College Basketball Articles

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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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