Latest Big Ten Conference men's basketball News

Michigan State's Tillman staying in NBA draft

Aug. 2, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's Xavier Tillman is skipping his senior season and staying in the NBA draft. Tillman announced Sunday that he would remain in the draft and plans to hire an agent. He'd announced in March that he would test the waters before making a final decision....

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, Iowa's Luka Garza (55) dunks as Penn State's Myles Dread (2) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa. Big Ten player of the year Garza says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season. Garza says his heart is in Iowa City and that it would have been hard to close the book on his college career without a last chapter. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette, File)

All-America center Garza passes on NBA to return to Iowa

Aug. 2, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Luka Garza announced Sunday he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season. “My heart is in Iowa City,” Garza said. “I love this place too much to leave it. I love my teammates, coaches, community,...

Big Ten Freshman of Year Cockburn returning to Illinois

Aug. 1, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois for his sophomore season. The 7-foot, 290-pound Cockburn posted “IM BACK ‼️” with a graphic on Twitter on Saturday. The announcement means the Illini will have their top two players...

Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu to return for junior season

Aug. 1, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois basketball star Ayo Dosunmu plans to return for his junior season rather than turn pro. The first-team, all-Big Ten guard said in a video posted Friday on Twitter playing in the NBA is his dream. “But first, I need that national championship. Year three,” he...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, former University of Illinois basketball coach Lou Henson acknowledges the crowd while taking his seat courtside during the dedication of the court in his name at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Henson, the basketball coach who led Illinois back into the national spotlight, has died at age 88. The school said Henson died Saturday, July, 25, 2020, and was buried on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  (AP Photo/Rick Danzl, File)

Former Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88

Jul. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lou Henson, the plain-spoken coach who took New Mexico State and Illinois to the Final Four during a 21-year career that included nearly 800 victories and a feud with fellow Big Ten coach Bob Knight, has died. He was 88. Henson died Saturday at his home in Champaign and he was buried...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020, file photo, Iowa guard CJ Fredrick drives to the basket against Purdue guard Isaiah Thompson, left, during an NCAA college basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa redshirt sophomore CJ Fredrick underwent successful surgery of his right foot Tuesday, July 14, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Fredrick had a screw inserted to his fifth metatarsal to fixate a stress fracture. The Hawkeye guard is expected to be off the court the next six weeks.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa's CJ Fredrick has surgery for stress fracture in foot

Jul. 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa guard CJ Fredrick is expected to be ready for preseason practices after having surgery on his right foot, the school announced Wednesday. Fredrick on Tuesday had a screw inserted to his fifth metatarsal — the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the...

Northwestern's Phillips to chair NCAA men's hoops committee

Jul. 13, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Northwestern vice president Jim Phillips was chosen Monday to chair the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee for the 2021-22 season, succeeding Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart. Phillips, who is in his fourth year on the committee, will spend the upcoming season as vice...

Bolton left Penn State after coach's 'noose' comment

Jul. 6, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton said he decided to leave Penn State last spring because of a comment by coach Pat Chambers, who said the player had a noose around his neck. Bolton, who is Black, disclosed the reason for his departure Monday in a tweet he titled “a noose around my neck.” Chambers, who...

Prep hoops star Emoni Bates commits to play for Michigan St

Jun. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan high school basketball standout Emoni Bates has committed to play at Michigan State for the class of 2022. Bates announced his decision Monday on ESPN to play for the Spartans and coach Tom Izzo. In April, the 6-foot-9 guard was named Gatorade’s national player of...

Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Canucks say Vancouver out of NHL hub city race

Jun. 25, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host the NHL’s...