Virginia lost another member of its team Thursday. The Cavaliers announced Darius Thompson will transfer out of the program, a day after the news of Marial Shayok and Jarred Reuter’s departures. “Darius Thompson informed me he has decided to play his final season at another school following his graduation from Virginia,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said in a statement released by the school. “Although you never want to see young men transfer, I understand this is part of coaching. Darius, Marial, and Jarred feel it’s in their best interests to pursue other options for the remainder of their college careers. “I will always appreciate the contributions they made to our program.” Thompson, who would
Outside Jerry Krause’s suburban Chicago home seven weeks ago, the snow blanketed the backyard and patio. Inside, Krause had been going for an hour and a half at the kitchen table now, an old scout telling the story of a lifetime chase. At 77 years old, his body crumbling because of an excruciating bone disease, Krause could see the end.
I was looking over the past 15 years worth of NCAA Tournaments, trying to see if I was ever as amped for any regional semifinal as I am for this UCLA-Kentucky matchup on Friday night. The answer is a definitive no. And there have been some really good matchups over the years. I’m talking only in terms of the build-up to those games, not how those games played out. Scanning across the past decade and a half, here are some of the matchups from previous years that I remember being particularly geeked for: Indiana-Duke in 2002; UCLA-Gonzaga in 2006; Syracuse-Butler and Kentucky-Cornell in 2010; Kentucky-Indiana in 2012; Michigan-Kansas in 2013; Kentucky-Louisville in 2014. None match my anticipation