Notre Dame shot over 70 percent on 21 3-point shot attempts, but it wasn’t enough as tenth-ranked Florida State became the first ACC team to defeat the Fighting Irish with a 83-80 win Wednesday night in Tallahassee. Johnathan Isaac had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles, who moved into a tie for the ACC lead along with Notre Dame and North Carolina, which all sport 5-1 league records. The ‘Noles shot 50 percent from the floor and had 39 points off their bench. The Fighting Irish made 15 of 21 3-point shots on the night, getting six from Matt Farrell and five apiece from VJ Beachem and Steve Vasturia. Florida State continues the ACC gauntlet with a home test against Louisville on Saturday
Greg Byrne will take over a flourishing Alabama athletic department with a dominant football program and a men's basketball team that appears to be on the rise. A big challenge facing the Crimson Tide's newly hired athletic director is to sustain and build upon that success, and avoid the kind of overconfidence or complacency that can lead to a fall-off. The Arizona athletic director and former Mississippi State AD was formally introduced Thursday and will officially start his new job as the retiring Bill Battle's successor on March 1.
Who is the best player in the country? It's a figure of perspective, of course. If it were solely based on scoring, Central Michigan guard Marcus Keene (28.7 ppg) would be a no-brainer. Ah, but it's not that easy. Most — if not all — the players considered by USA TODAY Sports for college basketball's most prestigious individual award are on teams in the Coaches Poll top 25. Yet unlike last season when seniors Denzel Valentine and Buddy Hield were dominating the debate, this year it's more wide open and freshmen have surged to the top of the list. More than halfway through the 2016-17 season, there's still so much that could unravel leading up to the madness of March. But the debate for who will