Latest NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship News

Rhoades, VCU agree to contract extension

Jul. 22, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball coach Mike Rhoades has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the Rams' sideline through the 2026-27 season. Athletic director and vice president Ed McLaughlin made the...

Eastern New Mexico University hires athletic director

Jul. 16, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University officials announced Thursday that Paul Weir has been hired as the school’s athletic director. Weir will begin his new job on Monday. He was the head men’s basketball coach at New Mexico for...

Freshmen class for UConn men doesn't lack confidence

Jun. 30, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Incoming freshman guard Jordan Hawkins arrived at UConn's basketball training center in May, looked up at the banners of all the players that have gone from Storrs to the NBA and one thought ran through his mind. “I belong here.” ...

Michigan, Illinois, 5 other NCAA teams in Gavitt Tipoff

Jun. 24, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and five other teams that earned berths in the NCAA Tournament will play in the sixth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games in mid-November. The Big East and Big Ten conferences announced the matchups for the eight games Thursday. The games will...

Seton Hall promotes Billmeirer, adds Copeland to hoops staff

Jun. 24, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Grant Billmeier was promoted Thursday to associate head coach and Donald Copeland has been named an assistant basketball coach at Seton Hall. Billmeier, a former Pirates player, has been on coach Kevin Willard’s staff for 10 of 11 seasons,...

Seton Hall and Rutgers to play on Dec. 12 after missing 2020

Jun. 08, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers and Seton Hall are going to renew their basketball rivalry with a game at the Prudential Center on Dec. 12. The schools announced the game on Tuesday. Last year's annual Garden State Hardwood Classic was not played...

Mike Roth to retire after 24 years as Gonzaga AD

Jun. 07, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said Monday he will retire on Aug. 31, ending a 24-year run during which the Bulldogs had unprecedented success in men's basketball and other sports. Roth has spent a total of 34 years at the private Jesuit...

Sportsbooks' profits in Virginia level off in April

May. 30, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sportsbooks in Virginia saw their growth fall off in April, with no marquee events like February's Super Bowl and March's NCAA basketball tournament to drive revenue. Still, taxpayers made out better than ever, as the sportsbooks generated more tax...

Kansas officially signs 2 of top college hoops transfers

May. 26, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self acknowledged in the aftermath of one of the worst NCAA Tournament losses in program history that the Jayhawks had to get more athletic and more dynamic if they wanted to once again be title contenders. They took a big step...

Gonzaga hires Stephen Gentry as assistant basketball coach

May. 24, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former Gonzaga player Stephen Gentry was hired Monday as an assistant basketball coach to replace Tommy Lloyd, who left the Bulldogs to become the head coach at Arizona. Gentry was most recently an assistant coach at Illinois. ...