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    By BETH HARRIS | AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Greg Lee, who helped UCLA to consecutive national championships in 1972 and ’73 as a starting guard under Coach John Wooden, has died. He was 70. Lee died at a San Diego hospital on Wednesday from an infection related to an immune disorder, the university said Thursday after being informed by his wife, Lisa. Lee became a starting guard on the varsity team as a sophomore in 1971-72, alongside Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes. The Bruins had a 30-0 record while winning games by an average margin of over 30 points. They beat Florida State 81-76 in the national title game. The following season, the Bruins again went 30-0 and won the national championship, 87-66 over Memphis State. During Lee’s senior year in 1973-74, UCLA’s 88-game winning streak was snapped in a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame. The Bruins’ run of national titles also ended at seven when they were beaten by North Carolina State, 80-77, in double overtime in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Lee averaged 5.8 points and 1.5...
    A FORMER college basketball national champion sadly passed away this week aged 70. Greg Lee, who won two titles with UCLA in the 1970s, died from an infection. 2Former UCLA guard Greg Lee has died aged 70Credit: AP 2Greg Lee talking to UCLA coach John Wooden during a game in 1974Credit: AP His wife Lisa informed the university of his death in a San Diego area hospital on Wednesday. Lee was a starting guard under coach John Wooden in the dominant UCLA Bruins team. He starred alongside the likes of Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes in a team that won 88 straight games. Lee broke into the team as a sophomore in 1971. The Bruins went 30-0 in winning the national title, and repeated the feat the following season. Their 88-game win streak was ended by Notre Dame during Lee's senior year in 1973-74. Lee went on to become a math teacher and also coached basketball after his college career. He was selected in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks but instead played for San Diego Conquistadors...
    Enmanuel's story has garnered national attention in the last couple of years. He was featured on "SportsCenter" on ESPN and even was nominated for an Espy for "Best Play" for this dunk: \u201cHansel Enmanuel windmilled and then handed the ball to a trash talker \ud83d\ude33 @SCNext\n\n(via issa__bucket/IG)\u201d — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1642210717 He ultimately lost the award to women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe. Enmanuel has also partnered with Gatorade, which featured him in a recent ad. “Want doesn’t come from anywhere but within. I’ve got a drive to be great. So can you! @gatorade #gatoradepartner,” Enmanuel posted to Instagram. Though the details of the deal are not known, On3 suggested that Gatorade selected Enmanuel in order to add more diversity to its NIL sponsorships. Rapper J. Cole also featured Enmanuel in a recent video, tweeting out the video with the message, "The Audacity II Dreamer. I believe." Despite the national spotlight, Enmanuel has remained grounded. He does not speak fluent English, but he gave an interview in Spanish to the Orlando Sentinel and expressed his hope that people would "not...
    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie agreed to a two-year extension Friday that will pay him $2,745,000 in base salary over the next four years and includes several potentially lucrative bonus provisions. Mittie will be entering his ninth season with the Wildcats. He is coming off his fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, but it also was just his third 20-win season in Manhattan and came on the heels of a 9-18 record during the 2020-21 season. Mittie, who also spent 15 seasons with TCU, is 145-110 since taking over the Wildcats. His contract includes a $25,000 bonus for being Big 12 coach of the year and $50,000 for national coach of the year. Mittie can also earn percentages of his base salary based on postseason success, beginning with 2% for reaching the WNIT and 8% for making the NCAA Tournament all the way up to 32% for winning the national championship. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina consensus player of the year Aliyah Boston turned down a late invitation to the ESPY awards show, saying the offer was even more hurtful than not being asked to attend. Boston helped the Gamecocks to the NCAA national title victory in April. She swept the national awards as the game’s top player, including the Wooden and AP awards. Boston, voted the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, had hoped to attend and was disappointed when not asked. “It hurt more to see ESPN change course and invite me only after social media caught wind of it,” Boston posted on Twitter on Wednesday. “Respectfully, I declined.” Boston’s coach, Dawn Staley, highlighted the snub this week. Staley mused publicly on social media how the people who planned the ESPYS decided “it was a great idea not to invite” the woman who won several national awards as one of the best players in women’s college basketball last season. “Not one person was able to see the uproar this would cause? There’s definitely something wrong with...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off a Final Four appearance, Villanova and new coach Kyle Neptune will face Tom Izzo’s Michigan State in one of the major attractions of the seventh Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Big East and Big Ten Conferences announced the eight men’s basketball contests on Friday. The series will run from Nov. 14-18. Game times and television network assignments will be announced at a later date. Neptune was hired this spring to replace Jay Wright, who left the program after 21 seasons and two national championships, saying he didn’t have the drive for another campaign. A long-time assistant, Neptune returned to run the Wildcats after a year as the head coach at Fordham. Izzo led the Spartans (23-13) to its 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last seaon, the second longest active streak in the country behind national champion Kansas (32). The Gavitt Tipoff Games begin on Nov. 14, with Butler at Penn State and DePaul at Minnesota. The following day features Marquette at Purdue and Northwestern at Georgetown. Big Ten tournament champion Iowa comes to New Jersey...