Men’s College Basketball

College hoops coaching great Henson dies at 88

Lou Henson, the all-time wins leader as men’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois and New Mexico State, died Saturday at his home in Champaign, Illinois, at age 88, his family announced Wednesday. He was buried Wednesday in a ceremony in Champaign, which was attended by family only. Henson began his coaching career at Las Cruces (New Mexico) High School in 1957 and spent 21 years at Illinois. He

Knicks legend, Hoyas coach Ewing tests positive

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Friday. The Hall of Famer is under care and isolated at a local hospital “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said in a statement. “I want to encourage everyone

NBA decisions with big impacts on top college conferences

Covers college basketball Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato Most years, this is a turbulent time for college basketball programs wondering what their rosters will look like next season as prospects make decisions about their professional futures. But the coronavirus pandemic has created even more uncertainty, with coaches having limited in-person contact with potential returnees and prospects unable to employ the typical avenues, such as pro

The top 25 players in college basketball: A ranking for 2020-21

ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal In an ordinary time, this ranking of next season’s top 25 players would be posted while confetti is still raining down on the winning team in the national championship game. This is no ordinary time, but we can still look ahead with hope. Of course, even during regular

G'town digital star McClung to test draft waters

Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Sunday. “I have declared for the 2020 NBA Draft while also maintaining eligibility,” McClung told ESPN in a text message. “I have submitted my form to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, and sent in paperwork to the league office. I have also signed with an NBA/NCAA certified agent which gives me an opportunity to go through this

Introducing college basketball's 64-player greatest of all time bracket

ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. Who’s the greatest player in college basketball history? We took a look at the best men’s and women’s players to

Q&A with Rick Pitino on Iona hiring, past issues at Louisville

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Rick Pitino is back in college basketball. The former Louisville coach will be the next head coach at Iona, the school announced on Saturday. Pitino replaces Tim Cluess, who said Friday he was stepping down after 10 years due to an undisclosed health issue that sidelined the entire 2019-20 season. Pitino hasn’t coached in college basketball since October

Governor: No fans at Ohio NCAA tourney games

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton. DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.” During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host

Huskers add football players to basketball team

Nebraska is turning to its football team for some help in the Big Ten basketball tournament. The Cornhuskers have rounded out their roster by adding two football players — quarterback Noah Vedral and offensive tackle Brant Banks — for the conference tourney that begins Wednesday in Indianapolis, coach Fred Hoiberg said. Both players will be available to play in No. 14-seeded Nebraska’s opener against No. 11 Indiana. Vedral, a sophomore,

Ivy cancels conference tourneys, cites coronavirus

The Ivy League has canceled its conference tournaments in both men’s and women’s basketball in response to the coronavirus crisis. The league announced its decision Tuesday, four days before the start of the men’s tournament and three days before the start of the women’s event. Both tournaments were scheduled to take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It marks the first postseason college basketball tournament to be canceled because of the coronavirus