• Purdue center A.J. Hammons will return for junior season

    College Basketball Talk "The 2013-14 season was a disappointing one for Purdue, with Matt Painter’s Boilermakers finishing 15-17 overall and 5-13 in Big Ten play. Among the players expected to lead the way next season for a group that hopes to turn things around is center A.J. Hammons, who on Wednesday announced that..." April 17

  • Ex-Valley prep Kale Abrahamson transferring to Drake

    Des Moines Register "Kale Abrahamson is leaving his family but coming home. The former West Des Moines Valley star and Northwestern sophomore said Wednesday he has transferred to Drake and will play basketball for the Bulldogs. Abrahamson, who announced in March that he was transferring from Northwestern, said..." April 17

  • Caris LeVert says he's '100 percent' returning to Michigan

    Michigan Live "Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III might be heading out the Michigan basketball door, but one sophomore garnering NBA attention is assuring he's staying put. Caris LeVert, a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2013-14 and rising prospect on many NBA draft boards, said Tuesday he's "obviously..." April 17

  • Branden Dawson to return to Michigan State for senior season

    College Basketball Talk "Branden Dawson will return to Michigan State for his senior year, the school announced on Tuesday evening. The Spartans will graduate point guard Keith Appling and center Adreian Payne this spring, and on Monday, sophomore guard Gary Harris declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Having Dawson back..." April 15

  • Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III leaving Michigan for NBA

    Detroit News "For the second straight season, Michigan is losing two of its top players — and maybe more — to the NBA draft. A year after Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. left early and became first-round draft picks, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are forgoing their final two years, they announced..." April 15

  • Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III will enter NBA Draft

    Fansided "After the Michigan Wolverines made another deep run into the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to Aaron Harrison and Kentucky, it was widely expected there would be a few high-profile defections to the 2014 NBA Draft, and there is a report circulating that Glenn Robinson III will be one of..." April 14

  • Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson heading to Ohio State "Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson is heading to Ohio State, sources tell Thompson, a 6-foot-11 center from Indianapolis, played just one season in Blacksburg. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds, going for 15 points and six rebounds in a loss to Duke in late..." April 13

  • Michigan's Jon Horford transferring, should be eligible immediately "Michigan is still awaiting NBA draft decisions on three key players, but the Wolverines are already losing one of their post players. The school announced on Thursday that redshirt junior forward Jon Horford is leaving Michigan and looking to play his final season of eligibility..." April 10

  • Source: Nik Stauskas to go pro "Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas is headed to the NBA, a source close to the situation told on Thursday. The source said the 6-foot-6, 205-pound shooting guard intends to make a public announcement soon. Stauskas told on Thursday that he has not yet made a final..." April 10

  • Penn State announces that guard Graham Woodward will transfer

    College Basketball Talk "With guard Tim Frazier out of eligibility, some playing time has opened up in the Penn State backcourt for the 2014-15 season. D.J. Newbill and John Johnson will both be seniors, and in Geno Thorpe head coach Patrick Chambers has an underclassman who will be asked to lead the way when Newbill and..." April 10

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • Family announces Lacey, young friend of MSU hoops program, has died

    Detroit Free Press "Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old girl from St. Johns who battled a rare form of cancer for several years and befriended Michigan State star Adreian Payne, apparently died last night. An Instagram account named missprincesslacey posted this message around 3 a.m.: “Princess Lacey has achieved the..." April 09

  • Pitino's first season with Gophers a success

    Fox Sports North "As Richard Pitino coached his Minnesota Golden Gophers to an NIT championship on Thursday, the TV cameras seemed to find his famous father, Rick, just as often as they focused on the son. When the younger Pitino left Florida International to take the Gophers coaching job last April, his well-known..." April 06

  • Wisconsin looks to build on Final Four run with returning core "The Wisconsin locker room after Saturday night's Final Four loss to Kentucky was an emotional one, to say the least. Hugging, audible sobbing, very quiet. It was one of the most emotional locker rooms I've been in following a game. And then less than 30 minutes after leaving the locker room,..." April 06