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State is adding South Carolina transfer and former McDonald’s All-American Saniya Rivers to its women’s basketball program. The school announced Rivers’ addition Friday. She’ll be immediately eligible to play for the upcoming season with three seasons of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-1 instate guard from Wilmington was the No. 3-ranked national recruit for ESPN in the 2021 class, and shared the honor for The Associated Press women’s state prep player of the year in 2019. Rivers averaged 2.3 points in 12.9 minutes per game for the national champion Gamecocks. Rivers joins Maryland forward Mimi Collins and Florida State center River Baldwin as incoming transfers for the Wolfpack, who will lose four starters from a 32-win team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight. ___ More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright, the Villanova basketball coach who led the Wildcats to two national championships and four Final Fours, stunned college basketball with his resignation Wednesday night. The 60-year-old Wright guided Villanova to titles in 2016 and 2018 and just led the Wildcats to the Final Four, where they lost to national champion Kansas. He went 520-197 in 21 seasons at the school and 642-282 overall, also coaching Hofstra from 1994–2001. “It’s time for us to enter a new era of Villanova basketball,” Wright said in a statement. “After 35 years in coaching, I am proud and excited to hand over the reins to Villanova’s next coach. I am excited to remain a part of Villanova and look forward to working with (Villanova) and the rest of the leadership team.” Kyle Neptune, who served on the Villanova coaching staff before accepting the head coaching position at Fordham in 2021, returned to replace Wright. Wright’s decision was unexpected and there was no immediate word the move was health related or that he was leaving for the NBA. He was...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina starter Victaria Saxton said she’s returning for a final season with the national champion Gamecocks. Saxton announced her intention on social media Wednesday, saying she didn’t want to miss an opportunity to take her game “to another level.” Saxton started all 37 games on the way to an NCAA Tournament title. The 6-foot-2 forward from Rome, Georgia, who was honored on the team’s Senior Day on Feb. 20, averaged 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Her rebounding average was second on the team to consensus national player of the year Aliyah Boston. With Saxton’s decision, South Carolina will have four of its five starters back next year as it tries for a second straight national title and third since 2017. Point guard Destanni Henderson, who had a career-high 26 points in South Carolina’s 64-49 win over UConn on Sunday night, is the only starter who won’t be back next season. ___ More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky won the John R. Wooden Award as the men’s college basketball player of the year. Tuesday’s announcement from the Los Angeles Athletic Club was made on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Tshiebwe led the nation with 515 total rebounds and 15.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9 center had the most rebounds in a season since 1973 and the highest per game average since 1980. Kentucky was beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by St. Peter’s. Tshiebwe, who is from Congo, is the second Kentucky player to win the award, joining Anthony Davis in 2012. Tshiebwe also collected player of the year honors from The Associated Press, Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, The Sporting News and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The other finalists were Ochai Agbaji of national champion Kansas, Johnny Davis of Wisconsin, Iowa’s Keegan Murray and Drew Timme of Gonzaga. Aliyah Boston with national champion South Carolina won the women’s Wooden Award on Monday. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 16.8 points and had a...
    Looking back at the biggest comeback in the national championship game history of college basketball to see the largest deficit overcome to win a title. In the first half of the men’s college basketball national championship game on Monday night between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks, the former looked to be on their way to running away with the game. After a tight first 10 minutes or so of action, the Tar Heels started to pull away — and then kept pulling away. They got up by as many as 16 points over the Jayhawks and went into the locker room for halftime up 40-25. But in the second half, Kansas came out firing while UNC looked all out of sorts. And before the halfway mark of the second half, the game was tied. That had fans wondering about the biggest comeback in the history of the national championship game.Biggest comeback in national championship historyIf the Jayhawks were to pick up the win on Monday night, it would indeed be the biggest comeback ever for the college...
    College basketball head coaches are rarely in a position to win a national championship in their first year on the job. If Hubert Davis leads the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship, he would be doing something almost unprecedented. Not only would UNC be winning a national championship as an improbable No. 8 seed, but the Tar Heels would be doing so with a first-time head coach. The former Dean Smith player replaced Roy Williams from within after his mentor retired from the coaching profession this past year. The only thing standing in the way of Davis and UNC is the Bill Self and the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks. Should it be a night to celebrate in Chapel Hill, has a first-time head coach ever won a national title in his first year on the job?Has a first-time head coach ever won a national title in year one on the job?The answer is technically yes. To date, the only time a first-time college basketball head coach has won a national championship in his first year on the job came in...
