LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Cornhuskers are a hungry and humble basketball team.
Hungry because they just missed out on making the NCAA Tournament last season despite winning 22 games, setting a school record with 13 conference wins and finishing fourth in the Big Ten.
Illinois’ recent seasons belie a program with a rich history that includes ranking in the top 15 in all-time wins and making 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and five Final Fours.
Remember the Flyin’ Illini? It’s been 30 years since Kenny ...
Martin twins lead No. 5 Nevada over Loyola-Chicago 79-65
CHICAGO (AP) — The maroon and gold Final Four banner hanging from the rafters gave Nevada just a little extra motivation. Not that the Wolf Pack really needed it.
Caleb Martin had 21 points, twin brother Cody Martin scored 20 and No. 5 Nevada beat Loyola-Chicago 79-65 on Tuesday night in a ...
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo.
CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls stunned another power program Friday night, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime.
Buffalo opened eyes back in ...
Ohio State spoils Bearcats’ homecoming party 64-56
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio State knew what awaited when the Buckeyes agreed to help Cincinnati reopen its on-campus arena. It was even louder than expected until the closing seconds, when the Bearcats fans were silently filing out.
With a solid effort, the visitors from up north spoiled the ...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette opened a new season in a new downtown home with a fresh approach to winning.
Defense came first in a 67-42 victory on Tuesday night over UMBC.
Sam Hauser and Markus Howard each scored 15 points, and the Golden Eagles held the NCAA Tournament darling ...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Ty Jerome said it was great to be back on the basketball court.
Jerome scored 20 points and De’Andre Hunter had 13 and 10 rebounds as No. 5 Virginia beat Towson 73-42 on Tuesday night in its first game since they made history that followed them all offseason as ...
The 2017-18 college basketball season had everything a fan could want. Standout performances, a No. 1 seed finally falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Villanova cutting down the nets for the second time in three seasons.
Oh, and Sister Jean and Chicago-Loyola giving hope ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron McKie had player development duties in his first season as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, which gave him a second-row spot on the bench based on the organizational seating chart. Just months removed from the end of a 13-year NBA career, McKie found it ...
Senior class eager to create better March memories
A variety of factors prevented Kansas State’s Dean Wade, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Kentucky newcomer Reid Travis from ending the season the way they would have wanted last year.
They want their senior years to conclude differently.
A foot injury caused Wade to play a total of eight ...
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Pat Chambers has spent enough time at Beaver Stadium to know the excitement building around his basketball program is measurable in ways it once wasn’t.
Fan reactions to his recorded scoreboard promos have been noticeably louder and more people are approaching the ...
Tres Tinkle and the Thompson brothers are back for Oregon State. The question now for the Beavers is how to replace Drew Eubanks.
Eubanks, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per games as a junior, declared early for the NBA draft but went unselected ...
SEATTLE (AP) — David Crisp, Noah Dickerson and Matisse Thybulle all arrived at Washington with the task of being the group to get the Huskies back to the NCAA Tournament.
It’s a challenge that remains after three years, a coaching change, a chance to leave for other opportunities and now ...
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years last season behind a trio of free-wheeling, free-shooting senior guards.
The run was a year ahead of schedule, in some respects.
The Sun Devils had plenty of talent with Tra Holder, Shannon ...
Virginia Tech will have a new challenge to contend with this season: Expectations.
The Hokies are ranked 15th to start the season, matching the highest preseason ranking in program history.
This is coach Buzz Williams fifth season and the high expectations are ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snubbed by the NCAA Tournament last season, the Southern California Trojans are determined to make it back behind coach Andy Enfield’s highest-rated recruiting class.
They feature a younger roster but have a seasoned veteran in forward Bennie Boatwright, who toyed with ...
Last season is over and for reasons good and bad Virginia would do well to remember it.
The fifth-ranked Cavaliers rose to No. 1 in the nation by the end of the season and went into the NCAA Tournament is the favorite to win it all. Instead, they made tournament history as the first No. 1 ...
Last season: 21-12, lost to St. Bonaventure in First Four of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Steve Alford.
Who’s gone: Guard Aaron Holiday (NBA), forward G.G. Goloman, center Thomas Welsh (NBA).
Who’s back: Guards Jaylen ...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville hopes its third coach in as many seasons can restore continuity and success to a Cardinals program that has struggled during that span.
University officials have put their trust in Chris Mack, ...
Last season: 22-10, lost to Loyola of Chicago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Jim Larranaga.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who’s gone: Guard Lonnie Walker IV (NBA), guard Bruce Brown Jr. (NBA), guard Ja’Quan ...
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State won a lot of games last season and the Big Ten title.
Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, though, knows as well as anyone college basketball teams are measured and remembered by what they do in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans are coming off a
Last season: 30-5, won Big Ten title and lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Tom Izzo.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who’s gone: Miles Bridges (NBA), Jaren Jackson (NBA), Tum Tum Nairn, Gavin Schilling, Ben Carter.
Last season: 15-18, missed NCAA Tournament for first time in 19 years.
Coach: Greg Gard.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who’s gone: Reserve forwards Aaron Moesch and Andy Van Vliet (transferred to William & Mary).
Who’s back: The Badgers ...
Happ, Badgers see defense as key to returning to NCAAs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first Wisconsin player to jog on to the court for practice was Ethan Happ, beating the next teammate by about a couple minutes.
There is no time to waste if one of the country’s premier big men wants to lead the Badgers back to the NCAA Tournament.
