Arkansas tops Gonzaga to reach Elite Eight

SAN FRANCISCO — Pressure. You either embrace it in the big moment or it’ll slowly suffocate you. There are many ways to alleviate pressure in sports. In the case of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 West Regional, Arkansas coach Eric Musselman had the magic elixir: Mix business with pleasure. The result was a gritty 74-68 Arkansas … Read more

Coaching legend Bob Hurley basking in glory of Saint Peter’s Cinderella run

Monday was a day for all Saint Peter’s alums to honor both their school and their nickname, all of them Peacock-proud, all of them reaching deep into the drawers to find wrinkled old sweatshirts, combing their closets to dust off old windbreakers, see if they could still squeeze into them. For Bob Hurley, Class of … Read more

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

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

Saint Peter’s sends message as they revel in March Madness run

It had the look and feel of a high school homecoming. Except that it was a celebration for an NCAA Sweet 16 participant. There were balloons. There was a DJ spinning the usual playlist that signifies triumph (think Queen’s “We are the Champions”). Two large video screens showed a running montage of Saint Peter’s highlights … Read more

Shaheen Holloway isn’t long for Saint Peter’s

INDIANAPOLIS — Enjoy him while he’s still here. In other words: Enjoy him for the next week, maybe two. That must the mantra for Saint Peter’s with regard to its head coach, Shaheen Holloway. He was a simmering commodity in the college basketball coaching community entering this NCAA Tournament because of the job he has … Read more

Saint Peter’s upsets Murray State to advance into Sweet 16

INDIANAPOLIS — Why not? Shaheen Holloway told his Saint Peter’s players to pack enough clothes to last through Sunday. “Not a lot of people believed that we could come out here and do what we’re doing,” Holloway said before the Peacocks’ NCAA Tournament second-round game against Murray State on Saturday night, two days after Saint … Read more

No. 11 seed Michigan beat No. 3 seed Tennessee

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Brooks put Michigan ahead for good with a three-point play and delivered four critical points in the final minute, and 11th-seeded Michigan booked the most surprising of its five straight trips to the Sweet 16 by beating No. 3 seed Tennessee 76-68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. … Read more