adidas have reached a settlement sixteen months after a federal judge dismissed his lawsuit against the sportswear company." -- SI.com

DEC. 23: "After Kansas lost to Villanova on Saturday, becoming the fifth AP No. 1 team (and the fourth No. 1 team in ESPN's Power Rankings) to lose this season, we needed yet another new team to take over the top spot. While last week featured a debate between Kansas and Gonzaga for No. 1, this week was easier. It's Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have wins away from home over Oregon, Arizona and Washington, as well as a home win over a Cole Anthony-less North Carolina team. Their lone loss came in the Bahamas against Michigan." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 22: "Kansas watched as starting guard Marcus Garrett had to be helped off the floor with an injured right ankle on Saturday afternoon. He did not return to the game in the second half... Garrett is averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 boards for the Jayhawks this season and has developed into a critical piece for the Kansas rotation. He’s a secondary ball-handler that takes some of the pressure off of point guard Devon Dotson, he is shooting 38.9 percent from three, he is their best perimeter defender and, perhaps most importantly, he is the piece that allows them to play with four guards on the floor." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 20: "Michigan State senior guard Joshua Langford had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and will miss the entire 2019-20 season, coach Tom Izzo said on Thursday." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 19: "Memphis freshman James Wiseman, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, announced on Thursday that he has withdrawn from the University of Memphis and intends to sign with an agent and prepare for the NBA Draft." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 17: "North Carolina guard Cole Anthony, a potential top-five pick in the NBA draft, will miss the next four to six weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. Anthony had suffered a partially torn meniscus." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 16: "The NCAA released the first NET rankings of the 2019-20 men's college basketball season on Monday, with Ohio State topping the list. Kansas, San Diego State, Butler and Baylor round out the top five of the poll. Stanford (No. 9) and Dayton (No. 10) made the top 10." -- SI.com

DEC. 15: "Another week, another No. 1 conundrum. The top of the rankings has been an undesirable destination for teams this season, with four No. 1 teams losing in the first six weeks of the season. The latest was Louisville, which sat atop the Power Rankings for two weeks before falling to Texas Tech in the Jimmy V Classic last Tuesday. Ohio State was the obvious choice to take its turn on the No. 1 merry-go-round, but the Buckeyes lost by 13 at Minnesota on Sunday night. So that leaves two candidates to move up to the top of the rankings: Kansas and Gonzaga." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 15: "UNC freshman Cole Anthony is out indefinitely for the Tar Heels as he deals with a right knee injury, the team announced." -- SI.com

DEC. 12: "Former NC State coach Mark Gottfried's attorneys are questioning whether the NCAA's enforcement staff can import evidence and testimony from recent federal criminal trials involving bribes and other corruption in college basketball because the defendants' convictions are under appeal. In a 41-page response to the NCAA notice of allegations that NC State received in July, Gottfried's attorneys argued that new NCAA bylaws exclude evidence and testimony from court cases that are under appeal." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 11: "JJ Culver made national headlines on Tuesday night by scoring 100 points during an NAIA game in Texas. The brother of former Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver, JJ dropped 100 in nationally-ranked Wayland Baptist’s 124-60 win over Southwest Adventist. It’s only the second time ever that a player has reached 100 points in an NAIA game — the first since 1954." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 8: "Going into the season, the common thought surrounding the Big Ten was that Michigan State was the heavy favorite and the only questions were who was second-best, and were there more than three legitimately good teams in the league. The first question is still up for debate, although the candidates are different a month into the season, but the second question has been answered. And now the biggest talking point around the league is clear: The Big Ten has been the best league in the country through the first month-plus of the season." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 8: "Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points and Tomas Woldetensae and Francis Caffaro combined for 21 points off the bench as No. 5 Virginia rebounded from a mid-week embarrassment to hand No. 7 North Carolina their second straight loss, 56-47." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 8: "The No. 3 Terps dug themselves a 15 point hole at home against Illinois on Saturday afternoon, which is hardly an ideal scenario and more or less the kind of thing that the naysayers have come to expect out of Mark Turgeon teams these days. But Maryland didn’t lose. The Terps rallied, and Anthony Cowan was the savior. He finished with 20 points, seven boards, six assists and three steals to lead the way, which is impressive, but what matters more is that Cowan scored four points in the final 20 seconds – a 28-foot three followed by a steal, drawing a foul and hitting a free throw – to give Maryland a 59-58 come-from-behind win." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 7: "One month into the college hoops season, three AP number one teams have fallen: Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke. Louisville has now taken the top spot in both the AP poll and SI’s latest college basketball power rankings. With a win over ACC rival Pittsburgh Friday night, Louisville will be only he second AP number one team to get through a week unbeaten." -- SI.com

DEC. 5: "The Big Ten not only took care of business in the two highest-profile games of the third and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but absolutely walloped their opponents. Truly, Purdue and Ohio State embarrassed Virginia and North Carolina. That wasn’t the limits of the Big Ten’s success, however. Third-ranked Maryland decimated Notre Dame (72-51) and Penn State smacked Wake Forest (76-54). Georgia Tech did beat Nebraska (73-56), and NC State outlasted Wisconsin (69-54), in the lower-tier games." -- NBCsports.com

DEC. 5: "Kentucky and Michigan will play three games against each other over the next three years, starting in London in December 2020, the schools announced Thursday. In addition, Kentucky will travel to Michigan on Dec. 4, 2021, and Michigan will travel to Kentucky on Dec. 3, 2022." -- ESPN.com

DEC. 3: "Georgetown basketball players Josh LeBlanc and Galen Alexander received restraining orders in November resulting from accusations of harassment and burglary, and freshman Myron Gardner was accused of "sexual harassment and assault," according to one of the filings." -- ESPN.com

