Gonzaga coach Mark Few always builds an ambitious nonconference schedule, helping not only harden his team for March but also to balance the Bulldogs' weaker West Coast Conference slate when it comes to the NCAA selection committee.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tre Mitchell scored 16 points to lead West Virginia to a 89-71 win over Portland State in a Phil Knight Legacy tournament consolation game on Friday night, vaulting Bob Huggins into third place all-time for Division I coaching victories.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Tennessee's players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.
The Final Four is headed for the first time to Las Vegas, where wagering on the NCAA Tournament has long been a staple of March Madness revelry, after the NCAA awarded the men's national semifinals and championship game to Allegiant Stadium for the 2027-28 season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Portland will host a women's Final Four for the first time after the NCAA women's basketball committee chose the Oregon city for the 2030 national semifinals.
The other four cities selected for the Final Four from 2027 through 2031 all have hosted in the past.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — LJ Cryer scored a career-high 28 points in a potential March preview to lead No. 5 Baylor to an 80-75 victory over eighth-ranked UCLA in Sunday's consolation game of the Continental Tire Main Event.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The women's Final Four will continue to be played the same weekend as the men's Final Four for the foreseeable future, according to the NCAA women's basketball committee.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaylen Clark had 19 points and nine rebounds as eighth-ranked UCLA rolled to an 86-56 victory over Norfolk State on Monday night.
The Bruins (3-0) had six players score in double figures — including all five starters — and shot 57.1% from the field as they led throughout.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Scott Drew was initially just trying to put together a full team of scholarship players to compete in a few games when he took over a scandal-plagued program with a decimated roster 20 years ago.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU senior guard Damion Baugh is serving a six-game suspension imposed by the NCAA for signing with an NBA certified agent after last season.
Baugh had already sat out the first two games for the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs (2-0), and the team said before its third game Monday night that the NCAA had imposed the six-game penalty.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor true freshman Keyonte George scored 23 points with six 3-pointers and had seven assists as the fifth-ranked Bears beat Norfolk State 87-70 on Friday night in a matchup of teams that played in the first round of last season's NCAA Tournament.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — While Shaheen Holloway is probably to coach a lot big games at Seton Hall over the next few years, none may pull at his heart as much as the one this weekend.
Saturday will be the first time Holloway coaches against Saint Peter's, the tiny New Jersey university whom he took on a magical run in the NCAA Tournament that ended with a loss to national runner-up North Carolina in the Elite Eight.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Roach scored 16 first-half points to help seventh-ranked Duke open Jon Scheyer’s coaching tenure with a 71-44 win over Jacksonville on Monday night.
Freshman Mark Mitchell had a team-high 18 points for the Blue Devils, who used a 25-4 run spanning halftime to blow the game open.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There was a moment just before halftime Monday night when Kansas forward Jalen Wilson watched an Omaha player bury a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and he looked over at the bench expecting to catch Bill Self's wrath.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Adam Flagler and the rest of the returning guards were solid for fifth-ranked Baylor in the season opener. So were the touted newcomers, along with everybody else.
Flagler had 21 points to lead six players scoring in double figures as the Bears overwhelmed Mississippi Valley State 117-53 Monday to open their 20th season with coach Scott Drew.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier has been suspended for the first three games of the season while the school cooperates with an NCAA probe.
Meier said Sunday that she is also cooperating with the NCAA.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kevin Willard could have taken the job at Maryland, looked at a program that hasn't been a real factor in the NCAA Tournament in a while, and started a major overhaul.
Instead, the Terrapins' new coach wants the transition to be a bit smoother.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There will be something missing from what should have been a festive occasion Monday night at Kansas, when the No. 5 Jayhawks celebrate their latest national championship before opening the new season against Omaha.
Virginia hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since its 2019 national title and failed to even make the field last season.
The return of five starters should enable the Cavaliers to change that trend.
Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis has a chance to end his career as one of the most prolific scorers and 3-point shooters in college basketball history.
Davis is more concerned with earning the NCAA Tournament berth that has eluded him thus far.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas and New Mexico forward Gethro Muscadin died late Monday from injuries he sustained in a single-car rollover crash in December, Jayhawks coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.
Arguments over conference supremacy have begun well before the start of the college basketball season.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim offered one of the most quotable remarks of the preseason when he pointed out the Big Ten’s failings in the postseason.
Creighton has its best preseason ranking ever thanks in part to the big victory it earned in the transfer portal.
Baylor Scheierman’s decision to return to his home state and play for Creighton after three stellar seasons at South Dakota State gave Creighton one of the nation’s more versatile players.
Jay Wright will be in the midst of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The biggest difference now is the former Villanova coach gets to enjoy it a lot more.