    Here’s how Jayhawks fans can tune into the Kansas basketball radio stream for the National Championship game against UNC. Two college basketball blue bloods will compete for the crown on Monday night as the NCAA Tournament closes out with the National Championship game. The Jayhawks overwhelmed Villanova in the Final Four, winning 81-65 to secure their place in the final. North Carolina had to expend more energy in a rivalry grudge match against Duke. The No. 1 seed is the favorite on Monday night, but the No. 8 will be high in confidence after ending Coach K’s illustrious career. Kansas and UNC have met 11 times before, most recently a 2013 March Madness matchup which the Jayhawks won 70-58. In fact, Kansas has won each of their three NCAA Tournament meetings this century, including an Elite Eight bout in 2012 and a Final Four fight in 2008. This is their second meeting in a national championship game. The Tarheels bested the Jayhawks in overtime in 1957’s title game. The Tar Heels now hold a 6-5 series edge, a gap...
    Just a day after suffering what looked to be a tough ankle injury, UNC Tar Heels star Armando Bacot said he’s going to play in the National Championship. Bacot rolled his ankle late in the second half against Duke, but he wasn’t about to let that keep him from finishing out the best Final Four game in recent memory. Nor is he about to let it keep him from playing in the National Championship, a feat that for most players is a once in a lifetime opportunity. “My right foot would have to be cut off for me not to play tomorrow,” Bacot said. Well there you have it. Hubert Davis also added a little more context. “They did X-rays. All negative. Obviously, it’s sore. … he’s ready to play tomorrow night,” Davis said.UNC Tar Heels: Armando Bacot all set for the National ChampionshipBacot is one of the best players in the country. Though he surprisingly did not win the ACC Player of the Year, losing out to Wake Forest’s Alondes Williams, he was All-ACC first team and average 16.3 points...
    The Kansas Jayhawks are the third team of four to punch their ticket to the 2022 Final Four and will play Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats on Saturday in New Orleans. There is only one No. 1 seed left in March Madness and that is the Kansas Jayhawks, who just punched their ticket to the Final Four. Despite being down at halftime to the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes, Bill Self’s team responded and throttled Jim Larrañaga’s squad in the final frame, 76-50. This is the 16th time Kansas has cut down the nets. It is their first trip to the Final Four since 2018 and the fifth time Self has guided the Jayhawks this far into the NCAA Tournament before. They can absolutely win it all right now. But before they do that, who will No. 1 Kansas be playing in their national semifinal game?March Madness 2022: Who will Kansas play in the Final Four?Because the Jayhawks won the Midwest Regional Final, they will face the winner of the South Regional Final in the national semifinals in New Orleans on Saturday. That...
    Kelvin Sampson has transformed the Houston Cougars into a college basketball powerhouse. Not since the days of Phi Slama Jama have the Houston Cougars been this menacing on the basketball court. In Kelvin Sampson’s eighth year at the helm, the Cougars are not only one of the best teams in The American, but one of the better programs in the country. They are carrying a ton of momentum in the lead-up to joining the Big 12 Conference in short order. Fresh off a Sweet 16 victory over Arizona and an Elite Eight date vs. Villanova on Saturday, has Houston ever won the whole thing? Here is a look at the rich basketball history of the Houston program heading into the Elite Eight.Houston basketball: Have Cougars ever won a national championship before?Through the 2020-21 college basketball season, Houston has never won a national championship before. However, the Cougars are making their seventh appearance in the Elite Eight. Every time they have made it to the Elite Eight, they have gone on to make the Final Four. Houston made its sixth trip to the...
    Kentucky basketball star Oscar Tshiebwe is officially an All-American. The next box to check is National Player of the Year. The Kentucky Wildcats are heading the SEC Tournament with an All-American in their ranks. Center Oscar Tshiebwe earned the title on Monday thanks to a unanimous selection to the Sporting News All-American team for 2021-22. He was the only unanimous pick after an outstanding debut season in Lexington.Oscar Tshiebwe named Sporting News All-AmericanVoters recognized Tshiebwe for his massive contribution to the Wildcats this season, particularly on the boards. He leads the NCAA with 15.3 rebounds per game and puts him atop the leaderboard going back to 1985. As an offensive weapon, he’s been incredibly efficient. His field goal percentage of .606 ranks 10th nationally while his PER is second at 35.5. He owns the largest Win Shares in the NCAA. It’s safe to say more All-American honors will be coming his way. But will something even bigger follow? Is Oscar Tshiebwe the National Player of the Year?Tshiebwe already has the SEC Player of the Year Award under his belt. And...
