Alabama hires Buffalo’s Nate Oats as its mens’ hoops coach

Basketball 03/27/19, 15:39

Alabama has hired Nate Oats, who led Buffalo to three NCAA Tournaments in four seasons, as its new men's basketball coach.Crimson Tide athletic director Greg Byrne announced the hiring Wednesday, three days after parting ways with Avery Johnson.Oats was the Mid-American Conference coach of the year each of the past ...

UNLV tabs South Dakota State’s Otzelberger as next coach

Basketball 03/27/19, 15:30

UNLV has hired South Dakota State's T.J. Otzelberger as its next basketball coach.Otzelberger spent the past three seasons at South Dakota State, going 70-33 while leading the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament twice. South Dakota State won the Summit League regular-season title this season, but ended up in the NIT ...

Tennessee fires Holly Warlick after first-round NCAA exit

Sports 03/27/19, 15:23

Tennessee has fired women's basketball coach Holly Warlick after a season in which the Lady Vols barely kept their NCAA Tournament streak alive and then promptly lost in the opening round.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a university release that he had informed Warlick of his decision Wednesday afternoon.Although Warlick ...

analysis: NCAA bubble swings minimum of $10M per year

Basketball 03/27/19, 14:17

It's a moment every year that shows March Madness has arrived: players on bubble teams nervously waiting to find out whether they've earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Their conferences wait, too, salivating at the financial jolt that comes when the right names pop up in the bracket — and ...

International players dot rosters across NCAA Tournament

Sports 03/27/19, 13:40

This year's NCAA Tournament has a decidedly international flavor.Of the 1,036 players in this year's bracket, 117 list their home countries as someplace other than the United States, according to data calculated by Hero Sports.Canada has the most international players with 23 and Australia is next with 14. Seventeen other ...

LSU’s Benford focused on the moment and players’ experience

Sports 03/27/19, 03:00

When LSU interim coach Tony Benford played for Texas Tech in the 1980s, his coach saw him as a physically imposing, two-way guard who possessed an unassailable work ethic, an unshakeable psyche and a knack for hitting game-winning shots.Former Red Raiders coach Gerald Myers sees many of Benford's traits as ...

McDuffie scores 21 to lift Wichita St. over Indiana 73-63

Sports 03/26/19, 20:33

Markis McDuffie had 21 points as Wichita State got past Indiana 73-63 in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Tuesday night.Wichita State will play in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden, becoming just the sixth team to reach New York after three road wins.Freshman Dexter Dennis had 17 points and ...

Man picks perfect NCAA tourney bracket heading into Sweet 16

Sports 03/26/19, 18:46

An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that's perfect through 48 games on the NCAA.com's "Bracket Challenge," according to the NCAA.Gregg Nigl of Columbus told The Columbus Dispatch he almost didn't fill out his bracket last week, saying he was home sick just hours before the ...

UC Irvine coach Turner apologizes for remarks about player

Sports 03/26/19, 18:10

UC Irvine coach Russell Turner has apologized for remarks he made about Oregon's Louis King during an NCAA Tournament game.Turner said in a statement that referring to King as "queen" during the first half of Sunday's second-round game was "inappropriate and insensitive." Turner said following the game, which Oregon won ...

Pearl catapults Auburn hoops to titles, unfamiliar heights

Basketball 03/26/19, 17:17

Auburn basketball first got a new arena then finally got a coach to fill it.Eventually, wins, titles and NCAA Tournament berths came, too.Now, Bruce Pearl and the Tigers — despite some off-court problems — are riding high with a rare two-year run of success on the court, including a Sweet ...

Arkansas fires Mike Anderson after eight-year tenure

Basketball 03/26/19, 16:22

Arkansas has fired men's basketball coach Mike Anderson after an eight-year tenure in which he made three NCAA Tournament appearances.Athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement Tuesday that "I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men's basketball program for future success."Anderson posted ...

Florida forward Keith Stone to transfer after graduation

Sports 03/26/19, 15:54

Forward Keith Stone will transfer from Florida after his expected graduation this summer.Stone started 39 of 85 games in four seasons with the Gators. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. The fourth-year junior tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee ...

Strong opening week for CBS, Turner with NCAA hoops tourney

Basketball 03/26/19, 14:59

One week into March Madness, CBS is feeling good.Based on ratings from the nation's largest media markets, the Nielsen company said CBS and the Turner Networks had the second best performance over the last 29 years for the first four games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The only year ...

Dwyane Wade says college basketball needs a makeover

Sports 03/26/19, 14:51

Dwyane Wade says it's time college basketball got a makeover.Wade sits down with PodcastOne Sports Now to talk about the NCAA Tournament and the memories he has of his Final Four run with Marquette in 2003. The conversation with guest host and AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds also includes the ...

Nebraska fires hoops coach Miles, missed NCAA Tourney again

Basketball 03/26/19, 14:41

Nebraska fired seventh-year coach Tim Miles on Tuesday after the Cornhuskers finished 13th in the Big Ten and failed to make the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight year.Athletic director Bill Moos announced the firing two days after the Huskers finished a 19-17 season with an 88-72 loss to TCU ...

Georgia Tech fires women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph

Sports 03/26/19, 13:38

MaChelle Joseph has been fired as the women's basketball coach at Georgia Tech.The school announced the move Tuesday, saying the decision followed an independent investigation into alleged mistreatment of players and staff. Joseph's attorney says the coach is being punished for complaining about gender equity issues at the Atlantic Coast ...

Gonzaga strikes a deal to get more out of tournament success

Sports 03/26/19, 13:28

When leaders at Gonzaga were looking to sweeten the pot for their basketball team in exchange for staying in the West Coast Conference, they knew exactly where the money might come from.NCAA Tournament payouts.With the perennially contending Zags being courted by the Mountain West, athletic director Mike Roth sought a ...

Iowa State signs basketball coach Prohm through 2025

Basketball 03/26/19, 12:09

Iowa State and coach Steve Prohm have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season.The Cyclones announced the deal on Tuesday, ending speculation that Prohm might leave to take over at Alabama, his alma mater. The Crimson Tide and Avery Johnson recently agreed to part ways after four ...

Alabama guard Dazon Ingram announces plans to transfer

Basketball 03/26/19, 10:24

Alabama guard Dazon Ingram says he plans to play his final college basketball season elsewhere.Ingram announced his decision to leave as a graduate transfer Monday on Instagram. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season, while starting nine of his 19 games.He made 83 starts over the ...

Missouri State crashes the Sweet 16 as 11 seed

Sports 03/26/19, 02:48

The Sweet 16 is set and Missouri State is crashing the party for the first time in 18 years.The 11th-seeded Lady Bears, who last made it this far in 2001 when the team made its historic Final Four run, are the only double-digit seed to reach the regional semifinals. It's ...

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