College Basketball

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

INDIANAPOLIS | The Latest: Agents land a place in NCAA rule reforms

INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on reforms adopted Wednesday by the NCAA aimed at cleaning up college basketball (all times local): 3 p.m. Agents will have at least a limited place within the NCAA structure when it comes to college basketball. The NCAA’s rule changes include allowing players to work with an agent while declaring for … Continue reading INDIANAPOLIS | The Latest: Agents land a place in NCAA rule reforms

NEW YORK | AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell dead at age 64

NEW YORK — Jim O’Connell, the longtime college basketball writer for The Associated Press and a member of the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 64. He died Monday after a series of ailments, his son Andrew said. Known to nearly everyone as Oc, O’Connell was a former president of the United States Basketball … Continue reading NEW YORK | AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell dead at age 64

AP source: Toronto assistant Nick Nurse to coach Raptors

Nick Nurse spent almost three decades paying his coaching dues, toiling with teams in Britain, Italy and Belgium, college basketball and the G League. The chance he’s long coveted has finally arrived. Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the hire told The Associated … Continue reading AP source: Toronto assistant Nick Nurse to coach Raptors