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Ex-Auburn basketball assistant Chuck Person pleads guilty

Former Auburn assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person has pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Saint Joseph’s fires coach Phil Martelli after 24 years

Saint Joseph’s University has fired head basketball coach Phil Martelli after 24 seasons. The Philadelphia school made the announcement on Tuesday. The 64-year-old Martelli became head coach in 1995 after …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

How we voted: One day after NCAA seeds are unveiled, most voters come to consensus on top six teams

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Local influence: NCAA field littered with coaches who’ve spent time in Inland Northwest

Here’s a breakdown of eight head coaches, assistants and grad assistants with local ties who’ll be appearing in this year’s Big Dance.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

NCAA Selection Sunday winners and losers: CBS, Bradley, Big Ten, Larry Bird, truTV and more

The bracket is out. The bubbles have burst. The NCAA Tournament got real Sunday as CBS’s “Selection Sunday” show revealed the field.


Midwest Region preview: North Carolina gets tops seed, Kansas could await

North Carolina earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, but that’s about the only gift the Tar Heels got for the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

South Region preview: After being on the wrong side of history last year, Virginia earns top seed again

Virginia now has its chance to make up for being the first No. 1 seed to lose its NCAA Tournament opener.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

East Region preview: Zion Williamson, Duke earn tournament’s overall top seed

Zion Williamson and Duke are the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils sit atop the East Region, and their road to Minneapolis could include matchups …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

West Region preview: Gonzaga headlines tough region studded with individual standouts

The West Region includes one of the most intriguing first-round matchups in the bracket.


Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Duke beats No. 3 North Carolina in ACC semifinals

Zion Williamson had the go-ahead tip-in on his own miss with 30.3 seconds left and fifth-ranked Duke held off third-ranked North Carolina 74-73 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 11:30 p.m.

Pac-12 Tournament: Washington holds off Colorado 66-61 in Pac-12 semifinals

Jaylen Nowell and Nahziah Carter scored 14 points each, and Washington held off a late Colorado rally for a 66-61 victory in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals. The top-seeded Huskies led …


Women’s Top 25 roundup: No. 21 Drake women rout Valparaiso in MVC quarterfinals

Becca Hittner scored 18 points and No. 21 Drake used an 18-0 first-quarter run to roll to an 86-58 victory over Valparaiso in the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals.


How Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski mastered college basketball’s one-and-done era

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski built a championship program his way. To sustain it after more than three decades, he took nearly the opposite path.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Ex-Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person to plead guilty

Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to entice young athletes to …


NCAA finds ‘severe’ recruiting violations at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has been informed the NCAA has found alleged major recruiting violations by former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner. Of the three …


Duke freshman star Zion Williamson returns – with new Nikes

Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson’s nearly flawless performance in the ACC Tournament had the college basketball world buzzing. Returning from a knee injury wearing a modified pair of Nikes, Williamson’s …


Bubble Watch: Teams on NCAA bubble fear the bid thief

It’s the time of Championship Week when programs on the NCAA Tournament bubble start to worry about automatic bid thieves. The Mid-American, Pac-12 and Mountain West are all places were …


Top 25 roundup: Zion Williamson returns to help No. 5 Duke beat Syracuse in ACCs

Zion Williamson made all 13 of his shots, five on high-flying dunks, and scored 29 points in his return to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-72 victory over Syracuse …


NCAA Tournament selection on CBS to show bracket 1st again

NCAA Tournament selection show returning to CBS and its traditional bracket-first format for revealing the field for March Madness


Top 25 roundup: No. 20 Wofford wins SoCon Tournament over Greensboro

Fletcher Magee and Nathan Hoover each scored 20 points, and No. 20 Wofford battled back to defeat UNC Greensboro 70-58 Monday to win the Southern Conference Tournament for the fifth …


Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Baylor wins Big 12 title 67-49 over No. 13 Iowa State

Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 on Monday night in the Big 12 Tournament championship game.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

How we voted: ACC’s blue bloods heading in opposite directions as March Madness nears

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


Top 25 women’s basketball: No. 4 Notre Dame women claim 5th ACC title in 6 years

Jessica Shepard had a season-high 30 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Notre Dame claimed its fifth Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in six years by routing No. 3 …


Top 25 capsules: No. 12 Houston tops No. 20 Cincinnati for outright AAC title

Corey Davis Jr. scored a career-high 31 points Sunday, and visiting No. 12 Houston dominated the second half for an 85-69 victory over No. 20 Cincinnati that clinched the American …


UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

Stanford beats Oregon to win women’s Pac-12 Tournament title

DiJonai Carrington scored 22 points, and seventh-ranked Stanford erased some unpleasant recent history against No. 6 Oregon, beating the Ducks 64-57 to win the Pac-12 Tournament title on Sunday night.


Women’s Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Baylor women rout Texas Tech in Big 12 quarterfinals

Kalani Brown and NaLyssa Smith scored 14 points each and No. 1 Baylor routed Texas Tech 100-61 on Saturday in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals for its 21st straight victory.


Top 25 roundup: No. 3 North Carolina beats No. 4 Duke for share of ACC title

Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and third-ranked North Carolina hung on to beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-70 on Saturday for a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship with …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 11:36 p.m.

WCC Tournament: Pepperdine stuns San Francisco, will face Gonzaga in semifinals

No. 8-seeded Pepperdine thumped No. 4 San Francisco 89-72 on Saturday at the Orleans Arena. It was the Waves’ third win in three nights and their second straight upset.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 11:12 p.m.

WCC Tournament: Colbey Ross, Pepperdine men upset Loyola Marymount

Jade’ Smith added 16 points for the Waves (15-17), while Kessler Edwards had 15 points and six rebounds.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

LSU suspends head men’s basketball coach Will Wade

LSU has suspended coach Will Wade indefinitely amid reports about his conversations with a person convicted last year of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits. LSU Chancellor F. …