Big Ten RUMORS & NEWS

  • Maryland's Melo Trimble returning to school

    College Spun "Melo Trimble is coming back to school for his junior season. It was announced Wednesday night that the Maryland star point guard is taking his name out of the NBA Draft and returning for the 2016-17 season. Trimble had declared for the 2016 NBA Draft but didn’t hire an agent, meaning he..." May 26

  • Caleb Swanigan returning to Purdue

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "For at least one more season, Purdue will play a big brand of basketball in its frontcourt. Caleb Swanigan has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue for his sophomore season. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward and other underclassmen who had declared for the draft faced an..." May 25

  • Report: Indiana junior Troy Williams staying in NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "An Indiana player – Thomas Bryant – who likely would’ve been a first-round pick didn’t even declare for the draft without an agent. Another Indiana player – Troy Williams – who might not even get picked will stay in the draft. Williams, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is an excellent athlete. He’s..." May 25

  • Blackmon has submitted paperwork to withdraw from draft

    Rivals "An NBA source tells Peegs.com that the paperwork for James Blackmon Jr. to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to Indiana has been submitted. The 6-foot-3 guard will be a junior this season. Blackmon, who had ACL surgery in January, was Indiana’s second-leading scorer before his..." May 25

  • Nigel Hayes will return to Wisconsin for senior season

    Wisconsin State Journal "Nigel Hayes has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA draft entry pool and will return for his senior season with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Hayes, a 6-foot-7 forward who declared for the draft last month but didn’t sign with an agent, broke the news to the State Journal..." May 25

  • Purdue's Edwards withdraws from NBA draft

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "At least two-thirds of Purdue's potentially formidable frontcourt will return next season. Purdue announced today that Vincent Edwards has withdrawn from the NBA Draft to return for his junior season. It still awaits word on whether power forward Caleb Swanigan will do the same. The deadline..." May 24

  • Illinois dismisses Kendrick Nunn from basketball team

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois dismissed guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team on Tuesday following his guilty plea last week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a domestic violence arrest. “We have not reached this decision easily,” athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “We care..." May 24

  • Snoop Dogg: 'I wish I could've played for Coach Izzo'

    Michigan Live "Rapper Snoop Dogg is a diehard USC fan but has no hate in his heart for Michigan State University. "I love the S on the Spartans uniform because it represents Snoop Dogg," he laughed. Uplifting the Flint community during the water crisis was his main concern at Saturday's "Hoop 4 Water"..." May 23

  • Peter Jok withdraws from NBA draft, will return to Iowa

    Hawk Central "Peter Jok will return to the Iowa basketball team for his senior season rather than turn pro, he told The Des Moines Register on Friday. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard made the final decision after consulting with members of his inner circle, which included coach Fran McCaffery. Like more than..." May 21

  • Illinois reinstates Jaylon Tate after domestic battery case dropped

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois reinstated guard Jaylon Tate to the basketball team Friday, one day after prosecutors dropped a domestic-battery charge against him. No decision has been reached on guard Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery earlier this week in Champaign, stemming from an arrest in..." May 20

  • Illinois' Jaylon Tate has domestic-battery charge dropped

    Chicago Tribune "Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor domestic-battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate on Thursday after the state attorney's office decided it did not have enough evidence to convict him. Tate was arrested March 12 on suspicion of hitting a woman and pleaded not guilty. He..." May 20

  • Illini forward Mike Thorne granted sixth season

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois forward Mike Thorne Jr., earned a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA when his medical hardship waiver was granted by the NCAA on Wednesday. Thorne, who transferred to Illinois from Charlotte, played in only eight games last season, his first with the Illini. He averaged 12.9..." May 19

  • Rutgers pays $300K to former Mike Rice player Derrick Randall

    Asbury Park Press "Rutgers University has settled a lawsuit with former men’s basketball player Derrick Randall for $300,000. Randall filed the suit in 2013, eight months after the university fired basketball coach Mike Rice’s for mistreating his players. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward, who has learning..." May 19

