A miserable day of three-point shooting hurts Villanova in a 73-61 defeat at Butler
The three-point shot has been a staple of the Villanova program since Jay Wright took over 20 years ago. Whenever they needed a big basket, the Wildcats usually were able to knock down a shot or two from beyond the arc. But the Cats came out Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse and couldn’t locate the hoop, shooting more air balls (three) than three-point makes (two). Their 2-of-27 performance foiled any chance they had of making up a deficit that got as high as 15 points, and Butler romped to a 73-61 upset in Indianapolis. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (15-4, 10-3 Big East) lost a conference game on the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michigan football adds Alan Bowman, former Texas Tech quarterback, from transfer portal
Michigan has added quarterback Alan Bowman, a transfer from Texas Tech, shoring up the depth and experience of the position. Bowman, who made 16 career starts with the Red Raiders, announced he is joining the Wolverines in a social media post on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is a graduate transfer and can play immediately. He has three years of eligibility. This is an important addition for Michigan, which began spring practice last Monday. Michigan has three scholarship quarterbacks, including Cade McNamara, who started Michigan’s final game during last season’s abbreviated season, and fi...
The Detroit News
Benjamin Hochman: How mad will March make Mizzou and SLU fans? Both teams inconsistent heading into huge month.
The other months of the basketball season talk about March behind its back. “March is sooooo judgmental,” the forgiving February whispered, peeking around the calendar page to make sure March couldn’t hear. “If March doesn’t think you belong, it’ll let you know real quick.” “No room for error with March,” the gentle January replied. “I don’t like the way it treats teams so harshly.” “But that’s what makes March March,” the decent December said. “We might have lower temperatures, but March can be the coldest month.” March is just a few days away. And with its late-season games, conference tourn...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ayo Dosunmu out for Illinois’ game against Nebraska with ‘facial injury’
Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu will not play in Thursday night’s game against Nebraska because of a “facial injury,” a team spokesman confirmed to the Chicago Tribune. Dosunmu was injured after taking a hard hit to the face during Tuesday’s loss at Michigan State. Mady Sissoko was ejected for the rough play that sent Dosunmu tumbling to the court and holding his hand over his face. “Ayo is eager to play,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said in a statement. “We are hopeful for his return to our lineup.” Dosunmu is a catalyst for No. 5 Illinois (16-6, 12-4 Big Ten), which has only four regular-season...
Mike Jensen: Is Villanova a Final Four team? When you win 2 NCAA titles, that’s always the question.
PHILADELPHIA — You convince yourself … no Final Four, no chance, no way. Then Villanova faces a team that had earlier made Jay Wright’s look not just bad, but ordinary, and the Wildcats completely dismiss St. John’s in a rematch. Maybe this can still be a long run for the Wildcats in March? Slow down. Five years ago, it would have been framed differently. Can the Wildcats get past the second round? Now … Can they get to the Final Four? Could they win it all again? “It’s a new challenge to deal with, for the coaches and the players,” Villanova’s coach said earlier this week, that difference in ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michigan State gets huge win in upset over No. 5 Illinois
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The road is a brutal one, but Michigan State certainly is off to a good start. Desperate to string some victories together in a brutal stretch of six games in 13 days against some of the best teams in the country, Michigan State had its second consecutive impressive performance on Tuesday night, knocking off No. 5 Illinois, 81-72, at the Breslin Center. Aaron Henry scored 20 to lead Michigan State (12-9, 6-9 Big Ten), which gets a quick break before hosting No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday in its quest to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd straight season. Joshua Langford...
The Detroit News
KU Jayhawks’ Self lauds fans after victory over Texas Tech: ‘It seems loud in here’
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self credited 2,500 enthusiastic fans for helping his No. 23-ranked Jayhawks trip No. 15 Texas Tech, 67-61, on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The 2,500 spectators — maximum allowed during the pandemic — included a large group of KU students in the bleachers behind both goals. “I’m happy about everything. I thought the crowd was great. I told our guys at the last TV timeout, at 3:41, I said ‘Gosh dang it seems loud in here today’ and they felt it,” Self said after the Jayhawks (17-7, 11-5) claimed their second victory over the Red Raiders (14-7...
The Kansas City Star
San Diego State extends winning streak to eight with another rout
FRESNO, Calif. — Navigating the Mountain West basketball season involves trips into altitude, into different time zones, into snow and ice and wind, into the barren desert and the fertile Central Valley. You must try to win your share against the conference’s best teams, but maybe the most perilous part, given the arduous travel and elevation, is not losing to teams you shouldn’t. Not stepping on a landmine. Not stepping in it. Mission accomplished, then, for No. 25 San Diego State after a 75-57 win Saturday at Fresno State made it 8-0 against the bottom half of the Mountain West. Only a showd...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
NCAA Tournament will allow fans for men's games in Indiana, including Final Four
A limited number of fans — arenas at 25% capacity — will be able to attend the men's NCAA Tournament, including the Final Four. The NCAA made the announcement on Friday. All tournament games will be played in Indiana, mostly in Indianapolis. The limited capacity will apply to all venues and include participants, essential staff and family members of each team. Plus a reduced number of fans will be in the stands. Every fan will be required to wear a face covering and physically distance during the games. The decision for limited attendance because of COVID-19 was made after consulting with loca...
The Kansas City Star
Dan Mullen focused on Florida, not NFL despite college football’s uncertain future
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Dan Mullen said his focus following last season was the 2021 Gators, despite reports he was interested in an NFL job. “A lot of rumors out there,” he said. “But I didn’t speak to anybody.” But would he, Mullen was asked. The answer then became a little more complicated. The ever-changing landscape of college football is a concern for many top college coaches, Mullen said. “What is college football going to look like in three or four years?” Mullen asked. “I think there’s a lot of uncertainty that we’re trying to figure out right now to see what our futures are...