The moderator at Tennessee's opening press conference on Thursday at the NCAA tournament accidentally mistook them for Texas.
Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Kansas dominated inside for an 87-53 rout over Northeastern on Thursday in the opening round of the Midwest Region. The fourth-seeded Jayhawks (26-9) had a notable size advantage inside and used it, outscoring the Huskies 50-16 in the paint while grabbing 17 more rebounds. Kansas shot 56 percent and advanced to Saturday's second round against fifth-seeded Auburn.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A judge in Kentucky has dismissed a college basketball referee's lawsuit against a radio network, saying the station's criticism is protected by the First Amendment.
For about 35 minutes, it felt like Bradley might pull off the first bracket-busting stunner of this year's NCAA Tournament. Michigan State survived by leaning on the brilliance of Cassius Winston and a remarkably efficient performance at the free throw line. Winston scored 26 points and second-seeded Michigan State, thanks in part to a season-high, 25-of-26 showing from the line, held off Bradley 76-65 on Thursday in the opening round of the East Region.
FORT WORTH — A historic season for the Bearkats came to a close Wednesday night on the road at Schollmaier Arena. Sam Houston State surged ahead of top-seeded TCU almost instantly in the first round of National Invitational Tournament, but could not sustain its strong start. The Kats fell behind in the final minute of the first half and trailed the rest of the way in an 82-69 defeat. Despite trailing by double-digits for a significant stretch of the second half, the Bearkats found themselves within striking distance, down by eight with the ball and just over three minutes remaining. Sam Houston State turned the ball over, however, and TCU sophomore Kouat Noi drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Aiken registered 18 points, including two free throws with 14 seconds left, as Harvard edged past Georgetown 71-68 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night. Robert Baker had 11 points for Harvard (19-11). Noah Kirkwood added 11 points and seven assists. Chris Lewis had 10 points for the visiting team. Jessie Govan had 25 points for the Hoyas (19-14). James Akinjo added 15 points. Mac McClung had 10 points.
MUNCIE, Ind. — Beth Goetz is no different than any die-hard Ball State basketball fan. When the Cardinals go into a season like this past one with such high expectations and talent on the roster, the first-year Ball State athletic director is as disappointed and unsatisfied as any of them. Goetz realizes that for some, the perception might have changed regarding head coach James Whitford. But she said she won't overreact in regard to the status of Whitford, who is 89-105 in six seasons and still has three seasons remaining on his contract. Ball State averaged more than 20 wins from 2015-2018, but it went 16-17 this past season and finished 11th out of 12 teams in the Mid-American Conference regular
Minnesota spent the better part of the last few weeks of the regular season on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Gabe Kalscheur scored 24 points to lead 10th-seeded Minnesota to an 86-76 victory over seventh-seeded Louisville on Thursday in the first round of the East Region at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The Gophers (22-13) advance to take on second-seeded and Big Ten foe Michigan State.
Playing Memphis in the American Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament last week, Tulane hit nine of 13 shots in the first 10 minutes, including four 3-pointers. Yet, the Green Wave still trailed 26-24 on it way to its 21st consecutive loss, and athletic director Troy Dannen easily identified the issue that led him to fire coach Mike Dunleavy three days later. “Athleticism was the difference,” he said. “We need to get more athletic. We need to up our level of recruiting. That will obviously be a primary focus of whoever I turn to as the next head coach. We have to catch up.” Although Dunleavy disagreed strongly, Dannen said the talent level simply was not good enough for Tulane to compete
Kentucky freshman Immanuel Quickley doesn't have that many specific memories of the NCAA tournament, but they all seem to involve the play of high-scoring guards. The most impactful for Quickley as he was growing up outside Baltimore was watching Stephen Curry lead a lesser-known bunch of Wildcats from little Davidson to the Elite Eight in 2008. “That was probably one of the coolest moments, I think,” Quickley said Wednesday, sitting in the corner of a crowded dressing room at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. “I had never heard of Davidson.” There were others, too, like Kemba Walker leading Connecticut to the national championship three years later and Jimmer Fredette helping BYU reach the Sweet
Charles Barkley was a mess while Auburn struggled down the stretch, providing the first great gif of March.
Another BYU basketball player has announced that he is leaving the program. Sophomore guard Rylan Bergersen is transferring, coach Dave Rose announced Thursday. Last week, junior guard Jashshire Hardnett said on Twitter that he is leaving BYU as a graduate-transfer with one season of eligibility remaining. Neither departure comes as a big surprise. Bergersen, 6-foot-6, played two seasons for BYU but averaged just 1.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in his career in Provo. He hasn't played more than 10 minutes in a game since getting 12 minutes against Pepperdine on Jan. 17. Bergersen, from Boise, will have to sit out next year due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Selection Sunday came and went this weekend, leaving out two of the country's historically prominent college basketball programs: Texas and Indiana. Both are participating in the NIT, a humble and necessary step in trying to restore relevance to their proud programs. They share another similarity heading into post-season play as each will be without a star freshman; and possibly for good. Texas' Jaxson Hayes, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and Indiana's Romeo Langford, the Big Ten's freshman scoring leader, have been indefinitely ruled out of their respective games due to injuries suffered in conference tournaments last week. Hayes left Thursday's quarterfinal against Kansas with just under
TULSA, Okla. — As Cameron Lard looks back at his short but troubled time with the Cyclones, even he can't believe he's still around. After all Iowa State's backup center has been through, from suspensions to troubles with the law, he figured Cyclones coach Steve Prohm would have given up on him by now. Lard believes most coaches would have. But for some reason, Prohm hasn't. “I've been expecting that,” Lard said of Prohm potentially cutting the cord with him. “But he's a real nice guy. He's willing to help anybody. It means a lot.” The 6-foot-9, 245-pound redshirt sophomore, at times, has been one of Iowa State's biggest stars on the court. But off it, he's been one of Prohm's biggest problems.