  • Ohio hires NDSU's Saul Phillips "North Dakota State's Saul Phillips has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at Ohio, a source told on Saturday. The school subsequently confirmed the news on Twitter." April 06

  • Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 on Harrison's three

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Aaron Harrison is the hero again, John Calipari looks like a prophet and the University of Kentucky basketball team is playing for the NCAA championship on Monday night against Connecticut. The Wildcats won yet another wild one — their fourth thriller in a row — this time 74-73 over Wisconsin on..." April 06

  • Defense faces supreme test against Kentucky

    Wisconsin State Journal "Greg Gard was asked Friday afternoon if the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s defense has improved to the point where he’d consider labeling it a good one. The Badgers associate head coach paused for a second before nodding his head. “Yeah, I think we are,” he said. “But you’re..." April 05

  • Calipari: Wisconsin is plenty talented offensively

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Wisconsin players already know what you're thinking about their Final Four matchup against Kentucky. They've heard all the talk this week about the so-called discrepancies in talent level between the two teams. In fact, allow Badgers center Frank Kaminsky to break down what seems to be the..." April 05

  • Badgers' Frank Kaminsky becomes star in NCAA run

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The most pertinent question asked in October about Frank Kaminsky was whether the junior would provide Wisconsin with a consistent inside presence to fill the void created by the departure of three seniors. Today the most intriguing question some panicky UW fans are asking is whether Kaminsky,..." April 05

  • How Kentucky and Wisconsin match up

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Point guard Against the defending NCAA champion (Louisville) and runner-up (Michigan) last weekend in Indianapolis, Kentucky's Andrew Harrison had 13 assists vs. six turnovers and did a solid job distributing. What the 6-foot-6, 215-pound freshman from Richland, Texas, did not do especially..." April 05

  • Bo Ryan's tough love requires thick-skinned players

    Wisconsin State Journal "Pat Murphy didn’t need to hear the buzzer that signals a pending substitution to know he was coming out of the game. It was late in his career with the UW-Platteville men’s basketball program in the early 1990s, and Murphy had just committed a cardinal sin in epic fashion during a game against..." April 04

  • Badgers' Final Four run likely a win for recruiting

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Whether it's on an upper-echelon state recruit like Dominican's Diamond Stone or Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson or just some 12-year-old gym rat shooting buckets in his driveway hundreds of miles from Madison, you have to wonder what kind of impression the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Final Four..." April 04

  • Minnesota Gophers win NIT title 65-63 over SMU

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For some, it was redemption. For others it was just a party. Two years after falling just short of their goal at Madison Square Garden, a Minnesota team made up of veterans from that game and new faces this season made good on a second chance. The Gophers gained control of a back-and-forth..." April 04

  • Gophers to try for NIT title that once got away

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When the Gophers men’s basketball players entered Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, they saw a spotlighted court, engulfed by a yawning, nearly 20,000-seat expanse. The players ogled the collection of New York Rangers and Knicks banners. They snapped pictures with their cellphones of the arena’s..." April 03

  • Traevon Jackson's play pointing in the right direction for the Badgers

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Turner Sports analyst Steve Kerr had a front-row seat to watch Wisconsin oust Baylor and Arizona in the NCAA West Regional to secure a berth in the Final Four. An outstanding shooting guard at Arizona from 1983-'88 who later was a part of five NBA championship teams, Kerr raved about the play..." April 03

  • Wisconsin, Kentucky governors are betting bourbon, beer and bratwursts

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Kentucky’s basketball team has raised the bar during the NCAA Tournament, so much that Gov. Steve Beshear is betting his. Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed a wager on Saturday’s Final Four game, with beer, bratwursts and cheese headed Beshear’s way for a Wildcats victory. Should..." April 02

  • UW learned lessons from midseason struggles

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The record was unblemished at 16-0. The ranking was dizzying — No. 3 in both top-25 men's basketball polls. Their fans were, understandably, giddy. Meanwhile, Wisconsin's coaches understood underlying issues needed to be addressed despite the unprecedented success. A suspect defense..." April 02