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

NOVEMBER 30: "Just one day removed from putting 40 points up on Davidson, Markus Howard put up 51 points on USC in a 101-79 win for Marquette. Howard was 14-for-24 from the floor and 9-for-17 from three. In two games at the Orlando Invitational, Howard has now scored 91 points. He set the record for points scored at the event by midway through the second half of the second game of a three-game tournament." -- NBCsports.com

NOVEMBER 29: "We don’t know how well Juwan Howard can do those things because we’ve never seen him do them. We do, however, know how well he can coach. Which is why is probably should not be all that surprising that the Wolverines went out and won the Battle 4 Atlantis, the toughest tournament field in this year’s Feast Week. Friday was the most impressive performance of the weekend, maybe from anyone. Jon Teske went for 19 points, 15 boards and four blocks. Zavier Simpson finished with 13 points and 13 assists and Isaiah Livers went for a game-high 21 points as the Wolverines steamrolled No. 8 Gonzaga, 82-64. This comes a day after Michigan used a 19-0 second half run to open up a 22-point lead on No. 6 North Carolina. In an event that featured four top 15 teams, it was unranked Michigan that made it out unscathed." -- NBCsports.com

"The unranked Wolverines came into the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis as somewhat of an afterthought in a stacked field that also included top-10 teams North Carolina and Gonzaga, plus No. 11 Oregon and No. 13 Seton Hall. With Iowa State, Alabama and Southern Miss rounding out the bracket, it was widely considered the best of this year's Thanksgiving week tournaments. Many expected to see the Tar Heels in the final taking on one of Gonzaga, Oregon or Seton Hall, but Michigan crashed that party by beating the Cyclones in the quarterfinal before dispatching UNC in the semis in a game the Wolverines led by as many as 24." -- SI.com

NOVEMBER 25: "The Battle 4 Atlantis is the marquee tournament this year. Three of the top seven teams in the Power Rankings will take part: Oregon, North Carolina and Gonzaga. Then there's Seton Hall, which has bounced in and out of the rankings since the preseason. The big first-round matchup is Oregon vs. Seton Hall, and we'll see if Dana Altman's defense can slow down Myles Powell. The potential semifinal matchups in the Bahamas could be North Carolina vs. Michigan and Gonzaga vs. Oregon. Michigan is down this year, but Zavier Simpson guarding Cole Anthony will be intriguing." -- ESPN.com

NOVEMBER 18: "Michigan State was No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll -- but lost in the opening week of the season to No. 2 Kentucky. Predictably, UK then moved to No. 1 in the AP poll last Monday -- but, one day later, the Wildcats lost to Evansville. So now, for the third consecutive week, there will be a new No. 1. It'll likely be Duke." -- CBSsports.com

NOVEMBER 15: It happened in a losing effort, but Seton Hall star Myles Powell not only started against No. 3 Michigan State five days after suffering a sprained ankle, he scored 37 points in a 76-73 defeat. Afterward, he received high praise from both head coaches. "Myles is one of the great players I've ever seen in college basketball," Michigan State's Tom Izzo said. "He's the best player in the country," Seton Hall's Kevin Willard said. "It's not even close." -- ESPN.com

NOVEMBER 14: "Five-star freshman James Wiseman has formally withdrawn his lawsuit against the NCAA and Memphis and, as CBS Sports reported Wednesday night, is in the process of resolving his eligibility issues. In the meantime, Memphis announced Thursday that it has ruled Wiseman ineligible. The school is now applying for reinstatement and will withhold Wiseman from competition until further notice." -- CBSsports.com

NOVEMBER 14: "The Memphis East High School basketball team, which won a 2017-18 state championship with Penny Hardaway as its coach and James Wiseman as its star player, is in danger of being stripped of the title because Wiseman and another player were ineligible. Shelby County Chancery Court Judge Jim Kyle ruled on Oct. 3 that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's decision to rule Wiseman and Ryan Boyce ineligible in November 2017 did not violate the students' property rights." -- ESPN.com

NOVEMBER 11: "The college basketball season is now seven days old. And though there haven't been many examples of ranked teams losing to unranked teams, there have been some. Washington upset No. 16 Baylor on Friday. Texas upset No. 23 Purdue on Saturday. And, on Sunday afternoon, Florida State upset No. 6 Florida. Incredible win for Leonard Hamilton. His Seminoles held Florida to 28.0% shooting and won 63-51 on the road -- which means Michael White's Gators are now 1-1 with a win over North Florida and a double-digit loss at home to a Florida State team that lost five days ago to a Pitt team that lost two days ago to Nicholls State." -- CBSsports.com

NOVEMBER 9: "Seton Hall survived against Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon in Newark, but it came at a price. Myles Powell, the Pirates’ senior All-American guard, went down with a left ankle injury five minutes into the game and did not return. -- NBCsports.com

NOVEMBER 8: "Memphis freshman James Wiseman was ruled ineligible by the NCAA but still took the floor in the Tigers' home game Friday after a Memphis court granted a temporary restraining order against the NCAA's decision. Wiseman, the No. 1 overall recruit and a potential future No. 1 draft pick, was granted the temporary injunction on an emergency basis by a Shelby County judicial court." -- CBSsports.com

NOVEMBER 6: "A year ago, Kentucky was sent home from the Champions Classic in a daze after getting blown out by Zion Williamson and Duke. This time around, the Wildcats are heading home with a win over the preseason No. 1 team in the country. No. 2 Kentucky, behind a stellar performance from freshman guard Tyrese Maxey, knocked off top-ranked Michigan State on Tuesday 69-62. Maxey came off the bench in his first career game to deliver 26 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including the game-clinching 3-pointer with just over a minute left." -- ESPN.com