    Florida National vs. Bethune-Cookman (2-9) Moore Gym, Daytona Beach, Florida; Wednesday, 5 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will be taking on the Conquistadors of NAIA program Florida National. Bethune-Cookman lost 68-45 to Marist in its most recent game. TEAM LEADERS: Joe French has averaged 14.5 points this year for Bethune-Cookman. Complementing French is Damani McEntire, who is averaging 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.GIFTED GIRONDIN: Nicolas Girondin has connected on 40 percent of the five 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also converted 40 percent of his free throws this season. DID YOU KNOW: . ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The nation’s top recruit makes his college debut tonight when Chet Holmgren and Gonzaga open their season against Dixie State. Here’s how you can watch and listen online. No. 1 Gonzaga begins their quest for the elusive national title that was in their reach last year before falling to the Baylor Bears in the national championship game last season. It was the only loss of the year for Mark Few’s team and it came at the worst possible time. This year could be different with the addition of Chet Holmgren, the nation’s top recruit. Holmgren, a 7-footer with ball-handling skills and a nice outside shot, will be in the running for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Before that, he looks to help Gonzaga win the first national title in program history and cut the nets down in early April. Jalen Suggs, Holmgren’s high school teammate, is in the NBA, but Wooden candidate Drew Timme returns as the leader of the squad and arguably the face of college basketball with his handlebar mustache.Gonzaga vs. Dixie State...
    The favorite TV shows of 80s kids Selling Your Home? Avoid These Mistakes Just seven months removed from an exhilarating NCAA tournament — where viewership skyrocketed and every game was broadcast for the first time — women’s college basketball tips off this season with no clear title favorite. Parity in the women’s game is growing every year, a positive for a sport trying to grow exponentially in popularity. © Elsa, Getty Images South Carolina coach Dawn Staley calls out to players during the fourth quarter against Stanford in their national semifinal game in the Final Four. As the season tips off, here are the five biggest storylines to watch. How does women’s basketball capitalize on the success?From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. The tournament last season was unique, there’s no doubt. Every game was broadcast by ESPN Networks for the first time, including a few games on ABC that drew big viewership. (Who could forget the matchup of sensational freshmen Paige Bueckers of Connecticut vs. Iowa’s sweet-shooting Caitlin...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — UCLA earned the No. 2 spot in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.  This is the highest rank UCLA has achieved since the 2007-2008 season when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love were still on the roster.  READ MORE: Parents Keep Students Home To Protest Newsom's State-Wide Vaccine Mandate For All Schoolchildren The excellent play of sophomore guard Johnny Juzang carried UCLA to the Final Four. The breakout star led the Bruins on a Cinderella run, going from the First Four all the way to the Final Four. He averaged 22.8 points on 50.9% from the field during last year’s tournament. Juzang scored 137 points, the second-most by any Bruin during the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. He decided to forgo the National Basketball Association draft last year, opting to return to UCLA for his junior year. “Westwood, I can’t wait to go to war,” Juzang tweeted in July 2021. “We’ve got a team full of warriors and there’s nobody I’d rather fight beside. With Coach Cronin and our staff, I’m very excited for this season. Let’s do...
    Gonzaga commit Chet Holmgren named the National Boys Gatorade Player of the Year. Chet Holmgren added more accolades and awards with the Minnehaha Academy standout being named the National Boys Gatorade Player of the Year on Wednesday. To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade. Next: Top 25 college basketball teams of all time For more NCAA basketball news, analysis, opinion and features, check out more from the FanSided college basketball section to stay on top of the latest action.
    By AARON BEARD Mike Krzyzewski will make a final run at a national championship with Duke. The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in the history of Division I men’s basketball announced Wednesday that next season will be his last with the Blue Devils program he has built into one of college basketball’s bluebloods. The school also named former Duke player and associate head coach Jon Scheyer as Krzyzewski’s successor for the 2022-23 season. “My family and I view today as a celebration,” Krzyzewski said in a statement released Wednesday evening. Stadium first reported news of the 74-year-old Krzyzewski’s final season with Duke, which he has led to five national championships, most recently in 2015. He has 1,170 career wins going back to his time at Army, with 1,097 wins coming during 41 years with the Blue Devils and their frantic fans who have made playing at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium so difficult. Now Krzyzewski will have make a final lap — “The Last Ride,” as the program billed it in a social-media post...
    ‘Piles of trash’: Yang, Adams turn on breakout star in NYC mayor’s race 12-year-old, 14-year-old allegedly open fire at Florida deputies Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary coaching career is reportedly nearing its end. According to multiple reports, the longtime Duke men’s basketball coach will retire following the 2021-22 season. Jeff Goodman of Stadium was the first to report the news.  The 74-year-old Krzyzewski, known to most as "Coach K," has been the head coach of the Blue Devils since 1980. Along the way, Krzyzewski has coached Duke to five national championships, 12 Final Four appearances, 15 ACC tournament titles and 12 ACC regular season championships. Combined with his five years as the head coach at Army, Krzyzewski has 1,170 career victories as a college head coach — the most in NCAA history. Goodman is reporting that Jon Scheyer is the "leading candidate" to succeed Krzyzewski upon his retirement. Scheyer played for Krzyzewski at Duke from 2006-2010 and then joined his staff as an assistant in 2014 after his playing career ended. Scheyer, 33, was promoted to associate head coach in 2018. ...