  • Huskers land Miami transfer guard James Palmer

    CSN Chicago "Tim Miles announced the addition of a transfer from the ACC on Tuesday. James Palmer, a guard from Maryland who spent the past two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes, will join the Nebraska basketball program. "I am excited to add James to our program," Miles said in the announcement. "He has..." May 18

  • Prosecution hints of 2nd victim in Mateen Cleaves sexual assault case

    Detroit Free Press "The prosecution dropped a bombshell during a hearing in the sexual assault case against former basketball star Mateen Cleaves today: There may be another person willing to come forward. Genesee County Special Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey said during a court hearing that her office received..." May 17

  • Maryland's Trimble leaning toward staying in NBA draft

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After participating in the NBA Draft Combine this past week and with workouts for five NBA teams still to go, Maryland guard Melo Trimble is still "leaning towards" forgoing his final two years of college eligibility and remaining in the draft, he told CSN's Chris Miller in Chicago. "I can't..." May 16

  • Former Ohio State center Daniel Giddens joining Alabama

    Eleven Warriors "The second of three post-season transfers from the Ohio State men's basketball program has found a new home. Center Daniel Giddens will transfer to Alabama. The former four-star recruit made the announcement Sunday via his Twitter account." May 15

  • Michigan State transfer Javon Bess reportedly commits to Akron

    Michigan Live "Javon Bess is heading back to his home state. The former Michigan State guard has committed to play for Akron, according to a Sunday report from CBS. He chose Akron over his other finalist, St. Louis, according to previous reports. Per NCAA transfer rules, Bess will now have to sit out one..." May 15

  • Maryland’s Melo Trimble says he’s ‘50-50’ on staying in NBA draft

    Washington Post "Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble said Friday at the NBA draft combine that he is still “50-50″ on whether to stay in the NBA draft or return for his junior season, adding that he won’t make his decision until May 25. “I don’t know yet. It’s 50-50 right now. I’m just going through the process..." May 14

  • Pitino far exceeded budget for private jet travel, University of Minnesota audit finds

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota — doubling his budget in his first season, and tripling it his second season — according to an internal university audit obtained Tuesday by the Star..." May 11

  • Penn State basketball gains transfer in Virginia Tech 7-footer Satchel Pierce

    The Patriot News "They used to call guys like Satchel Pierce "aircraft carriers." You actually don't see them as much anymore, the massive 7-footer with the big frame. And certainly Penn State had very rarely had a player of his size until Jordan Dickerson. But they have another now. With Dickerson graduated,..." May 07

  • Illinois suspends Leron Black 6 games after pleading guilty to assault

    The Score "Illinois forward Leron Black has been suspended for the first six games of the 2016-17 regular season, the team announced in a release. " May 06

  • Don't vilify John Beilein for doing his best to prevent Spike Albrecht's Purdue transfer

    Sporting News - NCAAB "John Beilein does not make for much of a villain. If it were legal to describe a Division I basketball coach as “kind” or “gentle”, such adjectives might fit his personality. So when he endorses an unpopular position in the college sports world, it ought to be a little bit more difficult to..." May 04

  • Wolverines' Kameron Chatman decides to transfer

    Detroit Free Press "When asked Monday whether he expected any more departures from his roster, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein hesitated. Now it might be clear why. Sophomore Kameron Chatman, who hit the key three-pointer to upset Indiana in the Big Ten tournament and, in essence, send U-M to the NCAA..." May 03

  • Miami Basketball Guard James Palmer to Transfer to Nebraska

    Corn Nation "Tim Miles pulls in another transfer in James Palmer. The University of Miami guard will sit out next season and will have two years of eligibility left when he starts play in 2017. Palmer was a four start recruit and a Rivals top 100 player coming out of St. Johns College High School in..." May 03

  • Spike Albrecht Announces Transfer to Purdue

    Bleacher Report "During his time in Ann Arbor, the Crown Point, Indiana, native averaged 3.9 points and two assists per game. He decided to end his career in December when a nagging hip injury forced him to step away from the sport after just nine games in 2015, but shortly thereafter his father hinted he may..." May 03

  • Top Ohio State Target Markell Johnson Announces he Will Reclassify to 2016 Class