NOVEMBER 6: "As Cole Anthony took the floor Wednesday in his collegiate debut, it looked as though the potential top pick in the 2020 NBA draft was going to make a fashion statement. Ultimately, though, the Mikan-esque corrective lenses he wore – and later ditched – weren’t what left the biggest impression of the night. It was his game. The son of UNLV great and 11-year NBA vet Greg Anthony, the North Carolina freshman exploded for 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the Tar Heels’ season-opening 76-65 win over North Carolina to start both the season and ACC play 1-0." -- NBCsports.com

NOVEMBER 5: "Top-35 senior Earl Timberlake announced his commitment to Miami on Monday afternoon, becoming the Hurricanes' highest-ranked recruit since Lonnie Walker in the 2017 class... A 6-foot-6 small forward from DeMatha Catholic High School (Maryland), Timberlake has been considered one of the top prospects in the mid-Atlantic area throughout his high school career." -- ESPN.com

NOVEMBER 1: "Washington point guard Quade Green has received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Huskies this season, the school announced Friday. Green announced his transfer from Kentucky last December, then committed to Washington just over a week later. He was originally expected to sit out the first semester this season and become eligible in December." -- ESPN.com



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

OCTOBER 29: "Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard has been suspended two games by the school as the NCAA investigates charges of transfer tampering, the school announced on Tuesday." -- NBCsports.com

OCTOBER 29: "The NCAA's top decision-makers voted unanimously Tuesday to start the process of modifying its rule to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses "in a manner consistent with the collegiate model." The board directed the three separate divisions of the organization to immediately begin figuring out how to update their rules in a way that maintains a distinction between college and professional sports. The board members said in a release Tuesday that all changes should make sure student-athletes have the same opportunities to make money as all other students, maintain the priorities of education and the collegiate experience, and ensure that rules are "transparent, focused and enforceable" and do not create a competitive imbalance. The board wants each division to implement new rules by January 2021." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 28: "Oklahoma State suspended freshman guard Marcus Watson over the weekend after a female student was granted an order of protection against him by the Payne County District Court." -- NBCsports.com

OCTOBER 24: "The collegiate debut of a potential 2020 first-overall NBA draft pick and the centerpiece of Penny Hardaway’s blockbuster recruiting class at Memphis has been delayed. James Wiseman, a 7-foot-1 freshman, will be sidelined Thursday night for the Tigers’ exhibition opener against against Christ Brothers University, according to the Daily Memphian. His status for Memphis’ second exhibition game next week is unknown." -- NBCsports.com

OCTOBER 23: "Five-star guard Jaden Springer announced his commitment to Tennessee on Wednesday, giving coach Rick Barnes a top-five recruiting class... A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from North Carolina who attends IMG Academy (Florida), Springer is ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 100. He's the No. 3 shooting guard in the country." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 22: "Houston guard Quentin Grimes has received a waiver to play immediately this season, the school announced on Tuesday. Grimes left Kansas last May after withdrawing from the NBA draft and ultimately chose Houston over Texas A&M in late June." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 21: "Top-50 guard R.J. Davis committed to North Carolina on Monday morning, the Tar Heels' fourth pledge in the 2020 class... Davis, a 6-foot-1 guard from Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, New York), is ranked No. 40 in the ESPN 100." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 21: "College basketball's best new players, per ESPN.com: Freshman - 1. James Wiseman, Memphis Tigers, 2. Anthony Edwards, Georgia Bulldogs, 3. Isaiah Stewart, Washington Huskies, 4. Cole Anthony, North Carolina Tar Heels, 5. Nico Mannion, Arizona Wildcats, 6. Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky Wildcats, 7. Scottie Lewis, Florida Gators, 8. Vernon Carey Jr., Duke Blue Devils, 9. Patrick Williams, Florida State Seminoles, 10. Josiah James, Tennessee Volunteers." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 19: "Juwan Howard has landed his first five-star prospect as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. On Thursday night, Isaiah Todd, a top ten prospect from Word Of God Christian Academy in North Carolina, announced that he will be playing his college ball in Ann Arbor. Todd picked Michigan over Kansas, having cut both Kentucky and North Carolina from his list earlier this month." -- NBCsports.com

"Isaiah Todd, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Word of God Christian Academy in North Carolina, is the No. 1 power forward in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2020. He is ranked No. 7 overall." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 19: "Kentucky landed a commitment from five-star guard Devin Askew on Thursday night. Askew is a top ten prospect in the Class of 2021, but the expectation is that he will reclassify and enroll at Kentucky next summer. Assuming he does, Askew will join a recruiting class that already includes Terrence Clarke, B.J. Boston, Lance Ware and Cam’Ron Fletcher." -- NBCsports.com

"A Mater Dei High School (California) product, the 6-foot-3 Askew averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Team WhyNot grassroots program on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring and summer. He also shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 16: "Oregon’s freshman N’Faly Dante will be ineligible to play until at least Dec. 14th. The five-star freshman released a statement to Shams Charania of Stadium on Tuesday morning indicating that he will will not be allowed to play during the first six weeks of the season." -- NBCsports.com

OCTOBER 15: "Five-star Class of 2020 prospect Scottie Barnes committed to Florida State on Monday, giving the Seminoles their eighth five-star pledge in the program's history. The 6-foot-8 small forward from Montverde Academy chose FSU over offers from Kentucky, Oregon, Florida, Miami and others." -- CBSsports.com

OCTOBER 10: "Four AAC teams made the NCAA tournament in 2019 -- Temple lost in the First Four and Cincinnati fell in the first round; UCF made it to the second round and Houston went to the Sweet 16 -- but they compiled a combined record of just 3-4. A stronger showing is expected this year as revival of sorts seems to have been sparked within the conference. The likes of Memphis and Wichita State look poised to challenge the AAC's usual crown contenders, Houston and Cincinnati, and expectations of more (and more serious) NCAA title contenders have emerged." -- CBSsports.com

OCTOBER 10: "Villanova coach Jay Wright said Thursday that star freshman Bryan Antoine isn't expected to begin practicing until after the season starts and that redshirting remains a "possibility." Antoine underwent right shoulder surgery at the end of May and has yet to practice with the team." -- ESPN.com

OCTOBER 4: "The Duke Blue Devils took over the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports Composite team rankings for 2020 on Friday with the commitment of four-star power forward Jaemyn Brakefield, who chose Duke over offers from Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss and others. Brakefield, who plays for Huntington (West Virginia) Prep, is the No. 38 overall player in the 247Sports Composite rankings and the No. 6 player at his position." -- CBSsports.com

OCTOBER 2: "North Carolina landed a commitment Tuesday evening from five-star point guard recruit Caleb Love, the No. 21 overall recruit in the Class of 2020... Love joins Kessler and Day'Ron Sharpe as the third commitment of a recruiting class that now ranks No. 3 nationally behind only Kentucky and Duke." -- CBSsports.com

"A 6-foot-3 point guard from Christian Brothers College High School (Missouri), Love is ranked No. 24 in the ESPN 100 for the 2020 class. He's the No. 6 point guard in the class and was one of just three five-star point guards still uncommitted." -- ESPN.com

"The 6-foot-3 Love can play either guard spot as he’s an attacking guard with a lot of upside on defense." -- NBCsports.com



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

SEPTEMBER 30: The NBC Sports preseason top 25 -- 1) Michigan State has all the pieces to go out and win a national championship this year. They have shooting. They have size. They have talented veterans in starting roles with promising younger pieces ready to push them for minutes... 2) Kentucky is loaded again, especially in the backcourt. Ashton Hagans returns for his sophomore season where he will be joined by Tyrese Maxey in what may end up being the toughest, most competitive and best defensive backcourt in college basketball. -- NBCsports.com

SEPTEMBER 30: The Jayhawks may have the best center in the country in Udoka Azubuike. At the very least, he’s the best low-post scorer in college hoops. They have one of the best point guards in Devon Dotson. They have one of college basketball’s breakout stars in Ochai Agbaji headlining a plethora of quality wing pieces – Marcus Garrett, Isaiah Moss, Tristan Enaruna, Jalen Wilson. They have more frontcourt depth than just about anyone else, with Silvio De Sousa, David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot all fighting for minutes up front. -- NBCsports.com

SEPTEMBER 29: Jay Scrubb, widely considered the top junior college prospect in the country, announced his commitment to Louisville on Saturday... A 6-foot-6 Louisville native, Scrubb played 30 games on the wing last season for John A. Logan College (Illinois). He averaged 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent from 3-point range. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 28: Duke landed its fourth top-50 commitment of the 2020 class on Friday, with ESPN 100 forward Henry Coleman III picking the Blue Devils... A 6-foot-7 power forward from Trinity Episcopal School (Virginia), Coleman is ranked No. 42 overall in the ESPN 100 and the No. 8 power forward in the 2020 class. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 28: Five-star point guard Sharife Cooper committed to Auburn during his official visit Friday night... A 6-foot point guard out of McEachern High School (Georgia), Cooper is ranked as the No. 4 point guard in the country, slotting in at No. 17 overall in the ESPN 100 for the 2020 class. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 26: Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. told NC State officials that neither he nor his family ever received payments from Adidas in exchange for his commitment to play at NC State, ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported on Wednesday. -- SI.com

Additionally, the school said it had planned to release phone records for Gottfried, now the head coach at Cal State Northridge. But attorneys for Gottfried successfully obtained a temporary restraining order in a Wake County court Tuesday afternoon preventing the release of the records. -- NBCsports.com

SEPTEMBER 24: We waited nearly two years for the NCAA to take steps forward in its investigation into a number of schools stemming from the FBI investigation into corruption and fraud in college basketball. The first major shoe dropped: Kansas received a notice of allegations citing a lack of institutional control, highlighted by coach Bill Self being charged with head coach responsibility violations. Kansas now has 90 days to respond, and Self and the Jayhawks said they will fight the allegations. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 23: Five-star center Walker Kessler has committed to North Carolina, he announced Sunday. In an Instagram post, the 6'10'', 225 pound Kessler wrote, "Excited to announce that I will be playing for Coach Williams at UNC. GO TAR HEELS!!!" -- SI.com

A 6-foot-11 center from Woodward Academy (Georgia), Kessler is ranked No. 14 overall in the ESPN 100. He's the No. 3 center in the 2020 class. Kessler averaged 21 points, 11.9 rebounds and 6.4 blocks as a junior, while also showing touch from behind the arc. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 21: Kansas is expected to receive a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding alleged men's basketball recruiting violations that surfaced during a federal criminal trial last year, according to The Kansas City Star. The latest development was expected after NCAA executive vice president Stan Wilcox said earlier this summer that at least six schools would receive notices of allegations, which are expected to include Level I allegations -- the most serious under NCAA rules. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 20: In the one-and-done era, college basketball fans have grown accustomed to having to get to know a slew of new, highly-touted names and faces each season, many of whom will spend just one year on campus before moving on to the NBA. In 2019, six of the top 10 NBA draft picks were one-and-done, and eight of the 14 lottery picks overall. Not all elite freshmen will pan out, but history dictates that many of them will help headline the sport for the next year—and, for some, maybe even beyond. -- SI.com

SEPTEMBER 19: Five-star guard DJ Steward has committed to playing at Duke University, he announced on Wednesday... Steward, a 6'3" combo guard, is coming off a summer where he averaged 22.9 points in the Nike EYBL. Steward shot 48.2% from the field on 276 attempts and 39.2% from three on 97 attempts. -- SI.com

Steward joins five-star forward Jalen Johnson and five-star point guard Jeremy Roach in Duke’s 2020 recruiting class. Johnson is the quintessential small-ball four that we have seen arrive in Durham in recent classes, while Roach appears to be the heir apparent to Tre Jones at the point guard spot. Steward should fit in nicely playing off the ball for the Blue Devils, who can always use some excess shot-making. -- NBCSports.com

SEPTEMBER 15: Five-star guard Terrence Clarke made his college commitment on Saturday, picking the Kentucky Wildcats over Duke, Boston College, Memphis, Texas Tech and UCLA. Until Saturday Clarke was a Class of 2021 prospect, but he is now expected to reclassify to the Class of 2020, giving John Calipari his second top-50 commitment of the week and the fourth of UK's current recruiting class. -- CBSsports.com

SEPTEMBER 13: Four-star power forward Lance Ware committed to John Calipari's 2020 recruiting class on Thursday afternoon, the top-50 recruit confirmed to PrepCircuit.com... The 6'9", 215-pound forward is currently ranked as the No. 32 prospect and No. 5 power forward in the 2020 class. -- SI.com

SEPTEMBER 12: Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson told undercover FBI agents that he paid $40,000 to a high school coach to ensure that former guard Rawle Alkins was academically eligible to play for the Wildcats, according to a transcript of a meeting obtained by ESPN from the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York. During a June 20, 2017, meeting with aspiring business manager Christian Dawkins, financial planner Munish Sood and two undercover FBI agents, Richardson said that Alkins needed one more class to be eligible under NCAA rules, and that an unidentified coach wanted $40,000 to add the class to his official transcript. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 10: Top-40 senior Mady Sissoko announced his commitment to Michigan State on Tuesday night, giving the Spartans their second ESPN 100 prospect in the 2020 class... Sissoko, a 6-foot-8 center from Wasatch Academy in Utah, is ranked No. 36 in the ESPN 100 for 2020, slotting in as the No. 7 center. -- ESPN.com

SEPTEMBER 5: Some NBA representation agencies are planning to boycott the NCAA's new mandatory test for its certification process, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. -- SI.com

SEPTEMBER 4: Boston College sophomore guard Wynston Tabbs will miss the entirety of the 2019-20 as he will undergo surgery on his left knee, the school announced on Wednesday. This is an injury that has been plaguing Tabbs since last season, when he averaged 13.9 points but played in just 15 games. -- NBCsports.com



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

AUGUST 29: Maryland will be without freshman center Chol Marial for at least three months... Marial is a four-star recruit and a native of South Sudan. -- NBCsports.com

AUGUST 24: Mississippi State's football and men's basketball teams have been placed on three years probation after an investigation concluded that a tutor committed academic misconduct in aiding 10 members of the football team and one basketball player in an online general chemistry course during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year. -- ESPN.com

AUGUST 21: The recruitment of five-star Class of 2020 point guard Daishen Nix has long been shrouded in secrecy, but a mystery it is no more. The Las Vegas native made his long-awaited college commitment on Tuesday by committing to UCLA, a decision that will keep him close to his home. -- CBSsports.com

Nix is a 6-foot-5 point guard from Alaska that’s currently playing his high school ball in Las Vegas. He’s known for his court vision and elite basketball IQ with a developing jumper and a feel for the game that cannot be taught. He ranks as a top 15 prospect, according to 247 Sports. -- NBCsports.com

Nix is just the fifth five-star player committed among the 2020 class, giving UCLA a strong start heading into official visit season. The Bruins made the final lists for five-stars Ziaire Williams and Joshua Christopher, as well as ESPN 100 prospects Mark Williams and Andre Jackson. ESPN 100 big man Mady Sissoko also took an official visit to UCLA in early June. -- ESPN.com

AUGUST 19: Four-star guard Addison Patterson verbally committed to Oregon and reclassified to the 2019 class on Sunday. -- SI.com

AUGUST 14: The [Oregon] Ducks got a huge summer pickup on Thursday when 2020 five-star big man N’Faly Dante announced that he’s not only reclassifying to 2019, but also has chosen Oregon over Kentucky. Dante was the No. 12 overall ranked player in the 2020 class and the No. 3 center. The 6’11” big man attended Sunrise Christian (Kansas) Academy and has had a big summer, most recently being named MVP of the 2019 Peach Jam Classic after posting 22 points and 18 rebounds in the final. -- SI.com

AUGUST 12: The NCAA has amended its certification process for agents representing basketball players who are deciding whether to stay in school or explore the NBA draft and will no longer require them to have a bachelor's degree. Instead, agents who don't have a bachelor's degree will have to be in good standing with the National Basketball Players Association. -- ESPN.com

As [Rich] Paul wrote in an op-ed for The Athletic on Monday morning, the rule would've had no impact on him or the business of his agency -- Klutch Sports Group -- because he and his agency don't really work with test-the-water type athletes. They are, at this point, well beyond that. Regardless, thanks to The King's tweet, Paul became the face of the rule that immediately created a public-relations nightmare for the NCAA because it was the latest example of the governing body trying to control something it shouldn't be controlling, and, in some people's eyes, the rule also had racial overtones. So it was broadly criticized, by me and many others, when it was first reported -- then again when the NCAA issued an explanation, and then again when the NCAA had to update its initial explanation because it was factually inaccurate. -- CBSsports.com