    The Wildcats’ lone national championship run under Lute Olson was an impressive one with Mike Bibby, Michael Dickerson and Co. Arizona beat three No. 1 seeds, including Kanas, North Carolina and Kentucky. Miles Simon scored 30 points in the 84-79 victory against Kentucky in championship game.
    Baylor basketball came out of the gate on fire and never looked back as they toppled Gonzaga to win their first national championship. Baylor turned the dream season for Gonzaga into a nightmare. 1. Scott Drew completed one of the best program builds in NCAA history When Drew took over as Baylor’s head coach back in 2003 the program was at as low a point as any in college basketball history. Former coach Dave Bliss left the program in disgrace due to various scandals, including a coverup of the murder of one of his players by another, leaving an already dismal basketball school in the absolute doldrums of Division I. Drew managed to build the Bears slowly into a tournament regular, then a Big 12 title contender, and now a national champion. No one could have seen this coming when Drew proclaimed at his opening press conference that he planned to win a national championship at Baylor but he has completed the most epic turnaround in the history of college basketball. Next: 20 biggest upsets in the history of March...
    In Michigans latest coronavirus surge, theres a new kind of patient White evangelical resistance is obstacle in vaccination effort © Provided by Sports Illustrated The two best teams in college basketball play for the national title with the Zags' undefeated season on the line. Gonzaga is chasing history on Monday night. With a win, the Bulldogs would secure the school's first national title as well as become college basketball's first undefeated national champion in 45 years.  The Zags are coming off their first nail-biter of the season after freshman Jalen Suggs hit a jaw-dropping three pointer in overtime to beat No. 11 UCLA 93-90 on Saturday night. Baylor is entering the national championship game after a 78-59 mauling of No. 2 Houston in the Final Four.  The matchup is set to be a highly anticipated one between arguably the two best teams in college basketball all season. The pair were supposed to play each other earlier in the regular season, but the game was called off after a player and staff member for Gonzaga tested positive for COVID-19.  Although...
    Gonzaga takes a perfect record into the Men’s National Championship Game in hopes of making history but this is what they need to win on Monday.  It’s hard to imagine college basketball having a higher-anticipated Men’s National Championship Game than the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Baylor Bears facing off at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night. These were billed as the top two teams in the country all year and, despite the calamity of March Madness, they’re meeting with the title on the line. Baylor has the guards to defend that, however — at least in theory. They have to recognize this aspect of the Gonzaga offense and be looking to exploit it. Subsequently, the Bulldogs must be locked in on making sure they’re able to consistently get on the move after made shots to get them in control of the game. Next: 20 biggest upsets in the history of March Madness For more NCAA basketball news, analysis, opinion and features, check out more from the FanSided college basketball section to stay on top of the latest action.
    Derek Chauvin trial: Week 2 begins after emotional start Saudi Arabia’s Unpaid Tab With Metro Builders Runs Into Billions Gonzaga's men's basketball team is undefeated headed into the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Before last year's big dance was canceled, the program had qualified for 21 consecutive tournaments going back to 1999. Gonzaga's coach the past 22 years, Mark Few, passed the 600-win mark this season and the team has won at least 23 games in each of his seasons. Nine times has Gonzaga ended up in the final top 10 of the AP rankings, reaching two Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 11 Sweet Sixteens. By every measure, Gonzaga's two-decade run as a modern powerhouse puts the program among college basketball's blue bloods. Yet, despite all the success Gonzaga has had since the turn of the century, because of being located in the Pacific Northwest, playing in the West Coast Conference and not being named in relation to a state, many bracket-filling March Madness fans still don't know much about the university. With Gonzaga set to have a No. 1 seed for the...
    One game remains to conclude one of the most tumultuous college basketball seasons in recent memory. There’s no denying the COVID-19 pandemic wrought havoc over the last calendar year, one that saw the abrupt cancellation of the 2020 tournament and several postponed or canceled games the season after. It has even affected the 2021 tournament, forcing VCU to go home without so much as a game under its belt. And yet, at the end of it all, we have a matchup between what are considered the best two teams in college basketball: No. 1 Gonzaga out of the West, 31-0, and No. 1 Baylor out of the South, 27-2. Ironically, this is a matchup college basketball fans were supposed to see earlier in the season; naturally, it was canceled because of COVID-19. Better late than never, yes? MORE MARCH MADNESS: Live scores | Updated bracket | TV schedule Regardless, you couldn’t have asked for a better end to the season. Both Mark Few’s Bulldogs and Scott Drew’s Bears are looking for their respective programs’ first ever NCAA Tournament championship....
