Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 18 hrs ago
Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall had a second meeting with NCAA investigators March 16, sources told Yahoo Sports. The NCAA has been looking into potential violations during Tyndall's tenure at Southern Mississippi.
The outcome of the investigation at Southern Miss, where Tyndall coached from 2012-14, could have a direct impact on the coach's future at Tennessee. Southern Miss already has penalized itself, self-imposing a postseason ban this year for reported violations involving three players.
It is unclear whether the second meeting with Tyndall resulted in a culmination of the investigation. Volunteers athletic director Dave Hart said during the Southeastern Conference tournament that the school was waiting for more information from the NCAA before making any decisions on Tyndall, who first met with the NCAA last November, according to media reports.
"We understand that they have to finish looking into everything that they need answers to before they would tell us where they are," Hart told Nashville radio station WGFX. "We understand that that's the situation."
Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sharan Alford had one of the best seats in the Yum Center last week to watch UCLA in the NCAA tournament. Except it also was one of the worst.
The mother of Bruins coach Steve Alford and grandmother of players Bryce and Kory was in the front row behind the bench. That was great.
But she also was seated next to her husband, Sam. And that can be stressful.
“He mumbles,” Sharan explained.
Sam has a habit of coaching under his breath. He spent more than 30 years on the bench as a high school head coach, including coaching Steve to Mr. Basketball glory while packing a 9,300-seat gym in New Castle, Ind. Then, after Steve had one of the great playing careers in Indiana University history, the natural order of things was reversed: when Steve was the head coach at Missouri State and Iowa, Sam was his assistant for 12 years before retiring in 2007.
Now a third generation has joined the family business under the tutelage of the second generation, to the immense joy and pride of the paterfamilias . The Alford Cycle is self-perpetuating.
But the row behind the bench is still a bit foreign to Sam. It’s no longer his place to be shouting instructions.
Hence the mumbling.
Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago
For a delightfully dramatic and unpredictable NCAA tournament that has produced abundant bracket carnage, there is one thing missing from the Sweet 16.
Any program that could even remotely answer to that name is gone. Ushered out. Only the historically and financially strong survive.
There are 13 teams from Power Five conferences still going. The three from outside that club are Gonzaga, Wichita State and Xavier, which bear no resemblance to mid-majors.
The Zags are a No. 2 seed making their 17th straight NCA tourney appearance. The Shockers are 95-14 over the past three seasons, made the Final Four in 2013 and went undefeated into the tournament last year. The Musketeers are in the NCAAs for the ninth time in the past 10 years, and have been to the Elite Eight twice this century.
They all belong with the elite.
To understand how dead Cinderella is, consider this: the lowest-seeded team in the Sweet 16 is No. 11 UCLA. Merely the program with the most national titles in history.
All told there are 10 programs still playing that have won national titles. Seven of them have won multiple national titles. This is a blueblood field.
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Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cincinnati was prepared for its Buster Douglas Moment. The Bearcats came to the gym with a thorough scouting report on mighty Kentucky, a clever gameplan and a no-fear mindset.
"Every guy that walked into that locker room expected to beat Kentucky," associate head coach Larry Davis said. "And that's not just woofin', that's the truth."
The truth was on the scoreboard for 17 feisty minutes. Battling the undefeated Wildcats for every point and every possession, Cincinnati led 24-23. There was hope in the hearts of the tiny portion of Bearcats fans in the Yum Center.
And then Willie Cauley-Stein took flight, and descended upon Quadri Moore like an eagle on a field mouse.
Per the official play-by-play, it was a most unfortunate nine-second sequence for Moore. The freshman from Linden, N.J., a 29-percent 3-point shooter, launched an unwise 3 that was about as close to landing in the Ohio River as it was to landing in the net. And that ignited Kentucky's fearsome fast break.
Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association membership votes annually on a variety of awards, among them the Henry Iba Award for national Coach of the Year.
As one of the USBWA officers, I was privy to the voting breakdown. And I have to admit, my eyebrows arched in disbelief when one ballot came in with the following vote for the Iba Award:
Jerod Haase, UAB.
At the time ballots were counted, this seemed like voting Pat Paulsen for president. Haase’s Blazers were 16-15 and apparently going nowhere – not to the NCAA tournament, and certainly not to the round of 32.
