After a brief showcase Friday night, the most anticipated Alabama basketball team in recent memory made its debut
Posted: October 24, 2021, 9:19 pm
Defensive end Felix Anudike after win in Lubbock
Posted: October 24, 2021, 2:06 pm
Deuce Vaughn was very productive. Vaughn ended with over 100 all-purpose yards, 41 rushing and 68 receiving. Skylar Thompson did not read the field as good as he could have in the first half, but he was lights out in the second half.
Posted: October 23, 2021, 10:21 pm
Skylar Thompson after the win in Lubbock
Posted: October 23, 2021, 8:30 pm
Chris Klieman press conference after narrowly escaping Lubbock with the win
Posted: October 23, 2021, 8:27 pm
Pictures from pregame from K-State at Texas Tech
Posted: October 23, 2021, 5:37 pm
See the game time and TV details for Michigan State's home-opening matchup against Western Michigan on Nov. 12
Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:13 pm
Sixth-ranked Louisville and women's basketball coach Jeff Walz have agreed to a contract extension through 2028.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:04 pm
Seven of Conference USA's 14 teams have left this week.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:03 pm
Is Walker Kessler the goat?
Posted: October 22, 2021, 8:21 pm
One of college basketball's national treasures, Dick Vitale, is very high on the Longhorns this season.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 8:02 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) At one point during Gonzaga's yearlong run at No. 1 last season, coach Mark Few felt so comfortable with the leadership he had on the floor, he could have left a rack of basketballs on the court, walked away and the Bulldogs could have run practice themselves. The talent is certainly there, it's just a matter of how quickly Gonzaga can fit the pieces together.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 7:08 pm
Oklahoma State will learn much about where its program stands now that Cade Cunningham is in Detroit after being the top pick in the 2021 NBA draft. ''I don't know if we'll be better than last year's team if you just look at the talent because we do not have the No. 1 pick on our team anymore,'' Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. Boynton has reason to believe the Cowboys will remain competitive, though Oklahoma State still is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA on an infractions case that could cost them a postseason slot.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 6:15 pm
Mark Adams always wanted to be a Red Raiders quarterback or part of the basketball team when he was growing up in a small farming community about 30 miles from the Texas Tech campus. As a Tech student in the late 1970s, Adams asked former basketball coach Gerald Myers a lot of questions. When the Red Raiders made it to the national championship game three seasons ago, after an Elite Eight appearance the previous year, Adams was Chris Beard's top assistant.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 6:13 pm
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) After back-to-back losing seasons, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber knew he needed to make some changes this year, so he brought in a couple of former Marines to put the Wildcats through their paces before fall practice began. Dajuan Gordon headed to Missouri after averaging nearly 10 points as a freshman, while bench player Rudi Williams headed to Coastal Carolina.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 6:10 pm
WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor coach Scott Drew has talked to his team about the unique opportunity available to the defending national champions, even with a roster that has changed drastically since the Bears cut down the nets last April. ''From a coaching standpoint, we're really excited because normally when you win a championship and have a lot of people go pro and leave, sometimes it's truly rebuilding years where you know you don't have a chance to compete for a league title or a Final Four,'' Drew said. Big man Flo Thama is the only starter back for eighth-ranked Baylor, though he is interchangeable with fellow returning forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 5:53 pm
Coach Penny Hardaway believes he has just the right mix for Memphis to chase the Tigers' first national men's basketball championship. ''What I've learned this time is to mix the veterans with the young guys,'' Hardaway said. The last time Memphis started a season ranked, they were 14th in 2019-20 with Hardaway's first top recruiting class.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 5:34 pm
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia's Bob Huggins enters his 40th season as a head coach with 900 career wins and a new two-year contract extension. This season figures to be a challenge after five of the Mountaineers' top eight scorers departed and it takes time for seven newcomers to adjust to Huggins' system. While acknowledging he has multiple players capable of scoring, Huggins doesn't want to rely on offensive shootouts in a defensive-focused league.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 5:32 pm
For the entire season, the KSO staff will predict the outcome of six selected games for that week. We'll keep our records and continue to tally them. If users want in, we'll keep a record of their success (or lack thereof) too, and see how it compares with KSO staff.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 4:00 pm
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley needed three seasons as UConn's coach to get the Huskies back into the NCAA Tournament after a five-year absence. In his fourth year, his team expects to take a bigger step - contending for a Big East title and possibly the program's fifth national championship - even if those expectations might raise some eyebrows outside of Storrs. The Huskies come into the season ranked No. 24, their first preseason ranking since 2016.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 12:52 pm
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Jay Wright left for Japan on July 2 as a two-time national champion at Villanova and winner of enough coach of the year awards and Big East titles to fill several trophy cases. After helping lead Team USA to an Olympic gold medal as an assistant under coach Gregg Popovich, the 59-year-old Wright was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. If Mike Krzyzewski is Coach K and John Wooden was The Wizard of Westwood, might it be time to assign Wright some catchy nickname?
