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LaVar Ball gets Crying Jordan, meme treatment after UCLA loss

When you’re as loud and vocal as LaVar Ball is, you have to be prepared for the ridicule when you’re associated with failure. So it’s no surprise that Ball, the father of UCLA point guard Lonzo, was the target of some memes after the Bruins were outplayed by Kentucky 86-75 on Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.The best one had LaVar with the Crying Jordan face...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 minutes ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Luke Maye's Double-Double Leads UNC To Elite 8

UNC reserve forward Luke Maye had 16 points and 12 rebounds--his first career double-double--in the Tar Heels' 92-80 win over Butler in the Sweet 16. Maye and his teammates describe the important role he has on the team. And coach Roy Williams explains why he wasn't surprised by Maye's performance.
Via ACC Digital Network
49 minutes ago

Berry scores 26 points and Carolina defeats Butler 92-80

By CLAY BAILEY MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — North Carolina expects strong offensive performances from junior leaders Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, but Luke Maye provided an unexpected bonus. Berry scored 26 points, Jackson had 24, but it was the first career double-double from Maye – 16 points and 12 rebounds – that helped set the tone early and send the top-seeded Tar Heels to...

Kansas looks unstoppable, which is why Oregon is so scary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bill Self has touched each step of the NCAA Tournament, and experienced every emotion imaginable. The Kansas coach has won a national championship, and lost a national title game. He has been upset in the first round, and he has made a Cinderella run while at Tulsa. On Saturday night, Self...
Via New York Post
1 hour ago

South Carolina vs. Baylor, NCAA Tournament recap, final score: Gamecocks blow out Bears

South Carolina advances to Elite Eight for first time in school history. Defense wins championships. The South Carolina Gamecocks will play in the Elite Eight for the first time in school history after a dominant defensive performance in Madison Square Garden. Carolina turned up the heat mid-way through the second half to build a big lead and cruise to a 70-50 win. Three quick...
Via Garnet and Black Attack
2 hours ago

ELITE! South Carolina basketball makes first Elite 8 in program history

NEW YORK — The unbelievable has become completely believable for South Carolina basketball. The Gamecocks did it again, winning another NCAA Tournament game after it went more than four long decades without a single tournament win. And they did it largely in the same way they did last weekend, stifling another high-powered offense with its intense defense and scoring the basketball...
Via SEC Country
2 hours ago

North Carolina rolls over Butler, 92-80, to earn Elite Eight berth

The Tar Heels advance to the Elite Eight after a commanding performance against Butler. The North Carolina Tar Heels played like the title contenders they are in their Sweet Sixteen XXX against Butler. Carolina got contributions from the expected (Justin Jackson) and the somewhat-unexpected (Luke Maye) on their way to a trip to the Elite Eight. UNC controlled nearly all of the game...
Via Tar Heel Blog
2 hours ago

Nigel Hayes slams New York ahead of Sweet 16 game at MSG

No. 8 seed Wisconsin will take on No. 4 seed Florida in an East Region Sweet 16 matchup at Madison Square Garden on Friday, but one Badgers player isn’t too thrilled about being in New York.Ahead of the matchup at the legendary arena, Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes gave his blunt opinion about the “Big Apple,” and it’s safe to say he’s not a big fan of NYC.“I don’t really...
Via NESN.com
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

No. 1 recruit Michael Porter Jr. is headed to Mizzou

It was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened. One day after getting his release from Washington, five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr. announced his commitment to Missouri.He is widely considered the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2017. After endless mediocrity at Missouri ever since No. 15 seed Norfolk State upset the Tigers in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament...
Via The Comeback
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Elite Eight preview press conference // Kansas Basketball // 3.24.17

Kanas basketball press conference featuring Bill Self and starters Frank Mason III, Devonte' Graham, Josh Jackson, Landen Lucas and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, to preview KU's NCAA Elite Eight matchup against Oregon on March 25 (7:49 p.m. CT, TBS).
Via Kansas Jayhawks Athletics
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

No. 3 Oregon’s Opponent Breakdown: No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks

Ducks prepare for second consecutive Elite Eight KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks enter the 2017 NCAA Tournament angry after losing to TCU in the early stages of the Big 12 Tournament. KU prepares to face No. 3 Oregon in the Elite Eight after an embarrassing 32-point win over No. 4 Purdue in the regional semifinal on Thursday. In their first three tournament games...
Via Addicted to Quack
7 hours ago

Per Twitter, Nigel Johnson Will Transfer

The guard will graduate and be immediately eligible elsewhere. Nigel Johnson, a transfer out of Kansas State, who came to Rutgers to play for Eddie Jordan, will transfer after two seasons—including one under Steve Pikiell—on the banks. Johnson had an up and down season under Pikiell. At times, he was electric, shooting 57% from three in the final seven games of the season....
Via On the Banks
7 hours ago

Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll declares for 2017 NBA Draft, won’t hire an agent

The Cowboy junior could also be leaving for the NBA. It’s been less than a week since the the Oklahoma State basketball team’s season came to an end, and they have already lost a lot. The Cowboys lost Phil Forte and Leyton Hammonds to graduation, head coach Brad Underwood to Illinois, and sophomore point guard Jawun Evans to the NBA. Now, they could be losing Jeffrey Carroll...
Via Cowboys Ride for Free
8 hours ago

