Kansas earns No. 1 seed in Midwest Region; Auburn gets No. 2
Kansas earned a No. 1 seed for the 15th time on Sunday, second only to North Carolina for most in college hoops history, and will open the NCAA Tournament in the Midwest Region against the play-in winner between Texas Southern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Fort Worth, Texas.
Michigan State pleased with win streak but knows tougher challenges await
EAST LANSING – Tom Izzo wasn’t feeling great about Michigan State’s two-point win over Minnesota on Wednesday when he got to the Spartans’ locker room afterward. Izzo can’t forget Michigan State’s record, which marks a stark turnaround from last year. The Spartans’ Big Ten opponents are a combined 5-17 in conference play (Michigan State has now played the 1-4 Gophers twice). While the win streak has pushed Michigan State higher in the Associated Press poll, non-human rankers haven’t been as impressed by the Spartans. In terms of computer numbers, Michigan State has slightly regressed despite its win streak: the Spartans were No.mlive.com
Amon-Ra St. Brown officially becomes greatest rookie receiver in Detroit Lions history
Amon-Ra St. Brown has officially become the greatest rookie wide receiver in Detroit Lions history. St. Brown already broke the catches record weeks ago. No rookie wide receiver had ever done that in the history of the league. St. Brown, taken two days after that, has proven to be one of the great steals in this year’s draft. And now he’s officially the greatest rookie receiver in the history of this franchise.mlive.com
Suits or sweats? Juwan Howard, Michigan basketball coaching staff deciding what to wear in new season
ANN ARBOR -- At Big Ten media day in Indianapolis last month, Michigan men’s basketball head coach Juwan Howard recalled a conversation with one of his assistant coaches, Phil Martelli. What is retros?’”With fans returning to games, will Michigan’s coaches stay casual or go back to the pre-pandemic suit-and-tie ensemble? We’ll find out on Friday night, when Michigan plays at Wayne State in an exhibition game. He donned a three-piece suit, complete with a pocket square, for the game at Michigan State. According to Brian Dutcher, an assistant at Michigan during Howard’s playing career, Howard pressed his uniform before games and ironed his jeans before school.mlive.com
Roy Williams, North Carolina men's basketball coach, retires
Roy Williams, the University of North Carolina men's basketball coach, is retiring after leading the team to three NCAA championships, the university announced Thursday. Williams, 70, spent 33 seasons as a head coach, including 18 at his alma mater, North Carolina, and 15 years at Kansas. Williams graduated from North Carolina in 1972 and took a coaching job at Charles D. Owen High School a year later. In 1978, Williams took an assistant coaching position at North Carolina head coach Dean Smith. As a head coach, Williams reached 900 wins in fewer games and seasons than any coach in NCAA history.cbsnews.com
ACC ends forgettable season with early NCAA Tournament exit
ACC teams finished with a 4-7 NCAA Tournament record, marking the league's lowest win total and winning percentage in this event since 1979. Duke went 13-11, withdrew from the ACC Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test and ended a string of 29 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. When the NCAA Tournament brackets came out, the ACC teams with the best seeds were Florida State and Virginia at No. “We weren’t quite as good at the top,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after the first round of the NCAA Tournament. AdThe ACC’s one pleasant NCAA Tournament surprise was Syracuse, which sneaked into the field with a No.
Sister Jean gets the vaccine and seat at the NCAA Tournament
The best COVID-19 vaccine shots in America just might be the two that went into Sister Jean’s arm. The breakout star and model for the most coveted bobblehead of the 2018 NCAA Tournament is now eight months beyond her 101st birthday and still serving as chaplain for the Loyola Chicago basketball team. 1 seed Illinois, is bound to provide a much stiffer test of Sister Jean’s faith. AdYet her celebratory fist bump at the buzzer was one of the signature moments of the first full day of an NCAA Tournament canceled a year ago due the pandemic. 8 North Carolina hardly qualified as an upset, unless you count Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ first-ever loss in a tournament opener.
Wisconsin routs UNC, Williams falls to 29-1 in NCAA openers
– North Carolina coach Roy Williams lost his first opening-round NCAA Tournament game in 30 tries as ninth-seeded Wisconsin blew out his eighth-seeded Tar Heels 85-62 on Friday night. Brad Davison scored 29 points for the Badgers, who negated North Carolina's size advantage by draining 13 of 27 3-pointers. North Carolina came in on a three-game winning streak but did not win four in a row all season. Davison hit another 3 with 34 seconds left in the half to make it 40-24 and bring the boisterous Wisconsin fans to their feet. That score held until halftime, and the Wisconsin fans stood and cheered throughout the final seconds.
