College Basketball

DURHAM, N.C | Duke star Williamson injures knee after Nike shoe blows out

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game by a knee injury after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils’ opening possession. Williamson grabbed his right knee in pain after slipping awkwardly and falling when his left shoe fell apart as he planted … Continue reading DURHAM, N.C | Duke star Williamson injures knee after Nike shoe blows out

ATHENS, Greece | Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino in talks with Greek team

ATHENS, Greece— A Greek team official says former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is in talks with the basketball club Panathinaikos about its coaching vacancy. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. The official says “contacts have been made” and it is … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino in talks with Greek team

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | TOP 25 REWIND: No. 4 Gonzaga pushing through tough stretch

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Mark Few admitted he has “loaded up” the nonconference schedule for his fourth-ranked Gonzaga team. And despite falling at No. 12 North Carolina for a second straight loss, he still thinks it was the right call. “When you play games in December, I think college basketball gets noticed . instead of … Continue reading CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | TOP 25 REWIND: No. 4 Gonzaga pushing through tough stretch

Irish and Huskies ready for latest chapter of rivalry

There’s been no better and more entertaining rivalry in women’s college basketball over the past decade than the one between Notre Dame and UConn. From Breanna Stewart‘s dominance of the Irish in the Final Four while UConn won four straight national championships to Arike Ogunbowale’s last-second shot in overtime of the national semifinals last season … Continue reading Irish and Huskies ready for latest chapter of rivalry

NEW YORK | Ionescu and Durr headline AP preseason All-America team

NEW YORK— Sabrina Ionescu has already broken records at Oregon and she’s only starting her junior year. The NCAA career leader for triple-doubles headlines The Associated Press women’s basketball preseason All-America team. Ionescu, who has 10 triple doubles in her young career, received 29 votes Thursday from the 31-member national media panel that selects the AP … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ionescu and Durr headline AP preseason All-America team

LAWRENCE, Kan. | No. 1 Kansas to lean on team loaded with transfers, freshmen

LAWRENCE, Kan.  — Kansas was so short of depth last season that when Silvio De Sousa joined the program for the second semester, having graduated from high school early, he quickly began playing important minutes. Some of them came during the Jayhawks‘ run to the Final Four. Fast-forward to the start of this season and … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Kan. | No. 1 Kansas to lean on team loaded with transfers, freshmen

NEW YORK | Testimony ends at trial on payments in college basketball

NEW YORK — Testimony at a trial about secret payments in college basketball drew to a close Tuesday after prosecutors asked the jury to focus on a flurry of texts and phone calls, some involving legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, about Brian Bowen Jr. in the days before the prized prospect committed to the school. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Testimony ends at trial on payments in college basketball

NEW YORK | Trial expected to explore ‘underbelly’ of college basketball

NEW YORK — When Brian Bowen Jr., one of America’s brightest high school basketball stars, announced in June 2017 that he would attend the University of Louisville, a school that had not been on anyone’s radar as his possible destination, sportswriters called it a coup that “came out of nowhere.” Louisville coach Rick Pitino agreed. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trial expected to explore ‘underbelly’ of college basketball