    Eleven Warriors "There has been a cloud of mystery surrounding the recruitment of four-star point guard Markell Johnson for some time now. Nobody really seemed to have a solid gage on where he'd be attending school or even what class he'd be in: 2016 or 2017? One part of that picture gained some clarity Monday..." May 03

  • James Blackmon Jr. declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

    Inside The Hall "In a Monday evening release, the Indiana men’s basketball program announced James Blackmon Jr. will declare for the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent. From the release: “James is going to test the waters and see where he stands in the eyes of the NBA at this time,” Tom Crean said. “He..." April 26

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  • Ben Carter to visit Michigan State Spartans

    The Only Colors "The college basketball transfer market is once again turning the offseason into free agency thanks to the graduate transfer rule. We're once again seeing solid players like UNLV's Ben Carter able to transfer from programs in disarray and look to end their collegiate careers in a better..." April 24

  • Indiana's O.G. Anunoby to return for sophomore season

    Indianapolis Star "Indiana University freshman OG Anunoby is returning to Bloomington for his sophomore season. The school's men's basketball Twitter account sent out word early Friday morning. In the tweet, Anunoby says, "I will not be declaring for the NBA draft this year and will return to IU. I love my..." April 22

  • Leron Black pleads guilty to assault, remains suspended by Illinois

    The Daily Illini "Illinois basketball's Leron Black pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge, a Class A misdemeanor Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court. He was ordered to 12 months of conditional discharge, meaning he will avoid jail time. He owes $587 in fines and court fees due Oct. 18. Black..." April 22

  • Report: Ex-Hoosier Holt to play at Providence

    CSN Chicago "Former Indiana Hoosier Emmitt Holt has reportedly found a new home at Providence. Holt spent the past season at a junior college following his dismissal from the Indiana program last summer. Holt was dismissed after he was cited for underage possession of alcohol last August, nearly a year..." April 20

  • Spartans' Marvin Clark Jr. transfers to St. John's

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State forward Marvin Clark Jr. has transferred to St. John's, the Red Storm announced this morning. Under NCAA rules, he will have to sit out next season, then have two years of eligibility remaining. Clark announced his intention to transfer last month. “We are glad Marvin has..." April 20

  • Report: Bacari Alexander to be named Detroit Titans head coach

    UM Hoops "After being rumored as the frontrunner for weeks, Michigan assistant coach Bacari Alexander will be named the new head coach of the University of Detroit Jesuit Titans — according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Alexander had been an assistant coach at Michigan since since 2010. He..." April 20

  • Badgers Nigel Hayes to declare for NBA Draft, won't sign with agent

    Wisconsin State Journal "Nigel Hayes will enter the 2016 NBA draft while also leaving open the possibility of returning to the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team for his senior season. A UW source confirmed a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports Wednesday morning that said Hayes will enter the draft..." April 20

  • Wisconsin basketball offers Milwaukee Panthers transfer, forward Austin Arians

    Bucky's 5th Quarter "It appears a Madison area native has caught the attention of Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard. Milwaukee Panthers forward Austin Arians, granted his release from the men's basketball program last month, has been offered by the Wisconsin Badgers, per a report from Badger247's Evan Flood on Sunday...." April 17

  • Milwaukee transfer Akeem Springs heading to Minnesota

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino took another step toward revamping his roster for next season with a commitment from Wisconsin-Milwaukee transfer Akeem Springs. Springs, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wing, visited Minnesota’s campus last week. He also took an official trip to Mississippi, where..." April 15

  • Maryland's Trimble, Stone to declare for NBA draft

    The Score "Diamond Stone is gone, and Melo Trimble has one foot out the door. Maryland announced Monday that both Trimble and Stone will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. Trimble, the Terrapins' star guard, will not sign with an agent, while Stone will hire representation and turn pro. Trimble, a..." April 13

  • Deyonta Davis to leave Michigan State, enter draft after one season

    ESPN "The 6-foot-10 Davis, who averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season and set a freshman school record with 64 blocks, will sign with an agent. According to several NBA executives, Davis has a chance to be selected in the lottery during the NBA draft on June 23. Tom Izzo's previous..." April 12