Posted: October 22, 2021, 12:27 pm
Could Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr. return to Michigan State basketball next year for a fifth season? Both seniors are keeping the option open.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:37 am
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self was still trying to come to terms with a historically bad NCAA Tournament defeat to Southern California at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis when he was asked what had to change going forward. How could the Jayhawks make sure another 81-52 drubbing didn't happen next season? Self just about rebuilt his entire roster over the ensuing months, bringing in a standout four-man freshman class and landing perhaps the nation's best bunch of transfers.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 7:12 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jamie Dixon has altered his approach to putting together a team after his first losing season as a head coach, and in an era with so much change in college basketball. TCU has added eight transfers to its roster since last season, when the Horned Frogs went 12-14.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 7:12 am
The 2021-22 mens college basketball season is nearing. Heres info on the start date, early-season tournaments, top players to watch and much more.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 1:28 am
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The answer for most of the Colorado Buffaloes' needs for the past four seasons has consistently been the same - McKinley Wright IV. ''I don't want anybody out here to try to be McKinley Wright,'' Boyle said. To fill the shoes of Wright, Boyle's looking at three possible point guards: Keeshawn Barthelemy, KJ Simpson and Julian Hammond III.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:30 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Tommy Lloyd spent 20 seasons working under Mark Few, helping turn Gonzaga into one of the nation's best programs. Lloyd's task in his first season as a head coach will be to return Arizona to a place among the nation's elite. ''When you're part of a program like Arizona you're always going to have expectations, so I think the best thing you have to do is embrace them and then you have to wrap your arms around all the reasons there are expectations,'' Lloyd said.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:05 pm
What do the Oklahoma Sooners need to do defensively to beat Kansas on Saturday? Here are three keys to the game.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:00 pm
Kansas State coordinators discuss their sides of the ball leading up to a bout with the Red Raiders in Lubbock.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 8:45 pm
Jabari Smith is getting a lot of preseason love.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 8:42 pm
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley was left exasperated at times last season by a team that seemed to lack chemistry and played inconsistently. Hoping to return the program to an upward trajectory, Hurley overhauled the roster for 2021-22, bringing in a group of transfers and freshmen whom he hopes can add a level of grit. ''I think it comes down to that really, mental toughness,'' Hurley said.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 7:40 pm
Andy Katz likes Rutgers men's basketball this year, with the Scarlet Knights part of his 'Power 36' preseason rankings.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:20 pm
Ben Howland believes Mississippi State could be one of his best squads since arriving in Starkville. MSU (18-15, 8-10 Southeastern Conference) returns two of its top three scorers in guard Iverson Molinar (16.7 points per game) and forward Tolu Smith (12.6 points, 8.5 rebounds), though Smith is out until late November following foot surgery. Molinar's offense was key to the Bulldogs' NIT run, and he's a preseason All-SEC first team selection.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:19 pm
Get ready for Saturday’s matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks with our Sooners Wire Staff Predictions.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:10 pm
Bruce Pearl has restocked Auburn's roster once again, only this time with expectations for immediate success. The preseason No. 22 Tigers' coach bolstered his team with talented transfers like North Carolina 7-footer Walker Kessler, Georgia guard K.D. Johnson and five-star recruit Jabari Smith after a down year that followed the program's best three-year run in history. For the second straight year, Auburn could have a new starting five but it will feature some transfers with college experience - and plenty of talent.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:04 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari's enthusiasm and optimism about his Kentucky squad comes from having his most experienced Wildcats roster in a while. All of them will be counted on to help No. 10 Kentucky bounce back from its worst finish in nearly a century. It starts with sixth-year guard Davion Mintz (11.5 points per game), who returns for an extra season after being the offensive bright spot on a team that struggled to shoot.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:00 pm
During All-Star weekend, the NBA will feature a matchup between Howard University and Morgan State University to kick off the NBA HBCU Classic.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:43 pm
The SEC has five teams in the preseason AP Poll, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama and Auburn. USA TODAY Sports The 2021-22 college basketball season is quickly approaching, with opening night scheduled for Nov.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:40 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida might have its best defensive team in nearly a decade, an experienced group that seems to fit perfectly with coach Mike White's style. White added three defensive stalwarts via the NCAA transfer portal, led by two-time Big South defensive player of the year Phlandrous Fleming and Summit League defensive player of the year Brandon McKissic, to bolster a lineup the Gators believe will be able to compete in the stacked Southeastern Conference. Throw in returning shot-blocker Colin Castleton and Boston College transfer CJ Felder, and the Gators could have their best collection of defenders since Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather, Will Yeguete and Patric Young ran roughshod through the league in 2014 and advanced to the Final Four.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:32 pm
While Alabama must replace the Southeastern Conference player of the year and an NBA draft lottery pick from its best team in decades, coach Nate Oats is hardly starting from scratch. Oats still enters his third season in Tuscaloosa with the preseason No. 14 team thanks to the return of leading scorers Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly. The Tide won their first SEC regular season stitle since 2002 and first tournament championship in 30 years on their way to a 26-7 season and the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:20 pm
Mississippi coach Kermit Davis is hoping a different style leads to more points, more possessions and more wins. The Rebels relied heavily on defense last season with one of the Southeastern Conference's stingiest and lowest scoring teams. Ole Miss is now led by No. 2 scorer Jarkel Joiner and seven newcomers, including the program's first McDonald's All-American, guard Daeshun Ruffin and three Power 5 transfers.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:18 pm
Crean now can tell his players they are viewed as the worst team in the league. ''As far as I know, none of the people who voted have seen us practice,'' Crean said Wednesday on the Athens Banner-Herald's Bulldogs Extra podcast. Voting on the last-place prediction came before Crean said Wednesday on Twitter Georgia's only returning starter, forward P.J. Horne, will miss the season with a knee injury.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:16 pm
Gonzaga coach Mark Few has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence in Idaho and must pay a fine of $1,000 in lieu of spending four days in jail, according to court documents.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:39 am
Michigan State basketball media day: Key quotes from Tom Izzo as he prepares for season
Posted: October 21, 2021, 3:23 am
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has a roster that in many ways reflects the new normal in college basketball. It's part of our game,'' Turgeon said. Maryland went 17-14 last season, and the Terps were every bit as inconsistent as that record suggests.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 10:41 pm
Buddy Boeheim looks to build off a great 2020 NCAA Tournament and lift the Orange back to prominence.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 10:04 pm
Michigan State basketball also awarded a scholarship to legacy guard Davis Smith, son of Steve Smith.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 9:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota coach Ben Johnson might have been wise to start the first practice with some get-to-know-you icebreakers before moving onto the shooting, passing and defense drills. The season opener is Nov. 9 against Kansas City. Only two of the 15 players on the roster this fall have returned from the previous squad, Eric Curry and Isaiah Ihnen.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 9:35 pm
Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo previews the season at media day at Breslin Center, Oct. 20, 2021.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 9:07 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State is unranked in the AP Top 25 preseason poll for the first time in a decade and its Hall of Fame coach isn't happy about it. ''It does tick me off,'' Tom Izzo said Wednesday. Izzo is not alone.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 9:03 pm
Kevin Keatts has had North Carolina State routinely pushing for 20-win seasons in his first four years, though he has just one NCAA Tournament berth – partly through bad luck – to show for it. The plan is to make those trips a more consistent outcome, starting with this year’s team that has Keatts excited about its versatility. “I like the brand that we’re building,” Keatts said.
Posted: October 20, 2021, 7:47 pm