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