Latest Men's college basketball News

UCLA's Cronin a winner at the track ahead of hoops opener

Oct. 22, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA coach Mick Cronin is a winner even before the college basketball season starts next month. A 3-year-old filly co-owned by Cronin won the $63,000 feature at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length on Friday. Sent off at 6-1...

No. 1 Gonzaga fully reloaded after run to championship game

Oct. 22, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

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. ...

K-State aims for big bounceback after 9 wins last season

Oct. 22, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

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. It's something Weber...

Very different No. 8 Baylor sees chance to repeat as champs

Oct. 22, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

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,...

West Virginia's Bob Huggins enters 40th season with 900 wins

Oct. 22, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

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...

No. 12 Memphis poised to chase title with No. 1 class, vets

Oct. 22, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

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. "You have the No. 1 recruiting class, but...

Hall of Famer, Olympic coach Wright returns to loaded Nova

Oct. 22, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

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. He returned to the Main Line campus from a road trip that took him from...

Expectations high at UConn in coach Hurley's 4th season

Oct. 22, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

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...

Oklahoma State to move on without No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham

Oct. 22, 2021 03:19 AM EDT

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...

Oklahoma looks to find footing with new coach Porter Moser

Oct. 22, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

So much has changed with the Oklahoma program. Porter Moser has come in from Loyola-Chicago to replace retired coach Lon Kruger. And last year’s top three scorers have moved on. Austin Reaves is now with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brady Manek has transferred to North...