Latest NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship News

Upstate NY Basketball Hall of Fame honor for Jim Boeheim

May. 19, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Longtime Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and former Orange player Jim Lee are among 17 people to be inducted Sunday into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame. Boeheim was an all-state performer at Lyons Central High School and was a two-year starter for the Orange. He was a member of...

John Beilein brought success, pride to Michigan

May. 13, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein called it a heck of a ride. That felt like a typical understatement from Michigan's outgoing coach. Beyond all the wins, the conference titles and the NCAA Tournament runs, Beilein's basketball team became an embodiment of the way so many Michigan fans like to feel...

North Dakota's Jones steps down as men's basketball coach

May. 1, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota men's basketball coach Brian Jones is stepping down to join the staff at Illinois State. Jones says in a release that he has accepted the associate head coaching job with the Redbirds in order to be closer to family. Jones is a native of Rock Island,...

Mississippi casinos win more as sports betting boost extends

Apr. 30, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast won the second-highest monthly amount ever in March, boosted by betting on the NCAA basketball tournament. Although casinos in other parts of Mississippi remain beset by increasing competition, they too have been showing strength since the advent...

Minnesota, Oklahoma to play Nov. 9 in Sioux Falls, SD

Apr. 30, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Minnesota will play Oklahoma in a neutral-site game this season at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Gophers made the announcement Tuesday of the Nov. 9 nonconference matchup, which will be the 25th NCAA Division I men's basketball game at the Pentagon since...

Big payday for Beard after Texas Tech's run to title game

Apr. 29, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has made Chris Beard one of the nation's top-paid coaches in college basketball after he led the Red Raiders to their first national championship game. Beard, the AP national coach of the year, got a new contract Monday that will pay him an average of $4.575 million...

Former LSU interim head coach Benford hired as TCU assistant

Apr. 29, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Tony Benford has been hired as an assistant men's basketball coach at TCU after finishing last season as interim head coach for LSU's run to the Sweet 16. Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon announced the hiring Monday, saying he has known Benford for 30 years. Benford was head coach at...

Oklahoma adds Molinari as basketball assistant

Apr. 25, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has added Jim Molinari as an assistant basketball coach. Molinari has more than three decades of college coaching experience, including 20 seasons as a Division I head coach with stops at Northern Illinois, Bradley, Minnesota (interim) and Western Illinois. He compiled more...

Likely NBA top pick Zion Williamson referenced at NCAA trial

Apr. 25, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial Thursday as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help from an aspiring agent. The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before...

Wade bonus forfeiture, Woodward $8M deal before LSU board

Apr. 25, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Will Wade will forfeit $250,000 in incentive bonuses and new athletic director Scott Woodward will receive a six-year, $8 million pay package under contracts recommended for approval by the university's board of supervisors. Wade is paid about $2.5 million annually and his...