College Basketball Articles

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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 months ago

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