    Twitter lost its collective mind after Jalen Suggs drained a game-winning 3-pointer to send the Gonzaga basketball team to the national championship game. Thanks to Jalen Suggs’ late-game heroics, the Gonzaga basketball program has reached the national championship game for the second time in program history. The No. 1-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs were undefeated heading into their Final Four bout with the No. 11-seeded UCLA Bruins. Gonzaga got their best test of the season against a feisty Mick Cronin-coached team. While UCLA looked like the Bruins could pull off the monumental upset, Suggs, Drew Timme and the rest of Mark Few’s Bulldogs had other things in mind. What a game! JALEN SUGGS SENDS GONZAGA TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP [email protected] #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/Ier1HcwjpH — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 4, 2021 Jalen Suggs delivers the greatest moment in Gonzaga basketball historyWaiting for the Zags on Monday night will be the No. 1-seeded Baylor Bears. This will also be the second time Baylor has played for a national championship in their program’s history. These were the two best teams in college basketball all season...
    Only a few of teams have made it through March Madness and into the Final Four unscathed. With the 2021 Gonzaga Bulldogs hoping to navigate March Madness to perfection, they must first survive the Final Four. It has been well over a generation since a college basketball team did not lose a game in a season en route to a national title. The last team to pull it off was the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers coached by the iconic Bob Knight. A few teams have been able to make it to the Final Four unscathed since the 1976 Hoosiers, but none have been able to do what they did. Can the Bulldogs do the improbable?March Madness: Undefeated Final Four teams since 1976 Indiana Hoosiers 1979 Indiana State Sycamores (Lost title game to Michigan State Spartans) 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (Lost in Final Four to Duke Blue Devils) 2015 Kentucky Wildcats (Lost in Final Four to Wisconsin Badgers) 2021 Gonzaga Bulldogs (???) There have only been four teams since the 1976 Hoosiers to get to the Final Four without having suffered a loss....
    South Carolina’s season ended in heartbreak, while the Stanford Cardinal move on to the National Championship Game. Stanford will appear in its first National Championship since 2010. A hectic finish gave the Gamecocks two opportunities from point-blank range to win the game. Down by just one point, a USC steal led to a made scramble, with Gamecocks’ Brea Beal and Aliyah Boston missing from just beyond the rim in brutal fashion. Haley Jones TOOK OVER for Stanford‼️ ???? 24 Pts???? 11-14 FG???? 4 Reb pic.twitter.com/Ebjw4OLg0e — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 3, 2021 This included the game-winning bucket, arguably the biggest of Jones’ brief college career so far. The sophomore’s profile is only growing as Stanford heads to the National Title Game. Next: March Madness: 25 greatest buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history For more NCAA basketball news, analysis, opinion and features, check out more from the FanSided college basketball section to stay on top of the latest action.
    Mark Few’s 2020-21 Gonzaga team has an incredible opportunity in front of it: The Bulldogs can become the first team since Bob Knight’s 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers to go undefeated. Four other teams have entered the tournament unbeaten since, and each failed to reach that lofty height — including two teams that lost in the Final Four and another in the national championship. No pressure, right? MORE MARCH MADNESS: Live scores | Updated bracket | TV schedule Curiously, the team Gonzaga must face first in its bid for perfection is the only program in college basketball history with more than one undefeated season: UCLA. The Bruins have four such campaigns to their name, all under legendary coach John Wooden. Following his final undefeated team in 1972-73, only Knights’ Hoosiers have remained unbeaten and won the national title. But back to Gonzaga. The team has been largely unchallenged this season, defeating their previous 30 opponents by an absurd average: 23.1 points per game, nearly six more than the second-place team (Houston, at 17.5 points per game). The Bulldogs’ closest call came...
    AFTER 33 seasons as a college basketball head coach, Roy Williams will official step away from the NCAA. On Thursday, April 1, the official UNC basketball team Twitter page revealed the news thanking the coach for his service. 4Roy Williams led UNC to three national championship during his tenure as head coachCredit: AP How many national championships did UNC win under Roy Williams? After departing the University of North Carolina in 1988 for a head coaching position with the Kansas Jayhawks, Williams returned to UNC in 2003. It took him just two years to win his first national championship, and UNC's fourth, after defeating the University of Illinois in the 2005 championship game. Four years later Williams again lead the Tar Heels to a second national title in April 2009, with their victory over Michigan State. In 2017, Williams won his third national championship when he led the Tar Heels to victory against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. 4Williams won his first NCAA national title in 2005Credit: AP Williams is one of six NCAA Men's Division I college basketball coaches to have...
    UNC head coach Roy Williams is expected to announce his retirement from college basketball on Thursday, April 1. Since taking over as head coach of the men's basketball team at the University at North Carolina in 2003, Williams led the Tar Heels to three NCAA national championships. 4UNC head coach Roy Williams will be retiring from college basketballCredit: Getty How old is Roy Williams? Williams will retire gracefully at the age of 70. His college basketball coaching career began at North Carolina as an assistant coach for the legendary Dean Smith in 1978. After leaving UNC in 1988 for Kansas, Williams return to the coach the Tar Heels in 2003. Since then Williams won three NCAA national championships in 2005, 2009 and 2017. 4Roy Williams won three national championships with UNCCredit: Getty He is 14th all-time in the NCAA for winning percentage among men's college basketball coaches, and has amassed 903 career wins - which is third all-time by a Division I men's head coach. Is he retiring from UNC? Williams is expected to formally announce his step-down at 4pm on...