  • Osenieks surprises, helps Minnesota Gophers advance to NIT final

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Three weeks ago, Williams Arena fans thought they’d witnessed the end of Oto Osenieks’ career. Hampered by knee injuries, the junior power forward had announced he would hang up his sneakers, ending his career in maroon and gold as a student manager rather than a player. Tuesday, it was that..." April 02

  • Minnesota 67, Florida St. 64

    ProSportsDaily "Austin Hollins scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Golden Gophers outlasted the Seminoles in New York to advance to the NIT final. DeAndre Mathieu added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists for Minnesota (24-13), which will meet Southern Methodist in Thursday's championship..." April 02

  • Wisconsin, Kentucky built teams in different fashions

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Kentucky basketball has so many stars on its team that astrologers ought to consider naming a constellation after the best players. OK, not really. But as star-studded college basketball teams go, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with more depth of ridiculous talent than these..." April 01

  • Vegas, many sports writers favor Kentucky over 'significantly less talented' Wisconsin

    The Capital Times "The No.1-ranked team at the beginning of the 2013-14 college basketball season was Kentucky, with an incoming group of highly talented freshmen who have NBA aspirations. After an up-and-down season, the resurgent Wildcats are hoping to be back in the No. 1 spot at the end of the season...." April 01

  • Will Kentucky's John Calipari outcoach Wisconsin's Bo Ryan?

    The Capital Times "Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan has been given a lot of love from the national media during the NCAA tournament this year. The Badgers have made it to the Final Four for the first time since 2000 and for the first time under Ryan. Until last weekend, he was often called the best..." April 01

  • Tested to the limit, Wisconsin ready for more

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras, Sam Dekker reclined in the noisy Wisconsin locker room and tried to capture the difficulty of UW's latest victory, arguably its most memorable of the season. "That was the toughest test we've had all year, the toughest fight we've had," Dekker said after..." April 01

  • MSU sophomore Gary Harris expected to enter NBA Draft "Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris will, barring a surprising change of plans, eventually announce that he's entering the 2014 NBA Draft, sources told on Tuesday. "He's going to go," one source said. "And he probably should." Harris averaged 16.7 points and 4.0 rebounds while..." April 01

  • At any level, Bo Ryan's method is well-suited for March Madness

    USA Today "When Sam Dekker tried — and failed — to catch a pass with one hand the other night, Saul Phillips knew what would come next. The buzzer sounded. Another Badger entered the game. Dekker went to the bench. Bo Ryan followed him to his seat. "Anybody who ever played for Bo knew what Bo was gonna..." April 01

  • Frank Kaminsky big reason why Wisconsin is in Final Four

    New York Daily News "Frank Kaminsky III cut a piece of twine from the net at Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday. Delirious Wisconsin fans showered him with chants of “Frank the Tank!” The 7-footer has never stood taller. He wasn’t always The Tank. Francis Stanley Kaminsky’s family used to call the boy “The Turd”..." April 01

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • NIT semifinals betting cheat sheet "Clemson Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs (-3, 119) Clemson's K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points and DeMarcus Harrison poured in 14 of his 16 in the second half to spark the comeback victory over Belmont. McDaniels continues to deliver for the Tigers, leading them in scoring (17.2),..." April 01

  • UConn Roars Back Against MSU; Reaches Final Four

    Hartford Courant "The trends were all going against UConn, a position in which the Huskies have found themselves many times, in many ways, the past couple of years. Michigan State had built a nine-point lead when coach Kevin Ollie called time out. "And when Coach looks at me in a certain way," Shabazz Napier..." March 31

  • Kentucky takes down Michigan 75-72 on Aaron Harrison three-pointer

    Lexington Herald-Leader "There was no Willis Reed (is that Willie Reed?) moment. With crutches by his side, Willie Cauley-Stein watched his Kentucky teammates play Michigan in a game rich with potential to produce something enduring. A trip to the Final Four seemed almost beside the point. As so often happens in the..." March 31

