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FEATURE
April 2nd, 2016

The Final Four’s Complicated History With Domes

This year, once again, college basketball’s championship will be played in a football stadium. The trend of hosting the Final Four in non-basketball venues began in 1971. Bill Littlefield goes back 45 years to revisit that first weekend at the Astrodome in Houston.

ONLY A BLOG
April 1st, 2016
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Final Four Fun Facts: Breaking Down This Year’s Schools

At long last, the Final Four is upon us. Syracuse, Villanova, Oklahoma and UNC will play for the championship this weekend in Houston. Here’s everything you need to know about the schools whose teams will take the floor.

Interview
November 21st, 2015

With Shot Clock Shortened, Will Slower Offenses Struggle?

Under head coach Joe Scott, Denver’s men’s basketball team has played at one of the slowest paces in the country — last year they held onto the ball before shooting longer than all but two teams in Division I. How will the NCAA’s decision to reduce the shot clock affect the Pioneers? Scott joins Bill Littlefield.

In The News
November 21st, 2015

Has College Basketball Gotten Boring?

Come March, sports fans around the country will crowd around TVs to catch the three-week pandemonium that is March Madness. But how can the NCAA get people more interested in college basketball games occurring at the beginning of the season? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen about the latest attempt to make college hoops more exciting.

IN DEPTH
October 24th, 2015

In Wake Of Louisville Scandal, Should NCAA Change Recruiting Rules?

Women were reportedly paid by a former Louisville men’s basketball graduate assistant to strip and have sex with recruits at parties on campus. Does the scandal suggest that NCAA recruiting rules should be reformed? Bill Littlefield is joined by Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde.

3 Stories You Should Know
July 18th, 2015

NCAA Payments; All-Star Slump; And Coaches On Confederate Flags

Colleges could soon be bidding on football and men’s basketballs recruits; the MLB All-Star Game received record-low ratings; and (some) SEC football coaches shared their thoughts on the Confederate flag. Patrick Hruby and Pat Forde join Bill Littlefield for this edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Interview
April 25th, 2015

With Falling Numbers, Black College Basketball Coaches Form New Group

A new report finds the number of black coaches in men’s college basketball has dropped three percentage points in the last decade. Merritt Norvell, the executive director of the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, joins Bill Littlefield to explain what his group is doing to reverse that trend.

In Depth
April 4th, 2015

Duke’s Tyus Jones: From WNBA Practice Team To The Final Four

Before he became a star at Duke, Tyus Jones practiced against WNBA stars as a member of the Minnesota Lynx’ scout team. Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Lawrence explains how facing elite female players prepared Jones for the brightest spotlight in college basketball.

Only A Blog
April 1st, 2015
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Sports Fans Celebrate In Strange Ways

Bagel-throwing Michigan State basketball fans join the list of sports fans who celebrate in unconventional ways.

In The News
March 21st, 2015

Jim Boeheim And The Syracuse Investigation

At a press conference Thursday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim announced he was appealing NCAA sanctions for academic misconduct, illegal booster activity and failure to follow drug testing policy. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel updates Bill Littlefield on the situation.

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