College Basketball Articles

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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago
Jordan Mickey
Johnny Jones entered his second season in Baton Rouge with a once-dormant fanbase buzzing at the return of All-SEC junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III and the addition of coveted in-state recruit Jarell Martin, a McDonald’s All-American...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
For Athlon Sports, any offseason is one of our favorite times of the year. Of course, we enjoy the season and March Madness as much as any college basketball fan, but the bread-and-butter for Athlon since 1967 has been helping readers prepare...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Cat Barber
NC State can’t replace T.J. Warren — the ACC Player of the Year and the school’s first NBA Lottery pick since 1996 — with just one player. So the Wolfpack, coming off of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, won...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Aaron Thomas
Two straight trips to the NIT have certainly dampened some of the momentum Florida State had built by rattling off four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-12. However, expectations surrounding Leonard Hamilton’s club remain high,...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Jerian Grant
After compiling a 38–16 record in its last three seasons in the Big East, Notre Dame had a rocky initial foray into the ACC. A conference-opening victory over Duke quickly spiraled into a 6–12 league record, due in large part to an...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Rod Hall
Last spring, Brad Brownell surely felt some vindication. Entering the 2013-14 season, little to nothing was expected of Clemson. A Tiger team with no seniors on its roster coming off a miserable 13–18 season was picked to finish 14th in the...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Jahlil Okafor
The ACC is bigger than ever and arguably better than ever. At the same time, the conference rarely has been so unpredictable. The arrival of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame was one of the top storylines in the conference last...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
James Robinson
It took Pittsburgh little time to make a resounding impression in its ACC debut. The Panthers opened with a 16–1 record, including 4–0 in the league, and raised eyebrows from Tobacco Road to Tallahassee. Then, they dropped six...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Matt Stainbrook
Few believed Xavier would finish in the top half of the retooled Big East based on last year’s preseason predictions. But the Musketeers, picked seventh by the league’s media in the fall, went on to tie for third with a 10–8...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
The first year of the new Big East alignment brought a little bit of everything: a national player of the year and one of college basketball’s all-time greats (Creighton’s Doug McDermott), a national top 10 team (Villanova) and...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
John Thompson III
Georgetown’s 2013-14 season began with uncertainty — and it resulted in the Hoyas missing the NCAA Tournament. The team never seemed to get any momentum. The Hoyas lost to Northeastern, then beat Kansas State and VCU. They lost six...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein is a rarity for Kentucky under John Calipari — a seasoned junior with pro potential. Such a situation may not have occurred if not for an ankle injury in the Sweet 16 that ended Cauley-Stein’s NBA Draft hopes (and...
David Fox
6 months ago
Frank Kaminsky was an anonymous Wisconsin big man entering last season. The 7-foot junior had barely played his first two years in Madison, but he became a household name by the end of the season — when he helped lead the Badgers into the...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
College basketball season is creeping up fast, and Athlon Sports is counting down to Midnight Madness and the start of practice on Oct. 17.  No. 1 Kentucky begins 2014-15 where it started last season — at the top. Even though last...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago

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