Gonzaga vs. Xavier: The final battle in the mid-major wars

There was a time when being the mid-major team in America was both a noteworthy title and an unwanted crown worth wearing.Teams like Butler, VCU, Wichita State, Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga and Xavier would lay waste to their opposition in a conference we’d never heard of. With gaudy win-loss totals, upset victories on their resumes of teams in major conferences, and players with fun...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Miles Bridges sees positives in staying, leaving

Miles Bridges has a big decision to make, but he sees positives in staying and leaving the Michigan State basketball program. Michigan State basketball is in a rare position. Contrary to most schools, the Spartans have a chance to retain a one-and-done caliber player for his sophomore season. Miles Bridges is still weighing the pros […] Michigan State Basketball: Miles Bridges...
Via Spartan Avenue
9 hours ago

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

With the 2017 NCAA Tournament heating up, all eyes are on the college basketball world. By the end of this weekend, the March Madness field of 68 teams will have been pared down to just four finalists, and we'll have just three meaningful games of college hoops left to enjoy this year.So, as the season wraps up, we wanted to turn our attention to another exciting race for a major...
Via Yardbarker
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Welcome to The Rewind, where we dig through tapes, YouTube videos and streaming services and revisit some of the most interesting games in history. There is something special about revisiting a favorite movie, a favorite show no longer on the air, or even just pulling out an album and giving it a spin the whole way through for the first time in a long while. Inevitably you pick...
Via Yardbarker
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indiana and Kentucky need to start playing each other again

With Indiana hiring a new coach, there’s a chance for the rivalry to resume. The Indiana/Kentucky rivalry, once a staple during the non conference portion of every college basketball season, has laid dormant since 2011, with the exception of a pair of NCAA Tournament meetings in 2012 and 2016. The regular season series ended after the 2011-12 season when former Indiana head coach...
Via Crimson Quarry
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ball brothers’ H.S. coach details how hard LaVar Ball is to work with

It seems LaVar Ball always has something to say to stir up controversy, but perhaps no one feels that more than his sons’ high school basketball coach.Stephan Gilling previously coached the oldest of the Ball brothers, Lonzo, as an assistant at Chino Hills High School in California. But this season, he took over the head coaching job with senior LiAngelo Ball and sophomore LaMelo...
Via NESN.com
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

5 biggest takeaways from Thursday’s Sweet 16 games

Thursday night provided the benefit of a hotly contested first weekend of play -– eight worthy and talented teams squared off in search of spot in the Elite Eight. The first half of this round’s games provided chances for upsets, statements, and history in each of the four match-ups.Thursday night resulted in four games that will have ripple effects throughout this weekend and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bill Murray goes nuts celebrating Xavier’s upset

Bill Murray is having one heck of a sports year.Not only did his beloved Chicago Cubs finally break their curse by winning a World Series, but his Xavier basketball team is in the Elite Eight after upsetting Arizona Thursday night, 73-71. Why does Murray like Xavier? His son, Luke, is an assistant coach on their staff.Xavier will face Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the 6 bad decisions in West Virginia’s final awful possession

What a fitting way to lose. To conclude a 51-foul, 29-turnover affair, West Virginia had a chance to prolong the agony on its final possession down 61-58 with 37.9 seconds left.The good news: the Mountaineers managed to get three shots off.The bad news: only one of those shots hit the rim, and even that one had no chance at actually dropping. Rewatching that final play, I counted...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pat Kelsey ditches UMass right before first press conference

What a day for the coaching carousel.First Georgetown axed John Thompson III after 13 years, and then Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey stranded UMass at the altar. Kelsey cancelled his introductory press conference at the last minute because of a “change of heart,” according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Twitter quickly exploded with rumors that Kelsey may have received a call from Georgetown...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: UNC Men's Basketball: Berry, Jackson & Pinson pre-Butler PC

Joel Berry, Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson speak to the media prior to the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 matchup with the Butler Bulldogs.

WATCH: Dwayne Bacon Declares for NBA Draft

Courtesy http://www.seminoles.com: Dwayne Bacon discusses his decision to declare for the NBA Draft.

WATCH: Bill Self NCAA Sweet 16 Press Conference // Kansas Basketball // 3.22.2017

Bill Self previews the Jayhawks' Sweet 16 matchup against Purdue.
Via Kansas Jayhawks Athletics
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Graham & Lucas NCAA Sweet 16 Press Conference // Kansas Basketball // 3.22.2017

Devonte' Graham and Landen Lucas preview KU's Sweet 16 game against Purdue.
Via Kansas Jayhawks Athletics
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Gottlieb will interview for Oklahoma State job

Doug Gottlieb could wind up changing jobs twice in a week. Gottlieb’s long-anticipated move from CBS to FS1 and Fox Sports Radio was officially announced on The Herd Wednesday, but he’s now also popping up as a candidate to be the next basketball coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma State (following previous coach Brad Underwood’s move to Illinois). This is more than just a rumor...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 'Duke schadenfreude season came early this year' quiz

And with that, we can add another one to the long list of painful tournament losses for the Duke Blue Devils. Yes, despite winning the ACC tournament and entering March Madness as the prohibitive favorites, Coach K and crew couldn't get it done against South Carolina and were forced to take their talents back to Durham about three weeks too soon for Duke fans' liking. Conversely...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

On Tom Crean, Indiana Basketball, and Subway parking lot etiquette

Our staff continues to share their personal thoughts on Indiana’s former head coach. Sometimes, relationships simply fall apart. I’m not the first to make this comparison. I’m not even the first one on this site. But it’s an apt analogy to use when looking at where the things between Tom Crean and Indiana went wrong. There was no smoking gun. There was never a point of...
Via Crimson Quarry
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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