  • Indiana’s Troy Williams declare for the NBA Draft

    College Basketball Talk "Indiana forward Troy Williams announced on Monday that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft. He will not be hiring an agent, which will allow him to return to school after the NBA combine. “After much thought and family discussion, I’ve decided to declare for this year’s NBA Draft but will..." April 11

  • Thomas Bryant returning to IU for sophomore season

    Indianapolis Star "Perhaps the biggest question of Indiana's offseason got its answer Thursday. Thomas Bryant, a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a freshman this winter, will return to Indiana for his sophomore season, putting off the NBA for at least one more year. Bringing Bryant back gives the Hoosiers..." April 07

  • Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr. will declare for NBA draft, plans to sign with an agent

    Washington Post "Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. will forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Carter is expected to sign with an agent, thus ending his short career in College Park. Carter, a Thomasville, Ga., native who..." April 07

  • Michigan's Aubrey Dawkins transfers to Central Florida

    The Score "Michigan's Aubrey Dawkins has been granted his release from the program and will transfer to Central Florida to play for his father Johnny, who was recently hired by the Knights. "This was not an easy decision, however, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my..." April 06

  • Purdue’s Vince Edwards to test NBA draft process

    The Exponent "Purdue sophomore Vince Edwards has announced his intention to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, maintaining his amateurism. Edwards will put his name into the NBA Draft, making him eligible to be drafted on draft night on June 23, 2016. He will be able to start..." April 05

  • Diamond Stone’s father denies report that Maryland freshman center is entering NBA draft

    Washington Post "The father of Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone refuted a report Monday night that his son will declare for the NBA draft but retain the possibility to return to school by not hiring an agent. The report, from Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes, cites NBA sources. CBS Sports national college..." April 05

  • Tom Izzo makes Basketball Hall of Fame

    Detroit News "The official announcement comes on Monday morning, but it appears Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will be part of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. According to posts on Twitter from Tim Brando and John Feinstein, Izzo made the cut. Izzo is among 14 finalists and the..." April 04

  • Michigan removing transfer restrictions for Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has heard the backlash - and has reacted accordingly. He will remove his transfer restrictions from his departing players. Graduating Spike Albrecht and junior-to-be Ricky Doyle announced they were leaving Michigan earlier this week, and both families..." April 01

  • Rutgers forward D.J. Foreman to transfer, per source

    Newark Star-Ledger "For a program that hasn't sniffed an NCAA Tournament in 25 years, the Rutgers men's basketball team sure is making a lot of noise heading into Final Four weekend. Just this week, Rutgers secured its first commitment from a New Jersey recruit in five years, saw its star player declare for the..." April 01

  • Rutgers guard Corey Sanders enters name in 2016 NBA Draft

    Newark Star-Ledger "Corey Sanders, the star freshman guard for the Rutgers men's basketball team, has entered his name for this year's NBA Draft, according to his Twitter account. In a statement posted at 1:37 p.m. Thursday, Sanders noted that he had not hired an agent — which is a key distinction since players..." March 31

  • Buckeyes announce that freshman guard A.J. Harris will also transfer

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Three transfers in one day. Ohio State coach Thad Matta announced via a university statement on Tuesday night that freshman guard A.J. Harris has been given permission to transfer from the Buckeyes basketball program. Harris is the third player to transfer from Ohio State in the last 24..." March 30

  • Jake Hammond to transfer from Nebraska; pair of walk-ons leave team

    Omaha World-Herald "The only Nebraska men’s basketball player taller than 6-foot-8 is leaving. Reserve center Jake Hammond, a 6-10 sophomore from Comanche, Oklahoma, will transfer at the end of the semester, NU coach Tim Miles said Tuesday afternoon. In two seasons, Hammond played in 40 games with eight starts...." March 30

  • Suspended Gophers Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer returning

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino has lifted the suspensions of Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer, who will return to play next season, the school said. The players were suspended for the last four games of the season after a sexually explicit video was posted on Dorsey’s..." March 30

  • Are things falling apart for Thad Matta and Ohio State?

