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Xavier reinstates key player before matchup with Villanova

Prior to No. 16/15 Xavier’s (13-2, 3-0 Big East) critical affair versus No. 1-ranked Villanova on Tuesday evening, the program welcomes back a familiar face. Head coach Chris Mack announced guard Myles Davis, who served a 15-game suspension due to two misdemeanor criminal damaging charges, will return to the rotation. A campaign ago, the then-junior […]

Kyle Guy leads Virginia to win at Cal

When guard Malcolm Brogdon, one of the top scorers in Virginia men’s basketball history, graduated last May, the Cavaliers figured to have junior transfer Austin Nicholas in the fold to replace a piece of his output in 2016-17. However, just over a month ago, the forward was dismissed from the team after suiting up for only one […]

The Basketball Tournament delivers former NBA, NCAA players a second chance

In September 2011, former Michigan State forward Delvon Roe assumed he’d never don a green and white jersey on the court again. After playing in 109 contests in three seasons (2008-11), accumulating two appearances in the Final Four and one in the national title game, the 6-foot-8, 235-pounder developed chronic knee pain. Seeing that another […]

DePaul head coach Doug Bruno embraces Pat Summitt’s legacy

On Dec. 20, 1995, Doug Bruno, the head coach of DePaul women’s basketball for 30 seasons, aimed to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers for the first time in program history. Although the Blue Demons lost 76-68, following the game, Bruno inhaled heartbreaking news, miles beyond a “L” in the box score. “[Athletic director] Jeanie [Lenti Ponsetto] […]

Kendrick Nunn situation further confirms NCAA’s blind eyes

If a 10-year-old girl teases her 5-year-old brother, he might counter with physical contact, resulting in a soft, harmless slap. Following a stern rebuke from his mother or father, little Timmy starts to cry. The goal of his parents then shifts towards putting a smile back on their son’s face, as if the incident never […]

NBA Draft Big Board, Volume 1

Now that the NFL Draft is over, a nation turns its lonely eye towards the NBA Draft (although the MLB Draft is before it, so maybe the eye is on that too). While there will be hundreds of places with mock drafts, this is a big board, meaning purely a ranking of the available prospects […]

UGA basketball coach Mark Fox nearly involved in plane collision

While on his way to visit a friend with cancer in Miami, Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox nearly found himself in a plane accident Wednesday morning. Fox was on his way from Atlanta to visit Miami Heat assistant Keith Smart when the plane Fox was riding in nearly hit another on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta […]

College hoops coaching carousel, part V: collections and conclusions

The college hoops coaching carousel has almost run its course. Of the 48 transitions at Division I programs in this spin of the carousel, 46 have been finalized. As of 1 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, April 27, only two open jobs remain: Delaware in the Colonial and Northern Colorado in the Big Sky. We’ve […]

Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina women’s basketball, and true desolation

Sylvia Hatchell might not be an innocent figure. She and her women’s basketball program at the University of North Carolina might deserve the punishments which likely await in the future. Nevertheless, after the NCAA’s release of its amended notice of allegations on Monday, it is hard to escape the idea that Hatchell and UNC women’s […]

College hoops coaching carousel, part IV: West Coast Horizons

The college basketball coaching carousel — 48 changes, 45 slots filled as of Monday afternoon — hasn’t entirely stopped spinning. Yet, when Tubby Smith left Texas Tech, a few extra go-rounds became part of this annual April affair. With three slots left to be filled, a few final facts and figures can’t yet be tabulated. […]

NBA Rumors – John Calipari to the NBA?

It must be the NBA offseason. It simply has to be. How else can we explain the rash of — even more so than usual — John Calipari is headed to the NBA for {insert job that is less alluring than dating a walrus} stories. This time around, apparently, reportedly, or whatever, the Sacramento Kings […]

College hoops coaching carousel, part III: the new crew

The new college basketball head coaching class is still being filled — five of the 48 changed jobs this offseason remain vacant — but one can already say that the largest group of first-year coaches in Division I men’s basketball consists of those who will take over programs for the very first time in their […]

College hoops coaching carousel, part II: the redrawn conference map

In our latest review of the college basketball coaching carousel — such a broad topic requires multiple examinations — we consider the new balance of power among the conferences. No, nothing earth-shaking occurred in the latest cycle of upward moves, downward moves, and relocations of all kinds. However, this isn’t a static landscape, either, and […]

Big Ten-Fox deal a winner for both sides

There’s nothing like having a smooth $1.5 billion in your pocket, at least I’d assume. If you ever get there, good on you. Fox and the Big Ten agreed to a $250 million annual deal for the next six years, as well as half of the league’s media rights, allowing the network to broadcast 25 […]

Tubby Smith is Lon Kruger. Now he needs his Buddy in Memphis

Tubby Smith is not what one would call a “typical” hire for a program with Memphis’ stature and aspirations. That’s a definite part of why a lot of Tiger fans didn’t immediately embrace the decision to bring him aboard (even though many certainly accepted the larger situation). When it became plain that Gregg Marshall, Buzz […]

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