Hakeem Olajuwon Was Something Else In College, Man

Today the NBA played the league’s first-ever game in Africa, pitting “Team World” against “Team Africa” in Johannesburg. The game—which managed to be largely boring, yet still a breath of fresh air in the final dog days of summer—was won by Team World, 101-97, and featured one nostalgic and genuinely cool moment when… » 8/01/15 2:25pm Saturday 2:25pm

NCAA VP: Actually, Refs Did Have The Best Angle On Controversial Play

Yesterday, NCAA head of basketball officiating John Adams went on the radio and explained why officials failed to overturn an incorrect blown out-of-bounds call late during the NCAA title game: they never saw the crucial replay that showed a Duke player touching the ball last. But today Adams was contradicted by NCAA… » 4/08/15 8:01pm 4/08/15 8:01pm

NCAA Officiating Head: Refs Never Saw Best Angle Of Controversial Play

To most of America, it sure as hell looked like the Wisconsin Badgers got hosed by a blown out-of-bounds call in the final minutes of last night’s championship game. It was hard to imagine how the referees could have looked at the same replay angle that we all saw at home during their review and still awarded… » 4/07/15 4:39pm 4/07/15 4:39pm

Bo Ryan Is The Poor Sport He's Supposed To Be

So Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said some sorta poor-sport-y stuff after his Badgers lost the NCAA championship game to Duke last night. In the video below, he can’t get through the pro forma talk of how much his graduating players meant to him without tossing in a passive-aggressive aside about how “we don’t do a… » 4/07/15 3:40pm 4/07/15 3:40pm

So, Who Was That Little Guy Who Saved Duke Last Night?

There is something undeniably Duke about a team that was carried all year by star freshmen Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and Justise Winslow having its championship season saved by another freshman named Grayson. There was Grayson Allen, storming out of the anonymity that comes with a season full of DNPs and into the… » 4/07/15 9:59am 4/07/15 9:59am

Duke Beats Wisconsin For Fifth National Title

We got a competitive national championship game, but not the one that we expected. In Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow, Duke has two players that are expected to go in the top 5 of the upcoming draft. But neither could stay out of foul trouble—they both finished the game with four—and seven minutes into the second… » 4/06/15 11:55pm 4/06/15 11:55pm

Eight Photos Of Coach K Sitting On A Lil' Stool

Not nearly enough has been made of the fact that for the Elite Eight game between Duke and Gonzaga, held on the raised court at Houston's NRG Stadium, they gave the coaches adorable little stools to sit on. So, here, via Getty Images and AP Images, are pics of Mike Krzyzewski sitting on his stool. (Mark Few chose to… » 3/31/15 3:42pm 3/31/15 3:42pm

John Calipari's Deal Is Bad, Even For Players Whose Knees Survive It

Last week, I wrote about the ways that both pro- and anti-NCAA camps tend to miss the mark when talking about University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. He deserves less criticism for breaking NCAA rules and more for profiting from them, because even his “Players First” arrangement forces players to take… » 3/31/15 10:57am 3/31/15 10:57am

Bob Huggins's Daughters Call Dez Wells A Rapist

Maryland guard Dez Wells was kicked off the Xavier men's basketball team in 2012 after being accused of sexual assault. An Ohio grand jury ultimately decided not to bring charges against Wells, and he later settled a lawsuit filed against Xavier. It's something he still hears about from opposing fans, and while his… » 3/23/15 9:19am 3/23/15 9:19am

​​If You Like Painful Basketball And Dickhead Fans, Root For Virginia

Look, I'm not going to complain about Virginia's style of play here. You don't need to read the umpteenth article telling you that there's not much joy to be found in watching their version of rockball which involves, on offense, walking the ball up the court, wheeling man after man around the perimeter off of screen… » 3/20/15 4:06pm 3/20/15 4:06pm

Announcer Calls Black UNI Player "Best Athlete ... Flashiest Player"

Northern Iowa is playing Wyoming right now in the NCAA Tournament, and as you would guess, there are a whole lot of smart, gritty gym rats on the court. Two and a half minutes into the game, though, Northern Iowa subbed in Wes Washpun, a black player. Spero Dedes, calling the game alongside Mike Gminski, introduced… » 3/20/15 3:00pm 3/20/15 3:00pm