Latest Western Athletic Conference men's basketball News

Lamar returning to Southland Conference after short WAC stay

Apr. 08, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Lamar is going back to the Southland Conference after a short stay in the Western Athletic Conference, announcing plans Friday to return in the 2023-24 academic year to the league in which it was a founding member. The school cited geography in its desire to...

Jans: Mississippi State hoops will have swagger, confidence

Mar. 23, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Chris Jans leaned down to pick up a cowbell and rang it during his introduction as Mississippi State's basketball coach. It's an MSU sports tradition he acknowledged struggling with upon getting off the plane. He plans to get better at it by ringing up more...

Mississippi State hires New Mexico State's Jans as coach

Mar. 20, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State named Chris Jans its men’s basketball coach on Sunday, a day after he led New Mexico State in the NCAA Tournament's second round. The school announced the hire on its athletic department's website but did not provide details. Jans, who...

One $hining Moment: Players can cash in on NCAA success

Mar. 20, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — This March Madness, basketball players can monetize their shining moments. The NCAA lifted its ban last summer on athletes earning money off their name, image and likeness. Since then, all kinds of business opportunities have sprung up from modest online...

Razorbacks return to Sweet 16 with 53-48 win over Aggies

Mar. 20, 2022 00:52 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arkansas’ Eric Musselman leaned heavily on his NBA coaching days of having to defend Kobe Bryant in devising a plan for how to keep New Mexico State’s Teddy “Buckets” Allen in check. And it was only fitting to Musselman that swingman Au’Diese Toney...

Middle Tennessee beats Cal Baptist 64-58 in 1st round of CBI

Mar. 19, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — DeAndre Dishman registered 17 points as Middle Tennessee topped California Baptist 64-58 in the College Basketball Invitational first round on Saturday. Donovan Sims, Camryn Weston and Elias King added nine points apiece for Middle Tennessee (24-10). ...

Edwards scores 25 to power Houston past UAB in NCAA opener

Mar. 19, 2022 00:52 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Houston looks like a problem again. A Final Four team a year ago, the Cougars played like a group capable of making another deep run this March as they opened the NCAA Tournament with an 82-68 win over UAB on Friday night. Offensively, Houston can...

Teddy Allen scoring in 'Buckets' for New Mexico State

Mar. 18, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Teddy Allen picked up the “Teddy Buckets” nickname as a freshman at West Virginia for his deft scoring ability. It took him five stops in five years to finally feel at home with New Mexico State. Just don’t make the suggestion that his journey — from...

Teddy Buckets: New Mexico State upsets UConn 70-63 in NCAA

Mar. 18, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New Mexico State coach Chris Jans was in the hallway of KeyBank Center preparing his pregame speech as Richmond celebrated the day's first victory by a No. 12 seed in a nearby locker room. “I stopped and watched them. It gave me chills to think about what...

Tennessee uses balanced offense to beat Longwood 88-56

Mar. 17, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee used its stout defense to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament. If the Volunteers shoot as well as they did Thursday in Indianapolis, they could be headed toward an even bigger celebration. Santiago Vescovi scored 18 points on six...