AUGUST 9: In the one-and-done era, college basketball fans have grown accustomed to having to get to know a slew of new, highly-touted names and faces each season, many of whom will spend just one year on campus before moving on to the NBA. In 2019, six of the top 10 NBA draft picks were one-and-done, and eight of the 14 lottery picks overall. -- SI.com

AUGUST 7: Arizona Wildcats point guard Brandon Williams will miss the 2019-20 season with a knee injury, the team announced Wednesday night. Williams has had ongoing knee issues since missing his junior season of high school due to a joint condition in his knee. -- ESPN.com

AUGUST 6: A new NCAA amendment to the criteria for agents angling to represent college basketball players testing the NBA Draft process is being dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule" by many. The criteria, which was reported by CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, requires that agents must have completed these three hurdles before representing student-athletes in their venture to explore the NBA Draft process: must have a a Bachelor's degree, must have been certified by the NBPA for at least three years, and must pass an in-person exam at the NCAA office in Indianapolis. -- CBSsports.com

AUGUST 6: Utah's men's basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and is facing recruiting restrictions after the NCAA determined it committed multiple recruiting violations during the spring of 2018. -- CBSsports.com

The NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions found that the program committed two Level II violations and a Level III violation. In addition to the probation and Connor’s show-cause, Utah self-imposed a handful of recruiting restrictions that have already taken effect. -- NBCsports.com

AUGUST 5: USC has landed a verbal commitment from 2020 No. 1 prospect Evan Mobley, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello and Evan Daniels of 247 Sports. Mobley's father, Eric, has served as an assistant coach under Andy Enfield since March 2018, making the Trojans the favorites to land the five-star. -- SI.com

Evan Mobley averaged 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks for Rancho Christian High School in California last season. -- SI.com

AUGUST 5: For the second straight weekend, Kentucky has landed a top-50 commitment. This time around, the Wildcats picked up a pledge from four-star small forward Cam'Ron Fletcher. Fletcher arrived in Lexington on Thursday for his official visit, and announced his commitment shortly after the trip ended. -- ESPN.com

AUGUST 3: Top-30 recruit MarJon Beauchamp plans to skip college and instead work out with a training program to prepare for the 2021 NBA draft. Beauchamp will begin the yearlong program at Chameleon BX following his senior year of high school. He will attend Dream City Christian (Arizona) for his final high school season. -- ESPN.com

An athletic and fairly skilled wing, Beauchamp has the kind of tools (length, versatility, positional size, etc. ) and skillset that makes him an intriguing longterm prospect. He’s a slasher that has shown glimpses of having playmaking ability and is an improving shooter. The problem is that he weighs all of 175 pounds, and that is where this decision becomes interesting. -- NBCsports.com

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

JULY 29: ESPN 100 forward Marcus Bagley, the younger brother of Sacramento Kings forward and former No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III, announced his commitment to Arizona State on Monday. Bagley chose the Sun Devils over a final three that also included California and Arizona, but Arizona State was considered the heavy favorite down the stretch. -- ESPN.com

JULY 28: Five-star guard Brandon "BJ" Boston Jr. verbally committed to Kentucky's 2020 recruiting class, Boston confirmed to 247Sports... In 18 games on the Nike EYBL circuit, Boston averaged 22.8 points, while shooting 52.1% from the field. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game. -- SI.com

JULY 26: UConn announced on Friday that they have officially reached an agreement with the American Athletic Conference on an exit fee as the school looks to re-join the Big East Conference. The Huskies will leave on July 1, 2020, and will pay an exit fee of $17 million. -- NBCsports.com

JULY 25: Louisville’s David Johnson injured a left shoulder in practice on Monday and will be sidelined for up to six months, the program announced on Thursday... The point guard spot is the biggest question mark for the Cardinals heading into next season, and Johnson had impressed during the summer. -- NBCsports.com

JULY 17: Kansas landed another piece for the upcoming season on Tuesday night as guard Dajuan Harris pledged to the Jayhawks on Twitter. Previously a member of the Class of 2020, Harris will reclassify and join Kansas for next season. The 6-foot-1 point guard is coming off of a strong Nike Peach Jam in which he helped MoKan Elite to the event’s title with a big week. -- NBCsports.com

JULY 16: Penn State has its first 2020 commitment. Dallion Johnson, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Maryland, has pledged to coach Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions, he announced Monday. -- NBCsports.com

JULY 15: Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway was hired as the University of Memphis basketball coach in March 2018, and since that time, the former Tiger great has taken the nation by storm, particularly in the area of recruiting. Under Hardaway, Memphis has the No. 1 recruiting class in the Class of 2019 according to 247 Sports, and includes the nation's No. 1 recruit, local product James Wiseman. It remains to be seen how the recent success in recruiting, will translate to success on the court for Memphis, but the hiring of Hardaway has already reaped benefits as the Tigers fan base has rallied around one of their former players. -- CBSsports.com

JULY 12: In one of the weirder coaching changes that we have seen in recent years, Cleveland State has fired head coach Dennis Felton and his staff in the middle of the only July live period worth anything. Felton, who was previously the head coach at Western Kentucky and Georgia, spent two seasons in Cleveland, where he went 22-44 overall and just 11-25 in the Horizon. -- NBCsports.com

