Big 12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kansas guard Bryce Thompson, a former five-star recruit, transfers to Oklahoma State

    247 Sports "Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton is at it again landing another big-time prospect on the recruiting front — this time in the form of a high-profile transfer. Former Kansas guard Bryce Thompson announced his move to the Cowboys Thursday, giving Boynton..." May 14

  • Ten thoughts on Baylor’s 10 scholarship players as Scott Drew embarks on his title defense

    The Athletic "Scott Drew apologizes for running late, but the coaches’ Bible study ran late, and he didn’t want to cut it off. It has been difficult enough getting everyone together this month. “Championship problems,’’ the Baylor coach has taken to calling the wonderful demands..." May 12

  • Thirteen thoughts on Kansas’ 13 scholarship players as the Jayhawks look for 1 more guard

    The Athletic "Bill Self believes Kansas is still going to land at least one more guard. The Jayhawks are in the mix for Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler, and high school recruits TyTy Washington and Nolan Hickman. Add one of those point guards, and Kansas will likely start next season ranked in the top..." May 11

  • Izaiah Brockington completes transfer from Penn State to Iowa State

    Yardbarker "Guard Izaiah Brockington was one of a handful of Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball players who reportedly entered the transfer portal less than 24 hours after news broke that Purdue Boilermakers assistant Micah Shrewsberry was becoming the new PSU head..." May 06

  • Baylor lands Division 2 Transfer guard Dale Bonner from Fairmont State

    Our Daily Bears "Baylor basketball released this announcement today: Baylor men’s basketball has signed transfer guard Dale Bonner to a Financial Aid Contract, head coach Scott Drew announced Tuesday. Bonner, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, has played the last two seasons for Fairmont..." May 05

  • Baylor names WNBA’s Nicki Collen to replace Kim Mulkey for Lady Bears

    CBS Sports "Kim Mulkey sent shockwaves through the women's basketball world in late April by leaving Baylor University after 21 years to become the new women's basketball coach at LSU. Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for one of the most prestigious programs in the country to find a..." May 03

  • Iowa State’s Rasir Bolton Transfers to Gonzaga

    The Slipper Still Fits "The Gonzaga Bulldogs just picked up a big graduate transfer in Iowa State’s Rasir Bolton, ESPN reported today. Bolton averaged 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game last season for the Cyclones. This is an absolutely huge pick-up for the Zags, who..." April 30

  • Living a dream: The game that changed the fortunes of the Oklahoma-bound Groves brothers

    The Athletic "The power of the viral-ness of the NCAA Tournament truly hit the Groves brothers last week when they were out on Silver Lake, about 10 minutes from the campus of the Eastern Washington Eagles, trying to catch some bass — and leave their combined 58 points against the Kansas..." April 27

  • Kim Mulkey leaves Baylor for LSU after 21 seasons and three national women's basketball titles with the Bears

    USA Today "Kim Mulkey, who won three NCAA championships and has been one of the most prominent coaches of the modern era in women’s basketball, left Baylor after 21 seasons Sunday and accepted the job at LSU. The move, which sent shockwaves through women’s basketball, brings..." April 25

  • Arizona transfer James Akinjo commits to Baylor

    The Score "Baylor's national title defense got a major boost Friday as Arizona transfer James Akinjo announced his commitment to the program. A 6-foot-1 point guard, Akinjo played his freshman season at Georgetown before transferring to Arizona midway through..." April 23

  • North Carolina Tar Heels add 3-point shooting big man Brady Manek from Oklahoma Sooners

    247 Sports "Former Oklahoma forward Brady Manek has signed a scholarship agreement to play for North Carolina next season, the school announced on Thursday. Manek announced his transfer to UNC last Friday. He will have one season of eligibility due to the NCAA granting every athlete an extra..." April 22

  • TTU's Mac McClung withdraws from transfer portal

    The Spun "Texas Tech’s Mac McClung will not be transferring for the second time. The explosive combo guard has withdrawn his name from the NCAA portal. The decision comes less than two weeks after McClung announced he would be entering the NBA Draft process and the..." April 22

  • Gonzaga coach Mark Few admits team was unprepared for Baylor's physicality in championship game

    Yardbarker "Less than a month after losing the national championship, Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few admits that his team did not match the physicality of Baylor and that he wishes it's something he had been more prepared for.  "That was the most physical game we've played in..." April 21

  • Eastern Washington transfer Tanner Groves commits to Oklahoma to play basketball

    ESPN "Eastern Washington transfer Tanner Groves, one of the breakout stars of the NCAA tournament, has committed to Oklahoma to play basketball, sources told ESPN. A 6-foot-9 big man, Groves earned Big Sky Conference player of the year honors after averaging 17.2 points..." April 19

  • Former Creighton forward Christian Bishop announces transfer to Texas

    The Athletic "Former Creighton center/forward Christian Bishop announced on social media Friday that he is transferring to Texas. Bishop, who averaged 11 points and 6.4 rebounds last season, is No. 12 on The Athletic’s best available college basketball transfers and high school recruits...." April 17

  • Oklahoma men's basketball transfer Brady Manek commits to North Carolina

    The Athletic "Former Oklahoma forward Brady Manek has committed to North Carolina, he announced on social media Friday. Manek, who ranked No. 19 on The Athletic's list of available players, averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds during his senior season with the Sooners. His numbers dipped..." April 16

  • Baylor Turns Down Car Dealer's Offer After 'Hood' Recruiting Remark

    SI "As the saying goes, to the victor go the spoils. For Baylor men's basketball coach Scott Drew, those spoils apparently won't include a newly decked-out Jeep. Ted Teague, general manager of the Allen Samuels Auto Group dealership in Waco, was interviewed for a local news..." April 15

  • Chris Beard, Texas pick up commitment from Utah transfer Timmy Allen

    SI "New Texas Longhorns head coach Chris Beard has continued his impressive streak of rebuilding the Texas Longhorns basketball roster, landing a commitment from Utah Utes standout Timmy Allen. Allen announced his decision via his Twitter account, becoming the second impressive transfer..." April 14

  • Kansas men's basketball player Bryce Thompson intends to transfer

    The Score "Kansas guard Bryce Thompson let head coach Bill Self know that he intends to transfer for his sophomore season. "I just want to say thank you to the Kansas coaching staff, the team doctors, all the staff, and the fans for supporting me since I got to..." April 13

  • Texas G Andrew Jones announces his return

    Burnt Orange Nation "New Texas Longhorns head coach Chris Beard received some more good news on Tuesday — in the minutes following the addition of Kentucky Wildcats point guard Devin Askew from the NCAA transfer portal, guard Andrew Jones announced his return to the..." April 13

  • Kyler Edwards to transfer from Texas Tech

    Everything Lubbock "Texas Tech guard Kyler Edwards has decided to transfer from the program, TTU head coach Mark Adams announced Saturday. “Kyler Edwards put his name in the portal when the season ended wanting to explore his options,” Adams said. “Kyler has contacted me and..." April 11

  • It may not have been intentional, but Kansas giving Bill Self a 'lifetime contract' sends a message to NCAA

    CBS Sports "There was always the feeling that no matter what the NCAA had in store for Kansas basketball, Bill Self was going to be around to see the future. Even if there was a  postseason ban, scholarship reductions, even a suspension of the Hall of Fame coach, KU was all in fighting the..." April 08

  • Texas Tech transfer Nimari Burnett chooses Alabama basketball

    Tuscaloosa News "Nimari Burnett, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2020, announced Thursday that he would transfer from Texas Tech, where he had an up-and-down freshman season, and join the Alabama basketball program.  Burnett, a McDonald’s All-American and five-star prospect from..." April 08

  • Mac McClung 'Considering' Returning to Texas Tech, Forgoing NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Mac McClung's time with the Texas Tech Red Raiders may not be done just yet. "He's considering coming back," Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams told the College Hoops Today podcast. "I'm going to meet with Mac and his family soon. I want the best for..." April 07

  • Baylor defeats Gonzaga, earns first men’s basketball national title

    Washington Post "Baylor, which spent the early part of the century as a men’s basketball hellscape crawling with skulduggery and worse, spent Monday night as a brilliant, kinetic credit to its sport. It became the 37th different college to win a national championship, and it carved out a starring presence..." April 06

  • Baylor's Jared Butler Named 2021 NCAA Men's Tournament's Most Outstanding Player

    Bleacher Report "Baylor's Jared Butler was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament as the Bears won the first national title in program history. Scott Drew's squad blitzed Gonzaga early and didn't look back en route to an 86-70 victory..." April 06

  • Scott Drew never let others change his story, path or program, and that's how he led Baylor to its first title

    CBS Sports "The red glare coming off the scorer's table couldn't match the one coming from Davion Mitchell's eyes minutes before Baylor throttled Gonzaga and ended the Bulldogs' undefeated dream season. Baylor had just gone through its team..." April 06

  • Baylor's Davion Mitchell 'cemented himself as a top-10 pick' with championship performance

    Yardbarker "Baylor guard Davion Mitchell wrapped up a breakout season with another stellar performance in the Bears' championship win over Gonzaga, finishing the game with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.  And his impressive run may have helped his stock in..." April 06

  • Baylor Fans Throw Wild Street Party After Winning Title, Couch Burning & Fireworks!

