ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, has had surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot.
Weatherspoon’s late FT lifts Mississippi State past Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A small stuffed bulldog toy tossed onto the court with the game tied and 0.5 seconds remaining was just the break Quinndary Weatherspoon and Mississippi State...
Starks and Chandler help lift Aggies over Georgia 73-56
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — When the Texas A&M Aggies were struggling through a stretch where they dropped six of seven games, coach Billy Kennedy maintained the same upbeat and optimistic attitude with his team.
That, his players say, is what helped them get on track and win their last two games, capped by Tuesday night's 73-56 victory over Georgia.
No. 2 prospect Edwards stays in state, commits to Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia landed a rare top national recruit when shooting guard Anthony Edwards decided to stay close to home.
Edwards made the announcement at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta on Monday, noting first-year coach Tom Crean coached his favorite players — Dwyane Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo at Indiana.
Tyree stays hot with 31 points, Ole Miss tops Georgia 80-64
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Breein Tyree's hot-scoring streak has fueled Mississippi's recovery from a four-game losing streak.
Georgia is in dire need of a similar boost after an ugly loss led first-year coach Tom Crean to say he was embarrassed and needed to apologize to former coaches and players who were watching.
Tyree scored 31 points, his fifth straight game with at least 20, and Mississippi beat Georgia 80-64 on Saturday, giving the struggling Bulldogs their fourth straight loss.
Jones with 23 helps Arkansas beat Georgia 70-60
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas guard Mason Jones scored 23 points and added six rebounds to help his team fend off Georgia 70-60 on Tuesday night. The Razorbacks (12-8, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) survived the Dawgs' 54-30 advantage on the boards, but a dreadful combination of 16 turnovers and 15-for-29 free-throw shooting put the visitors in a bind and kept the Hogs afloat.
Crump’s 21 points lift hot-shooting Dogs past Texas, 98-88
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tom Crean couldn't help but marvel at Georgia's shooting from the floor, on 3-pointers and from the free-throw line.
"Not sure I've ever coached a team in all my 19 years that shot that well," said Crean, the former Indiana and Marquette coach in his first season in Athens.
Tyree Crump scored 21 points while setting a career high with six 3-pointers and hot-shooting Georgia beat Texas 98-88 on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Hammonds’ big finish leads Georgia past Vanderbilt, 82-63
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — After missing each of his four shots in a scoreless first half, Rayshaun Hammonds found a positive attitude.
He also found his shot.
Hammonds scored 19 points, all in the second half, and Georgia bounced back from an ugly loss in its Southeastern Conference opener to beat Vanderbilt 82-63 on Wednesday night.
Derek Ogbeide had 15 points and nine rebounds for Georgia (9-5, 1-1 SEC). The Bulldogs led only 56-55 before finally pulling away with an 18-2 run.
Crean concerned about Georgia’s toughness after SEC debut
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tom Crean's rebuilding job at Georgia may be more difficult than he first thought following the reality check the Bulldogs were handed in the first-year coach's Southeastern Conference debut.
Hired to make Georgia's program relevant on a national level, the Bulldogs suffered their most lopsided loss in 60 years in Crean's first conference game.
Claxton leads in scoring and rebounding, Georgia tops UMass
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Getting off to a fast start has not been the problem for Georgia's basketball team. Sustaining the effort? That has been something altogether different.
Paced by 20 points and 11 rebounds from Nicolas Claxton, the Bulldogs started fast and stayed with it in a 91-72 win over Massachusetts Sunday.
Crean looks to build hoops power at football-crazy Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tom Crean can put a positive spin on pretty much any conversation.
Sure, it's been a bit of a culture shock to go from hoops-crazy Indiana to a state that treats the sport with a collective meh. But, without batting an eye, he'll tell you that Georgia has everything it needs to become a basketball powerhouse.
"Coaching is coaching," Crean said. "I don't view it as being different."
