Southeastern RUMORS & NEWS

  • Florida forward Chris Walker declares for the NBA draft "Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced Friday. The 6-10, 220 pound Walker, a former McDonald's All-American, averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Gators last season. He struggled to find a role under coach Billy Donovan after battling..." April 26

  • Mississippi State gets commitment from elite recruit Malik Newman "Class of 2015 standout Malik Newman on Friday publicly committed to play college basketball at Mississippi State in a development that gives Ben Howland a five-star recruit just one month after agreeing to become the Bulldogs' head coach. Newman is from Jackson, Miss. His father, Horatio..." April 25

  • Alex Poythress Tweets He Is Returning To Kentucky For His Senior Season

    College Spun "Earlier today, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expected forward Alex Poythress back in Lexington for his senior season. Poythress just confirmed via Twitter he is indeed returning to school. " April 24

  • 5-Star Forward Thon Maker Teases Kentucky, Indiana Decision With Jersey Photo

    College Spun "There aren’t too many uncommitted basketball recruits in the 2015 class, but one of the best prospects still on the market is five-star forward Thon Maker. It’s been reported that the enigmatic big man is down to four schools — Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Arizona State –and he teased a possible..." April 24

  • Chris Walker not expected to return to Florida, according to report

    Alligator Army "Florida forward Chris Walker "isn't expected to return to Florida next season," according to a report from Scout's Evan Daniels. Daniels also hinted that the departure might not be for the professional ranks: Sources also told Scout that Walker is up in the air on whether he will transfer or..." April 23

  • Kentucky commit Skal Labissiere tops Rivals’ final Class of 2015 rankings

    College Basketball Talk "Rivals released its final ranking of the Top 150 players in the Class of 2015, and the SEC commitment at the top of the list isn’t the player some would expect to be in that spot. Skal Labissiere, who’s headed to Kentucky next season, leads the way in the Rivals150 rankings with LSU commit Ben..." April 23

  • Auburn center Trayvon Reed ordered to serve 15-day sentence "Auburn center Trayvon Reed has been ordered by a Maryland judge to serve a 15-day sentence stemming from an assault charge in July. Reed pled guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor assault charge in December and was sentenced Tuesday in Maryland. Reed will remain with the Tigers' basketball..." April 23

  • Five-star recruit Malik Newman plans to commit to Mississippi State "Class of 2015 star Malik Newman is planning to publicly commit later this week to play basketball at Mississippi State, multiple sources told on Wednesday. The announcement is expected Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Granted, this is high-stakes recruiting, and Newman could ultimately..." April 22

  • Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Billy Donovan is believed to be a serious candidate to replace Scott Brooks as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant. Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016." April 22

  • Henry to transfer from South Carolina basketball program

    The Post and Courier "After being suspended from the South Carolina men’s basketball program for the final month of this past season, forward Demetrius Henry has announced his intention to transfer. The 6-9, 226-pound sophomore wrote Tuesday on his Twitter feed that he would be leaving USC. Henry and another..." April 22

  • Alabama transfer Ricky Tarrant picks school "Alabama is in pursuit of a Memphis transfer, preparing to host ex-Tigers small forward Nick King on an official visit this weekend. Memphis, meanwhile, has added to its roster with a transfer from Alabama. Point guard Ricky Tarrant told ESPN 92.9 FM in Memphis Monday that he will transfer to..." April 20

  • LSU lands top 50 Class of 2015 guard Brandon Sampson

    College Basketball Talk "LSU let Brandon Sampson out of their back yard, but they weren’t going to let it happen twice. Sampson, who hails from Baton Rouge, pledged to the Tigers on Monday morning. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, who is ranked No. 41 in the country, according to Rivals, was originally committed to St...." April 20

  • MSU's Johnny Zuppardo arrested for suspended license

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State forward Johnny Zuppardo was arrested Sunday night for driving with a suspended license after he ran a red light on campus. The incident occurred at 8:17 p.m. behind McKee Hall on MSU's campus. Zuppardo's license had been suspended due to a previous incident that involved..." April 20

  • UMass basketball picks up commitment from Texas A&M transfer Antwan Space "Antwan Space, the Texas A&M big man who took a recruiting visit to the University of Massachusetts over the weekend, has committed to transfer to UMass, according to multiple reports Sunday afternoon. A redshirt junior, Space is slated to complete his undergraduate degree at A&M in May and will..." April 20