CBS Sports and Warner Brothers Discovery Sports announced on Thursday that Wright will be a studio analyst during March Madness on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — UCLA forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. and guard Tyger Campbell spoke during the offseason about unfinished business with the Bruins and how they both wanted to come back for their senior seasons.
North Carolina coach Hubert Davis has a new six-year contract and a raise after his first-year run to the NCAA championship game.
Louisville is the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite again, though fulfilling that lofty projection will require navigating a more crowded group of serious challengers.
After recent seasons in which Louisville and North Carolina State comprised the league’s top tier, 2022-23 begins with several teams poised to make noise.
Even though there is a youth movement in the Pac-12 Conference, Haley Jones, Cameron Brink and Stanford continue to stand tall as the powerhouse program.
The Cardinal are looking to get to the Final Four for the third straight season and win their second national title in three years after falling short against UConn in last season’s semifinals.
The Big Ten keeps getting tougher in women's basketball.
The conference sent four teams to the NCAA Sweet 16 a second straight year in 2022, and it leads the nation with six programs in the Associated Press preseason Top 25.
Yes, Tennessee coach Kellie Harper can admit she wondered about what might have been if not for the injuries that left her roster a bit thin when it mattered most.
Tennessee coach Kellie Harper hasn't forgotten the recipe for success she learned as a three-time NCAA champion for the late Pat Summitt: Put aside past accomplishments and continue striving for more.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 South Carolina has a sweeter and much more satisfying motivation to go after an NCAA championship after winning the title a season ago.
Oscar Tschiebwe was the consensus men's college basketball player of the year last season, an accomplishment usually followed by a jump to the NBA.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jamie Dixon might have the most stable roster in the nation, which is quite a transformation for a TCU program that went through a couple of overhauls before landing its highest-ever preseason ranking this fall.
Oklahoma State has the postseason in its sights after being banned last season.
The NCAA punished the Cowboys after former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 so he could help steer athletes to certain financial advisers.
Anthony Grant has been building momentum at Dayton the past five seasons, taking the Flyers to the cusp of the NCAA Tournament last year despite having one of the nation's youngest teams.
T.J. Otzelberger will be hard-pressed to top what he did in his first season at Iowa State.
Otzelberger inherited a two-win team and led it to a 20-win improvement and the Sweet 16, making the Cyclones the first team to go that far in the NCAA Tournament after winning so few games the previous season.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette wants to build on the strides it made last year in coach Shaka Smart’s debut season.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Drew Timme wasn’t ready to grow up, at least not without giving it one more shot at bringing an elusive national title to Gonzaga.
“My heart’s in Spokane,” Timme said. “And I wasn’t ready to be an adult yet, I guess.”
When defending its national championship last season, Baylor lost a top newcomer to an injury in the first scrimmage. A lingering foot injury eventually shut down a leading scorer, and the player known as “Everyday Jon” suffered a devastating knee injury.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas had a reputation in some corners of college basketball as being a great regular-season team, one that would dominate the Big 12 and win high-profile non-conference games, only to struggle in the postseason.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Perhaps nobody in the Big 12 more strongly identifies with the Lone Star State than Chris Beard, who grew up in Irving and was a student assistant to Tom Penders at Texas before eventually becoming the Longhorns' head coach.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield brought in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to help the Trojans chase their third straight NCAA Tournament berth.
There’s a big question surrounding freshman Vince Iwuchukwu, however.
Coach Buzz Williams is still looking for his first NCAA Tournament appearance as he begins his fourth season at Texas A&M.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bobby Hurley had built Arizona State into a contender, taking the program to the cusp of a third straight NCAA Tournament in 2020. The pandemic cut that bid short and the Sun Devils haven't been the same since.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Todd Golden doesn’t have a rebuild on his hands. It’s more like a puzzle.
Golden, who replaced Mike White in March after three years at San Francisco, feels like he has all the pieces in place to be competitive in his first season in Gainesville.
Chris Jans is just seven months removed from coaching in the NCAA Tournament, a memorable experience he wants Mississippi State to feel.
Fulfilling that goal depends on how well the Bulldogs adapt and execute their new coach’s philosophy.
UCLA's bid to reach consecutive Final Fours fell short last season in a rash of injuries and a tough Sweet 16 matchup.
With two of the Pac-12's best players back and a sterling freshman class, the No.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It's a new era at LSU.
Virtually an entirely new team, for that matter.
Not long after Matt McMahon was hired to take over a Tigers program which remains under investigation because of NCAA allegations against former coach Will Wade, every scholarship player on the roster either graduated, left for the NBA draft, or entered the transfer portal.