Latest NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship News

ACC coaches back idea of all D-I teams in 2021 NCAA tourney

Sep. 9, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball coaches are pushing the idea of having next year’s NCAA Tournament include all eligible teams in Division I. Numerous league schools and coaches released statements Wednesday after the coaches held their weekly call to discuss...

'Father of the Final Four' Tom Jernestedt dies at 75.

Sep. 6, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tom Jernstedt, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame for his contributions to college basketball and the NCAA Tournament, has died. He was 75. The NCAA said Sunday Jernstedt died this weekend. Nicknamed “Father of the Final Four,” Jernstedt has widely been credited with...

Aztecs extend Dutcher's contract 3 years through 2026

Sep. 4, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State basketball coach Brian Dutcher has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season. Dutcher signed the deal following one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Aztecs went 30-2, won the Mountain West regular-season title and were expected...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs with the ball against Wisconsin during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

College football in the spring: When? How much? Who plays?

Aug. 12, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

Back in April, not long after the NCAA basketball tournaments were canceled because of the pandemic, the idea of moving the college football season to the spring of 2021 already was being tossed around. Conference commissioners and athletic directors called it a last resort. And when it looked like the fight...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Creighton's Marcus Zegarowski, rear, reaches for the ball against Seton Hall's Sandro Mamukelashvili (23), during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb. Mamukelashvili has opted out of the NBA draft and is returning to Seton Hall for his senior year.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Mamukelashvili opts out of NBA draft, returns to Seton Hall

Aug. 3, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Forward Sandro Mamukelashvili has opted out of the NBA draft and is returning to Seton Hall for his senior year. Mamukelashvili announced his decision over the weekend after thinking about the draft for months. The native of Tbilisi, Georgia, averaged 11.9 points and 6 rebounds in...

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert returning for senior season

Aug. 3, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Corey Kispert will not pursue professional options and is returning to Gonzaga for his senior season. Kispert's decision, announced by the school Monday, comes two days after guard Joel Ayayi announced he will be back for his junior season in Spokane. “Returning to school gives...

Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi to return for junior season

Aug. 1, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return for his junior decision. The school announced his decision Saturday. The 6-foot-5 French guard averaged 10.6 points, 6,6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals last season. He was named the West Coast...

Mitchell to return for senior season at San Diego State

Jul. 31, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Forward Matt Mitchell will return to San Diego State for his senior season after exploring his chances in the NBA Draft. Mitchell didn’t hire an agent, so he retained his college eligibility. He was named first-team All-Mountain West last season, when SDSU went 30-2, won the MWC...