  • Missouri receives commitments from two John A. Logan College players

    College Basketball Talk "After winning just nine games in 2014-15 there’s clearly room for improvement at Missouri. Saturday afternoon head coach Kim Anderson received verbal commitments from two junior college players he hopes are capable of helping to spark a turnaround in Columbia. As first reported by Brad Winton..." April 19

  • Georgia State hoops picks up Alabama transfer

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Devin Mitchell, a transfer from Alabama, has committed to play for Georgia State’s men’s basketball team. Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 guard, is a former standout at Collins Hill High School. He averaged 0.6 points in 5.4 minutes per game as a freshman last season with the Tide. Georgia State..." April 19

  • Former 4-star guard Shelton Mitchell commits to Tigers

    Independent Mail "Vanderbilt transfer Shelton Mitchell pledged to the Tigers after a visit over the weekend. The former four-star guard will be eligible to play starting in 2016-17 after sitting out the upcoming season. Mitchell (6-3 186) is no stranger to the ACC, the Waxhaw N.C. product originally signing with..." April 19

  • Bradley Beal on Billy Donovan: 'I think he'll definitely leave' for NBA "Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who played for Billy Donovan at Florida, thinks that his former college coach will make the jump to the NBA. Beal appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and he was asked what kind of pro coach Donovan would make. "I think he'd be great," Beal..." April 18

  • Report: Billy Donovan a 'serious candidate' for Thunder job

    Athlon Sports "On the heels of one of the most momentous closing nights of an NBA regular season within memory, a rather large rumor bomb dropped on the internet’s doorstep. The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the postseason for the first time in six years after losing a tiebreaker to Anthony Davis and the New..." April 16

  • Arkansas star Michael Qualls turns pro

    Shreveport Times "Former Huntington star Michael Qualls, who spent three years at Arkansas, has decided to forego his senior season with the Razorbacks and become a professional. Qualls, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard, said he sat down with family and determined he was ready to provide for his son. He made the..." April 15

  • Eric Paschall Cuts List to Five, Providence and Villanova Make It

    Big East Coast Bias "Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Eric Paschall got permission to contact more than a dozen schools following Fordham's firing of head coach Tom Pecora. The 6'6 freshman announced on his Twitter page that he is down to 5 schools, including staying at Fordham. Two Big East schools made the cut as well..." April 15

  • Arkansas’ Bobby Portis, likely first rounder, declares for NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "The University of Arkansas hasn’t produced a first-round pick since Ronnie Brewer nine years ago. That should change with Bobby Portis this season. Portis just produces. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals last season, following a freshman year where..." April 15

  • Three-star 2015 center commits to Georgia

    Detroit News "Mike Edwards, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound senior from Westland John Glenn, has committed to Georgia, he wrote on Twitter. Edwards last week was named to The Detroit News Class A all-state second team after averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks this season." April 14

  • Arkansas loses SEC player of the year Bobby Portis to the NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "The player most responsible for spearheading Arkansas' return to national relevance this past season is leaving the Razorbacks. Sophomore forward Bobby Portis announced Tuesday that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. The decision from Portis is no..." April 14

  • Former Alabama coach Anthony Grant returns to Florida as assistant

    Sporting News - NCAAB "One of Billy Donovan’s best friends is coming home to Gainesville. Anthony Grant, who worked alongside Donovan for 12 seasons, is returning to Florida as an assistant coach. He replaces Matt McCall, who was named the coach at Chattanooga. It’s fortuitous timing for Grant, who was fired last..." April 13

  • Johnson, Alabama lose G Tarrant to transfer "Junior guard Ricky Tarrant will transfer after just one season at Alabama, the school said Friday. Tarrant, who transferred from Tulane after the 2012-13 season, averaged 13.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 19 games last season. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in..." April 11

  • Vanderbilt Point Guard Shelton Mitchell to Transfer

    Anchor of Gold "Shelton Mitchell will not return to Vanderbilt basketball for his sophomore season. The point guard has decided to transfer from the university due to "personal reasons." Both the player and head coach Kevin Stallings made the split seem to be an amicable one in Thursday's press release. I..." April 10

