SAN DIEGO (AP) — Steve Lavin was eager to leave college basketball broadcasting and return to coaching, even it means being in the same conference as Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.
Lavin was introduced Friday as coach at San Diego, which has struggled for the better part of the last 15 seasons, and not always because of the tough teams that are perennially at the top of the West Coast Conference.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — RJ Davis scored a career-high 30 points with a nifty layup while being fouled in overtime, and eighth-seeded North Carolina blew a 25-point second-half lead but still found a way to beat defending champion Baylor 93-86 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tyger Campbell scored 16 points and fourth-seeded UCLA completed a more conventional path to the Sweet 16, beating fifth-seeded Saint Mary’s 72-56 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hired San Francisco's Todd Golden as its basketball coach Friday, turning to the 36-year-old former Auburn assistant to revitalize a program that had grown stale under Mike White.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Carolina and UCLA are tradition-rich programs with multiple national championships and are still playing in the East Regional, avoiding first-round shockers like what Saint Peter's did to second-seeded Kentucky.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — UCLA coach Mick Cronin still exchanges texts with Saint Mary's guard Logan Johnson, even though they've gone in different directions over the past few years.
Cronin recruited Johnson to play for him at Cincinnati, but after just one season together in 2018-19, Cronin took the top job at UCLA.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tiny Saint Peter’s took down basketball royalty on Thursday night, getting 27 points from Daryl Banks III in an 85-79 overtime victory over second-seeded Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tyger Campbell rescued UCLA from a potential upset, scoring eight straight points late in the second half, and the fourth-seeded Bruins rallied for a 57-53 win over No. 13 seed Akron in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Logan Johnson scored 20 points and fifth-seeded Saint Mary's took advantage of No. 12 seed Indiana's grueling recent schedule, rolling to an 82-53 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
A diversity report for graduation rates among this year's NCAA Tournament teams found the gap between white and Black men's players has shrunk compared to last season.
The study released Wednesday from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida found that racial gap in average Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores had declined from about 13.4 percentage points last year to 11.4 this season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At his core, Todd Golden knew his University of San Francisco team had done enough to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. It's just that the coach had counted on a No. 9 seed and those were all gone with just four spots in the bracket remaining when the Dons were finally called.
The latest on the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement:
North Carolina turned to Hubert Davis to replace retired Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams. Now Davis has the the Tar Heels exactly where they ended Williams’ final season.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chet Holmgren spent most of his night frustrated as he got banged around and shots clanged away. Drew Timme, except for a spurt early in the second half, found little room to pull off his variety of drop steps and up-and-unders.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Saint Mary's watched its advantage dwindle to one and Santa Clara's leading scorer driving to the basket in the closing seconds.
Logan Johnson stepped in, blocked Jalen Williams' shot and made two free throws after being fouled.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gonzaga looked unstoppable for nearly 35 minutes, its free-flowing offense creating open shots, the defense smothering San Francisco at every turn.
The final five minutes turned into a grind as the Dons ratcheted up the intensity.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Former Saint Mary's star Omar Samhan showed up on campus unannounced this week, stopped in to visit the coaches then waited to address the triumphant men’s basketball team two days after the Gaels' upset of No.
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Jalen Benjamin had 16 points as fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary's defeated fifth-seeded St. Francis (N.Y.) 78-48 in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament on Wednesday night.
The top six and seven of the top nine teams in the AP Top 25 lost on the same day last week, an unprecedented day of chaos that led to some big changes in this week's poll — everywhere but at the top.
The madness arrived early this year.
An unpredictable college basketball season took an unprecedented turn Saturday, when the top six and seven of the top 10 teams lost.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Saint Mary’s finally has its first perfect record at home -- and a memorable win over top-ranked Gonzaga to go with it.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chet Holmgren had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Gonzaga picked up its defensive pressure in the second half to hold off San Francisco 89-73 and extend its winning streak to 17 on Thursday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Logan Johnson scored 14 points, Kyle Bowen had 12 and No. 23 Saint Mary's beat San Diego 60-46 Thursday night for their 16th straight win against the Toreros.
Saint Mary's (23-6, 11-3 West Coast) clinched the No.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coach Mark Few told his top-ranked Gonzaga team to treat this like a tough trip to face a pair of Big 12 opponents — even if it's actually the final week of West Coast Conference play.
Gonzaga is the unanimous No. 1 in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Zags aren't likely to budge the way they're dominating the West Coast Conference.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Kuhse had a season-high 25 points to help Saint Mary's hold off BYU 69-64 on Saturday night.
