Basketball

Virginia completes epic journey from last year’s ugly exit to win its first title

Virginia completes epic journey from last year’s ugly exit to win its first title

on April 9, 2019, 6:02 AM / in Basketball

MINNEAPOLIS — Only college basketball could give us something so storybook — too rich for movies; too perfect for documentaries — like Virginia winning the 2019 NCAA championship. On Monday night inside U.S. Bank Stadium, UVA coach Tony Bennett, humbly seated on his stool, dropped his head in blissful victory, the weight of his own desires and dreams finally vaporizing around […]

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Duke ‘looking into’ Michael Avenatti allegation

on April 8, 2019, 8:45 AM / in Basketball, National News

Duke University’s athletic director, Kevin White, said over the weekend that the school is “looking into” allegations by attorney Michael Avenatti that Nike paid the mother of Blue Devils basketball star Zion Williamson for consulting services while Duke was recruiting him. Avenatti, who was charged last week with trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike, tweeted that Nike […]

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Baylor wins 3rd NCAA women’s basketball championship

Baylor wins 3rd NCAA women’s basketball championship

on April 8, 2019, 8:41 AM / in Basketball

Baylor University defeated Notre Dame 82-81 on Sunday to win this year’s women’s NCAA basketball tournament in a thrilling final matchup. At one point, Baylor had a 17-point lead over Notre Dame, but that fell apart in the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, with just 3.9 seconds left on the clock, Baylor’s Chloe Jackson made a layup, giving the […]

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Michigan State Drops to Texas Tech

on April 7, 2019, 6:56 AM / in Basketball

The Michigan Sate basketball season came to a close at U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday night when MSU fell to Texas Tech 61 to 51 in the Final Four. They ran into a buzz saw of a defense and a senior guard Matt Mooney who shot the lights out. It was a tough loss for the Spartans, but they’ve got nothing […]

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Cavaliers survive late run from Tigers to make first national title game

on April 7, 2019, 6:49 AM / in Basketball

Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to make the Final Four, advanced on Saturday night with a 63-62 win against Auburn at U.S. Bank Stadium. The game was played at Virginia’s pace, with patient possessions for the Wahoos on offense and limited fast break opportunities for the usually up-tempo Tigers. Ty Jerome had one of his best games of the […]

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NCAA Basketball; Down to 16

on March 25, 2019, 6:07 AM / in Basketball

The second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament is officially in the books. We’ve weeded out 48 teams, and now there are only 16 left with a shot at cutting down the nets on the final game of the season in Minneapolis next month. And what a great way for the opening weekend to end. After an exciting but chalky […]

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Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, and Gonzaga take NCAA tournament top seeds

on March 18, 2019, 7:45 AM / in Basketball

The Duke Blue Devils took the top overall seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Sunday. Duke, led by freshman superstar Zion Williamson, was joined by Virginia, North Carolina, and Gonzaga as the No. 1 seeds in the four March Madness brackets. Duke stumbled at the end of the regular season, going 3-3 in six games Williamson missed after […]

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LeBron James leaves Cavaliers to join Lakers

LeBron James leaves Cavaliers to join Lakers

on July 2, 2018, 7:33 AM / in Basketball

LeBron James has agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year, $154 million deal, his agency, Klutch Sports, announced Sunday. The four-time NBA MVP and 14-time All-Star is coming off a stellar season. He averaged 27.5 points per game and led the Cavs to the NBA finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors. James is the […]

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Golden State of Domination: Warriors win second straight title, sweep Cavaliers in NBA Finals

on June 9, 2018, 7:10 AM / in Basketball

CLEVELAND – The brightest dreams of the Bay Area and the darkest nightmares of everywhere else – especially here – have come to fruition. The Warriors, already great then supercharged by Kevin Durant, blazed through the field to win their second straight championship and third in four years. The 2018 title came with a sweep of the Cavaliers, capped by a 108-85 […]

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Warriors win Game 1 of NBA Finals despite LeBron James’ 51 points

on June 1, 2018, 7:37 AM / in Basketball

LeBron James scored a playoff career-high 51 points but his Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. The Warriors won 124-114 in overtime, kicking off the fourth straight Cavs-Warriors championship battle. Stephen Curry scored 29 points for the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 26, and Klay Thomson 24. Cleveland […]

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LeBron James scores 35 as Cavs advance to NBA Finals