  • Seven Kentucky players announce they're entering 2015 NBA Draft "Seven underclassmen from Kentucky's team that started 38-0 this season before losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four announced Thursday they are entering the 2015 NBA Draft. The seven players were UK's top seven scorers. reported Sunday, less than 24 hours after UK's season..." April 09

  • Avery Johnson said Alabama needs 'a couple of one and dones' "It's a topic that divides college coaches. Recruit players who could go pro a year later? Not everyone likes one-and-dones, but new Alabama coach Avery Johnson certainly doesn't mind the idea. "I absolutely love it," he said. Alabama hasn't had a player taken in the NBA draft since 2008,..." April 09

  • Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson Will Declare for NBA Draft

    Zagsblog "Kentucky sophomore center Dakari Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told Kentucky has a press conference set for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday that “will include UK players who are ready to announce their NBA Draft decisions, as well as head coach John..." April 09

  • UK's Harrison twins to enter draft "Kentucky sophomores Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison have decided to enter the 2015 NBA Draft and are expected to formally announce their plans soon, a source told on Wednesday afternoon. is reporting that both have already settled on an agent. At least five other..." April 08

  • Mizzou transfer Williams hit with baffling Big 12 restrictions

    Next Impulse Sports "The NCAA’s transfer rules have long been under scrutiny and while there are many restrictions placed upon student-athletes that don’t even reach the public, we may have a new winner for most bizarre restrictions. Missouri forward Johnathan Williams III announced he will be leaving the program..." April 08

  • Kentucky, UNC, Virginia open as Las Vegas favorites for 2016 hoops title "The entire starting five for Kentucky is expected to declare for the NBA draft. But in Las Vegas, Kentucky remains one of the teams to beat in 2016. On Tuesday, the William Hill sportsbook opened the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament. North Carolina is second at 9-1,..." April 08

  • Missouri's Johnathan Williams and Deuce Bello transferring "Missouri will lose two players to transfer. Forward Johnathan Williams III, a sophomore this season, will leave. Williams will have to sit out a year, per NCAA rule, and have two years of eligibility remaining. Williams averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds this year. " April 07

  • Brandon Jennings Trolls Kentucky, Fans Who Thought Wildcats Could Beat An NBA Team

    College Spun "Kentucky, stacked with perhaps 10 future professional players, won its first 38 games this year, and for much of the season, college basketball fans debated whether the Wildcats would be capable of beating an NBA squad. After UK lost to Wisconsin this past Saturday night in the Final Four,..." April 06

  • Calipari expects 5-7 Kentucky players to enter NBA Draft; will build around Ulis

    The Score "Kentucky's core won't be coming back to give 40-0 a second try. Two days after Kentucky saw their undefeated season snapped one game shy of the national championship thanks to Wisconsin, head coach John Calipari spoke with reporters about the program's immediate future. That immediate future..." April 06

  • Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein leaning toward entering NBA Draft

    Louisville Courier-Journal "After five months without a defeat, the losses are about to pile up now for the University of Kentucky basketball team. First came Saturday night's Final Four stunner, a 71-64 upset by Wisconsin that denied the Wildcats a shot at their ninth national championship and a chance to become college..." April 06

  • Kaminsky: 'Nothing needs to be made out of' Harrison's slur "Wisconsin forward/national Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky quickly put an end on Sunday to the talk and controversy regarding Andrew Harrison's use of a racial slur toward Kaminsky after Kentucky's loss to the Badgers on Saturday night. Harrison was caught on a live microphone cursing and a..." April 06

  • Alabama hires Avery Johnson "Former NBA coach Avery Johnson has reached an agreement in principle to coach the Alabama Crimson Tide, a source told on Sunday afternoon. A formal announcement is expected soon." April 06

  • Andrew Harrison drops explicit remark about Frank Kaminsky into live mic

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Someone needs to teach Kentucky star Andrew Harrison what a live microphone is. Quick. After the Wildcats had their perfect season ruined by Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin, Kentucky had to face the music during a postgame podium appearance. Harrison, while his teammate was..." April 05

  • Kentucky's John Calipari chosen AP Coach of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "In news that surprised no one, the Associated Press announced Friday afternoon that Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been named AP Coach of the Year. Calipari’s Wildcats, who are his fourth Final Four team in the last five seasons, are 38-0 heading into Saturday’s matchup with No. 1..." April 04