Logan Johnson had 17 points and six rebounds for the Gaels (22-6, 10-3 West Coast Conference), who have won 15 straight at home.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Kuhse had a season-high 22 points as Saint Mary's won its 14th consecutive home game, edging past San Francisco 69-64 on Thursday night.
Logan Johnson had 16 points and six rebounds for the Gaels (21-6, 9-3 West Coast Conference).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Peterson had his first double-double of the season with a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 21 Southern California to a 67-64 win over No. 12 UCLA on Saturday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has been blowing out West Coast Conference opponents by an average of more than 30 points, but that wasn't going to be the case against No. 22 Saint Mary's.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) —
Hunter Dickinson had 22 points to lead Michigan in a lopsided 82-58 win over No. 3 Purdue on Thursday night.
Eli Brooks had 16 points, Moussa Diabate had 15 points — all but two in the first half — and Caleb Houstan added 14 for the Wolverines (13-9, 7-5 Big Ten).
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Logan Johnson had 16 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five steals, and No. 22 Saint Mary’s bounced back from its first loss in a month to beat San Diego 86-57 on Thursday night.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — PJ Pipes scored 21 points and Jalen Williams had 18 points and 10 assists as Santa Clara beat No. 22 Saint Mary’s 77-72 on Tuesday night.
Pipes shot 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 for 8 from 3-point range.
This college basketball season feels like an extension of the last one, the coronavirus leaving pauses, cancellations and postponements in its wake.
A beacon of basketball brilliance has risen from the ashes: two of the nation’s best mid-majors squaring off in a junior college gym.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Bowen and Matthias Tass finished with 12 points and nine rebounds each and Saint Mary's rolled to a 76-39 victory over Stanislaus State on Tuesday night.
Logan Johnson pitched in with 10 points and a career-high five steals for the Gaels (10-2).
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wisconsin has its youngest team in two decades after losing six seniors from last year's NCAA Tournament team.
The unknowns kept expectations low, had coach Greg Gard thinking it would take some time for them to gel.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As its West Coast Conference brethren, No. 1 Gonzaga, was preparing to face No. 2 UCLA from the Pac 12 about five minutes down Las Vegas Boulevard at T-Mobile Arena, unranked Saint Mary’s had its own plans of making a statement at Mandalay Bay.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dan Fotu scored 22 points and hit a big 3-pointer in the final minute, lifting Saint Mary's to a 62-59 win over Notre Dame in the Maui Invitational Monday night.
The Gaels (5-0) and Irish (2-1) each faced their first big tests of the season and neither gave an inch, trading the lead 16 times.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Alex Ducas had 22 points as Saint Mary’s beat Prairie View 87-68 on Tuesday night in a season opener.
Dan Fotu had 14 points for Saint Mary’s. Kyle Bowen added 12 points and nine rebounds.
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Jim Phelan, the bow-tied basketball coach who won 830 games during nearly a half-century at Mount St. Mary's, has died. He was 92.
The athletic department at Mount St. Mary's said Wednesday that Phelan died overnight at his home in Emmitsburg.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Those who know Todd Golden best are amazed by his even-keel temperament when facing the most pressure packed of circumstances. He's unflappable on the University of San Francisco sideline, unfazed despite being among the youngest head coaches in the country.
Loyola Marymount (9-17, 3-9) vs. Saint Mary's (21-6, 8-4)
University Credit Union Pavilion, Moraga, California; Thursday, 11 p...
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky's latest freshman star, scored 26 points and the second-ranked Wildcats opened the season with a 69-62 victory against No. 1 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s have been the WCC’s top two teams, usually in that order, for the last 15 years.
Nothing’s changed this season. No. 13 Gonzaga (16-3) and receiving-votes Saint Mary’s (17-2) share first place with the first of possibly three meetings set for Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The word I heard a lot heading into Saturday’s BYU-Saint Mary’s basketball game at the Marriott Center was “barometer.”
I understand that we hear all about barometric pressure when talking about weather forecasting but I needed to refresh my memory on what exactly a barometer is.
LAS VEGAS – The execution on the court was on point and so was the post-game celebration.
The buzzer sounded on Gonzaga’s 74-56 win over Saint Mary’s in the WCC tournament title game Tuesday and the Zags raced toward the center circle hopping and bouncing around like human pinballs, Rui Hachimura’s hang-time impressive as always.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few reminded the assembled media after last Thursday’s win over San Francisco that the WCC title remains one of the program’s fundamental goals.
Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski, Johnathan Williams just too much for Saint Mary’s in Zags’ convincing win
MORAGA, Calif. – Przemek Karnowski had perhaps the best half of his five-year career at Gonzaga.
And a rare temper tantrum as an added bonus.
The senior center scored 15 first-half points to help No.