With all ...
Last season: 19-15, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Shaka Smart
Conference: Big 12
Who’s gone: Center Mo Bamba (NBA)
Who’s back: Guard Kerwin Roach returned for his senior season and is Texas’ best two-way player. He ...
50-50 at Texas: Shaka Smart facing a big season in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After three years in Austin, Texas coach Shaka Smart has the Longhorns back where he found them: winning in the regular season and losing early in the NCAA Tournament.
That wasn’t good enough to keep predecessor Rick Barnes around. So entering the fourth season of a ...
Last season: 21-12, reached first NCAA Tournament since 1998.
Nickname: Horned Frogs.
Coach: Jamie Dixon.
Conference: Big 12.
Who’s gone: Forward Kenrich Williams (NBA), forward Vladimir Brodziansky (pro league in Spain).
Who’s back: Senior guard Alex ...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — While TCU is excited about being in the preseason Top 25 for the first time in two decades, coach Jamie Dixon put into perspective what that No. 20 ranking really means to him.
“I think that’s based on what we can become. We’re not that right now,” said Dixon, ...
There are days at practice when Baylor coach Scott Drew sees a lot of improvement from his players. Other days end with a headache.
Such is life with a vastly changed roster and a bunch of new players.
“We’re a younger team. We’ve been in the last few years able to have veteran ...
NCAA champion Villanova picked to win Big East again
NEW YORK (AP) — Villanova is in a familiar place — atop the Big East Conference.
The defending NCAA champions were picked by coaches to win the Big East Conference on Thursday. This is the fifth straight year the Wildcats have held the top spot. They received eight first-place votes while ...
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — The banner for Villanova’s 2018 national championship was dropped from the rafters as “We Are The Champions” roared during the grand opening of the program’s $65 million renovated arena.
It couldn’t be missed.
As for the Wildcats who helped lead them to their ...
Last season: 31-5, reached second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Mick Cronin.
Conference: American Athletic.
Who’s gone: Guard Jacob Evans III (NBA), forward Gary Clark, forward Kyle Washington.
Who’s back: Junior guard Jarron ...
Xavier enters transition season with new coach, roster
CINCINNATI (AP) — With a senior-laden team, Xavier won its first Big East regular season championship and got its first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A second-round ...
No. 6 Tennessee boasts highest preseason ranking ever
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is entering unfamiliar territory.
After winning a share of the Southeastern Conference title and emerging as one of the nation’s biggest surprises last year, Tennessee opens this season ranked sixth in the
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daniel Gafford is living his best life these days around the Arkansas campus, and that’s exactly what the sophomore had in mind after last season when he took a likely one-year pass on the NBA.
The Razorbacks forward is seemingly everywhere in Fayetteville, from ...
Last season: 20-13, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Cuonzo Martin
Who’s gone: PF Michael Porter Jr. (NBA), SG Kassius Robertson, F Jordan Barnett, G Brett Rau, PG C.J. Roberts (transferred to Texas Tech), SG ...
Last season: 21-13, losing in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Mike White.
Who’s gone: Point guard Chris Chiozza, swingman Egor Koulechov, center John Egbunu.
Who’s back: Guard Jalen Hudson entered the NBA ...
South Carolina hoping for return to NCAA Tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Maik Kotsar can’t forget South Carolina’s run to the Final Four his freshman season. He believes the Gamecocks are motivated for more March Madness success this year.
Kotsar, the 6-foot-11 junior, played a significant role in driving South Carolina to its first ever ...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chris Mack expected big changes when he left a school coming off a NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeding for scandal-plagued program with a rich basketball tradition.
Louisville’s first-year coach hit the ground running after leaving Xavier, attracting several transfers to ...
SEATTLE (AP) — This time a year ago, Mike Hopkins was trying to get his inherited team to learn the system he wanted to install in his first season at Washington.
The lessons 12 months later are less about how the Huskies are going to play and more about managing expectations and building ...
Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich’s staff.
Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, USA Basketball announced Thursday.
The trio of coaches will work ...
Loyola’s Sister Jean to receive Senior Hall of Fame award
CHICAGO (AP) — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is the winner of Illinois’ 2018 Senior Hall of Fame award.
The Catholic nun and longtime chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team became a celebrity last March as the Ramblers reached the NCAA Final Four. In August she celebrated her 99th ...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Danny Manning probably could use another miracle.
Heading into his fifth season at Wake Forest, the former Kansas star’s reign has been marked by rampant roster turnover, which continued Wednesday when yet another player left the program, and only a single NCAA ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell believes neither he nor his team is satisfied with their major accomplishments from a year ago.
The Tigers were 25-11 last season, matching their best-ever win total. Their 11 Atlantic Coast Conference wins were also a school record and ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching honor next spring.
The award is given annually to college basketball coaches who exemplify the late UCLA legend’s standard of success and personal integrity. Kruger was announced as the recipient ...
The NCAA is ditching the RPI for its own evaluation tool to select teams for the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Evaluation Tool will rely on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and quality of wins and losses. NET will be used ...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson is getting another piece of its NCAA Tournament team back with forward David Skara’s return for a final season.
Skara is a 6-foot-8 forward from Croatia who had previously announced he was leaving after two seasons with. Clemson coach Brad Brownell announced ...
CHICAGO (AP) — Sister Jean is celebrating her 99th birthday months after gaining national attention as chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four.
The university held a campus party with students and school staffers Tuesday for Sister Jean Dolores ...