JULY 8: The United States U19 men's basketball team defeated Mali 93-79 in the World Cup final on Sunday to capture the gold medal for a record-setting seventh time since the event's inception. The blowout capped a dominant run in World Cup play for coach Bruce Weber's squad, which secured double-digit victories in all seven contests. -- CBSsports.com

JULY 6: German guard Franz Wagner has signed a Tender of Financial Aid to join Michigan for the 2019-20 season, the school announced on Saturday. Wagner is the brother of former Michigan standout forward Moritz, who currently plays for the Washington Wizards. -- SI.com

In 2018-19, Wagner played on a dual contract with Alba Berlin in the Basketball Bundesliga and SSV lok Bernau Alba in the German ProB league. He averaged 4.6 points on 52.9% shooting from the field and 39.6% from 3-point range in 35 games with Alba Berlin, playing 12.4 minutes per game. -- ESPN.com

JULY 5: Duke's coaching staff is celebrating Independence Day with a unique firework of their own. The Blue Devils on Thursday landed a commitment from five-star small forward Jalen Johnson, the No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports Composite. -- CBSsports.com

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

JUNE 28

Former Kansas guard Quentin Grimes, a top-10 recruit who signed with the Jayhawks in the 2018 recruiting class, announced on Thursday he is transferring to the University of Houston. -- CBSsports.com

JUNE 18

LaMelo Ball will never make it to a college campus after all. Lonzo’s youngest brother and the baby of the Ball family announced on Monday afternoon that he will be continuing his professional career playing for the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League. He previously suited up for a professional team in Lithuania. -- NBCsports.com

JUNE 14

Kentucky has all but guaranteed that John Calipari will hereby be synonymous with Big Blue -- and Big Blue alone. UK announced Thursday it signed Calipari to a lucrative 10-year, $86 million deal that will essentially keep him with the Wildcats until he retires. The contract expires after the 2028-2029 season. -- CBSsports.com

JUNE 12

Kansas added a key late piece to its 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday as four-star wing Jalen Wilson committed to the Jayhawks... He joins four-stars wing Tristan Enaruna and four-star guards Christian Braun and Isaac McBride. -- NBCsports.com

JUNE 11

Oregon picked up one of the best transfers on the market on Monday night as Rutgers forward Eugene Omoruyi pledged to the Ducks. One of the Big Ten’s breakout players last season, the 6-foot-7 Omoruyi put up 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season for the Scarlet Knights as the junior shot 44 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. -- NBCsports.com

JUNE 10

Kansas has landed the shooter that they needed. On Monday morning, Isaiah Moss announced that he will be committing to Kansas to play his final season of college ball. Moss is a grad transfer from Iowa that initially committed to Arkansas but reopened his recruitment over the weekend. -- NBCsports.com

One of the best available graduate transfers, Moss will bring much-needed perimeter shooting to Kansas. A 6-foot-5 wing from Chicago, Moss averaged 9.2 points per game and shot 42.1 percent from 3-point range last season. He started all 35 games for Iowa in 2018-19. -- ESPN.com

JUNE 9

German center Lars Thiemann committed to Cal on Sunday... The athletic 7-foot, 250-pound 19-year-old averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes for Leverkusen of the German NBBL U19 league last season. -- ESPN.com

JUNE 7

Former North Carolina guard Seventh Woods announced on Instagram that he is enrolling at South Carolina... Despite playing in 40 games as a freshman at North Carolina, Woods failed to carve out a consistent role with the Tar Heels. -- ESPN.com

Nevada transfer Jordan Brown has committed to playing at Arizona, he announced on Friday. -- SI.com

JUNE 5

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved a proposal moving the three-point line to the international distance in men's basketball, the panel announced on Wednesday. The new distance will be 22' 1 3/4" and will go into effect in the 2019-20 season for Division I programs. The current three-point line distance is 20'9". The change will not go into effect until the 2020-21 season in Divisions II and III due to the financial impact of moving the lines on courts. -- SI.com

JUNE 3

Jahvon Quinerly will continue his college basketball career a long way from where he started. On Sunday, Quinerly announced that he has committed to play his final threes seasons at Alabama after transferring out of Villanova following his freshman campaign. -- NBCsports.com

JUNE 1

The SEC voted during its spring meetings Friday to lift a ban on selling alcoholic beverages in public areas at its athletic events. The conference's new policy, which opens another revenue stream for its member schools, goes into effect Aug. 1. But the policy does not require schools to sell alcoholic beverages, which will be limited to beer and wine, leaving the decision up to each institution. -- ESPN.com

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

MAY 28

The final uncommitted five-star in the 2019 recruiting class won't be headed to college. On Tuesday morning, guard R.J. Hampton announced on ESPN's Get Up that he will begin his professional career overseas with the NBL's New Zealand Breakers rather than spend a season in the NCAA. Hampton previously reclassified from the 2020 class to 2019 and had been considering Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech. -- SI.com

MAY 23 The days of discord between the Fab Five are over thanks to the hiring of Juwan Howard as Michigan's new head coach, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said on Thursday. Speaking on ESPN's morning show Get Up!, Rose publicly proclaimed that Howard's hiring will reunite the Fab Five of Rose, Chris Webber, Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson despite years of friction between Michigan's famed 1991 recruiting class. -- SI.com

Rose said the hiring specifically fixes issues between him and Chris Webber. The two had been at odds for nearly a decade, with one example of the divide being Webber's absence from ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the team that debuted in 2011. But all that is in the past now, according to Rose, who said there is no more "beef" between them. -- ESPN.com

