College Basketball Articles

A second-generation Georgetown fan, Kevin Rieffel has been watching Hoyas basketball for his entire life even though he grew up in Philadelphia. In the days before ESPN2 was in every house, he and his father would drive to sports bars as far...
David Fox
10 months ago
Preseason predictions are an inexact science, particularly in college basketball. Stars leave. Coaches change. Players develop. That’s always been the case. Now, impact freshmen and transfers have proven to be gamechangers. Teams can...
David Fox
10 months ago
Jordan Loveridge
Larry Krystkowiak will never say that the Utah Utes have arrived. They climbed from the depths of a six-win season in his first year as Utah’s coach to the Sweet 16 in his fourth year, but Krystkowiak wants more. Rather than viewing an NCAA...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
There’s a renewed optimism around Oregon State basketball, and for good reason. The Beavers, who were picked to finish a distant last in the 2014-15 Pac-12 preseason poll, became one of the game’s feel-good stories during Wayne Tinkle...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Bryce Alford
This is UCLA, and as Steve Alford enters his third season at the helm of the program with 11 NCAA championships, the pressure is on to move past the Sweet 16 following consecutive regional semifinal appearances. As the Bruins aim higher...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
The Oregon basketball program has been identified by two things during the tenure of head coach Dana Altman — roster turnover and winning. The first trend has continued as the 2015-16 season approaches, but the Ducks are confident that the...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Tyrone Wallace
A year after sitting home for college basketball’s postseason, the Golden Bears have other ideas about this season. “I think we could be really good,” senior point guard Tyrone Wallace says. “I like the guys we have...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Kaleb Tarczewski
Arizona doesn’t expect to regress much, if any, from the Pac-12 championship team that went 34–4 and reached the Elite Eight for the third time in five years. Sean Miller’s roster management skills have been seriously tested with...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Sean Miller
The Pac-12’s plan for growth took another step forward last season. Utah ran neck and neck with Arizona for most of the season, giving the league two teams with potential to advance deep into the NCAA Tournament. Oregon continued to be...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Just as one of the American Athletic Conference’s banner programs prepares for a comeback year, another will be relegated to playing the role of spoiler. Competitive balance has been a problem through two seasons of the AAC, but the 2015...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Forget about putting on a poker face. Coach Kevin Ollie is quick to reveal his hand when talking about his 2015-16 Huskies. “This group is very, very talented,” Ollie says. UConn returns all but three players and adds two...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 months ago

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