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.
In his book “The Supreme Court and the NCAA,” law professor Brian Porto proposes changes Congress could make to reduce the commercialism of college sports. Bill Littlefield talked with Porto about his plan and the two court cases that reshaped collegiate athletics.
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.
The debate about the University of North Dakota’s team nickname is headed for a statewide referendum. Associated Press North Dakota Capital reporter Dale Wetzel joins Bill Littlefield to sort out the controversy over the “Fighting Sioux.”
This college basketball season has been particularly peculiar, with schools like Harvard, Murray State, and St. Mary’s making unexpected pushes high in the rankings. To seek out the real contenders, we call on Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
With a 400-year history of academic excellence, Harvard University is used to fame and attention. But this year, eyes are focused on an unexpected part of the school – the nationally-ranked men’s basketball team. Bill Littlefield has the story.
North Carolina basketball has a long and illustrious history, both on the men’s and women’s side. But there’s a third Tar Heel basketball team. North Carolina Public Radio’s Dave DeWitt has the story from Chapel Hill.
Florida State football gets plenty of press, but ACC basketball power is reserved for Duke and North Carolina. This season, however, FSU has a conference-best 5-1 record, including upset wins over the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. Palm Beach Post writer Tom D’Angelo joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the Seminoles’ new status in the ACC.
The Missouri Tigers aren’t exactly household names in the world of men’s college basketball. This season, however, the team finds itself sitting behind only Kentucky in the ratings. Bill speaks with Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune.