In just under two months, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team, winners of last year’s Ivy League Championship and participant in the 2012 NCAA tournament, will open its season against M.I.T. But this week, the team made news away from sports, as some of its members are under investigation surrounding collaborative cheating. Bill Littlefield discusses the circumstances of the scandal.
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Among the teams you will not see in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament next spring are Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, North Carolina-Wilmington, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, six other teams, and the University of Connecticut. Bill Littlefield explains why this never needs to happen again.
Kentucky and Louisville represent one of the most bitter rivalries in college sports. They play at 6 o’clock on Saturday. The late game doesn’t feature a rivalry, but instead two traditional powerhouses of college basketball – Kansas and Ohio State. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou previews the two match-ups.
Mark Titus never quite made it as a basketball player. He walked on for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but played in just 32 games, taking six shots in four seasons. He’s since found a second career as an author and blogger. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book, “Don’t Put Me In, Coach”.
Syracuse and Ohio State have advanced in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Buckeyes and Orange will play on Saturday for the right to advance to the Final Four in New Orleans. Bill Littlefield looks at the top teams in the East Region.
Syracuse was nearly tripped up in the NCAA tournament on Thursday, and they must press on without star center Fab Melo. Bill Littlefield spoke with Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard about Syracuse’s chances in the coming rounds and off-court controversies about the program.
In college sports, teams have seen wins, and even championships, voided as a result of breaking the rules. Bill Littlefield explores the possibility of stripping the New Orleans Saints of their Super Bowl title because of a former coach’s bounty-hunting program.
The Harvard men’s basketball team has qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou talks with 89-year-old Louis Desci, Jr., who played on the ’46 team, about his memories of college and semi-pro basketball in the 1940s.
Unlike teams from power conferences like the Big East, ACC, or Big Ten, teams in the Missouri Valley Conference often have to win their conference tournament to secure a berth in the NCAA tournament. And once they get there, the stakes soar to even greater heights. Only A Game’s Greg Echlin has the story.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels have risen into the Top 25 this season under the guidance of head coach Randy Bennett, who has established a recruiting pipeline from Down Under. Dan Brekke of KQED has the story from San Francisco.