College Basketball Articles

Denzel Valentine
One year after proving yet again that a Tom Izzo team should never be counted out in March, Michigan State will be back in the hunt to cut down more nets this season. The Spartans will not be the favorites to win the Big Ten but should be...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The theme of this season in the Big Ten could be the Year of the Comeback team. Maryland, our pick to win the conference and contend for a spot in the Final Four, is the most obvious pick to be a comeback team. The Terrapins will enjoy their...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Matt Painter
The quality of the food wasn’t the main reason for Purdue coach Matt Painter’s tweet on the afternoon of May 19: “Had one of the best lunches I’ve ever had today on campus.” That was the day Painter learned that...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Caris LeVert
A Band-Aid version of Michigan basketball slumped to a 16–16 finish in 2014-15, snapping the program’s streak of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolverines, having already seen every starter from the 2013 national title...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Mike Gesell
If Iowa continues the current pattern of success under Fran McCaffery, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999 awaits this season. The Hawkeyes have improved in each of McCaffery’s first five seasons as head coach. A...
David Fox
3 months ago
Bo Ryan
Bo Ryan’s 15th season at Wisconsin already figured to be an interesting one because of all the key parts he had to replace from a team that fell one victory short of winning a national title last season. But the Badgers’ storyline...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
So this is the new normal for the Syracuse Orange. The cloud of an NCAA investigation, and the uncertainty that came with it, has been lifted. Syracuse will be docked three scholarships per year for the next four years. Among the NCAA’s...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Malcolm Brogdon
Depending on which side of the debate you were on, Virginia was either bad for college basketball last season, or, like Wisconsin, an example of old-school cool. With their deliberate style of play and stifling defense, the Cavaliers aren...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Demetrius Jackson
The inroads made by Notre Dame during its ACC championship run and trip to the Elite Eight — where the Irish fell by just two points to then-undefeated Kentucky — planted seeds of production and confidence that should continue to sprout...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Devon Bookert
Few teams in the country return more production or experience than Florida State — the Seminoles’ top six scorers are back, and eight returning players have been starters at some point. But it’s what’s being added to the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Rick Pitino
Few coaches have shown an ability to adapt quite like Rick Pitino Nobody embraced the 3-point shot more quickly than Pitino. The man pressed the tempo when other coaches slowed it down. And he won. Pitino’s latest adaptation? Proving he...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Old-school ACC fans who remember the days of a Tobacco Road-focused lineup may find themselves pinching themselves at times this season. Conference expansion in the ACC has been football focused, even if basketball powerhouses like Louisville...
David Fox
3 months ago
Tonye Jekiri
At this time last year, coach Jim Larranaga had a team of unknowns. He had three returning players, one of whom was injured, and nine newcomers who had never worn the Hurricanes uniform. He had little idea what to expect. He does now. Almost...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Cat Barber
Mark Gottfried feels good about the progress the NC State program has made under his watch. The Wolfpack have been to the NCAA Tournament four years in a row and twice have reached the Sweet 16, including last year’s run highlighted by an...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Alex Poythress
The formula never changes. John Calipari loses most of his roster to the NBA. He does not flinch for a second. He merely collects another top-three recruiting class, plugs in extremely capable and eager replacements, and the University of Kentucky...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Amile Jefferson
By riding a group of star freshmen to the school’s fifth national title, Duke finally seems to have found a winning formula in the age of one-and-dones. With another crop of highly touted newcomers coming in to play alongside a group of solid...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Marcus Paige
Roy Williams likes to say that he would rather coach a talented team than an experienced team if forced to choose between the two. What he likes best, though, is coaching experienced talent. That winning combination produced NCAA championships for...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Maryland endured plenty of change entering last season: A massive roster overhaul coupled with entry into the Big Ten after more than six decades in the ACC. The Terrapins’ results changed, too. They won 28 games, finished a surprising second...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Ryan Anderson
Besides the NBA’s one-and-done rule, few trends in college basketball have changed the game quite like the explosion of transfers, graduate or otherwise. Two of the biggest beneficiaries of transfers — Fred Hoiberg and to a lesser...
David Fox
4 months ago
Ben Simmons
Months after three freshmen helped Duke to a national championship, the 2015-16 freshman class is littered with question. Two of the top freshmen in the country — Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Kansas’ Chieck Diallo —...
David Fox
4 months ago
Tyler Ulis
The NBA Draft, as usual, culled the freshman class of 2014. The annual exodus of top prospects left only one of the top 10 and seven of the top 20 prospects from the 247Sports composite. The sophomore class, however, has its share of potential...
David Fox
4 months ago
Frank Mason
If Kansas is able to extend its streak of Big 12 championships to 12 titles, the key player may be one of the two point guards on the All-Junior team. One is the Kansas point guard, Frank Mason. The other is the point guard of the team that...
David Fox
4 months ago
Marcus Paige
One of the recent clichés in college basketball is that the four-year senior is disappearing. True, underclassmen led the way for Final Four squads for Duke and Kentucky, but the postseason award circuit has its share of seniors. Three of the...
David Fox
4 months ago
Josh Pastner
Earlier this week, Athlon Sports ran down the top 50 coaches in college basketball for 2015-16. This isn’t necessarily the flip side of that argument, but these are the coaches who are facing the most pressure in this upcoming season.The...
Mitch Light
4 months ago
Not all decisions in these coach rankings are easy. If we wanted it to be easy, we’d simply put together a list of wins and go from there. But not all wins are equal and not all coaching jobs are equal. In determining our top 50...
David Fox
4 months ago

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