    The Comeback "In 2015-16, for the first time in eight years, Ohio State basketball made it through an entire season without appearing in the AP Top 25 at any point. The Buckeyes missed the NCAA Tournament (and lost in the NIT), and suddenly it’s been three years since the once ascendant program reached the..." March 30

  • Tom Izzo calls Marvin Clark, Javon Bess transfers an 'amicable divorce'

    Michigan Live "The pair of transfers Michigan State announced on Monday night amount to an "amicable divorce", according to Tom Izzo. Forwards Marvin Clark and Javon Bess will both transfer from Michigan State at the end of the semester, the school announced on Monday night. Speaking Tuesday morning on..." March 29

  • Daniel Giddens asks for his release from Ohio State basketball team, expected to transfer per report

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ohio State freshman center Daniel Giddens has asked for his release from the team, and intends to transfer according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Borzello. An Ohio State spokesperson confirmed to cleveland.com that Giddens has asked for his release, but the team has offered no other information..." March 29

  • Wolverines' Spike Albrecht transferring to finish on 'own terms'

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan guard Spike Albrecht will transfer and spend his fifth year at another school, according to multiple reports. After Michigan's basketball season ended in the first round of NCAA tournament, Spike Albrecht thought ahead. He texted his father and told him that he needed to continue..." March 29

  • Ricky Doyle granted scholarship release, will transfer from Michigan

    Michigan Live "The question of the odd man out has been answered. Michigan announced Tuesday that rising junior forward Ricky Doyle has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer for his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility. Doyle averaged 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in a..." March 29

  • MSU's Denzel Valentine named NABC Player of the Year

    Lansing State Journal "Add another major award for Denzel Valentine. The Michigan State senior from Lansing was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Player of the Year on Tuesday morning. Valentine already has been named the nation's best player by Basketball Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and..." March 29

  • Report: Ohio State's Trevor Thompson declares for NBA draft

    The Score "Ohio State center Trevor Thompson has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft but has not hired an agent, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports. The sophomore is testing the draft waters after a season in which he averaged 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18 minutes." March 27

  • Former Indiana Head Coach Bob Knight Once Brought a Gun to Practice

    Complex "According to one of his former players, head coach Bob Knight once brought a gun into an Indiana Hoosiers' practice. While on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast, host Big Cat asked Dan Dakich to reveal the craziest thing Knight did to motivate his guys and his answer didn't disappoint...." March 27

  • UNC uses size to advance past Indiana

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- There's a reason that North Carolina was the No. 1 team in all the preseason polls. Six regular-season losses--by a grand total of 22 points--had many doubting Roy Williams' Tar Heels entering the postseason, but those doubters are quieted now. Once again, they look..." March 26

  • Jackson steals show, lifts Notre Dame to victory

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- With a foul to give and less than 20 seconds remaining, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey told his team to play aggressive defense and see what happened. As soon as Wisconsin inbounded the ball, Fighting Irish junior Demetrius Jackson and sophomore forward Bonzie Colson surrounded..." March 25

  • Ellis, Kansas overpower Maryland in South semis

    The Sports Xchange "LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kansas forward Perry Ellis seems intent on ending his college career with the loudest of bangs. Ellis set a personal NCAA Tournament career high Thursday night with a game-high 27 points, helping the top-seeded Jayhawks pull away from fifth-seeded Maryland in the second..." March 25

  • Peter Jok to explore NBA chances; could return to Iowa

    Des Moines Register "Iowa junior Peter Jok, a second-team all-Big Ten Conference guard, plans to take advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows underclassmen to explore the NBA without jeopardizing college eligibility. Jok averaged 16.1 points per game for the Hawkeyes, whose 22-11 season ended Sunday with a..." March 24

  • Terps confident heading into Sweet 16 matchup vs. Kansas: 'We look at ourselves as the top team in the country'

    Baltimore Sun "With four losses in six games, many questioned whether the Terps would reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Given the way Mark Turgeon's team has played against some of its tougher opponents this season, the fifth-seeded Terps believe they have a decent chance to beat top-seeded Kansas in..." March 24