MAY 19

South Dakota State transfer David Jenkins announced his commitment to UNLV on Saturday, giving the Runnin' Rebels one of the top sit-out transfers in the country... Jenkins, the No. 2-ranked sit-out transfer in ESPN's transfer rankings, played second fiddle to star forward Mike Daum at South Dakota State but averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds this past season. -- ESPN.com

MAY 18

Five-star senior Precious Achiuwa announced his commitment to Memphis on Friday, giving coach Penny Hardaway and the Tigers the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Achiuwa, who is Memphis' fourth commitment in the past week, chose the Tigers over Kansas, although he also took an official visit to North Carolina. -- ESPN.com

MAY 8

Virginia has shored up their perimeter depth for the 2019-20 season by tapping into the JuCo ranks. Tomas Woldetensae, a native of Italy that had spent the last year playing for Indian Hills C.C. in Iowa, committed to Virginia, according to multiple reports. A 6-foot-5 sharpshooter, Woldetensae averaged more than 17 points while shooting 48 percent from three this past season. -- NBCsports.com

Coach Steve Wojciechowski signed a new five-year contract with Marquette on Tuesday that puts him under contract through the 2023-24 season. -- ESPN.com

Minnesota has added former Drexel forward Alihan Demir as a graduate transfer for the 2019-20 season. -- ESPN.com/AP

MAY 7

Mark Turgeon landed a commitment on Monday from Chol Marial, a three-star prospect from the South Sudan and one of the highest risk-reward prospects in this class. At one point in time, Marial was thought to be arguably the best big man in the Class of 2019, but he has missed most of the last three seasons due to injury. -- NBCsports.com

After two seasons at Tulsa, Curran Scott is going to Clemson. The 6-foot-4 guard is joining the Tigers as a graduate transfer, he announced Monday. -- NBCsports.com

MAY 6

Gonzaga has landed Texas A&M graduate transfer Admon Gilder, he told ESPN on Sunday... Gilder missed the entire 2018-19 season with what the school called a "health issue." -- ESPN.com

MAY 4

The NCAA has launched an investigation into the Arizona men's basketball program, a university spokesman confirmed to the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson on Friday night. In response to an open records request, Arizona officials would not release the school's communication with the NCAA to the newspaper because "investigations into the University of Arizona men's basketball program are ongoing at this time." -- ESPN.com

MAY 3

Purdue has added graduate transfer Jahaad Proctor to its men's basketball roster... The 6-foot-3 shooting guard averaged 19.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists for High Point last season, topping the 20-point mark 17 times. -- ESPN.com/AP

MAY 2

Duke Blue Devils signee Rejean "Boogie" Ellis has requested and is expected to receive a release from his letter of intent, sources told ESPN. Ellis, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, is ranked No. 36 in the ESPN 100. -- ESPN.com

Ellis is a 6'2", 165-pound combo guard from San Diego, Calif. He is the No. 34 prospect in the class of 2019 and the No. 6 prospect at his position, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. -- SI.com

2019 NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

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

APRIL 30

UCLA offered coach Jay Wright double his salary at Villanova to come coach the Bruins, reports the Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch. The Bruins finally hired Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin on April 9. -- SI.com

APRIL 29

Texas Tech and head coach Chris Beard have agreed to a six-year contract extension worth more than $27 million, the school announced on Monday. At more than $4.5 million annually, Beard is now one of the highest-paid coaches in college hoops, which makes sense as he is one of the very best coaches in the business. -- NBCsports.com

Beard is entering his fourth season at Texas Tech after coaching one season at Little Rock. The Red Raiders have posted winning records in each of Beard's seasons and reached the NCAA tournament two straight seasons. -- SI.com

APRIL 25

Five-star prospect Johnny Juzang announced Wednesday that he will be reclassifying from 2020 into the 2019 class and attending college in the fall. -- ESPN.com

Seventh Woods announced on Thursday afternoon that he will be transferring out of the North Carolina program... This past season, the South Carolina native averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 assists. -- NBCsports.com

APRIL 24

On Tuesday morning, Cole Anthony, the No. 3 player and the No. 1 combo guard in the country in the 247Sports composite, committed to the Tar Heels. Then in the early evening, Anthony Harris, the No. 65 player and No. 8 combo guard, also committed to UNC shortly after a visit to Chapel Hill. Indiana was rumored to be in the mix for Harris late in the process. -- SI.com

Regarded as the No. 65 overall player in the Class of 2019 per the 247Sports composite, Harris is a quality late pickup for the Tar Heels as North Carolina’s perimeter depth looks far better at the end of Tuesday than it did entering the day. While Anthony is likely a one-and-done player, Harris will likely stay and contribute for at least a few seasons as he comes from a winning background. -- NBCsports.com

APRIL 23

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- SI.com

APRIl 20

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. -- SI.com

APRIL 18

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. -- SI.com

APRIL 9

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. -- SI.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- SI.com

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. -- SI.com

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. -- SI.com

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. -- CBSsports.com

APRIL 8

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

APRIL 7

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- CBsports.com

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. -- CBSsports.com

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. -- ESPN.com

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. -- SI.com

APRIL 6

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. -- CBSsports.com

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." -- ESPN.com

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

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

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

APRIL 5

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. -- CBSsports.com

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. -- CBSsports.com

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. -- CBSsports.com

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. -- ESPN.com

APRIL 3

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. -- ESPN.com

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. -- SI.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

APRIL 2

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. -- ESPN.com/AP

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

MARCH 30

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. -- SI.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- ESPN.com

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. -- ESPN.com

MARCH 26

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. -- ESPN.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

MARCH 25

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. -- ESPN.com

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. -- ESPN.com

MARCH 21

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. -- NBCsports.com

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. -- ESPN.com

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. -- NBCsports.com

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

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