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This Year’s College Hoops Hires Reflect Much-Needed Change

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The Derek Chauvin trial currently playing out in Minnesota serves as context for what got us here, to a place of small progress in college basketball. The sports world cannot fix serious societal issues, but it can react to them, and the death of George Floyd beneath the knee of......

Cincinnati Hires Wes Miller as Men’s Basketball Coach

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Baylor Turns Down Jeep Offer After Racist Remark

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As the saying goes, to the victor go the spoils. For Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew, those spoils apparently won’t include a newly decked-out Jeep. Ted Teague, general manager of the Allen Samuels Auto Group dealership in Waco, was interviewed for a local news broadcast and showed off a new......

Report: Arizona to Hire Tommy Lloyd as Men’s Coach

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McDermott’s ‘Plantation’ Comments Cost Creighton Top Recruit

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The NCAA’s Transfer Revolution Is Here

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger On the heels of the NCAA’s decision to allow college athletes to freely transfer and play immediately, Greg Kampe has a message for basketball coaches everywhere: Change the way you recruit or see your career go up in......

Gillespie, Samuels Return to Villanova for Fifth Season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Villanova seniors Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels will both return to the program in 2021-22, they announced on Monday. Gillespie finished last season second on the Wildcats in scoring at 14 points per game. He also led the team......

Spartans Junior Aaron Henry Declares for NBA Draft

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Michigan State junior Aaron Henry announced that he will forgo his senior year of NCAA eligibility and declare for the 2021 NBA Draft.  “I’ve spent three great years in East Lansing and my teammates are my brothers,” Henry wrote on Instagram. “We’ve shared a lot of highs and some lows too......

UNC Star Forward Garrison Brooks Enters Transfer Portal

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Madeline Coleman UNC forward Garrison Brooks, the 2020 Preseason ACC Player of the Year, has entered the transfer portal, a source confirmed to Sports Illustrated.  The news comes just days after legendary coach Roy Williams retired and Hubert Davis was named......

Gonzaga Star Joel Ayayi Declares for NBA Draft

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Athletic Figures Demand NCAA Punish States With Anti-Trans Bills

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Several athletes, advocates and allies held a virtual press conference Friday calling on the NCAA to withdraw its athletic events from states considering transgender legislation. More than two dozen states are considering anti-transgender legislation. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, Lynx forward Naphessa Collier, former NCAA champion and transgender athlete CeCé......

How a Blood Clot Knocked Out Now-Recovering Ref Bert Smith

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Report: Javonte Smart to Declare for NBA Draft

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LSU guard Javonte Smart announced Thursday that he is hiring an agent and will declare for the NBA Draft. Smart was one of four LSU players who averaged double figures in the 2020–21 season and helped the Tigers earn a spot in the Round of the 32 in the NCAA......

Report: Davion Mitchell to Declare for NBA Draft

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador Baylor guard Davion Mitchell is hiring an agent and will declare for the NBA draft, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Mitchell was a key player in Baylor’s NCAA men’s championship run and is a potential lottery pick. ......

Iowa’s Luka Garza Wins Wooden Award

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Hawkeyes big man Luka Garza became Iowa’s first winner of the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award on Tuesday after his dominant 2020-21 season.  “Winning the Wooden Award means so much to myself and my family,” Garza said. ” John Wooden was someone my grandfather was friends with,......

CBS saw 14% decline in viewers for NCAA men’s championship game, while women’s title match on ESPN grew

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here MaCio Teague #31 of the Baylor Bears goes up for a basket against Drew Timme #2 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021......

NCAA May Use Single Site for Future Basketball Tourneys

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The NCAA used the single-site concept for its marquis championship out of necessity. Now it could become part of the tournament’s future. A day after crowning a national champion for the first time since 2019, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt told reporters that the successful men’s college......

Jalen Cone Commits to Northern Arizona After Seeing Max Abmas Dominate March

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Way-Too-Early Men’s Top 25 for 2021-22

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Kevin Sweeney There has never been a more difficult year to do a men’s college basketball Way-Too-Early Top 25. With over 1,200 players already in the transfer portal, uncertainty over returning seniors and upcoming NCAA rule changes, every roster is......

Watch the 2021 Edition of ‘One Shining Moment’

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Baylor’s national championship victory over Gonzaga on Monday night may not have lived up to the hype, but at least the conclusion of CBS’s broadcast came through in the clutch.  The network aired its annual edition of “One Shining......

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