Men’s College Basketball

Virginia men's basketball out of ACC tournament after COVID-19 positive; Georgia Tech to final

One day after the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team exited the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament due to a positive coronavirus test within the program, a second ACC program has suffered the same fate. The conference announced Friday’s semifinal matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets has been canceled due to “a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing” within the Virginia program. Georgia Tech will advance

Bubble Watch 2021: Duke and Syracuse stay alive

ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal In most years, the ACC tournament is a clash of basketball titans. The last time the event was played in its entirety, in 2019, the bracket showcased no fewer than three NCAA tournament No. 1 seeds — Duke, North Carolina and eventual national champion Virginia. This year’s get-together

Creighton players: McDermott's words hurt us

OMAHA, Neb. — Five Creighton men’s basketball players explained Saturday in a short pregame video why they were hurt by coach Greg McDermott’s remarks in his locker room talk following a loss last weekend. A sixth player who didn’t speak in the video, star guard Marcus Zegarowski, said after Saturday’s 93-73 win over Butler that even though McDermott made a mistake with his choice of words, he loves and supports

Wooden Watch: Which greats of the past does Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham evoke?

If Cade Cunningham hadn’t already gotten your attention, the Oklahoma State freshman standout surely received it last Saturday. Cunningham, the current favorite to go No. 1 in the 2021 NBA draft, dropped 40 points and 11 rebounds on Oklahoma in a critical overtime win for the Cowboys, following it up two days later by leading OSU to a sweep of its in-state rival. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Cunningham can seemingly play

Which teams outside the top four have the best shot at a No. 1 seed?

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Following Baylor’s bounce-back win over West Virginia and considering the fact Illinois was going to be without Ayo Dosunmu heading into its game at Michigan, it looked like we would exit Tuesday night with a pretty good idea of the first three 1-seeds and a wide-open race for the fourth spot in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Illinois

NIT down to 16 teams, will be played in Texas

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. The National Invitation Tournament is downsizing and moving its annual tournament this month, the NCAA announced Monday. The NIT will feature 16 teams all playing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, with games being held at Comerica Center in Frisco and at UNT Coliseum on North Texas’ campus in Denton. In previous years, the tournament has featured 32

The unreal offensive numbers behind Gonzaga's first-ever undefeated regular season

With its 86-69 win over Loyola Marymount Saturday night, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team completed its first undefeated regular season — and became the first Division I team to enter its conference tournament undefeated since Kentucky in 2015. While this season has been full of uncertainty because of COVID-19 — namely shortened nonconference schedules, multiweek pauses for teams across the nation and over 1,500 postponed or canceled games — Gonzaga’s

Bubble Watch 2021: Loyola inches closer to tourney return

ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal For Loyola Chicago, the season began with being picked to finish second behind Northern Iowa in the preseason Missouri Valley Conference poll. That same regular season has ended with their earning a 21-4 record, a No. 21 ranking nationally and the program’s first appearance in the AP poll

Bubble Watch 2021: Mid-majors showing up strong on the 2021 bubble

ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal One of the most striking features of this year’s bubble is the unmistakable prevalence of mid-majors. Usually at this time of year, we should be debating whether a team from the middle of the standings in a major conference deserves an at-large bid at the expense of a

'I'm everything right now except for a basketball coach': How college coaches are managing a fractured 2020-21 season

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Stanford coach Jerod Haase hasn’t been in his office since last spring. Saint Louis hasn’t had a team meal or been in its locker room together since last March. There are teams that have played four games; there are teams that have played 23 games. The entire Ivy League canceled its season, while four other teams have opted