LeBron James scores 35 as Cavs advance to NBA Finals

on May 28, 2018, 6:02 AM / in Basketball

LeBron James on Sunday scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics to send his team to the NBA Finals. James has been in the finals every year since 2011 — four with Miami, and now four straight with Cleveland. This might be his weakest supporting cast year. He […]

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UNC No Longer Pursuing Sacha Killeya-Jones

UNC No Longer Pursuing Sacha Killeya-Jones

on May 13, 2018, 5:52 AM / in Basketball, Sports

By BEN SHERMAN  |   Inside Carolina Sacha Killeya-Jones will not be transferring to North Carolina. Multiple sources confirmed to Inside Carolina on Saturday that the Tar Heels are no longer pursuing the 6-10 Kentucky transfer. Killeya-Jones took visits to N.C. State and Wake Forest this past week, per a source, and had been aiming to visit UNC – until the Tar […]

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NBA hopeful’s mom likens NCAA to slavery; Condoleezza Rice defends planned reforms

NBA hopeful’s mom likens NCAA to slavery; Condoleezza Rice defends planned reforms

on May 10, 2018, 6:30 AM / in Basketball, National News

(Editor’s Notes) Rules normally exist for the protection of the innocent or at least that was what I thought until I delved into the law and politics. Now, it shadows its former self and both sides look to gain something that neither deserve. Originally The NCAA — college sports’ regulatory body — had long maintained that compensating players would undermine its […]

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Penny Hardaway, Memphis chase nation’s top recruits as college hoops evaluation period begins

Penny Hardaway, Memphis chase nation’s top recruits as college hoops evaluation period begins

on April 21, 2018, 6:48 AM / in Basketball, State News

Mark Giannotto, USA TODAY NETWORK Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway will walk into a large gym full of top Division-I basketball prospects Friday evening a few miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and look across the court at where he used to be. Hardaway spent the better of a decade attending recruiting events on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League with Team […]

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Villanova Wins National Title

Villanova Wins National Title

on April 3, 2018, 8:17 AM / in Basketball

Villanova blew out Michigan 79-62 to win its second NCAA men’s basketball championship in three years on Monday night. Villanova’s sixth man, sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, gave the Wildcats a scoring boost with an 18-point barrage in the first half. He finished with a career-high 31 points, a title-game record, after averaging 13 points on the season. When Michigan threatened […]

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Notre Dame wins NCAA women’s basketball title with last-second shot

Notre Dame wins NCAA women’s basketball title with last-second shot

on April 2, 2018, 8:04 AM / in Basketball

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, a second-team All-American, sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to give her team a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State in the finals of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament on Sunday. It was the second title for the Fighting Irish, who also won in 2001 but lost four championship games over five years, from 2011 to 2015. […]

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Loyola-Chicago scores first upset of March Madness, beating Miami

Loyola-Chicago scores first upset of March Madness, beating Miami

on March 16, 2018, 8:55 AM / in Basketball

No. 11 Loyola-Chicago defeated No. 6 Miami in Dallas on Thursday, notching the first upset of the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Ramblers’ 64-62 defeat of the Hurricanes came thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from senior guard Donte Ingram. Thursday’s game was the Ramblers’ first appearance in the Big Dance in 33 years. Earlier in the day, the No. […]

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Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier take top seeds in NCAA tournament

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier take top seeds in NCAA tournament

on March 12, 2018, 8:21 AM / in Basketball

Virginia, with a 31-2 record, took the top overall seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket unveiled Sunday night. The other three No. 1 seeds were Big East champions Villanova (30-4), Big 12 regular-season champion Kansas (27-7), and Xavier (28-5). The No. 2 seeds were defending national champion North Carolina (25-10), Duke (26-7), Purdue (28-6), and Cincinnati (30-4). The […]

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Payments to top college basketball players listed in FBI documents: report

Payments to top college basketball players listed in FBI documents: report

on February 24, 2018, 6:12 AM / in Basketball

New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport’s basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of the investigation list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to […]

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LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA over team suspension

on December 5, 2017, 7:26 AM / in Basketball

LaVar Ball told ESPN on Monday that he planned to pulled his son, basketball player LiAngelo Ball, out of UCLA because the school was punishing him too harshly for a shoplifting incident during a team trip to China. LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, was suspended indefinitely, as were teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. China released the players after detaining them […]

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