Georgia holds off Oakland comeback, wins 81-69
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Twice up by 17 points, Georgia was staring at a two-point lead against Oakland with five minutes to go and a nightmarish memory.
But the Bulldogs showed signs of progress, pulling away late for an 81-69 victory on Tuesday night. It was a reversal of Saturday's 76-74 loss to No. 20 Arizona State when the Bulldogs blew an 18-point lead.
Crump scores career-high 25, Georgia beats Texas Southern
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tyree Crump was thrilled when first-year coach Tom Crean announced that Georgia would be shooting plenty of 3-pointers this season.
"I was in the gym a lot this summer, just working on shooting, working on my game," Crump said. "I felt like that carried over to the season and also coach Crean getting my form right."
Crump scored a career-high 25 points, Nicolas Claxton added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Georgia had little trouble beating Texas Southern 92-75 on Monday night.
Georgia dominates Kennesaw State 84-51
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is beginning to see a basketball player when he looks at 6-foot-11 sophomore Nicolas Claxton.
The second-generation Bulldog scored 16 points and claimed a career-high 15 rebounds in Georgia's 84-51 win over in-state foe Kennesaw State Tuesday night.
Rayshaun Hammonds added 14 points for Georgia (4-3). Jordan Harris came off the bench to score 10.
Alston, Rose help Temple hold off Georgia 81-77
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose poured in 25 points apiece and Temple held off Georgia 81-77 on Tuesday night.
The Owls (3-0) opened up a 45-34 lead by the end of the first half with Alston and Rose accounting for 23 points.
Hightower leads Georgia past Savannah State in Crean’s debut
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Following his debut as Georgia's coach, Tom Crean already knew where his new team must improve.
"We've got to learn how play with a lead," Crean said.
Teshaun Hightower scored a career-high 18 points, Nicolas Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgia survived a slow start to the second half to beat Savannah State 110-76 on Friday night.
Last season: 18-15, 7-11 SEC, declined possible NIT bid.
Coach: Tom Crean.
Conference: Southeastern Conference.
Who's gone: Coach Mark Fox, F Yante Maten, G Juwan Parker
First-year coach Crean says Georgia has ‘a lot to learn’
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tom Crean isn't worried about the low expectations set on his new Georgia team from the outside.
The first-year coach is just trying to make sure he doesn't expect too much at the start of his ambitious task of making an also-ran program contenders in the Southeastern Conference.
Georgia was picked by SEC media to finish 13th in the 14-team league. Crean has lofty goals, but he knows it may take time.
The Latest: Georgia’s Tom Crean wants what Saban, Izzo had
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference media day (all times Eastern):
Tom Crean wanted what Nick Saban and Tom Izzo had: A strong relationship between the basketball and football coach.
Crean thinks he is building that with Georgia football coach Kirby Smart. He was a Michigan State assistant who arrived about the same time Saban, Alabama's current football coach, took over that program in 1995.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Tom Crean has completed his staff, hiring Amir Abdur-Rahim as his third assistant.
Abdur-Rahim spent the last four seasons at Texas A&M and has worked at the College of Charleston, Georgia Tech and Murray State.
Abdur-Rahim, who grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and is the brother of former NBA standout Shareef Abdur-Rahim, joins Chad Dollar and Joe Scott on Crean's staff.
Scott leaves Holy Cross to join Crean’s staff at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Joe Scott has joined Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean's staff as an assistant.
The 52-year-old Scott spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Holy Cross following nine seasons as the head coach at Denver. He also was the head coach at Air Force and Princeton.
Crean previously hired Chad Dollar as an assistant. Crean, the former Indiana coach, was hired to replace Mark Fox on March 15.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's post players are handling the ball. Everybody is shooting 3s.
And earrings are in.
Welcome to the Tom Crean era.
Less than one month into Crean's stay as Georgia's coach, players say they're embracing the new coach and his rules.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Tom Crean has hired Chad Dollar as an assistant for his new staff.
