College Basketball Articles

Athlon Sports would be the first to tell you to sit back and enjoy the college basketball regular season from start to finish. But let’s face it: The big prize — the only prize, it seems — is the NCAA Tournament. And that...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Archie Miller
It’s November and that means the college hoops season is knocking on the door. Next thing you know we will be engulfed in January conference play. Come March, we will all be filling out our brackets, looking for the perfect 12-5 upset,...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Izzo
Believe us, we don’t like repeating ourselves. Naming the same coach as No. 1 in the country for a third consecutive season is a little boring. We tried to justify a new coach at the No. 1 spot if only to freshen things up a bit. ...
David Fox
1 year ago
If the 2014-15 season is anything like the 2013-14 edition, we’re in luck. Just think of all that transpired a year ago: Wichita State’s run for history, a fantastic freshman class led by Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jahlil Okafor
College basketball is down one superstar freshman, but the game, as usual these days, won’t lack for electrifying first-year talent. Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay opted to play professionally in China rather than navigate the NCAA...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jost Pastner
Whether it’s football or basketball, recruiting is a wild game. So much so that we wouldn’t mind listening to a basketball assistant and a football assistant swap stories from the road. Certainly, both would have their share. ...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Ryan Boatright
Here’s the burning question about the 2014-15 UConn Huskies: Are they still hungry? Shabazz Napier called his team the Hungry Huskies during the post-national championship celebration at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in April....
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Kevin Ollie
The American Athletic Conference may be top-heavy, but at least it doesn’t lack for storylines. For one, the AAC is the home of the defending national champion that loses star Shabazz Napier but returns coach Kevin Ollie and guard Ryan...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Shaquille Thomas
The obvious issue for Cincinnati in 2014-15 is how to replace first-team All-America guard Sean Kilpatrick, who finished his career as the second-leading scorer in school history behind the legendary Oscar Robertson. But that’s not how...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Kelvin Sampson
When Kelvin Sampson tries to convince a high school prospect to play basketball for Houston, he’s probably not going to spend too much time talking about the glory days of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Three Final Fours, two Hall of...
David Fox
1 year ago
Markus Kennedy
Larry Brown was already ahead of schedule at SMU, taking only two seasons to transform the moribund program. Twenty years removed from their last postseason appearance, the Mustangs last season won 27 games and advanced to the NIT title game. ...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
This time last year Josh Pastner had a backcourt some were describing as college basketball’s best thanks to the presence of four senior guards, all of whom had previously averaged double-figures in points at the Division I level. He was...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Lon Kruger
Now entering his fourth season and surveying a roster he’s built, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger likes what he sees. “We love the guys we have in the program,” Kruger says. “They’re a group that is easy to watch and...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
For a coach who promotes daily competition, the end of last season was difficult on Bruce Weber. Though Kansas State made it back to the NCAA Tournament, its roster wasn’t healthy enough to properly prepare for the postseason. “We...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Rick Barnes
Normally, one team enjoying a decade of dominance in a particular conference would be cause for concern. Kansas has won at least a share of 10 consecutive Big 12 titles, but the league is anything but dull even if the Jayhawks manage to win...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Kyle Wiltjer
Few trends have changed college basketball more in recent years than the wave of transfers each season. Some teams, like Iowa State and Florida, have made an art for of recruiting transfers as key cogs of their programs. Other teams are just...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Anthony Lee
Anthony Lee had never been in greater demand as a basketball player than the morning after Temple released him from his scholarship. That day in March, Lee woke up to 40 text messages and dozens of missed calls from people he didn’t know....
David Fox
1 year ago
John Groce
For the first time during his tenure at Illinois, John Groce has a roster loaded with familiar faces. Of the 13 players making up this year’s Illini, 11 have been a part of Groce’s system for at least one year, a stark contrast to Year...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Aaron White
Iowa’s eight-year NCAA Tournament drought finally ended last spring, but it hardly was cause for celebration. The Hawkeyes climbed to as high as 10th in the national rankings only to mysteriously unravel down the stretch. Iowa made the...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Bo Ryan
Arguably, the Big Ten has been at the top of the pile in college basketball for the last four seasons. That may come as a surprise for a league hasn’t produced a national champion since Michigan State in 2000. Yet, the Big Ten is...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Delon Wright
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak is not interested in celebrating any checkpoints or milestones in his rebuilding of the program. The Utes clearly are making progress as Krystkowiak enters his fourth season, but he’s not declaring the project...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Norman Powell
When Steve Alford was chosen to replace longtime coach Ben Howland in April 2013, the hire didn’t exactly have UCLA fans jumping for joy. Howland, after all, had taken the Bruins to three straight Final Fours in the past decade and was fresh...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Brandon Ashley
The Pac-12 hierarchy can be somewhat predictable. Arizona and UCLA usually find their way at or near the top. Washington State and Oregon State generally land at or near the bottom.  Those trends figure to continue in 2014-15 with...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Years before Bruce Pearl took the Auburn job, the coach had already secured the approval of the most important face of Tigers basketball. Pearl was midway through his tenure at Tennessee, and he had the Volunteers humming. The program's...
David Fox
1 year ago
John Calipari
Depth is considered the strength of SEC football. Not so in SEC basketball. Kentucky and Florida are the clear giants in this league while everyone else is just trying to claw their way into that second tier. The Wildcats and Gators...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago

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