But today that voter – Mr. Woody Woodrum of Herd Insider, a Marshall fan publication – looks like the smartest guy in the basketball writer room. Because No. 13 seed UAB pulled the first shocker of the NCAA tournament, beating No. 3 seed Iowa State 60-59 here Thursday, and Haase coached circles around much-respected Cyclones boss Fred Hoiberg.
So it was clearly time to track down Woodrum and find out what gave him superior insight in Haase’s work.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Larry Davis entered the Cincinnati postgame locker room in a coat and tie.
The associate head coach left it a few minutes later in a red Bearcats golf shirt.
The reason for the postgame wardrobe change: his players got him in the middle of the room and doused him with cups of water, part of a delirious celebration of an absurd comeback victory over Purdue, 66-65 in overtime.
"They soaked me," Davis said.
The game served as a metaphor for the Cincinnati season.
All was lost, multiple times. But the Bearcats never stopped trying to find their way. Sheer stubborn will was the best explanation for the victory, and for the arc of this season.
Lose your head coach for the year on Dec. 20 with an unruptured aneurysm. Lose your leading scorer Thursday with more than 16 minutes left to a flagrant-foul ejection. Fall behind by seven points with 48 seconds left. Need a layup to bounce, roll, hang … and then drop after the final horn to force OT.
Endure it all. And prevail.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Site administrators and NCAA representatives clustered outside the officials’ locker room at the Yum! Center, moments after the SMU-UCLA game ended in raging controversy.
Every face was grim. This was a situation nobody wanted.
Across the hall, two Mustangs and coach Larry Brown were ushered out of a nearby locker room to go to the postgame press conference and describe the heartbreak of a 60-59 loss. It was decided on a dubious goaltending call of a desperate Bryce Alford 3-pointer that was deflected – short of the rim, and seemingly without a chance of going in – by SMU center Yanick Moreira.
After the players walked past, the door to the officials’ room swung open.
The mood was somber. The only noise was a TV on the wall that was quickly muted.
Then play resumed, SMU missed two shots, and the game was over.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A UAB team that could not win away from home, had not beaten a single team in the NCAA tournament field and lost 15 times this year put the first jolt of Madness into March on Thursday.
The No. 14 seed Blazers stunned No. 3 seed Iowa State, 60-59. Freshman William Lee scored four big points in the final 30 seconds, hitting a contested foul-line jumper with 23 seconds left and then sinking two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining for the winning points.
For Iowa State, it was a ghastly end to a great season. Five days after winning the Big 12 tournament and becoming a trendy Final Four pick, the Cyclones were destroyed on the glass, 52-37, and a normally excellent shooting team connected on just 37 percent of its field goals and 26 percent of its 3-pointers. Their trademark passing game never got untracked, due in part to UAB’s defense and in part to an uncharacteristic unwillingness by some players to share the ball.
Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago
Presumptive meeting between Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and school chancellor Kent Syverud:
(Phone rings in Jim Boeheim’s office.)
“Coach Boeheim? This is Chancellor Syverud’s assistant. He’d like you to come to his office for a meeting to discuss the future of the basketball program after the NCAA sanctions.”
“I don’t know where his office is.”
“It’s, um, it’s in the main administration building.”
“Can’t he come see me? I’m pretty busy.”
“Let me get back to you on that. [Pause.] Chancellor Syverud will be at your office shortly.”
(Fifteen minutes later, basketball secretary shows Syverud to Boeheim’s office. Boeheim is putting golf balls into a 2003 Final Four commemorative mug.)
“Coach, thanks for your time.”
“Sure, Kent. Trying to sharpen my putting stroke here; I’ve got a shot to get on at Augusta later this spring and I want to be ready. Besides, there’s no film to study since you got the bright idea to self-impose a ban on this postseason.”
“Coach, you know we had to do that. Better to apply our own ban than let the NCAA apply it to a better team next year.”
“We should sue them.”
“We’re appealing some of the penalties. I think that’s sufficient.”
Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago
What are the wildest dreams and darkest nightmare scenarios for every team in the NCAA tournament East Region? Yahoo Sports has answers.
No. 1 VILLANOVA
No. 16 LAFAYETTE
No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA STATE
No. 9 LSU
No. 5 NORTHERN IOWA
No. 12 WYOMING
No. 4 LOUISVILLE
No. 13 UC IRVINE
No. 6 PROVIDENCE
No. 11 DAYTON