College Basketball Articles

No team may have a bigger chip on its shoulder than SMU. A controversial snub by the NCAA Selection Committee (in 2014) and a blown goaltending call in a Round of 64 loss to UCLA (in 2015) will provide constant motivation. The biggest blow,...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Another season, another gaudy record, another impressive NCAA Tournament seed — and another disappointing early exit in March. That has become the narrative surrounding Georgetown basketball the past few years, and the Hoyas will enter the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The journey wasn’t always smooth, but Xavier’s 2014-15 season ended in a familiar place — the Sweet 16. The Musketeers, who lost to UTEP and Long Beach State in consecutive games in November and went .500 in Big East play,...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The new Big East lineup may never be able to match what previous incarnations have done, but the conference has nonetheless proven to be formidable. The Big East produced six NCAA Tournament bids last season, more than the Pac-12 and SEC and...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Chris Holtmann proved to be a pretty good crisis manager last season, leading to a six-year contract extension for a guy who wasn’t the Butler coach on a full-time basis until after Big East play started. Now comes the tough part...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The entire tenor of the Providence College basketball program changed for the better when Kris Dunn turned down a spot in the first round of the NBA Draft to return for his junior season. With Dunn leading the way, the Friars have the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
It couldn’t end the same way, right? It didn’t seem like last season’s version of Villanova would suffer an early exit from the NCAA Tournament after a terrific regular season — like the Wildcats had done in 2014 (and...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Notre Dame has fired a female academic coach amid rumors she targeted African-American players from the football and basketball teams, and coerced them into having sex with her daughter. In a report obtained by NY Daily News, the accuser...
Jasmine Watkins
3 months ago
Shaka Smart
It is possible to trace Shaka Smart’s devotion to the mayhem of his Havoc defense to time spent as an assistant to Oliver Purnell and Billy Donovan, both of whom — earlier in their respective careers — preferred to strangle...
Michael Bradley
3 months ago
When we last saw West Virginia, it was taking a 39-point beating at the hands of Kentucky. It made for a TV spectacle, especially after the words of brash freshman Daxter Miles, who predicted a Mountaineers win. What seems to be forgotten, though,...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Shaka Smart said in his introductory press conference at Texas that he believed there were two kinds of people — “energy givers or energy takers.” Ask any Texas basketball fans, and they’ll put Smart firmly in the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Baylor boasts a potential first-round draft pick in Taurean Prince, one of the nation’s best rebounders in Rico Gathers and a budding star in Jonathan Motley. Still, the main theme surrounding the Bears entering the 2015-16 season doesn...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Buddy Hield recognized that there was work to be done before jumping to the NBA. Work for himself, and the Sooners. Hield, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, passed on an early payday for a return to Oklahoma for his senior season. With...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Fred Hoiberg’s tenure at Iowa State produced the most successful five-year run in program history. In addition to leading the Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournaments and two consecutive Big 12 Tournament titles, Hoiberg was immensely...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
One of the most impressive streaks in college basketball history is alive and well in the Big 12, where the Kansas Jayhawks are the favorites to capture a 12th straight conference title. “Winning the league is always our top goal,”...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Change has been a constant in the Big 12 — except for Kansas being on top. When the run of Kansas’ Big 12 championships began in 2005-05, the league still had 12 teams, and the roster of coaches included Eddie Sutton and Bob Knight...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Gonzaga this season could look very much like the 2015 and ’13 versions of the Bulldogs. Those two squads went a combined 67–6 and are considered at or near the top of the list of all-time GU teams, meaning that this year’s Zags...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Wichita State handled Indiana and knocked off Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. After a loss to Notre Dame, its winning streak resumed. Alabama came hard after coach Gregg Marshall, waving big dollars and the lure of the SEC. The university and...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Because of a high volume of players serving two-year church missions, BYU is continually a program in transition. But even by the Cougars’ standards, 2015-16 is a season of change. A combination of graduation, missions and transfers took away...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The subject line of a May email to LSU students and supporters was two words: “He’s coming.” Now, he’s here. The email’s message featured two hands holding a basketball. Below was a graphic advertising ticket...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Why not climb out on a limb if you’re already on a hot seat? That’s what Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy did. He’s guaranteed the Aggies will be in the NCAA Tournament field this season. Had Rick Pitino, John...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Say this for an interesting SEC offseason: The league lost one of its two best coaches to the NBA and the coaching lineup as a whole improved. Florida coach Billy Donovan is now coaching the Oklahoma City Thunder, leaving the Gators in a...
David Fox
3 months ago
Dorian Finney-Smith
Billy Donovan is gone to the NBA, and with him the face of Florida basketball. Many wonder whether the Gators’ winning tradition will follow. New coach Mike White steps into Donovan’s shadow after four seasons at Louisiana Tech....
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Damian Jones
The SEC welcomes two new coaches with Final Fours on their résumés — Ben Howland (Mississippi State) and Rick Barnes (Tennessee) — but it is the league’s longest-tenured coach, Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings, who has the team...
Mitch Light
3 months ago
Yogi Ferrell
Bend your knees. Spread your arms. Move your feet. Guard your man. There are fancier ways to analyze what matters for the Indiana Hoosiers this season, but nothing is more relevant than this simple truth: Tom Crean’s experienced Hoosiers...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago

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