Closed circuit: March Madness trip leads to life on lockdown
The Texas basketball team walks around the concourse at Victory Field at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Indianapolis. This is life at a basketball tournament being played in a pandemic. Starting Thursday, in an attempt to get through 67 games uninterrupted, the NCAA has placed players, coaches and staff under a virtual lock and key. “But it was not NCAA staff that encouraged meals to be had in restaurants,” he said. “Gotta make sure the game’s sharp by the time springtime comes.”Ad___More AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and bracket: https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket
The Latest: North Carolina men's hoops seeking a home game
The program’s official Twitter account posted Monday that the Tar Heels are seeking a home game for this week. 18 Virginia Tech was postponed, the third Atlantic Coast Conference home game called off for the program. ___Vanderbilt says a limited number of students from its senior class can attend the men’s basketball home game Wednesday with Kentucky. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that Clemson's men's basketball game at Notre Dame scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues. AdThe conference says in a release that the postponement follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Clemson men’s program.
Elite programs stuck on the NCAA Tournament bubble
So is North Carolina. The Blue Devils are 8-8 and 6-6 in the ACC after beating North Carolina State on Saturday, a win that ended a three-game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights were poised to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 before the season was canceled. A team on the NCAA Tournament bubble can't really afford consecutive losses late in the season. ___AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this story.
Tar Heels sorry for breaching COVID-19 protocols
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)North Carolina players apologized Tuesday for not following school and athletic department COVID-19 guidelines during a celebratory gathering after a win at rival Duke. “Our intention was to celebrate privately within our group,” the players and managers said in a statement released by the school. “But they realize they did make a mistake, for which they are paying a very significant price,” Williams said. The Tar Heels (12-6, 7-4 ACC), who have won seven of nine, are scheduled to visit ninth-ranked Virginia on Saturday. “We have worked too hard for eight months doing the right things to make those kinds of mistakes at this point in the season,” the players and managers said.
Harmon's 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68
Oklahoma guards De'Vion Harmon (11) and Elijah Harkless (24) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)NORMAN, Okla. – De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. Reaves scored 16 points, all in the second half, and made 10 of 11 free throws. Kansas put Oklahoma in the bonus early in the second half and the Sooners took advantage, making 18 of 22 foul shots after not having a free-throw attempt in the first half. Oklahoma: Oklahoma hasn’t cracked the Top 25 this season, but now is in sole possession of third place in a league with five top-15 teams.
Culver leads No. 14 West Virginia from 19 down past Okla St
14 West Virginia rally from 19 down in the second half to beat Oklahoma State 87-84 on Monday night. Miles McBride scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime for the Mountaineers (9-3, 2-2 Big 12), including 14 in the final four minutes. “He loves those moments,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said of McBride, who had two fouls in 10 minutes during the first half. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys led for virtually the entire first half and well into the second. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys head out on the road to face Kansas State on Saturday.
Detroit Lions land seventh overall pick in 2021 NFL draft
DETROIT -- The Lions (5-11) could have moved up in the draft order following their season-ending loss to the Minnesota Vikings. But all six teams in front of them lost too, leaving Detroit sitting pat on the seventh overall pick heading into this year’s NFL draft. This is the third straight time Detroit has landed a top-10 pick, selecting cornerback Jeff Okudah third overall this year after landing tight end T.J. Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in 2019. Hockenson turned into a Pro Bowler in Year 2, the franchise’s first tight end to do that since David Sloan in 1999. The Lions haven’t picked seventh overall since taking receiver Roy Williams in 2004.mlive.com
Famed basketball coach Roy Williams pays tribute to Budig
FILE - In this March 27, 1993, file photo, Kansas coach Roy Williams raises his arms in victory after cutting a piece of the net after the NCAA Midwest Regional final in St. Louis. He was the guy that gave Roy Williams a chance, Williams told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)A Hall of Famer with three national championships and a familiar face at the Final Four, it would seem Roy Williams was destined for big things in basketball. He was the guy that gave Roy Williams a chance, Williams told The Associated Press. They wanted a high-profile coach and told Budig it would be a huge mistake to hire Williams.
Gene Budig, academic who ran American League, dies at 81
NEW YORK Gene Budig, the self-effacing educator and baseball fan from small-town Nebraska who became the head of three major universities and the last president of the American League, died Tuesday. Mixing his passion for academics and athletics at Kansas, Budig oversaw a smart move in 1988. Budig became an assistant professor of educational administration at Nebraska in 1967 and rose to full professor, assistant vice chancellor and assistant vice president and director of public affairs. He moved to Illinois State in 1972 as a vice president, dean and professor of educational administration and its youngest full professor. Budig is survived by his wife, Gretchen Van Bloom Budig, and three children: Christopher Budig, Mary Frances Budig and Kathryn Budig; sister Mary Ann Myers; brother Richard Budig; and five grandchildren.