College Basketball Articles

Tyler Ulis may be the most unique player John Calipari has coached in the last decade at Kentucky or Memphis. Since Derrick Rose in 2005-06, Calipari point guards for the most part have been big and physical — and one and done. In 2015-16,...
David Fox
1 year ago
Ben Simmons is the top-ranked freshman in the country and the most heralded recruit to land in Baton Rouge since Shaquille O’Neal. The 6'10", 225-pound Aussie arrives at LSU having lost only one game in high school during the past...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Nigel Hayes
During his first two seasons at Wisconsin, Nigel Hayes often chose to deflect any attention sent his way. That wasn’t always the case, of course, as Hayes’ fascination with NCAA Tournament stenographers last spring was a hit with fans...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
For fans who checked into college basketball last season just in time for March Madness, the sport appeared to be in pretty good shape. Three of the four regional finals were decided by single digits, as were two of the three games at the...
David Fox
1 year ago
Charles Mann
Georgia finds itself in new, but positive, territory this year: coming off a good year, and expecting another one. In the program’s recent past, any positive momentum has been derailed by players leaving early for the NBA (Kentavious...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Athlon Sports would be the first to tell you to sit back and enjoy the college basketball regular season from start to finish. But let’s face it: The big prize — the only prize, it seems — is the NCAA Tournament. And that...
Mitch Light
1 year ago
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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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