So Who's This Andrew Wiggins Kid? An Explainer

You've heard about him, and maybe watched this ridiculous YouTube video, or this one, or this one, or this one. He's Andrew Wiggins, the 18-year-old basketball phenom who's already been called the next LeBron James. Last May, Wiggins committed to the University of Kansas, where he'll likely stay for one year before… » 11/08/13 12:51pm 11/08/13 12:51pm

Here's An Easier Way To Compare Those Two Atlanta Heat Maps

We got our hands on some sweet heat maps that show how the Final Four boosted retail sales in Atlanta from the previous week. For an easy comparison, use the slider above. » 4/10/13 5:52pm 4/10/13 5:52pm

Heat Map: Did The Final Four Pay Off For Atlanta?

Do stadiums really generate revenue for cities? It's a complicated question, but the short answer is: 1) Yeah, some, but 2) Not nearly enough to offset the enormous public costs of these developments. » 4/10/13 5:00pm 4/10/13 5:00pm

What Makes Them So Good? A Video Breakdown Of The Final Four Teams

The Final Four play tonight, with Wichita State-Louisville at 6:09 p.m. ET and Syracuse-Michigan following it up at 8:49 p.m. Here, we're breaking down the four teams' special qualities: What should you know about Syracuse's zone? Who's that white guy who hits all the threes for Wichita, and how the hell does he get… » 4/06/13 2:00pm 4/06/13 2:00pm

Those Plucky FGCU Basketball Players Live On An Actual Beach

You may think "Hollywood Upstairs Medical College" or "Ponzi scheme" when you hear "Florida Gulf Coast University," but that's not fair: FGCU—which looks like what you see above—is very much a real place, with documented students, and classes, and dorms and stuff. Indeed, that picture, provided by Chase Fieler (this… » 3/23/13 11:00am 3/23/13 11:00am

Your College Basketball Open Thread, Just In Time For Miami At Duke

It's March! College basketball really started mattering last weekend, during the bracket buster match-ups, but we weren't ready. Now we're ready. It's time to start getting to know these teams, so your March Madness picks can be ill-informed, instead of uninformed. » 3/02/13 5:55pm 3/02/13 5:55pm

Memo To Steubenville: It Is Actually Possible To Just Suspend Everyone…

Officials at Steubenville high school, in particular head football coach Reno Saccoccia, have rightfully drawn criticism for their inaction in the wake of charges brought against two Steubenville students and football players for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student from a nearby school. Though those two… » 1/05/13 10:45am 1/05/13 10:45am

Jabari Parker, The Nation's No. 2 Basketball Recruit, Committed To Duke…

Well, Duke is still doing Duke things, apparently. If you thought the nation's top black Mormon whose father played in the NBA would commit to some other school—like Michigan State, say, or BYU—you were truly mistaken. He is the Dukiest Dukie that ever Duked. Consider this, from Jeff Benedict's story in Sports… » 12/20/12 5:10pm 12/20/12 5:10pm

Nate Silver Argues That The Breakaway Big East Teams Have A Chance To…

News came down today that the Big East's non-FBS football schools have officially decided to leave the conference, a decision made by unanimous vote and one we've been expecting for a few days. It's easy to feel a little fearful about the Big East's basketball powers (sans UConn) striking out on their own—the Big East… » 12/15/12 5:00pm 12/15/12 5:00pm

It Looks Like The Big East's Non-Football Schools Are Jumping Ship

ESPN is reporting that the Big East's seven non-football schools are planning to leave the conference, with an announcement coming within the next two days. The presidents of Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall, and DePaul met in New York on Sunday and had a teleconference with the Big… » 12/13/12 1:30pm 12/13/12 1:30pm

Welp, The Worst Free Throw Of All Time Was Shot Last Night And Will…

Brian Okam is a 7-0 junior center who was born in Nigeria and went to high school at Lake Highland, in Florida. Last year, he attempted four free throws and made two of them. Yesterday, he did that, which counts for twenty-eight missed free throws, six losses for Appalachian State, and a rescinded athletic… » 12/09/12 1:30pm 12/09/12 1:30pm

Workers Are Picketing The Pac-12 Network Broadcasts Today, So Be Sure…

The Los Angeles Times reports that technical workers for the Pac-12 network—all members of the IATSE— have walked out, and will be on site picketing all Pac-12 networks broadcasts today: » 12/08/12 2:00pm 12/08/12 2:00pm

Jim Calhoun Is Gone And UCONN Basketball May Follow Him Out The Door

The state of Connecticut's highest paid employee announced his retirement on Wednesday: The press and other members of the college basketball world greeted Jim Calhoun's retirement from UCONN basketball (after 26 years and national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011) with, mostly, a predictable whitewash of his… » 9/15/12 9:00am 9/15/12 9:00am

Frank Martin Is A Big Fan Of Pitbull And That Is Weird

South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin is some kind of walking contradiction. On the one hand, he's got a haircut befitting a goon in the inevitable Dick Tracy reboot, and when he screams at his players he looks exactly like kind of guy who relished voting for Nixon. » 7/31/12 3:15pm 7/31/12 3:15pm

The NCAA Is Making An Example Of UConn Basketball

The NCAA needs to throw out a few numbers every once in a while to make it look like it's serious about the "student" half of the free labor it loves to describe as "student-athletes." For a while, the NCAA would publish graduation rates in accordance with financial aid-related legislation. Then the NCAA developed its… » 6/21/12 4:55pm 6/21/12 4:55pm

According To ESPN, Baylor Has Recruited The NBA's Next All-Time Leading…

Baylor may have missed the Final Four this year, but there's good news for the Bears on the recruiting front, according to ESPN's RecruitingNation. Unbelievably good news: » 3/26/12 4:57pm 3/26/12 4:57pm

Lute Olson, Billy Gillispie (And Other College Coaches You Probably…

College coaches are probably paid too much, especially when you consider how much—nothing—players make. John Calipari just got a deal for $36.5 million. Jim Calhoun resents being asked about why he's the highest-paid state employee of Connecticut. » 7/19/11 8:30pm 7/19/11 8:30pm

Bill Self Dresses Up As One-Hit Wonder Vanilla Ice For Kansas's Late…

Kansas coach Bill Self told 16,500 fans that the 2008 title "was great," but it's time to "cut down some more nets." Then, the one-time champion came out dressed as Vanilla Ice, who some might call a one-hit wonder. » 10/18/10 9:55pm 10/18/10 9:55pm

The Game Ball Goes To The Timekeeper

The clock inexplicably stops to give the home team extra time on their last possession. The refs huddle up and decide to end the game before the visitors can have theirs. You're damn right there's going to be controversy. » 12/20/09 1:15pm 12/20/09 1:15pm