  • Gators coach Billy Donovan's average salary rises to $4.067M "Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan has signed an mended, one-year contract extension through the 2020 season, which will raise his average salary to a little more than $4 million, according to The Gainesville Sun. The paper learned of the extension through an open records..." April 03

  • Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith to return for senior season "Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith is going to return to Gainesville for his senior season. The school released an announcement saying that Finney-Smith gathered information regarding potentially turning pro. Finney-Smith, aka “Doe-Doe,” made the decision to come back for his fifth-year senior..." April 03

  • John Calipari's most shameless recruiting job has Kentucky in position to go undefeated

    SB Nation "From the moment John Calipari debuted his new team in August on a six-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas, the story with Kentucky has been its depth. Kentucky was the team with so many McDonald's All-Americans it needed a platoon system. It was the team people joked would face its best..." April 02

  • Sources: Donovan eyes jump to NBA "There is a growing sense among NBA executives that Florida Gators coach Billy Donovan is looking to making the jump to the NBA more than ever before, according to league sources Sources told that Donovan is poised to draw interest from multiple NBA teams this offseason and is..." April 02

  • Shooting guard Jamall Gregory commits to South Carolina

    The Post and Courier "Jamall Gregory, a 6-4 shooting guard from Washington, D.C., committed to South Carolina on Wednesday, picking the Gamecocks over Kansas State, Maryland, Minnesota and Rutgers. Gregory, who attended Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Fla., made his official visit to USC last weekend with..." April 02

  • Ranking the starters in the Final Four from No. 1 to No. 20 "We ranked the starters in the Sweet 16 from No. 80 to No. 1, and noted that many of the nation's stars were still in play with 15 games remaining in the tournament. Well, that's still the case in the Final Four. The nation's four best big men are still playing (no coincidence on that), along..." April 01

  • Sources: Johnathan Williams III expected to transfer from Missouri

    College Basketball Talk "Johnathan Williams III is expected to announce he is transferring from Missouri, sources told Williams was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Tigers this season, as the 6-foot-8 sophomore averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 boards. A Memphis native, Williams was ranked No. 42..." March 31

  • LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey says he'll enter NBA draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Two years was long enough for Jordan Mickey to make a memorabble splash for the LSU basketball program. It was also long enough, he decided, to prepare for pro basketball. The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons with the Tigers and enter his..." March 31

  • Kentucky Fan Arrested for Allegedly Giving Beer and Rum to 1-Year-Old Nephew During Elite Eight Party

    Complex "We don't blame Kentucky fan Angie Spoonamore for downing a few beers and drinking a little bit of rum during the Kentucky/Notre Dame Elite Eight game on Saturday night. It was one of the most intense games of the entire NCAA Tournament. So if she needed to sip on something to take the edge off,..." March 31

  • Tennessee hires Rick Barnes "Tennessee has hired former Texas coach Rick Barnes to be the Volunteers' new basketball coach, a sources told ESPN on Tuesday. A news conference is expected later Tuesday. Barnes, 60, was fired by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson over the weekend despite going to 16 NCAA tournaments..." March 31

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    Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels

    Source tells Scout that Tennessee will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce Rick Barnes as their new head coach.

  • Monday was a good day in Alabama's serious pursuit of Gregg Marshall "Gregg Marshall may wake up Tuesday morning and decide that he simply can't leave the good thing he has going at Wichita State for the good thing he could build at Alabama. Unless and until he reaches that conclusion and announces it to the world, Alabama has reason to believe it's still in the..." March 31

  • Report: Tennessee moving quickly to hire Rick Barnes; sides finalizing deal

    The Score "Tennessee has made hiring Rick Barnes as the program's next head basketball coach a priority, and it seems the school is acting quickly. According to multiple reports, Tennessee is finalizing a deal with the former Texas bench boss, who would replace Donnie Tyndall. An announcement is expected..." March 31

  • Report: Tennessee moving quickly to hire Rick Barnes; sides finalizing deal

    The Score "Tennessee has made hiring Rick Barnes as the program's next head basketball coach a priority, and it seems they're acting quickly. According to multiple reports, Tennessee is finalizing a deal with the former Texas bench boss, who would replace Donnie Tyndall. An announcement is expected..." March 30

  • Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor highlights AP All-American team "The Associated Press released its 2014-15 All-America team Monday with Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky the lone player to receive a unanimous selection. Kaminsky helped lead the Badgers to their second straight Final Four appearance and led the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game. Duke..." March 30

  • Perfection looming, Vegas rooting against UK "Kentucky heads into the Final Four as an odds-on favorite to cap an undefeated season with a national championship. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas made Kentucky a minus-120 favorite to win the national title, shortly after the Final Four was finalized with Duke's win over Gonzaga. The..." March 30

  • Tyler Ulis says disrespected Kentucky was out to crush West Virginia's spirit

    Yahoo! Sports "If it seemed like Kentucky was out to destroy West Virginia's confidence, it's because they were. Addressing West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr.'s pregame guarantee that NCAA basketball's lone remaining unbeaten was "gonna be 36-1" after Thursday's Sweet 16 showdown, Kentucky freshman..." March 28

  • Tennessee men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall fired

    Knoxville News Sentinel "The University of Tennessee has fired men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the decision. UT confirmed the firing in a news release Friday morning. Tyndall's future at UT had been uncertain due to an ongoing investigation into the Southern..." March 27

  • Reports: Florida's Michael Frazier declares for NBA Draft

    Fox Sports "Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II is declaring for the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. Frazier, who averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Gators this past season, saw the team post its first losing season (16-17) and first non-20-win campaign since 1997-98, Billy..." March 26

  • Tennessee to be told of allegations against Donnie Tyndall on Thursday "NCAA officials are expected to speak with Tennessee's administration by phone on Thursday and provide details of what allegations will soon be formally levied against Vols coach Donnie Tyndall, a source told early Thursday. A source said Tyndall will subsequently meet with UT AD..." March 26

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    Brett Dawson @BDawsonRivals

    West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. on UK: “I give them them their props. Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1.”

  • WVU, not UK, buzzing most in Louisville

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Facebook reports that 14 million of its users have generated 32 million posts related to the NCAA tournament since Selection Sunday. And of those in Jefferson County, more are about West Virginia -- Kentucky's next opponent -- than the Wildcats themselves. Ah, the rivalry. In a map sprinkled..." March 25

  • Report: John Calipari “desperately wants” to coach in the NBA again

    North Jersey "For a brief, fleeting moment last year, the lights shined not on Broadway, but in Brooklyn and Barclays Center. The stars were in place, star talent assembled on the court, championship aspirations voiced by the bold Russian oligarch owner, and a high-profile star on the sidelines in Jason Kidd,..." March 25

  • LSU sophomore Jarell Martin will enter the 2015 NBA Draft, two sources say

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "One domino has fallen for LSU. And it was not unexpected. Two independent sources close to the Tigers' basketball program said Tuesday that sophomore Jarell Martin has decided to submit his name for the 2015 NBA Draft and forfeit the final two years of college eligibility. One source said..." March 25

  • LSU commit Ben Simmons named Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "As the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, Australia native Ben Simmons has traveled around the world and met plenty of important basketball figures. Being a student of the game, the LSU commit was very surprised on Tuesday when he was pulled out of class at Montverde Academy and former NBA..." March 25

  • Missouri assistant Tim Fuller leaving program "Missouri assistant coach Tim Fuller will not return to the program next season, the team announced on Tuesday. Fuller was part of head coach Frank Haith's staff from 2011 until Haith left for Tulsa prior to this season. " March 24

  • Kentucky’s John Calipari is the National Coach of the Year, and it’s not close

    College Basketball Talk "Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was named the USBWA Coach of the Year on Monday. The Cavaliers had a terrific season, going 29-2 in the regular season before bowing out North Carolina in the ACC tournament and, on Sunday, No. 7 Michigan State in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. Now,..." March 24

  • Report: Alabama will make offer to Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall "Alabama athletic department officials are ready to make an offer amounting to more than $3 million to current Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, according to Gary Parrish of Crimson Tide officials aim to make a hire to replace former coach Anthony Grant and to match Auburn's..." March 23

  • Sources: Howland, Miss. State agree to deal "Ben Howland has agreed to become Mississippi State's head coach, multiple sources told ESPN. Howland was en route to Starkville, Mississippi, on Monday morning, a source said. An official announcement is expected later this week." March 23

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    Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

    Ben Howland has reached a verbal agreement to become the Mississippi State coach, sources told ESPN. He is en route to Starkville now.