    TMZ "Baylor fans partied HARD after their men's basketball team blew out Gonzaga ... setting couches on fire in the streets and letting off fireworks -- and video from the scene is WILD!!! Just minutes after the Bears took down the Zags, 86-70, to win the NCAA Tournament in..." April 06

  • What's next for Baylor basketball after capturing program's first national title?

    USA Today "The first men's basketball national title is in the trophy case for Baylor. Now what can the Bears do for an encore?  Asking for a repeat of a remarkable season that saw them finish 28-2 and run through both Houston and Gonzaga in the Final Four will be difficult...." April 06

  • Title-game tale of the tape: Gonzaga vs. Baylor

    The Score "After one of the wildest NCAA Tournaments ever, the two best teams in the country for almost the entire season will play for the national championship Monday. Gonzaga enters with the chance for the first undefeated season since 1976, while Bayloris looking for the first..." April 05

  • Texas Tech promotes assistant Mark Adams to fill HC vacancy

    The Score "Texas Tech is promoting top assistant Mark Adams to fill its head coaching vacancy after previous head man Chris Beard took the job at Texas, sources told Jeff Goodmanof Stadium. " April 05

  • 5 best 2021 NBA Draft prospects in Final Four, ranked

    Clutch Points "The Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is set after the Gonzaga Bulldogs rolled past the USC Trojans and UCLA’s Cinderella run continued following a narrow victory over Michigan. This weekend will present players with the..." April 03

  • Eighteen years after taking college basketball's most daunting job, Scott Drew has Baylor on cusp of greatness

    USA Today "Eighteen years before leading Baylor to the third Final Four in program history, Scott Drew sat down with his father, former Valparaiso head coach Homer Drew, and broke down the positives and negatives of taking on the greatest coaching challenge in the modern history of college..." April 03

  • Texas Tech reportedly eyeing Darvin Ham as head coach candidate

    Yardbarker "The Texas Tech Red Raiders are considering going the former NBA player route as they hunt for a replacement for Chris Beard. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Texas Tech has received permission to interview Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham. Ham is a..." April 03

  • Kansas signs Bill Self to lifetime contract amid NCAA investigation

    The Score "Kansas signed head coach Bill Self to a lifetime contract, the school announced on Friday. Self's previous contract was set to expire in March. His new deal is a five-year rolling agreement that automatically adds one year at the end of each season until he..." April 02

  • Oklahoma, Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser agree to coaching deal

    The Athletic "Oklahoma is close to hiring Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser as its next head men's basketball coach, sources confirmed to The Athletic. Moser, 52, has a career has been a head coach since 2000. He gathered a 293–241 (.549) record and led Loyola Chicago to a Final Four and..." April 02

  • 2 bold reasons Baylor will win the 2021 NCAA Championship

    Clutch Points "Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears have been one of the most consistent teams in college basketball this season. After a Covid pause at the beginning of February that halted things for the program for a little over two weeks, all eyes were on Baylor to see how they would look after the time..." April 02

  • NCAA announces Final Four tipoff times

    The Score "The Final Four schedule is officially set for Saturday evening's doubleheader in Indianapolis. First up, No. 1 Baylor takes on No. 2 Houston at 5:14 p.m. ET. The Bears, regaining their early season form following a tough stretch, will face a Cougars..." April 01

  • Texas Hires Texas Tech's Chris Beard as Next Head Coach

    SI "Texas will hire Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard as its next head basketball coach, Jeff Goodman of Stadium reports.  Beard replaces Shaka Smart, who left Austin for the head coaching position at Marquette after a disappointing NCAA tournament exit against Abilene..." April 01

  • ESPN’s Maria Taylor Gets Roasted For Taking Issue Over Baylor Men’s Graphic Seemingly Dissing Women’s Team

    Total Pro Sports "Maria Taylor shouldv’e left this one in the drafts. Following Baylor’s win over Arkansas on Monday, SportsCenter tweeted out a graphic that said the Baylor Bears were making their first trip to the Final Four since 1950. That was a fact, but somehow Taylor made..." March 31

  • Scott Drew’s incredible Baylor rebuild has its validation

    New York Post "The money is great and all that, but no matter how many games you have won, you are just another guy who Can’t Win The Big One if you fail to climb the Mount Everest that gets you to the Final Four. “Getting to the Final Four,” ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla..." March 30

  • Kim Mulkey of Baylor Lady Bears says NCAA should do away with COVID-19 testing for Final Four

    ESPN "Kim Mulkey's Baylor Bears won't be part of the Women's Final Four, but the basketball coach is hopeful of one thing for the teams remaining in the NCAA tournament -- no COVID-19 testing. Speaking after her No. 2-seeded Bears were eliminated by..." March 30

  • Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey's suggestion to stop COVID tests is ignorant, irresponsible

    USA Today "Someone needs to remind Baylor coach Kim Mulkey that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over. Mulkey said Monday night that the NCAA should stop COVID testing at both the men’s and women’s tournaments ahead of the Final Four so no player runs the risk of testing positive..." March 30

  • By being true to himself, Baylor’s Scott Drew is headed to his first Final Four

    The Athletic "While Scott Drew went into the recruit’s home, Paul Mills and Matt Driscoll took Drew’s tricked-out Escalade to get gas. Drew always liked to have nice wheels, even in the early days when Baylor’s program ran more like a used car with 200,000 miles on the odometer. This..." March 30

  • Will top seeds Gonzaga and Michigan join Houston and Baylor in the Final Four?

    ESPN "Half the men's Final Four was set on Monday night, as the Houston Cougars and Baylor Bears kept their national championship hopes intact. Now it's on to Tuesday's NCAA tournament matchups, with the top overall seed Gonzaga Bulldogs and an increasingly..." March 30

  • Nets assistant Royal Ivey interviews for Texas Longhorns men's basketball job

    ESPN "Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Royal Ivey interviewed for the open Texas head-coaching position on Sunday, sources told ESPN. The interview was held on Zoom. Ivey was a key player on the Longhorns' 2003 Final Four team, before embarking on a 10-year NBA career. " March 29

  • Chris Beard is leading candidate for Texas job

    The Spun "After the year that the Texas basketball had, few expected the job to open. Shaka Smart made the pretty surprising decision to head up to his home state of Wisconsin and take the job at Marquette, ending what was a very up-and-down tenure in Austin. The..." March 28

  • Texas' 10 best candidates to replace Shaka Smart after his departure for Marquette

    Sporting News "Texas basketball always has seemed like an ideal job for someone seeking to coach Division I men’s basketball. There are high-major prospects in seemingly every neighborhood. There appears to be more money than contained in Citibank. The pressure to win exists, it just does not..." March 27

  • Marquette hiring Texas' Shaka Smart as head coach

    The Score "Marquette is closing in on a deal to make Texas' Shaka Smart the program's next head coach, sources told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Smart has been the Longhorns' head coach since 2015, compiling a 109-86 record with three NCAA Tournament..." March 26

  • Kevin Durant stumps for Texas coaching candidate after departure of Shaka Smart

    Clutch Points "The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team needs a new head coach after Shaka Smart departed to take over the Marquette program on Friday. Former Texas freshman sensation and current Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman the..." March 26

  • Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger to retire

    SI "Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger will announce his retirement in a press conference on Friday, SI Sooners has learned. An inside source said Kruger, 68, made the decision based on a number of personal reasons.  The sudden and tragic death..." March 25

  • Taking ball out of Cade Cunningham's hands will be a 'what if' for Oklahoma State

    USA Today "Cade Cunningham forced a steal, flipping the ball back to a teammate, then calling to get it right back. He buried a three and unleashed a roar. Oklahoma State was roaring, too. Once down by so many a blowout alert had been issued, the Cowboys had cut the lead..." March 22

  • No. 14 Abilene Christian pulls off major upset of No. 3 Texas

    CBS Sports "Saturday's first round NCAA Tournament action may have started a bit slow in terms of providing iconic upsets, but it sure ended with a bang, as No. 14 seed Abilene Christian upset No. 3 seed Texas 53-52. It was the first NCAA Tournament victory for the..." March 21

  • Myles Turner Upset After Call Cost Texas NCAA Tournament Win

    Black Sports Online "Myles Turner loves his Alma mater Texas and it sucks to see the men’s basketball team eliminated from the NCAA tournament. Albiene Christian Wildcats upset the the Longhorns 53-52 and Turner wasn’t happy about one call. The runner-up for DPOY went to..." March 21

  • Five freshmen not named Cade Cunningham that could make deep impact in NCAA Tournament

    USA Today "Though Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham has solidified his status as the No. 1 pick in the eyes of many executives around the NBA, he’s not the only lottery prospect who will be playing in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The 68-team extravaganza tipped off..." March 19

  • Kansas to be without leading rebounder Jalen Wilson for first-round game

    KU Sports "The Journal-World has confirmed through multiple sources that Kansas forward Jalen Wilson did not travel to Indianapolis with the team on Monday and is expected to miss KU’s first-round game against Eastern Washington on Saturday. Wilson, a redshirt freshman from Denton, Texas,..." March 18

  • Oklahoma's De'Vion Harmon Tests Positive for COVID-19

    SI "Oklahoma Sooners guard De'Vion Harmon tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play in the first two rounds of the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament, coach Lon Kruger announced Wednesday.  Kruger said it's unknown how Harmon contracted COVID-19 and if his..." March 17