  • Michigan State's Tum Tum Nairn Jr. to undergo foot surgery

    The Score "Michigan State guard Tum Tum Nairn Jr. will undergo surgery to repair a foot injury he's dealt with throughout the season, head coach Tom Izzo announced Tuesday. Nairn missed seven games earlier in the campaign with plantar fasciitis, and returned for the Spartans' stretch run. " March 22

  • Oklahoma’s Akolda Manyang returned to Minnesota following brother’s suicide

    College Basketball Talk "Akolda Manyang, a reserve center for Oklahoma, missed Sunday’s second round game against VCU as he returned to Minnesota following a death in the family. According to multiple reports, that family member was Akolda’s brother, Ater Manyang, a former high school basketball star in the state. He..." March 22

  • Koenig's buzzer-beater leads Wisconsin past Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Bronson Koenig had a simple instruction for teammate Ethan Happ as Wisconsin broke its huddle following a timeout with two seconds left Sunday night in a tie game. "If I'm open, pass me the ball," the Badgers junior guard said. Like any good freshman, Happ listened. Koenig..." March 21

  • Maryland dances past Hawaii, into Sweet 16

    The Sports Xchange "SPOKANE, Wash. -- Melo Trimble doesn't consider himself the celebrating type ... or the dancing type. That changed Sunday night in Maryland's 73-60 win over Hawaii in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, punching the Terrapins' first ticket to the Sweet 16 since 2003. Battling with..." March 20

  • Villanova back in Sweet 16 after rout of Iowa

    The Sports Xchange "BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Villanova coach Jay Wright is finally over his NCAA Tournament sniffles. With a dominating 87-68 win over seventh-seeded Iowa in the South Regional on Sunday at the Barclays Center, second-seeded Villanova made it out of the second round of the tournament for the first time..." March 20

  • Florida 74, Ohio State 66

    The Sports Xchange "Florida started the second half on a 14-2 run to break open a close game and defeat Ohio State 74-66 in a second-round NIT game on Sunday at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Gators (21-14) started the game on a 9-0 run and came out in the second half just as hot as they increased..." March 20

  • 2016 Naismith Trophy: Full List of Finalists Announced

    Bleacher Report "The four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy, given to the top player in men's college basketball, were announced Sunday, courtesy of NCAA.com's Brian Mull. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon were selected out of a..." March 20

  • Rutgers to hire Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell as new coach

    Newark Star-Ledger "Steve Pikiell, who took over a four-win Stony Brook team and led it into the NCAA Tournament for the first time this season, has been hired as the new Rutgers head basketball coach, a source told NJ Advance Media. Pikiell will replace Eddie Jordan, the former Rutgers star whose three-year run..." March 19

  • Illinois' Kendrick Nunn pleads not guilty to domestic battery

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois junior guard Kendrick Nunn pleaded not guilty Friday in Champaign County Court to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, his attorney told the Associated Press. Nunn was arrested Thursday after an incident Wednesday evening in which police allege he struck a woman at her apartment..." March 19

  • Beachem sparks Notre Dame past Michigan

    The Sports Xchange "BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A year ago Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem hardly played in the Fighting Irish's deep run in the NCAA Tournament. On Friday in the second round of the East Region at the Barclays Center, Beachem was the key contributor in Notre Dame's 70-63 win over Michigan. The junior forward..." March 19

  • Wisconsin gets past Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Wisconsin found just enough offense in the nick of time. Vitto Brown's 3-pointer with 2:34 left gave the Badgers the lead for good as they held off Pittsburgh 47-43 Friday in a first-round matchup of the NCAA Tournament's East Region at Scottrade Center. Both teams are..." March 18

  • Maryland holds off South Dakota State

    The Sports Xchange "SPOKANE, Wash. -- For 36 minutes it looked like fifth-seeded Maryland was ready to make quick work of 12th-seeded South Dakota State. And then, with their 18-point lead was trimmed to five with a little more than a minute left, sophomore point guard and leading scorer Melo Trimble fouled..." March 18

  • Middle Tennessee posts stunning Michigan State 81

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS - They blew up social media and busted brackets over two hours on Friday. And then Middle Tennessee acted like pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history was no big deal. But the Blue Raiders were a big deal, leading wire-to-wire and stunning Michigan..." March 18