  • Wisconsin win over Arizona marred by controversial call

    Fox Sports "In what was otherwise a thrilling game, the West Regional Elite Eight game came down one final controversy in the waning seconds of overtime. With three seconds left, Arizona guard Nick Johnson was whistled for a charge on a jumper that could have won the game for the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. By..." March 30

  • 64-63 overtime epic over Arizona sends Wisconsin to first Final Four since 2000

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan will be surrounded by friends and family at the 2014 Final Four after all. Ryan, who won four NCAA Division III titles at UW-Platteville, has a chance to win his first in 13 seasons at UW. The No. 2-seeded Badgers ralled for a 64-63 overtime victory over top-seeded..." March 30

  • NCAA West Regional betting news and notes: Wisconsin wipes out fastbreak "The West Regional presented few surprises as the two top teams from that side of the bracket battle for a ticket to Texas Saturday. Check out our betting news and notes for the West Regional final. No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (-3, 130) If Arizona hopes to live up to..." March 29

  • Michigan’s Mitch McGary ruled out for Sunday

    Fansided "Friday night, the Michigan Wolverines were able to hold off the Tennessee Volunteers to advance to the Elite 8 on Sunday against the Kentucky Wildcats. They were able to do so without sophomore big man Mitch McGary, as they have been able to get through most of the season without him. If they..." March 29

  • Mitch McGary watches Michigan's win in uniform as inspiration to teammates

    Detroit News "For the first time in more than three months, Mitch McGary was wearing a Michigan uniform during a game. Just ahead of the Sweet 16 matchup against Tennessee, Michigan announced that McGary would dress for the game and participate in warm-ups but wouldn’t play. McGary, a preseason..." March 29

  • Michigan's Nik Stauskas concerned only about Elite Eight, not pro talk

    Detroit Free Press "Depending on the situation, the reminder would come almost every time they huddled up during the final few minutes of the game: “You know where I’m going to be. If I’m open, hit me.” It’s a familiar refrain that comes from Michigan sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, teammate Spike Albrecht said,..." March 29

  • Jordan Morgan takes charge to help Michigan advance

    Detroit Free Press "One moment revealed everything. It showed Jordan Morgan’s intelligence and his determination and his heart and his basketball IQ; and that one play propelled Michigan into the Elite Eight. There were less than 10 seconds to play, as Michigan held onto a one-point lead. Jarnell Stokes,..." March 29

  • Michigan's 3-point shooting continues to serve as neutralizer

    Michigan Live "Prior to Friday evening, Tennessee was 25-0 in three seasons under coach Cuonzo Martin when shooting 50 percent from the field, including a 10-0 mark in 2013-14. Twenty-five games is more than a trend. Twenty-five games drifts into the realm of a foregone conclusion. Tennessee shot 52.6..." March 29

  • Michigan enters Elite Eight stage as a 2-point underdog to Kentucky

    Michigan Live "eeding be damned, the money is with Kentucky. Despite sitting as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region with a 28-8 record and 2013 Final Four pedigree, Michigan is a 2-point underdog to No. 8 seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight. The Wildcats are coming off a wild 74-69 victory over in-state..." March 29

  • Top-seeded Arizona downright defensive leading up to clash with Wisconsin

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Over the course of 36 games, Wisconsin has faced some of the top defensive teams in the country. Ohio State. Virginia. Saint Louis. Florida. But the challenge No. 1 seed Arizona (33-4) will present when it plays the second-seeded Badgers (29-7) Saturday night in the Elite Eight just might..." March 29

  • Hot offense takes on Arizona's top-ranked defense

    Wisconsin State Journal "The most significant obstacle standing between the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team and the Final Four is one of the best defenses in the country. It’s a good thing the Badgers come equipped with a red-hot offense that has been one of the most efficient units in the nation this..." March 29

  • Badgers zoned in on Arizona's man-to-man defense

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin's players and coaches endured a jarring transition between the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. In the opener, UW had to deal with American's precise and methodical Princeton offense. With one day to prepare, UW then had to contend with Oregon's high-octane..." March 29

