Tag: Basketball (College)

N.C.A.A. Tournament: Tennessee Survives in Overtime

Tennessee’s first two games have shown that the Volunteers are either the biggest underachiever still alive in the N.C.A.A. tournament or the worst underachiever. The Volunteers played like the tournament’s most dangerous No. 2 seed in the first half against Iowa on Sunday, then looked like the most vulnerable No. 2 after halftime. The most […]

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Duke’s 1-2 Punch, Each Delivered With a Left Hand

COLUMBIA, S.C. — To have one excellent left-hander on a basketball team is not uncommon. Bill Russell, David Robinson, James Harden, Manu Ginobili and Tiny Archibald are some of the most accomplished players with a dominant left hand. But to have two top left-handed players on the same team — two floor leaders capable of […]

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N.C.A.A. Tournament Day 3: L.S.U. Scoops Up Berth in Round of 16

Early in Louisiana State’s basketball season, Coach Will Wade impressed upon his dynamic sophomore guard, Tremont Waters, the importance of ball security by telling him the basketball was like the state of Louisiana. “If I turn the ball over,” Waters said Friday, “then it’s not good for the state and obviously for our basketball program […]

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The Making of Ja Morant

HARTFORD — Rick Byrd, the longtime Belmont coach, began hearing rumors before the season began. Belmont had played Murray State, an Ohio Valley Conference rival, twice last season, and Byrd knew that Ja Morant, then a freshman, was a perfectly solid player. But then Byrd and his staff started getting the word-of-mouth from preseason workouts, […]

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Rutgers Bows Out Without Its 71-Year-Old Coach. She Says She’ll Be Back.

For nearly a month, the Rutgers women’s basketball team played without its Hall of Fame head coach, C. Vivian Stringer, because she has an undisclosed medical condition. But her presence was clearly felt. Before their first-round N.C.A.A. tournament game on Friday, the Scarlet Knights wore bracelets that read: “What would Coach say?” After Rutgers, the […]

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N.C.A.A. Tournament Live: Virginia Is on the Ropes (Again)

ImageCreditChris Carlson/Associated Press Friday is Day 2 of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament. Follow here for scores and live analysis of who wins, who loses and who broke your bracket. How to watch: CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV will broadcast the games starting at noon ET, and a livestream is available at NCAA.com. (Don’t know […]

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N.C.A.A. Tournament Live Updates: Day 2 Scores and Analysis

ImageCreditPatrick Smith/Getty Images Friday is Day 2 of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament. Follow here for scores and live analysis of who wins, who loses and who broke your bracket. How to watch: CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV will broadcast the games starting at noon ET, and a livestream is available at NCAA.com. (Don’t know […]

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Who Won Last Night’s N.C.A.A. Tournament Games

Here is who won on the first day (and night) of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s basketball tournament. (No. 10) Minnesota 86 — (No. 7) Louisville 76 Minnesota, coached by Richard Pitino, came alive with 3-pointers, a hallmark of Louisville, once coached by his father, Rick Pitino. Family drama settled, on to the next one. (No. 3) […]

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Kentucky Brings a Different Kind of One-and-Done to the Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Reid Travis needed to play one more year of college basketball. A Stanford senior, Travis had been working out privately last spring in anticipation of the N.B.A. draft. But an invitation to the combine never came. A few teams had him work out, but the message was clear that he would not […]

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At Kansas, a No. 4 Seed Just Doesn’t Feel the Same

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The 14-year run of Big 12 basketball championships ended two weeks ago, when Kansas’s crown passed to Texas Tech and Kansas State. A yearlong reign as conference tournament champions came to a close last weekend, with the Jayhawks beaten by Iowa State in the final. There will be no flashy Big 12 […]

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On College Basketball: R.I.P. to the R.P.I.: Selection Committee Breaks Out New Math

The Kansas Jayhawks entered the postseason with their wings clipped. Having lost two stars midseason — one to an N.C.A.A. suspension, one to unspecified “personal matters” — they could well sustain double-digit losses for only the second time in 19 seasons. Yet according to the Rating Percentage Index statistic, which typically saturates bracketological prognostications ahead […]

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On College Basketball: The N.C.A.A. Lost in Court, but Athletes Didn’t Win, Either

If the opinion published Friday night in a landmark college sports antitrust case were a novel, then its villain would be the N.C.A.A. In a novella-length 104-page opinion, United States District Court Judge Claudia Wilken criticizes, berates, even mocks the N.C.A.A. for its refusal to allow colleges to compensate players for their valuable labor beyond […]

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Ole Miss Players Kneel in Response to Pro-Confederate Rally

OXFORD, Miss. — Eight University of Mississippi men’s basketball players knelt during the national anthem before their game against Georgia on Saturday, responding to a pro-Confederate rally taking place on campus. Minutes before tipoff, the teams formed lines for the anthem. As “The Star-Spangled Banner” began, six players from the Rebels took a knee and […]

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On College Basketball: Zion Williamson Will Be Fine, but His Teammates Might Not Be

When Zion Williamson of Duke went down with a severed shoe and a sprained knee 30 seconds into Wednesday night’s showdown with North Carolina, it was bad news for plenty involved. Williamson now has to deal with an injury. Duke had to play its archrival without its best player and duly lost, 88-72. Nike faced […]

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Zion Williamson Is Injured as No. 1 Duke Falls to North Carolina

The final score of one of the most anticipated college basketball games of the season quickly turned into an afterthought on Wednesday night when the star Duke freshman Zion Williamson left the game with a bizarre injury within a minute of the opening tip-off. Williamson, who is widely expected to be the top pick in […]

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Who? Two Seniors Climb Into Top 10 on College Basketball’s Career Scoring List

BUIES CREEK, N.C. — With three seconds left in the first half last Wednesday night, Campbell point guard Chris Clemons was fouled on a layup. He banged the floor in frustration as the ball rimmed out, then rose and hit both free throws. Someone in the sparsely populated stands yelled, “Congratulations, Chris!” Given the size […]

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Modern Basketball: Meet the Two-Mom, Two-Coach, Three-Kid Family

ALBANY — Lauren Mullen pulled her black hat low over her eyes, paid $10 for a ticket and entered Sefcu Arena just before tip-off recently. She sat in Section 150. There were 18 rows between her and any other fans. She trained her focus on the two head coaches. On the visiting bench sat the […]

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Zion Williamson and Ja Morant Lead College Basketball’s Dunking Renaissance

Fans tuning in to Saturday’s marquee matchup between Duke and Virginia waited less than two minutes before getting what they came for. On an early Virginia possession, Duke’s Zion Williamson, the impossible freshman who moves with a guard’s agility while weighing 280 pounds, recovered a loose ball and hammered down a two-handed dunk with Old […]

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