    College basketball stars gearing up to play in the NCAA Men’s Tournament this weekend are bringing the name, image and likeness fight to the national spotlight days before tip-off. Michigan’s Isaiah Livers, Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon and Rutgers’ Geo Baker were among the players at the forefront of the #NotNCAAProperty campaign on social media. While they made their voices known in tweets on Wednesday, they players tweeted their demands on Thursday: CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM 1. NCAA rules to allow us representation & pay for use of our name, image & likeness by July 1st 2. A meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert 3. Meetings with state & federal lawmakers to pass laws to give us physical, academic, & financial protections. 4. The U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of plaintiffs in Alston v. NCAA & not to give the NCAA any power to deny us equal freedoms. The tweets were backed by the National College Players Association (NCPA), which aims to be the voice for college athletes while they pursue some kind of compensation for their...
    These five coaches are in line to win their first national championship in March Madness. While March Madness can make players like Carmelo Anthony and Christian Laettner legends, the NCAA Tournament is also a tremendous proving ground for coaches. Hall of Famers like Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams have cemented their legacies by winning national championships while Jay Wright took his reputation to another level after guiding Villanova to two national titles in a three-year span. 1. Mark Few, Gonzaga The clear favorites to cut down the nets in March Madness, Gonzaga has assembled one of the most efficient offenses that college basketball has ever seen and taken down quality competition all year long. Few has done a tremendous job with the Bulldogs, turning the program into a national powerhouse and guiding Gonzaga to an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs got a pretty favorable draw in the West region, getting Iowa as their two-seed after beating them in the regular season, and beatable teams on the next two lines in Kansas and Villanova....
    All 27 Republican members of the Tennessee Senate have signed a letter to the state's public university system telling officials to prohibit students from kneeling during the national anthem, after a men's basketball team did so last week.  East Tennessee State University's basketball team provoked uproar on February 16, when, prior to a game at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, they collectively dropped to one knee as The Star Spangled Banner began playing.  The team's coach, Jason Shay, has since insisted that his players didn't intend to disrespect the nation's flag or members of the US military, and were instead attempting to prompt discourse about racial injustice. However, the demonstration did not sit will with Republican lawmakers in the state, who have repeatedly voiced their outrage over the players' act of peaceful protest in various meetings, television interviews and in social media posts in the days since. The unrest culminated in a Monday letter penned by all 27 members of the Senate Republican Caucus to the presidents and chancellors of all the public colleges and universities in Tennessee.  'To...
    The Bluefield College Rams basketball team announced their decision to remain in the locker room during the national anthem for the remainder of the season, just one day after they were forced to forfeit a game because the school suspended the entire team for kneeling, reports say. Forward Stanley Christian told ESPN that the players came to the agreement that they would continue to protest the national anthem in this way after school president Dr. David Olive suspended the entire team for kneeling before their Tuesday home game, forcing them to forfeit Thursday’s game against Reinhardt University. VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY DROPS CRUSADERS NAME, MASCOT OVER ASSOCIATIONS WITH ‘HATE GROUPS’  "It's bigger than us, and we don't want to have the season taken away from us," Christian said. "We feel like we're in a great position to bring this school a title. So we'll stay in the locker room during the national anthem. They don't want any more backlash, and we would definitely take a knee during the anthem."  In a statement obtained by WVVA, Olive said he was previously unaware that...
    More On: national anthem protests Mark Cuban ripped for scrapping national anthem as NBA reverses course White House says Mavericks’ national anthem ban recognizes US failings Rep. Hakeem Jeffries lays into Jet-turned-GOP Congressman Burgess Owens Only one member of the Jets kneels for national anthem The president of a small Virginia college suspended multiple basketball players for kneeling during the national anthem, forcing it to forfeit a game Thursday. Bluefield College, which plays in the NAIA, was scheduled to play Reinhardt Thursday, but Bluefield president David Olive decided to suspend players after telling them to stop kneeling after he’d learned they’d done so prior to several games. “The basis for my decision stemmed from my own awareness of how kneeling is perceived by some in our country, and I did not think a number of our alumni, friends, and donors of the College would view the act of kneeling during the anthem in a positive way,” Olive said in a statement. Olive, who is white, met with the team’s coaches and players, as well as the school’s athletic director...
