- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger39 mins ago
For a coach who hasn't made either the NCAA tournament or an NIT entering his fourth season at a major-conference program, Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy has remarkable job security.
The Aggies coach has assembled such a terrific 2015 recruiting class that it seems unfathomable Texas A&M would jeopardize it by firing Kennedy no matter how things go on the floor this season.
Kennedy received his fourth commitment from a top 75 prospect Tuesday when power forward Elijah Thomas announced he will attend Texas A&M. Thomas, Rivals.com's No. 20 prospect, chose the Aggies over LSU, SMU, Oklahoma State and Illinois.
The 6-foot-9 Texas native joins a class that already includes 6-foot-10 big man Tyler Davis (No. 27), 6-foot-8 forward D.J. Hogg (No. 32) and 6-foot-3 guard Admon Gilder (No. 65). Together, that quartet forms a 2015 class that could rival Arizona and Duke for the nation's best.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 hrs ago
Yahoo Sports will break down the top 10 leagues for the upcoming college basketball season working backward from No. 10 to No. 1. Here's a look at our No. 7 league, the Big East.
In its debut season, the new Big East produced a formidable top 10 team in Villanova, the national player of the year in Creighton's Doug McDermott and a charming underdog story in Providence.
All that was missing was some success in March.
All four Big East teams that made the NCAA tournament failed to advance to the second weekend as Xavier fell in the play-in round to NC State, Providence lost to North Carolina in the round of 64 and both Creighton and Villanova endured upsets in the round of 32. The third-seeded Bluejays were run off the floor by Baylor in McDermott's final collegiate game and the a late surge by eventual national champion UConn toppled the Wildcats.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
Our 2014-15 season preview continues with the Dagger's look at 10 coaches under the most pressure to win. Check back every day for more college hoops preview content.
Dana Altman, Oregon
With point guard Hugh Greenwood's mother in the midst of her second battle with breast cancer, New Mexico coach Craig Neal decided to do something in her honor. He grew out his trademark flowing silver hair until it was shoulder length and then had his head shaved Friday night in front of a more than 7,000 fans at the Pit for this year's Lobo Howl. Neal will offer his hair to the "Locks of Love" program, which uses donated hair to make wigs for cancer patients. Greenwood did not shave his own long blonde hair for Locks of Love, but he too is doing his part to support his mom. He started the "Pink Pack," which gives New Mexico fans an opportunity to donate to support research, patient care and public outreach at the UNM Cancer Center.
No longer is merely clearing a teammate enough to drop jaws during a dunk contest. Credit Mercer guard Ike Nwamu for throwing in a clever twist. Nwamu easily captured first place in the Bears' Midnight Madness dunk contest Friday night when he leaped over 6-foot-1 teammate Jestin Lewis, grabbed the ball and threw down a between-the-legs dunk. The slam drew audible gasps from the fans in attendance and led the rest of Nwamu's teammates to come off the bench and celebrate with him. It also surely elicited a sigh of relief from Lewis. Mercer will need more highlights from Nwamu if it is going to return to the NCAA tournament this March, let alone pull off another memorable upset. All five starters graduated from last year's senior-laden team, but Nwamu is one of several role players from last season capable of taking on a bigger role.
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Since Midnight Madness entrances from coaches get more and more elaborate each year, it was probably only a matter of time before one ended in a mishap. Sure enough, that happened Friday night when Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith donned a 1970s-era "Shaft" costume and tried to drive a motorycle onto the court. Smith tipped the bike over near the baseline as he tried to bring it to a stop, eliciting an audible gasp from the Texas Tech crowd. Thankfully he was going at such low speed that he was unharmed, even quipping that he hoped he hadn't scratched the floor. Texas Tech surely hopes that Smith's motorcycle wreck isn't a metaphor for the upcoming season. The Red Raiders have not made the NCAA tournament since 2007 and are expected to finish in the Big 12's bottom two for the seventh straight season.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 days ago
Shortly after Cody Doolin abruptly left the University of San Francisco two weeks into his senior season, UNLV coach Dave Rice called to gauge the point guard's interest in joining the Rebels this year.
By the time he hung up the phone, Rice had a hunch Doolin's recruitment would be unusual.
What drove Doolin to quit the team at USF was an incident at practice that began with he and a teammate scuffling and escalated when Dons coach Rex Walters gathered the rest of the players around them and urged them to settle their differences with a fist fight. The incident scarred Doolin enough that the finance major initially told Rice that he wasn't sure he wanted to play basketball anymore and that he was close to accepting an enticing job offer from a company based in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger5 days ago
Yahoo Sports will break down the top 10 leagues for the upcoming college basketball season working backward from No. 10 to No. 1. Here's a look at our No. 8 league, the Mountain West.
Thanks to the return of all but two rotation players from last season and the arrival of the most decorated recruiting class in school history, defending Mountain West champion San Diego State is a deserving league favorite entering the new season.
Whether the gap between the Aztecs and the rest of the league is sizable or not depends on San Diego State's ability to generate enough offense without graduated star Xavier Thames.
Thames averaged 17.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals last season, but stats don't begin to fully demonstrate his impact. Not only was he San Diego State's emotional leader, he also was the Aztecs' offensive catalyst, creating opportunities for himself or his teammates off high ball screens whenever the shot clock began to bleed dry.