  • Mississippi State expected to finalize deal to make Ben Howland coach "Mississippi State and former UCLA head coach Ben Howland are putting the finishing touches on a deal that would make the 57-year old the Bulldogs' next head basketball coach, multiple sources told The deal is expected to be officially completed by Monday barring any last-minute..." March 23

  • Mississippi State fires Rick Ray "Mississippi State has parted ways with coach Rick Ray after just three seasons. Ray, 44, went 37-60 in three seasons at Mississippi State after replacing Rick Stansbury in 2012. The Bulldogs went 13-19 this season, including 6-12 in SEC play. Mississippi State athletic director Scott..." March 22

  • Gainesville guard D'Marcus Simonds decommits from Mississippi State after coach's firing

    Gainesville Times "Gainesville junior guard D'Marcus Simonds has decided to reconsider his college options after Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray was fired Saturday afternoon. Simonds, who led the Red Elephants (25-5, 12-1 Region 8-AAAAA) to a second-round appearance in the Class AAAAA playoffs this season,..." March 22

  • MSU discounts Georgia's NCAA inexperience as factor

    Detroit News "Michigan State is playing in its 18th straight NCAA Tournament and 29th overall. Georgia is playing in its 12th overall and it's the first appearance for the Bulldogs since 2011. So Michigan State has a decided edge in experience, but Tom Izzo isn't convinced that will matter when the teams..." March 20

  • Point guard tandem keeps Kentucky in good hands at all times

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Tyler Ulis is the shortest player on easily the tallest team in college basketball. This time of year, however, he is expected to be among those making a big impact. You know what the experts always say about the NCAA Tournament. It's all about the guard play. And with unbeaten and No. 1..." March 19

  • Georgia guard Kenny Gaines (ankle) will play in Friday's game "Although Georgia guard Kenny Gaines is not 100 percent because of a sprained ankle, coach Mark Fox said Gaines will be available to play in Friday's NCAA Tournament game against Michigan State, reports the Detroit Free Press. "Not an ideal situation, but he's a tough kid," Fox said." March 19

  • Larry Brown: Kentucky would make NBA playoffs in Eastern Conference

    Pro Basketball Talk "Eric Bledsoe said Kentucky would beat the 76ers, and then when all reasonable evidence worked against him, he took it back. Apparently, Larry Brown – who now coaches SMU after a lengthy and mostly successful NBA career – didn’t learn from that saga. Brown on Kentucky, via ASAP Sports: I..." March 19

  • Promising forward Jimmie Taylor, other young players noncommittal about future at Alabama "The answer was essentially the same from each young player I talked to after Alabama's NIT win over Illinois on Tuesday: They will assess their future at Alabama once the Tide hire a replacement for the recently fired Anthony Grant. The most notable of the players to be noncommittal about his..." March 18

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18

  • Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd Is Pressing Charges Against People Who Harassed Her On Twitter "While Twitter has done wonders for athletes and sports fans, all too often the social media platform can prove brutally demoralizing. Actress Ashley Judd discovered this lesson the hard way over the weekend. The diehard Kentucky Wildcats fan was at the SEC tournament cheering on her team as..." March 17

  • Kentucky even money to win tourney "The Kentucky Wildcats are even money to win the NCAA tournament at one Las Vegas sportsbook. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook updated its odds to win the NCAA tournament Sunday, just a few hours after the bracket was released. The undefeated Wildcats, the No. 1 overall seeds, top the odds at..." March 16

  • Alabama fires head coach Anthony Grant

    USA Today "Alabama has fired men's basketball coach Anthony Grant after six seasons, the school announced Sunday afternoon. Grant's Alabama teams went 117-85 (.579), including two NIT appearances (2011 and 2013) and one NCAA appearance (2012). "This has been a very difficult decision, as I have the..." March 16

  • UK players skip net-cutting "Kentucky, the No. 1 team in America, did not cut down the nets after it secured the SEC tournament championship with a victory over Arkansas on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Team officials said the decision was spontaneous and related to time constraints. Team spokeswoman Deb Moore said the..." March 15

