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UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Idaho State hires Central Valley graduate Ryan Looney as men’s basketball coach

Success has followed Central Valley High graduate Ryan Looney at his three previous head coaching stops: Eastern Oregon, Seattle Pacific and Point Loma (California) Nazarene. Now he’s a Division I …


Anthony Duruji lands at Florida; Ques Glover, Jason Jitoboh join signing class

Former Louisiana Tech forward Anthony Duruji is transferring to Florida. The Gators also landed guard Ques Glover and center Jason Jitoboh. Both high school recruits signed national letters of intent. …


Mamadi Diakite becomes fourth Virginia player to pursue NBA dream

Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft. Diakite made the announcement on his Instagram page. He …


Michigan State’s Tom Izzo signs star guard Mark Watts

Michigan State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Mark Watts. He attends SPIRE Academy in Ohio and is from Detroit. He joins 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall in Tom Izzo’s recruiting class. Watts …


Duke’s Zion Williamson, Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome declare for NBA draft

Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft. Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome also announced their plans to enter the draft.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Zion Williamson, Sabrina Ionescu win honors at College Basketball Awards

Zion Williamson of Duke and Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon won the John R. Wooden Awards as the nation’s top men’s and women’s players of the year at the College Basketball …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Auburn, coach Bruce Pearl agree to new 5-year contract

Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract. The deal announced Friday, which is worth about $20 million, runs through the 2023-24 season. Auburn spokesman …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

LSU, Will Wade, NCAA officials meet without immediate resolution

LSU officials say their first meeting with suspended basketball coach Will Wade has taken place but that there is not yet a resolution regarding Wade’s long-term status. A written statement …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Steve Alford says he’s in Nevada for the long haul

New Nevada coach Steve Alford says he’s hungry for the chance to take the Wolf Pack to the next level. About 300 supporters joined cheerleaders and a pep band at …


Arizona State working on contract extension with Bobby Hurley

Arizona State and basketball coach Bobby Hurley are working on a contract extension to keep him in the desert. Hurley made the announcement on Twitter, thanking school President Michael Crow …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Nevada quickly hires Steve Alford to replace Eric Musselman

Nevada moved quickly to replace one big-name coach with another. Nevada hired former UCLA coach Steve Alford three days after Eric Musselman left for Arkansas. Alford returns to the Mountain …


Duke’s Cam Reddish turns pro, hires agent

Cam Reddish is the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft. Reddish announced his decision on social media Thursday, the day after teammate RJ Barrett said he …


Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort declares for NBA draft

Arizona State freshman guard Luguentz Dort has declared for the NBA draft and will sign with an agent. Dort announced his decision on Twitter. Dort averaged 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

RJ Barrett to enter NBA draft after one season at Duke

Duke freshman forward RJ Barrett announced his decision in a video posted on social media. He calls playing at Duke a dream and adds that “it’s also a dream of …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 8:41 p.m.

Proud pop: Former Washington State coach Dick Bennett beams as son Tony leads Virginia to NCAA Tournament title

Dick Bennett has a difficult time watching his son, Tony, coach Virginia. He rarely attends games.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

St. John’s coach Chris Mullin quits, cites ‘personal loss’

Chris Mullin has “stepped down” as basketball coach at St. John’s. Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, saying in a statement the team “progressed well” during Mullin’s four years. …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

UCLA hires Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin as basketball coach

Mick Cronin was hired as UCLA’s basketball coach Tuesday, ending a bumpy, months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford.


Analysis: Offensive adjustments lead Virginia to first title

Defensively-minded, the Cavaliers (35-3) turned a night of adjustments against Texas Tech’s vaunted defense into one of college basketball’s great redemption stories.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Virginia beats Texas Tech for its first NCAA title

Virginia has won the first men’s basketball championship in school history, getting a career-high 27 points from De’Andre Hunter and clutch play from Kyle Guy to beat Texas Tech 85-77 …


Tennessee announces Rick Barnes will be back next season

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes will be back with the Volunteers next season.


Mike Young says coaching Virginia Tech ‘dream come true’

Mike Young looked around Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum and said he’s “so thrilled to be home.”


Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, Kansas star Dedric Lawson declare for NBA draft

Carsen Edwards of Purdue and Dedric Lawson of Kansas have announced they will declare for the NBA draft.


Notre Dame’s shot at making history falls short

Notre Dame’s chances of repeating as national champions no longer a possibility, Arike Ogunbowale doubled over in disappointment. The Fighting Irish star who hit the winning shot in last year’s …


UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title

For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination – and vision. The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA …


Minnesota adds 2 years to Richard Pitino deal after 1st tourney win

Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino has agreed to a two-year contract extension, coming off his first NCAA Tournament win in six seasons with the Gophers. Once the deal is approval …


Virginia Tech hires former Wofford basketball coach Mike Young

Virginia Tech has hired former Wofford men’s basketball coach Mike Young to replace Buzz Williams. Young is scheduled to be formally introduced during a news conference Monday morning. Young was …


Arkansas tabs Nevada’s Eric Musselman as next coach

Arkansas hired Nevada’s Eric Musselman on Sunday, hoping to get a once-proud program back to an elite level.


UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Baylor reclaims NCAA women’s championship, edging Notre Dame 82-81

Baylor recovered after blowing a 17-point lead and losing a star player, beating Notre Dame 82-81 for the NCAA women’s basketball championship Sunday night when 2018 tournament hero Arike Ogunbowale …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Texas Tech uses stout defense to down Michigan State, earn spot in NCAA Tournament title game

Matt Mooney matched his career high with 22 points and the Texas Tech defense did the rest in a 61-51 victory over Michigan State in the Final Four.


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Sabrina Ionescu decides to stay at Oregon for senior season

Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is returning for her senior season. The Ducks star bylined a story on The Players Tribune titled “Unfinished Business” that ran minutes after the deadline for …