The former Georgia Tech and Auburn assistant spent last season in that role at South Florida, where he played in the 1990s.
Dollar brings deep Atlanta roots to the Georgia staff. His father, Don, won more than 650 games and three state titles as a high school coach, primarily at Frederick Douglass High in Atlanta.
As we discussed after the Super Bowl, just because Pittsburgh wasn't involved, that doesn't mean we can't make it all about us.
For the first time since 2010, Michigan State men's basketball will be heading back to Maui.
Michigan State will headline a dynamite field in the 2019 Maui Invitational, it was announced Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is turning to Duke's Jeff Capel to rebuild its reeling basketball program.
The Panthers hired the former Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma coach and longtime Duke assistant on Tuesday, tasking him with returning Pitt to prominence following two tough years under Kevin Stallings.
Athletic director Heather Lyke called Capel a "high-energy leader." Capel will need it, taking over a team that finished 8-24 and 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scratch Arizona coach Sean Miller off the list of potential coaches at Pitt.
Miller said in a statement Wednesday he isn't a candidate for the coaching vacancy created when the Panthers fired Kevin Stallings after two seasons earlier this month. Miller, who grew up in western Pennsylvania and played point guard for the Panthers from 1987-92, wished his alma mater luck in its search.
Crean shows enthusiasm in first Georgia news conference
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tom Crean opened his first news conference at Georgia by talking for almost 27 minutes before fielding his first question.
First impressions were clear: Georgia's new coach has a high-energy personality, and he's enthusiastic about his job.
Crean, named Thursday as Georgia's new coach, spoke Friday with passion and great length about his plans for building a championship contender at a school better known for its football success.
Tom Crean is taking on the difficult challenge of winning big at a football school.
It could require a dramatic adjustment following his nine years at tradition-rich Indiana.
Georgia hired Crean as its coach on Thursday, capping a fast-paced search only five days after firing Mark Fox .
NOTEBOOK: Porter Jr. talks rehab during media timeout of Braggin’ Rights game
Like every other Missouri basketballer Saturday night, Michael Porter Jr. made his way into the Scottrade Center wearing a Missouri hoodie and pair of headphones.
Indiana Preview Capsule
Last season: 18-16, lost at Georgia Tech in the first round of the NIT.
Coach: Archie Miller.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Coach Tom Crean, F OG Anunoby, G James Blackmon Jr., C Thomas Bryant.
Miller’s strong voice resonates with Indiana players, fans
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Archie Miller speaks Indiana's language.
He expects the Hoosiers to work hard, play hard and, above all else, focus on defense.
It's a simple philosophy that resonates with basketball fans in Bloomington. They appreciate good, old-fashioned basketball and a strong-willed coach who likes to stay on message.
"I think I know what we do works," the new Indiana coach said. "I believe in what we do."
Hoosiers expectations remain same with new coach in town
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Coach Archie Miller came to Indiana to win championships. His players expect it, too.
Shortly after Miller sat at a dais inside Assembly Hall and explained his definition of a successful season, the Hoosiers gave their presentation.
"We expect to win, bottom line," senior guard Robert Johnson said Thursday. "I think we have the talent. I think we have enough experience to do what we set out to do."
During South Carolina's memorable run to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, the Gamecocks had a big fan in Chuck Martin. The Indiana assistant coach was friends with South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, and loved watching the Gamecocks play.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Archie Miller is cashing in on one of college basketball's top-paying jobs.
The new Indiana coach's seven-year deal is worth $24 million and it could go significantly higher with performance bonuses.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reigning national champion North Carolina will host Michigan and Duke will visit Indiana in this year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The matchups for the made-for-TV event were announced Thursday.
Among other high-profile pairings, Wisconsin will visit Virginia, Notre Dame heads to Michigan State and Louisville travels to Purdue.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson will return for his senior season.