    The Bluefield College (Bluefield, Va.) men’s basketball team was forced to forfeit its NAIA game against Reinhardt on Thursday after school president David Olive suspended players for kneeling during the national anthem in January and early February. Olive, who is white, told ESPN in a statement that he suspended players prior to Thursday’s game after previously instructing them not to kneel during the anthem. ESPN reports that Olive had ongoing discussions with players, coach Richard Morgan and athletic director Tonia Walker about the practice, but only issued suspensions after media reports surfaced last week. “The basis for my decision stemmed from my own awareness of how kneeling is perceived by some in our country, and I did not think a number of our alumni, friends, and donors of the College would view the act of kneeling during the anthem in a positive way,” Olive told ESPN. MORE: Mark Cuban, Mavs reverse course on national anthem, will comply with NBA Per ESPN, Olive became aware of players kneeling on Feb. 1 and immediately told Morgan it wouldn’t be tolerated....
    Oklahoma’s rise and Michigan State’s tumble are top NCAA basketball stories to watch this week in college hoops. Welcome to February, college hoops fans! Only 28 days separate us from the glory that is March and the return of the NCAA Tournament after a coronavirus-related cancellation last year. The Bruins can pour it on offensively, averaging 82.5 points per game, and have five players averaging double-digit points per game. A pair of road games are on tap for Belmont this week, which will travel to Eastern Illinois and SIU-Edwardsville as the Bruins look to continue compiling wins to enhance their resume in case they stumble in the conference tournament.Games of the Week: In-state rivalries highlight the actionThere are a pair of marquee matchups on tap this week that highlight in-state rivalries. The more significant game in the national title conversation comes on Tuesday night when Baylor puts its undefeated record to the test in a road matchup against Texas. The contest features two of the Big 12’s best and should be a treat for all fans. The more well-known rivalry...
    3rd Rock from the Sun cast: Where are they now? Trump Ex-Lawyer Sued by Dominion for $1.3 Billion – How 14 Corporate Lawsuits Turned Out Five candidates to win college basketball’s National Player of the Year Award Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused programs across the country to pause, delay, reschedule and relocate, college basketball is starting to settle in. A season that began with uncertainty is now barreling forward with the NCAA Tournament now set to be played entirely in Indiana this March and April. © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme and Corey Kispert all are potential Player of the Year candidates. With conference play underway, teams are beginning to rise and fall. Some are tournament-bound, and others have begun to struggle. Amidst that, we can start to see who the favorites are for the sport’s most notable individual awards. Here are five players with a chance to take home those awards at season’s end. Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme and Corey Kispert – Gonzaga It’s hard to separate the three Zags who have...
    NEW YORK (AP) — College basketball is coming back to Madison Square Garden this month. In a matchup between the past two NCAA champions, Villanova and Virginia are scheduled to square off Dec. 19 in the heart of New York City, the arena announced Tuesday. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, no fans will be allowed to attend the Holiday Hoops Classic — the first college game at The Garden since the Big East Tournament was stopped at halftime of a March 12 quarterfinal between St. John’s and Creighton. Not long after that, the rest of the 2019-20 season was scuttled and the NCAA Tournament was canceled, wiping out an East Regional and the annual NIT championship slated for “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” MSG normally hosts a string of early season events featuring top programs from around the country, but all the restrictions and uncertainty created by COVID-19 this year has left many teams scrambling for available venues and opponents as they schedule on the fly. Virginia and Villanova plan to meet in midtown Manhattan six days before Christmas, keeping...
    Legendary Georgetown basketball John Thompson has reportedly died. According to ABC7, Thompson’s family and friends have revealed that the iconic coach passed away at the age of 78. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The cause of death isn’t known at this time. The hits keep coming in 2020, and they just don’t stop. We lost Lute Olson last week, and now we’ve lost John Thompson. Thompson is one of the greatest coaches in the history of college basketball, and he turned the Hoyas into a national power. He famously led them to the 1984 national title. Thompson was a bit before my time, but everyone who follows college basketball knows all about him. I don’t care how old you are. The only reason Georgetown’s basketball program has any national name recognition is because of the success Thompson brought to the Hoyas. Now, at the age of 78, the legendary coach has passed onto the other side. It’s a sad situation to say the least. RIP John Thompson, one of the game’s greatest...
    Vanessa Guillen: Suspect in disappearance of Fort Hood missing soldier kills self when confronted by police McDonalds will stop reopening restaurants for 21 days as COVID-19 cases spike across America Rick Pitino offers suggestions for college basketball season Legendary college coach Rick Pitino offered a few suggestions on Wednesday for how the NCAA should run the 2020-2021 college basketball season. © Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal Legendary coach Rick Pitino suggests delaying the start of the college basketball season. Pitino, who was named Iona’s head coach in March, thinks the NCAA should push back the start of the season to January and only play conference games. Suggestion to the NCAA, push the start of the season back to January and only play league games. Buy some more time for a vaccine and to get things under control. Although I can’t wait to be back on the sidelines, the health of my players and staff is what’s really important. — Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) July 1, 2020 © Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal Legendary coach Rick Pitino suggests delaying the start of the...
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