College Basketball Articles

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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
One of the most impressive streaks in college basketball history is alive and well in the Big 12, where the Kansas Jayhawks are the favorites to capture a 12th straight conference title. “Winning the league is always our top goal,”...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Change has been a constant in the Big 12 — except for Kansas being on top. When the run of Kansas’ Big 12 championships began in 2005-05, the league still had 12 teams, and the roster of coaches included Eddie Sutton and Bob Knight...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Gonzaga this season could look very much like the 2015 and ’13 versions of the Bulldogs. Those two squads went a combined 67–6 and are considered at or near the top of the list of all-time GU teams, meaning that this year’s Zags...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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