Latest John Wooden News

Duke jumps to No. 1 in reshuffled AP Top 25; Purdue to No. 2

Nov. 29, 2021 13:28 PM EST

Mike Krzyzewski’s final team at Duke has reached a familiar milestone: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll. The Blue Devils jumped four spots to the top of Monday's poll following a win against Gonzaga that knocked the Bulldogs from the...

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,...

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...

Led by Juzang, No. 2 UCLA carries title hopes into season

Oct. 21, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Expectations are nothing new at UCLA. John Wooden's success made sure of that. They accompany the start of every basketball season at the school that owns a record 11 NCAA titles. What’s different is that the Bruins could win it all for the first...

Alabama loss creates potential for wild finish in SEC West

Oct. 13, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Aggies' 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small's field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide's division rivals. It's not...

Rick Byrd to receive Legends of Coaching Award

Oct. 05, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rick Byrd, who retired in 2019 after leading Belmont to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award. His selection was announced by Craig Impelman, Wooden’s grandson-in-law, at the Los Angeles...

Nan Wooden, daughter of UCLA coach John Wooden, dies at 87

Sep. 15, 2021 00:51 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nan Wooden, the daughter of late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and a fixture at the Bruins games for years, died Tuesday. She was 87. The school said she died of natural causes at a care facility in the San Fernando Valley, according to family...