  • Players say Bo Ryan is great coach, with or without a Final Four

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "One by one, the players in the Wisconsin locker room reacted to the question with a mix of amusement and annoyance. Does Bo Ryan, with 13 NCAA Tournament berths in 13 seasons at UW, four NCAA Division III titles at UW-Platteville and an overall record of 703-223, need to update his coaching..." March 29

  • Wisconsin can shoot, defend and more; Arizona knows it

    Fox Sports Arizona "Sleep on Wisconsin? Here's the one thing you need to know about the Badgers: They've beaten Michigan State, Michigan, Virginia and Florida. As of Friday, all were still alive in the NCAA tournament. "We've played a lot of teams with top-10 offenses, but out of all of the teams, I'd say..." March 29

  • UA's Sean Miller, Wisconsin's Bo Ryan each want 1st Final 4

    Arizona Republic "Arizona's Sean Miller and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan are considered two of the best in their profession, coaches who have boosted or kept their programs at a national level. They have won conference championships and succeeded in the NCAA Tournament, but here's the thing: Neither coach has been to the..." March 29

  • History favors Michigan State in Elite Eight game

    Detroit News "It might not be fair to two other teams in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, but when breaking down Michigan State’s chances of reaching the Final Four, a common belief in recent days is, get past Virginia in Friday’s regional semifinal and the Spartans will be headed to Arlington,..." March 29

  • Michigan State still standing after Sweet 16 heavyweight battle

    Detroit Free Press "Exhaustion matched excitement. As ecstatic as Keith Appling was surviving to see another game in the NCAA tournament, the senior Michigan State point guard was even happier taking a seat in the locker room, grabbing a cold bottle of water and taking a thankful sigh of relief. “It felt like we..." March 29

  • Michigan State's next opponent, UConn, considers Madison Square Garden 'third home'

    Michigan Live "Early in Friday night’s game, when Michigan State took a lead over Virginia, the Spartans slapped their palms on the Madison Square Garden floor to generate enthusiasm in their East Regional game of the NCAA tournament. Later, in the second half, when they fell behind by four points amid a..." March 29

  • How a broken hand helped Michigan State's Branden Dawson become his best

    Michigan Live "Branden Dawson will tell you the truth of the matter now -- he thought long and hard about transferring after his freshman season at Michigan State. "We need more out of you," coach Tom Izzo continued to say. Unable to be who Izzo knew he could be and struggling with the aftermath of a torn..." March 29

  • Michigan State hangs on against Virginia, advances to Elite 8

    Michigan Live "They said the buckets would be hard to come by. And they were right. When the dust settled, Michigan State emerged victorious with the scars to prove it. The No. 4 seed Spartans -- behind Branden Dawson's 24 points and 10 rebounds -- beat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 in an NCAA..." March 29

  • Wolverines advance to Elite Eight with 73-71 win over Tennessee

    Detroit Free Press "Sweet, now elite. Barely. A year ago, everything was new for the Michigan basketball team in the NCAA tournament. Though this year’s team is younger, the Midwest No. 2 seed Wolverines look like the grizzled veterans, showing it in tonight’s 73-71 Sweet Sixteen win over No. 11 seed Tennessee..." March 29

  • Ross leaving Ohio State, turning pro

    Fox Sports Ohio "Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross made it official Friday as the school issued a release saying Ross will give up his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career. Ross was Ohio State's leading scorer last season and his emergence played a key role in the Buckeyes getting to the Elite..." March 28

  • Despite NBA rumors, Tom Izzo finds peace through transparency "There's a flattering but awkward backdrop to the regional semis here in Manhattan. There's also an apt stage. Playing in an NBA arena -- the World's Most Famous -- three of the four coaches who've taken their teams to the Sweet 16 in the East Regional either have strong connections to the pros or..." March 28

  • Wisconsin dominates Baylor with confidence, mental toughness

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "A standard narrative has hovered over Wisconsin's basketball program for years based, in part, on worn ideas about overachieving while being under-athletic. So it wasn't a surprise that such talk once again permeated through the Honda Center before the Badgers' Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night..." March 28