The three-year starter made the announcement on his Twitter account two days before the deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft.
Johnson was one of four Indiana players to declare early for the NBA draft. The other three — forward OG Anunoby, guard James Blackmon Jr. and center Thomas Bryant — all opted to stay in the draft and are signing with agents.
Anunoby, 3 Indiana teammates will enter NBA draft
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — New Indiana coach Archie Miller may face a more daunting first season than even he expected.
Four underclassmen, all potential starters next season, announced on Tuesday they will enter this year's NBA draft.
OG Anunoby, who missed the final two months of last season with an injured knee, will hire an agent and will not return for his junior season. He is the only Indiana player expected to be a first-round pick.
Indiana hires Archie Miller as new coach
Fred Glass wanted to hire a proven winner for Indiana's next coach. The athletic director didn't have to wait long — or travel far to find what he was looking for.
On Saturday, less than 24 hours after UCLA coach Steve Alford pulled his name out of the sweepstakes, Glass announced he had hired Archie Miller from Dayton. Miller replaces Tom Crean, who was fired March 16 after missing the NCAA Tournament five times in nine seasons.
Leave it to the state school that didn’t make the NCAA Tournament to steal the headlines on Thursday.
On the first day of the NCAA Tournament, three Indiana schools competed, and all three won, albeit with varying degrees of nervousness.
UCLA coach Steve Alford says he's focused on the NCAA Tournament, not the job opening at his alma mater Indiana.
Alford played four seasons in Bloomington and led the Hoosiers to the 1987 NCAA title under coach Bobby Knight. His name was among the first to come up when Indiana coach Tom Crean was fired on Thursday.
Indiana fires Tom Crean after 9 seasons
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Tom Crean put Indiana basketball back in the national conversation.
As it turned out, there was too much talk and not enough wins. Not for the Hoosiers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Too many times this season, Indiana took good shots that ended up hitting nothing but rim.
All that changed against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament.
James Blackmon Jr. and the Hoosiers fired away effectively from long range, and Indiana used a huge second half to notch a 95-73 victory Thursday night.
The 10th-seeded Hoosiers will next face second-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals Friday night. Indiana was 3-10 in the Big Ten Tournament over the previous 10 years.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first half of Saturday's regular season finale had all the makings of a satisfying blowout for Indiana. But Ohio State fought back to make it a nail-biter, forcing the Hoosiers to hold on down the stretch to get a 96-92 win.
Robert Johnson scored 26 points and James Blackmon Jr. added 22 points and eight rebounds as Indiana used a hot start to build a big lead and then held off Ohio State's furious second-half rally.
Bryant’s free throw sends Hoosiers past Northwestern 63-62
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana rediscovered its closing kick Saturday night.
Now the Hoosiers will find out if it helps them cross the finish line with an NCAA Tournament bid.
Thomas Bryant completed a 3-point play with 2.6 seconds left and the Indiana defense shut out Northwestern for the final 93 seconds, turning a seven-point deficit into an improbable 63-62 victory.
"He wasn't no gangster, he was a hustler. He didn't deserve to die like this." Fort Wayne Police Detective Stacey Jenkins speaking to mourners at Tabernacle Baptist Church about Eric Hearn who was shot and killed last month.
Hoosiers struggling to find solutions for midseason funk
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Coach Tom Crean got right to the point after Indiana's latest loss.
The defense must be more consistent, the shooting must improve and his players must become better leaders over the next month if the Hoosiers are to have any chance of earning an NCAA Tournament bid.
So after 26 games and the same old problems, there are real questions about what, if anything, can be fixed in time to make a late-season push.
No. 16 Purdue makes late charge to get past Hoosiers 69-64
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's Tom Crean was stunned, Purdue's Matt Painter was surprised and fans of both teams were furious after Thursday night's confounding finish.
Now it will go down as yet another memorable chapter in the state's most passionate rivalry.