  • Illinois Star Kendrick Nunn Arrested, Charged With Domestic Battery

    The News-Gazette "University of Illinois basketball player Kendrick Nunn has been charged with domestic battery for allegedly striking a woman in her apartment Wednesday evening. Champaign police arrested the junior guard at 5:10 p.m. Thursday after a judge issued a warrant earlier in the day on the misdemeanor..." March 18

  • Indiana advances to possible matchup with Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "DES MOINES, Iowa -- Consider the picnic portion of the NCAA Tournament a wrap for Yogi Ferrell and fifth-seeded Indiana. The Hoosiers (26-7) crushed Chattanooga (29-6) in the first-round game at Wells Fargo Center 99-74 on Thursday to advance to the round of 32, where a possible matchup with..." March 17

  • Little Rock stuns Purdue in double overtime

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- With its season on the line, Little Rock turned to its senior guard to lead the way. Josh Hagins came through and the Trojans joined the growing list of Cinderella teams who took down a big program. Hagins scored 29 of his career-high 31 points after halftime, including six..." March 17

  • Michigan advances past Tulsa

    The Sports Xchange "DAYTON, Ohio -- Michigan guard Zak Irvin had run a similar play to set up his game-winning shot against Northwestern in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. So, when the junior's number was called again Wednesday night, he had extra confidence in his shot. Irvin's go-ahead 3-pointer..." March 17

  • Report: Rutgers interviewed Jay Williams for head coaching vacancy

    Newark Star-Ledger "As Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs enters the first full week in his search to replace Eddie Jordan as men's basketball coach, an outside-the-box candidate has entered the mix. Jay Williams, a Plainfield, N.J., native who starred at St. Joseph-Metuchen and Duke before his promising NBA..." March 16

  • Former Michigan State Standout Mateen Cleaves Charged With Sexual Assault

    The Big Lead "Mateen Cleaves, a former Michigan State standout and NBA player, has been charged with a number of crimes tied to an alleged sexual assault. Officials claim Cleaves sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman he met at a charity golf event in 2015. The 39-year-old former three-time All-American took..." March 16

  • Ohio State 72, Akron 63 (OT)

    The Sports Xchange "The last time Ohio State didn't make the NCAA Tournament was 2008, and the Buckeyes went on to win the NIT championship. The Buckeyes still have a chance to repeat history, but it won't be easy after struggling to beat Akron 72-63 in overtime on Tuesday night in an NIT opener at Value City..." March 15

  • Michigan State tops Purdue for Big Ten title

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- As a child, Denzel Valentine fantasized about making game-winning plays and shots when he played basketball in his driveway. The Big Ten Player of the Year hit the game's most important shot again Sunday. Valentine had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and No. 2..." March 13

  • Michigan State does it with defense

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- There is a primary reason why second-ranked Michigan State will enter the NCAA tournament as one of a handful of teams that have championship components. The No. 2 seed Spartans struggled all afternoon offensively but limited No. 18 and third-seeded Maryland to one field goal..." March 12

  • Beating Purdue too big a task for Michigan

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Hammons was ready for whatever Michigan decided to throw at him on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament's first semifinal. The Wolverines gambled on one-on-one coverage against No. 13 Purdue's 7-foot senior center. While that strategy worked well in Michigan's February..." March 12

  • Illinois guard Jaylon Tate arrested on domestic battery charge

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois point guard Jaylon Tate is being held at the Champaign County Jail after a domestic battery arrest early Saturday morning, according to the Champaign police department. Illinois coach John Groce and athletic director Josh Whitman released a joint statement announcing Tate’s indefinite..." March 12

  • Maryland just too powerful for Nebraska

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- With three losses in its final five regular-season games, No. 18 Maryland entered the Big Ten tournament with something to prove. It took only 40 minutes and 97 points on Friday night in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals for the No. 3 seed Terrapins to make believers of..." March 12

  • No. 2 Michigan State runs over Ohio State

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- According to Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine, No. 2 Michigan State is playing like an angry basketball team. That anger was on full display Friday night in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Valentine had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and..." March 11

  • No. 13 Purdue steamrolls Illinois

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