  • Michigan State's Mr. Fix-it keeps Spartans on the court

    USA Today "For much of the season, the bodies of Michigan State basketball players appeared brittle. One by one, players went down but not out. They suffered a plethora of injuries, none season-ending. A sprained ankle here, plantar fasciitis there. A lingering wrist injury. A broken bone in a..." March 28

  • NCAA East Regional betting news and notes: Izzo knows Bennett well "The final four teams in the East Regional do battle for a spot in the Elite Eight. Before you bet on Friday's games, brush up on these East Region betting news and notes: No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (-1.5, 127) The Virginia Cavaliers’ pack-line defense,..." March 28

  • NCAA Midwest Regional betting news and notes: Michigan has secret weapon "The Midwest Regional has two of the most intriguing Sweet 16 matchups. Before you get your bets down Friday, make sure you cruise these betting news and notes for the Midwest side of the bracket. No. 2 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers (-2.5, 134) Senior Jordan Morgan came..." March 28

  • Virginia just second No. 1 Sweet 16 underdog in 22 years "The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers are in exclusive company heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with No. 4 Michigan State. And that’s not a good thing. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Regional, opened as 2-point underdogs against the Spartans, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to be..." March 28

  • Johnson, Napier, Stauskas lead NABC All-America team "The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2013-14 All-America teams Thursday, with a trio of players still alive in the NCAA Tournament named to the first team. Arizona's Nick Johnson, UConn's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas join Creighton's Doug McDermott and Duke's..." March 28

  • Wisconsin mauls Baylor 69-52 to advance to Elite Eight

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Unlike last week at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Wisconsin didn't have 18,000 red-clad backers roaring in support every move made by Bo Ryan's players. UW, which had won big games away from home all season, didn't need the home-court feel. The No. 2-seeded Badgers turned the Honda Center..." March 28

  • NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 games

    USA Today "WEST REGIONAL (ANAHEIM) Stanford (23-12) vs. Dayton (25-10) | Time, TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS Why Dayton will win: Rolling in the deep. The Flyers' rotation includes 11 players averaging double-digit minutes. "There's not much difference between No. 3 and No. 8," coach Archie Miller said...." March 27

  • Illinois point guard Nick Norton will join father Randy at UAB "Nearly one year ago, Randy Norton was hired to be UAB's head women's basketball coach. In a few months, his son Nick will join him in Birmingham for the next few years. Nick Norton, who spent his senior year at Bloomington Central Catholic (Ill.), verbally committed to sign with head coach..." March 26

  • Minnesota 81, Southern Miss 73

    ProSportsDaily "Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points as the Gophers pulled away in the second half for a win over the visiting Golden Eagles in the NIT quarterfinals. Hollins finished with six 3-pointers, four assists and three steals for top-seeded Minnesota (23-13), which shot 50 percent from the..." March 26

  • Wolverines have ‘no plans’ for Mitch McGary to return to lineup

    Fansided "John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines had little trouble in advancing to the Sweet 16 with wins over Wofford and Texas this past weekend, but there is an “elephant in the room” surrounding the Wolverines this week, and it surrounds the status of preseason All-American center Mitch..." March 25

  • Mitch McGary considered surgery in November for possible late return

    Detroit News "In December, Michigan’s season looked to be in jeopardy, with a 6-4 record and preseason All-America Mitch McGary out indefinitely because of a back injury. The Wolverines announced that McGary would have surgery and be out indefinitely during his recovery. Things have worked out well for U-M..." March 25

  • Michigan coach John Beilein giving team time to rest

    Detroit News "Throughout most of the season, the Michigan men’s basketball team had a familiar pattern of one or two games per week, with at least two days’ rest between each game. Now that the postseason has begun, the pace has ramped up. After three games in three days in reaching the Big Ten tournament..." March 25