  • Auburn’s Antoine Mason Honors Late Father On His Sneakers

    College Spun "On February 28, the basketball world lost a beloved member when former NBA star Anthony Mason passed away from congestive heart failure. Wednesday night, his son Antoine, who plays for the Auburn Tigers, paid tribute to him on his sneakers. Mason wrote “RIP DAD” on the front of his shoes, along..." March 12

  • Texas A&M guard Danuel House unlikely to play in SEC tournament "Barring a quick recovery, Texas A&M junior guard Danuel House is unlikely to play in the SEC tournament, reports the Houston Chronicle. House suffered a sprained foot during last Tuesday's game at Florida and coach Billy Kennedy said it would be a "stretch" for House to play in the SEC..." March 09

  • Kentucky completes undefeated regular season

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The Kentucky Wildcats moved to 31-0 with a 67-50 over Florida on Saturday to complete an undefeated regular season. Kentucky is just the second team in NCAA history to win more than 30 games during the regular season. Wichita State went 31-0 last year and was 35-0 after winning the Missouri..." March 08

  • John Calipari has a strong message for his detractors

    USA Today "John Calipari has always been a bit of a lightning rod. He knows this. He knows he has his fans who laud his on-court accomplishments and his detractors who focus on vacated victories. (On Saturday, for instance, he was the subject of a scathing Boston Globe column criticizing UMass, Calipari’s..." March 07

  • Kentucky and Nike joined at the hip for the next decade

    Sporting News "Not content to just win on the basketball court, Kentucky has also scored a long-term equipment deal. The school has signed an eight-year contract extension with Nike, keeping the relationship intact through Aug. 31, 2025, according to the Portland Business Journal. The deal was originally..." March 05

  • The entire Arkansas basketball team showed up to watch 5-star recruit Malik Monk

    SB Nation "Malik Monk is one of the super prospects sitting near the top of the class of 2016 basketball rankings. The 6'3 guard from Arkansas is known as one of the most explosive athletes in the country. You only need to watch one mixtape to find out why. Monk is the sort of player who attracts..." March 03

  • Alabama starting forward Shannon Hale to miss rest of season "Alabama sophomore forward Shannon Hale will miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury he suffered against South Carolina last week, coach Anthony Grant announced Monday. Hale will undergo surgery Friday. The injury further depletes an Alabama team already playing without starting..." March 03

  • Apologetic Kevin Stallings happy to move on

    Tennessean "For part of Saturday afternoon, you couldn't help but wonder who the guy was in the Kevin Stallings mask standing in front of the Vanderbilt bench. He looked like a man who hadn't had any sleep in the past 48 hours, which, come to think of it, might very well have been the case. He seemed..." March 01

  • Florida reinstates Dorian Finney-Smith for Saturday vs. Vols "Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith has been suspended the past three games, but on Friday, Gators coach Billy Donovan announced the suspension was over. Which means Finney-Smith will be in uniform for Florida's home game against Tennessee on Saturday. The 13-15 Gators have lost four of six and..." February 28

  • No suspension for Kevin Stallings "Vanderbilt will handle the matter concerning coach Kevin Stallings berating Commodores player Wade Baldwin IV profanely after Thursday's game internally, the school announced Friday. Stallings will not be suspended, a source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. "I met with Coach Stallings earlier today..." February 28

  • Vandy coach berates player, then apologizes "Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has apologized for a postgame incident Thursday night in which he was caught on camera berating Commodores player Wade Baldwin IV profanely, at one point saying, "I'm going to f---ing kill you." Stallings told ESPN "he did not mean his words literally" when..." February 27

  • Vandy PG has strong words for rival Tennessee

    College Spun "Thursday evening, the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team will face Tennessee in Knoxville. Commodores’ freshman guard Wade Baldwin appears to be quite pumped up for the game. This afternoon, in a session with the media, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard had some strong words for the Volunteers and,..." February 26

  • Florida will be without two starters against Missouri

    College Basketball Talk "Florida head coach Billy Donovan announced on a Monday morning teleconference that Dorian Finney-Smith and Michael Frazier will both be out of the lineup on Tuesday when the Gators take on Missouri. Finney-Smith was suspended by Donovan for a violation of team rules. He has already missed games..." February 23

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