NCAA tournament referees lacking in consistency and accountability

When North Carolina’s Brady Manek fired an elbow into the face of Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan with 10:08 left in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Sunday, it sent the officiating crew working the game to the replay monitor with a big decision to make. Eject a key player from an elimination game, or assign a lesser … Read more

SEC men’s basketball coaching changes: Evaluating the six hires

Coaching hires in college athletics are a bit like blue jean trends—what’s all the rage at one point in time might be considered hopelessly passé just a few years later. One day you wake up and your skinny jeans coach who looked so good when you purchased him has a losing record and has to … Read more

Sweet 16 primer: All eyes on Peacocks after wild 1st weekend

Top seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Arizona are in. So is little Saint Peter’s, the giant killer and only the third No. 15 seed to make it this far in the NCAA Tournament. And Coach K’s farewell tour continues as he and his Duke Blue Devils made it to the Sweet 16, too. All eight of … Read more

UConn wins an ‘ugly’ one to reach yet another Sweet 16

It was chippy, it was tense and it certainly wasn’t pretty. But No. 2 UConn pushed past No. 7 Central Florida to land a place in the Sweet 16 on Monday, extending its own NCAA record for the program’s 28th consecutive appearance in the women’s tournament’s second weekend. Monday’s second-round game was notably rough for … Read more

Kevin Willard leaving Seton Hall for Maryland

The worst-kept secret in college basketball is about to become official: Kevin Willard is Seton Hall for Maryland leaving. Rumors heated up late last week of this possibility, and after Willard didn’t just deny them after the Pirates’ ugly loss in the NCAA Tournament to TCU, but campaigned for Saint Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway to … Read more

Auburn vs Miami Prediction, Game Preview NCAA Tournament Second Round

Auburn vs Miami prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round pick and college basketball game preview. Auburn vs Miami Game Preview, How To Watch Date: Sunday, March 20Game Time: 7:45 pmVenue: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SCHow To Watch: truTVRecords: Auburn (2 seed, 28-5)Miami (10 seed, 24-10)Region: Midwest NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews Auburn vs Miami … Read more

Ohio State vs Villanova Prediction, Game Preview NCAA Tournament

Ohio State vs Villanova prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round pick and college basketball game preview. Ohio State vs Villanova Game Preview, How To Watch Date: Sunday, March 20Game Time: 2:40 pmVenue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PAHow To Watch: CBSRecords: Ohio State (7 seed, 20-11)Villanova (2 seed, 27-7)Region: South NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews Why … Read more

UConn’s heartache a harsh reality

BUFFALO — The reality of the night, and of the scoreboard, hits in a hurry. The finality is what smothers you first, especially for the seniors. That’s why Dan Hurley stopped as he hit the corridors of KeyBank Center a few moments after his Connecticut Huskies were booted from the NCAA Tournament, a second No. … Read more

The Team That Hopes Defense Doesn’t Win NCAA Championships

Purdue’s men’s basketball team has historically been defensively strong, spawning numerous Big Ten Defensive Players of the Year winners in the last two decades. Yet this year, the Boilermakers are hoping that one of the most reliable clichés in sports—“defense wins championships”—will be proven wrong in this year’s NCAA tournament. The reason is that Purdue … Read more

The Team That Hopes Defense Doesn’t Win NCAA Championships

Purdue’s men’s basketball team has historically been defensively strong, spawning numerous Big Ten Defensive Players of the Year winners in the last two decades. Yet this year, the Boilermakers are hoping that one of the most reliable clichés in sports—“defense wins championships”—will be proven wrong in this year’s NCAA tournament. The reason is that Purdue … Read more