  • Wolverines take day off to stay fresh for Sweet 16

    Detroit Free Press "Even in the days leading into the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16, Michigan is trying to keep its players rested. After a heavy shooting day Monday, U-M coach John Beilein asked his players not to come to the gym today. Yet, because he expects they still will, he said they should only shoot free..." March 25

  • Beilein's first impression of Vols: 'Don’t mistake their seed right now'

    Michigan Live "While watching game film of Sweet 16 opponent Tennessee on Monday, Michigan coach John Beilein plucked out a 4-year old boxscore. It was dated March 18, 2011 -- the last meeting between the Vols and the Wolverines. Listed among the Tennessee's reserves were Jeronne Maymon and Jordan McRae...." March 25

  • Michigan players forming a tight bond, Nik Stauskas hits 36 of 37 3s

    Michigan Live "Michigan coach John Beilein has spent 36 years around 36 individual teams in his career as a college coach. His latest team -- the 2013-14 Wolverines -- is his most tight-knit. “They’re engaged and they really, really like each other,” Beilein said Monday night during his weekly radio show..." March 25

  • Small but loud crowd, band expected for Badgers in Anaheim

    Wisconsin State Journal "If you’re still hoping to make it to Anaheim to see the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team play Baylor on Thursday, two words: good luck. Expect an energized but smaller group of Badger rooters in California than the red mob who helped rock the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for the..." March 25

  • Badgers will give Baylor tough challange

    Dallas Morning News "The gritty point guard maneuvered around three taller defenders for a putback and a three-point play. A backup forward drew a turning-point charging call that riled up the bench. It's the little things that helped carry Wisconsin into the program's third trip to the Sweet 16 in four seasons...." March 25

  • Michigan State opponent Virginia loves to 'grind it out'

    Detroit News "Michigan State is playing in its third straight Sweet 16 and the 12th in the past 17 years. As for its opponent — No. 1 seeded Virginia — this isn’t exactly familiar territory. After defeating Memphis in the third round, Virginia reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995 and will be..." March 25

  • Michigan State facing defensive-minded Virginia in unlucky Madison Square Garden

    Detroit Free Press "Asked about the Sweet 16 and what it means to Michigan State, sophomore guard Denzel Valentine used the word “revenge.” He and the Spartans had just finished an 80-73 win Saturday over Harvard to reach the East Regional semifinals and didn’t know at the time they’d be playing Virginia. But MSU..." March 25

  • Michigan State returns to scene of February dismay, seeks revenge on MSG

    Michigan Live "Michigan State's 64-60 loss to Georgetown on Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden reeked of everything that was wrong. The Spartans had no Adreian Payne or Branden Dawson and got crushed on the boards. Keith Appling had become a shell of his early-season self, and limped through 38 minutes with one..." March 25

  • Memphis coach Josh Pastner says Adreian Payne the 'X-factor' against Virginia

    Michigan Live "Memphis coach Josh Pastner and his Tigers were knocked out of the NCAA tournament Sunday night by Virginia in Raleigh, N.C. Last season, Pastner had the misfortune of drawing Michigan State at Auburn Hills in the NCAA tournament. The Memphis coach talked Monday with about some..." March 25

  • Tom Izzo says Virginia a No. 1 seed for one simple reason -- defense

    Michigan Live "Since Michigan State returned home from Spokane in Sunday's wee hours, Tom Izzo started watching Virginia film. And then he watched a little more. And a little more. It didn't take long before Izzo knew exactly why Virginia is the top seed in the East Regional. "Why are they a No. 1..." March 25

  • Pistons Expected To Pursue Tom Izzo

    Hoops Rumors "Pistons owner Tom Gores is expected to pursue Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to take over permanent head coaching duties on Detroit’s bench, USA Today’s Sam Amick reports (video link). John Loyer is serving as interim coach in place of Maurice Cheeks, whom Gores fired in February. Lionel..." March 25

  • Bob Knight: ‘It’s as though [the NBA has] raped college basketball’

