Latest Mid-American Conference men's basketball News

USC signs Akron grad transfer Utomi for 2019-20 season

Apr. 16, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has added forward Daniel Utomi to its basketball roster for next season, its second graduate transfer addition this month. Coach Andy Enfield said Tuesday that Utomi is expected to graduate from Akron soon with a degree in sports management. Utomi joins guard Quinton...

Alabama's Oats completes coaching staff, retains Pettway

Apr. 10, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — New Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats has filled his staff, including one holdover assistant and one coming with him from Buffalo. Oats announced Wednesday he is retaining Crimson Tide assistant and former player Antoine Pettway. He's also bringing Bryan Hodgson with him from...

Buffalo promotes Whitesell to take over basketball program

Apr. 6, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo has promoted Nate Oats' top assistant, Jim Whitesell, to take over its men's basketball program. The Mid-American Conference Bulls announced the move Saturday, 10 days after Oats ended his four-year run at Buffalo to become coach at Alabama. Whitesell was associate head coach...

14-year-old says he is Illinois boy who went missing in 2011

Apr. 3, 2019 11:30 PM EDT

In 2011, 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen's mother picked him up at school in Illinois, took him to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel, leaving a note in which she said her son was fine but that no one would ever find him. On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy came forward to tell authorities he is...

Ohio gamer pleads guilty in deadly Kansas hoax case

Apr. 3, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ohio gamer upset over a $1.50 bet in an online game pleaded guilty Wednesday to asking a prankster to make a bogus emergency call, then trying to hide his involvement when he realized the antic had gotten a Kansas man killed by police. Casey Viner, 19, of North College Hill, Ohio,...

Men stabbed by fellow inmate while handcuffed sue officers

Apr. 3, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officers at an Ohio prison watched and laughed behind a locked door as an inmate slipped his handcuffs, pulled out a homemade blade, and repeatedly stabbed four fellow prisoners who were handcuffed to a table and couldn't defend themselves, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed...

The NCAA Latest: Buffalo tops ex-coach Hurley, Arizona State

Mar. 31, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 6:35 p.m. Buffalo coach Nate Oats beat his former boss when the sixth-seeded Bulls topped Bobby Hurley and 11th-seeded Arizona State 91-74 in the West Region. Hurley was Buffalo's head coach during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with Oats...

Alabama hires Buffalo's Nate Oats as its mens' hoops coach

Mar. 27, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nate Oats helped turned Buffalo into an NCAA Tournament regular. Now, he's trying to restore Alabama to that status. The Crimson Tide hired Oats on Wednesday after he led the Bulls to their best season and a third NCAA berth in four years. Athletic director Greg Byrne turned to Oats...

Man picks perfect NCAA tourney bracket heading into Sweet 16

Mar. 26, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that's perfect through 48 games on the NCAA.com's "Bracket Challenge," according to the NCAA. Gregg Nigl of Columbus told The Columbus Dispatch he almost didn't fill out his bracket last week, saying he was home sick just hours...

NCAA Latest: Houston beats Ohio State in Midwest Region

Mar. 24, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 11:20 p.m. Houston has beaten Ohio State 74-59 in the Midwest Region. And that has ensured that every No. 1, 2 and 3 seed will reach the Sweet 16 for first time in a decade. Corey Davis Jr. had 21 points for the Cougars, a No. 3 seed....