Latest Big East Conference men's basketball News

North Carolina State transfer joins revamped Butler roster

May. 09, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler coach Thad Matta landed his second big man in less than a week Monday, announcing the addition of 6-foot-11 Manny Bates from North Carolina State. The grad transfer had 147 blocks, fourth in school history, and shot 64.7% from the field in two seasons...

Akok Akok heads to Georgetown men's basketball from UConn

May. 03, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Akok Akok is transferring to Georgetown from UConn, the latest in a series of additions and subtractions for coach Patrick Ewing's Hoyas after the worst men's basketball season in Big East history. Georgetown announced Akok's move on Tuesday. The...

Carey, Holloway become latest Georgetown players to transfer

Apr. 28, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don Carey and Collin Holloway became the fifth and sixth Georgetown basketball players to enter the NCAA transfer portal this spring. The school announced the moves Friday. Kobe Clark Timothy Ighoefe, Tyler Beard and Jalin Billingsley already entered the portal,...

Neptune ready to keep Villanova elite as Wright's successor

Apr. 28, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright patted his chest in appreciation of the cheering crowd before he threw a first pitch to Phillies manager Joe Girardi. Wright then took the ball from Girardi, hustled back and handed it to Kyle Neptune so the new Villanova coach could lob his own ceremonial strike. ...

Wright cites lost 'edge' in surprise Villanova retirement

Apr. 22, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright attended mass — as one does working at the only Augustinian Catholic university in the nation — and often found himself on his smartphone more than he was listening to the sermon. “I'm hearing the homily and I'm texting our players about...

Wright resigns as Villanova coach, Neptune takes over

Apr. 20, 2022 22:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright shocked college basketball Wednesday night with his immediate resignation at Villanova, the Big East program he led to two national championships and four Final Fours in a Hall of Fame career. The 60-year-old Wright guided Villanova to titles in 2016...

Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright has resigned after 21 seasons, two national championships.

Apr. 20, 2022 21:31 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright has resigned after 21 seasons, two national championships.

Ex-Louisville interim coach Pegues hired on Butler's staff

Apr. 15, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler coach Thad Matta announced Friday he has hired former Louisville interim coach Mike Pegues and Kevin Kuwik as assistant coaches. Matta also will retain David Ragland from last season's Bulldogs staff. “I had a lot of boxes that I wanted...

Georgetown lands ex-LSU guard Murray out of transfer portal

Apr. 11, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

Brandon Murray has chosen to transfer to Georgetown, a potential boost for the once-storied program coming off a 6-25 season with no victories in the Big East. The former LSU guard picked Georgetown over Tennessee and Illinois. The Hoyas announced Murray's decision Monday, and he...

Matta's comeback includes rekindling Butler's winning ways

Apr. 06, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thad Matta's first head coaching tenue at Butler lasted one season. This time, he hopes to stick around a little longer — with a familiar script that helped the Bulldogs reach unprecedented heights in the decade following his departure. On...