Depth could lead No. 17 Florida State on deep postseason run

Florida 10/26/18, 18:26

Florida State busted brackets around the country with an Elite Eight run in last season's NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles surprised everyone — except perhaps themselves."We feel that we fell a little short last year," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We thought we had a chance to get to the Final Four. ...

Beavers return most top scorers but depth is a concern

Basketball 10/26/18, 16:46

Tres Tinkle and the Thompson brothers are back for Oregon State. The question now for the Beavers is how to replace Drew Eubanks.Eubanks, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per games as a junior, declared early for the NBA draft but went unselected before ...

No. 21 UCLA puts hopes for Pac-12 title in Hands, Wilkes

Basketball 10/26/18, 13:14

Getting bounced out of the First Four a year after a Sweet 16 appearance. Losing three players as the result of a shoplifting incident in China. Having the Pac-12 scoring leader leave early as a first-round draft pick.UCLA couldn't hit the reset button fast enough.Even with Aaron Holiday off to ...

Southern California looks to rebound from NCAA tourney snub

Basketball 10/26/18, 13:07

Snubbed by the NCAA Tournament last season, the Southern California Trojans are determined to make it back behind coach Andy Enfield's highest-rated recruiting class.They feature a younger roster but have a seasoned veteran in forward Bennie Boatwright, who toyed with leaving early for the NBA draft.Boatwright went down with a ...

Virginia not dwelling on history-making end to last season

Sports 10/26/18, 12:46

Last season is over and for reasons good and bad Virginia would do well to remember it.The fifth-ranked Cavaliers rose to No. 1 in the nation by the end of the season and went into the NCAA Tournament is the favorite to win it all. Instead, they made tournament history ...

Transfers set for key roles in Keatts’ 2nd year at NC State

Basketball 10/26/18, 12:03

Kevin Keatts had a promising start at North Carolina State, from beating nationally ranked powers to getting the Wolfpack back into the NCAA Tournament.His second team will have a very different look.N.C. State lost a high-scoring guard in Allerik Freeman, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer in 7-footer Omer Yurtseven to ...

Tyus Battle returning makes Syracuse a stronger team

Basketball 10/26/18, 11:43

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim has a luxury few other coaches around the country have as he prepares for his 43rd season — all five Orange starters who were the top five scorers from last year's Sweet 16 team are back. The roster also has three freshmen, including the Hall of Fame coach's ...

Brey’s Irish know they need to earn respect in ACC in ’18

Basketball 10/26/18, 11:25

Over the years, there are few teams in men's college basketball that play the Rodney Dangerfield card better than Notre Dame.The 2018-19 team, Mike Brey's 19th in South Bend, should be no different. The Irish aren't getting a lot of preseason respect in the Atlantic Coast Conference and elsewhere."We're kind ...

Louisville counting on Mack to guide team back from scandals

Basketball 10/26/18, 09:38

Louisville hopes its third coach in as many seasons can restore continuity and success to a Cardinals program that has struggled during that span.University officials have put their trust in Chris Mack, who was hired from Xavier toward that end last spring. Mack has thrown himself into building a roster ...

Another class of 1-and-dones arrives at Duke chasing a title

Basketball 10/26/18, 09:12

Zion Williamson watched from afar as Mike Krzyzewski repeatedly blended collections of NBA All-Stars into Olympic champions.That's why he says he and the latest crop of prized freshmen picked Duke. If that plan worked with the U.S. national team, it should work in college."It's kind of why we came to ...

Hurricanes, Hernandez happy he decided not to turn pro

Basketball 10/26/18, 09:12

Forward Dewan Hernandez believes his decision to delay the start of his NBA career a year will help him make more money in the long run, and this season it's likely to help the Miami Hurricanes' bottom line in the win column.The 6-foot-10 Hernandez considered joining fellow Miami underclassmen Lonnie ...

No. 10 Michigan State aims to rebound after falling short

Basketball 10/25/18, 17:40

Michigan State won a lot of games last season and the Big Ten title.Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, though, knows as well as anyone college basketball teams are measured and remembered by what they do in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans are coming off a second-round loss as a ...

Wolverines may need to win with defense again

Football 10/25/18, 17:27

By the time last season ended, Michigan had long shed its reputation as a finesse team. The Wolverines reached the Final Four by playing hard-nosed defense and outlasting opponents even when shots weren't falling.The team was comfortable winning ugly — and Michigan may need to call on that resolve again ...

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