    College Basketball Talk "ESPN broadcaster and former Indiana head coach Bob Knight appeared on the ‘Mike and Mike’ radio show this morning and, while discussing one-and-done players, said the following: “It’s as though [the NBA] raped college basketball.” Ugh. Here’s the entire quote. I’m not even sure it’s possible..." March 25

  • Wisconsin knows skilled, athletic Baylor squad awaits in Anaheim

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Members of Bo Ryan's family stopped by his house Sunday night to see which team, Baylor or Creighton, would ultimately play Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament the following week. But it didn't take long for the watch party to create a slight feeling of anxiety. Baylor — which..." March 25

  • UW focuses on Baylor's zone defense

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "With their spot in the Sweet 16 secured one day earlier, many of the Wisconsin players gathered Sunday night to learn which team they would face Thursday night in Anaheim, Calif. What they saw was No. 6-seeded Baylor routing No. 3-seeded Creighton, 85-55. That was impressive, considering the..." March 25

  • LaQuinton Ross leaving Ohio State for NBA "Aaron Craft's career came to a close when Ohio State lost to Dayton on Thursday afternoon, but he wasn't the only one who played his last game in a Buckeye uniform. LaQuinton Ross is planning to declare for the NBA draft. Ross was expected to meet with the Ohio State staff on Monday..." March 24

  • Jeremy Hollowell transferring from Indiana "Less than two weeks after Indiana's season ended in the Big Ten tournament, the Hoosiers are already seeing roster attrition. Freshman Noah Vonleh decided on Sunday night to head to the NBA, Austin Etherington asked for his release and now the Hoosiers have more bad news. Sophomore Jeremy..." March 24

  • Indiana freshman star Noah Vonleh will enter the 2014 NBA Draft "Indiana's Noah Vonleh told on Sunday that he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft. "It's going to suck leaving college without an NCAA Tournament," Vonleh, a 6-foot-10 freshman, said by phone. "But I have to do what's best for me." Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds this..." March 24

  • Minnesota 63, St. Mary's 55

    ProSportsDaily "Joey King scored a team-high 18 points as the Golden Gophers downed the visiting Gaels in the second round of the NIT. DeAndre Mathieu added 14 points for top-seeded Minnesota (22-13), which will face Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals. Austin Hollins chipped in with 10 points and five..." March 23

  • Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross leaning towards draft

    Fansided "Although it seems clear the third-seeded Duke Blue Devils had the most disappointing NCAA tournament appearance after losing to the 14th-seeded Mercer Bears in the second round, the sixth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, who lost the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers, an in-state team that views the Buckeyes..." March 23

  • Clemson 50, Illinois 49

    ProSportsDaily "Rod Hall's driving layup with nine seconds to go rallied the host Tigers past the Illini in the second round of the NIT. K.J. McDaniels had 12 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots, Landry Nnoko finished with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds and Jordan Roper added 10 points for..." March 23

  • Michigan State survives Harvard 80-73 to reach Sweet 16

    Michigan Live "That Jud Heathcote is on to something -- he really may be Michigan State's lucky charm in the confines of eastern Washington. The No. 4 seed Spartans beat No. 12 seed Harvard 80-73 Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament, advancing to their sixth Sweet 16 in the past seven..." March 23

  • Badgers punch ticket to Sweet 16 with thrilling 85-77 comeback win over Ducks

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Playing a de facto home game in the BMO Harris Bradley Center — decorated in cardinal and white on Saturday night — no doubt gave Bo Ryan's team an incredible emotional lift. Yet a home crowd alone wasn't responsible for the manner in which second-seeded Wisconsin stormed back to stun..." March 23

  • FAU search centered on Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson "Florida Atlantic has centered its coaching search on Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson, a source told on Friday. Whether Dickerson would take the job remains unclear. Athletic director Patrick Chun spent 15 years in the Ohio State athletic department before taking the FAU job..." March 22

  • Patrick McCaffery’s tumor was cancerous, treatment next

    Hawk Central "The tumor that was removed from Patrick McCaffery’s thyroid on Wednesday was malignant, his father and Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement released by the university today. Coach McCaffery said that the family will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine..." March 22

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