• Johnson says TCU will have its most talented team 'since I've been here'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Trent Johnson is not hedging his evaluation of his next men’s basketball team at TCU. In terms of ability, it will be his best. "Are we more talented than we’ve been since I’ve been here? Yes, we are," he said. "Do I thinnk defensively we’ll be much better? No question. Will be rebound better? No question." The fourth-year Horned Frogs coach talked about his team Thursday after a press conference to announce the new name of the renovated basketball facility, the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. "We’re more talented, and we should be better," he said. "But I’m also very realistic in that this next step is the hardest step.

  • Pittsburgh extends McConnell-Serio's contract through 2021

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh and women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio have reached an agreement on a new contract that will run through the 2020-21 season. The deal announced Friday comes after McConnell-Serio guided the Panthers to a 20-12 mark in 2014-15 and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in six years. McConnell-Serio is 154-100 in eight seasons as a head coach, including a 31-32 mark at Pitt. McConnell-Serio, a Pittsburgh native, is also a two-time Olympic medalist, former WNBA Coach of the Year and a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Athletic director Scott Barnes called the turnaround McConnell-Serio has guided since being hired at Pitt in 2013 "remarkable.

  • BRIEF: AC men's hoops duo recognized

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2014-2015 Honors Court for Academic Excellence and Austin College’s Alvin Michael and Harry Hampden-Smith were each honored. The NABC Honors Court recognizes those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, with a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and

  • South Africa Basketball

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NBA basketball player Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers watches his shot during the Team World practice for their NBA Africa Game at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 31, 2015. The NBA is in Africa, and a practice session at a downtown Johannesburg arena on Friday, the day before the NBA's first exhibition game on this continent, was dominated not by basketball but by talk of who is going where and doing what off the court.

  • TCU's renovated basketball facility gets new name: Schollmaier Arena

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    TCU’s renovated basketball arena remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the season in November, and it will have a new name when it does — the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The school announced the name change Thursday in a news conference, with athletic director Chris Del Conte thanking Schollmaier, the retired CEO of Alcon Laboratories, “for making our dreams a reality” with a project that started at $30 million and is now close to $80 million. “I’m not putting up any more,” Schollmaier said drolly. The line drew laughs at a news conference with a celebratory feel. The men’s and women’s basketball teams and coaches attended, along with football coach Gary Patterson and other athletic de

  • Centennial's Matthew Johnson goes from quitter to All-Stater

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Matthew Johnson will never forget how it felt to watch Centennial win the Class 3A state basketball championship in 2012, his freshman year at the school.

  • All-State boys basketball notebook: Hamilton follows father as All-Stater

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Heritage Hall’s Chris Hamilton II made two free throws with 10 seconds to go in a tie game, boosting the Small West squad to a 70-68 victory over the Small East at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center Thursday night.

  • OKC Thunder signs 'domestic draft-and-stash' pick Josh Huestis

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis’ journey to the NBA is finally over. The Thunder signed the 2014 first-round draft pick on Thursday, fulfilling its end of a unique commitment the two sides made to each other before last year’s draft. Huestis, the 29th overall pick out of Stanford, raised eyebrows throughout the league when agreed to delay his NBA arrival and spend all of last season competing with the Thunder-owned Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League. It was the first time that a first-round selection agreed to such an arrangement with a team. For Huestis, the deal allowed him to be selected higher than he was projected to be taken and secure a long-term commitment from a franchise.

  • BRIEF: MVC championship will stay on CBS through 2020 season

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament title game will remain on CBS through the 2019-20 season, the MVC announced on Thursday. The extension also includes CBS Sports Network broadcasting the tournament semifinal games and eight regular-season games. The semifinals were previously shown on Fox Sports affiliates in the MVC area. “Having our championship game aired on the first weekend in March by CBS Sports places our league in elite company,” MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said in a news release. “We are elated to have CBS Sports Network televising a regular-season men’s basketball package and our tournament semifinals.

  • TCU Arena Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    In this 2014 photo, TCU's new basletball arena is under construction. A new name for the arena was revealed at a news conference in the Four Sevens Team Meeting Room at the school on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The TCU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Horned Frogs' new basketball facility as the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The new facility is expected to open in the fall of 2015. The entire area will be known as the Daniel Meyer Athletic Complex.

  • EDITORIAL: August-to-March Madness: A GOP debate bracket proposal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The highly anticipated media event that is the Aug. 6 Republican presidential candidate debate has grown even more complicated. Fox News, the sponsor of the first of what could be as many as 12 party-sanctioned debates between now and March 10, has backed off its plans to limit the first debate to “only” the 10 top-polling candidates. The solution won’t make the Bottom Six very happy: They’ll get their own debate, four hours before the prime-time event in Cleveland. Wise guys immediately called it “the kids’ table” debate. Fox and the GOP have a problem: You can’t put 16 politicians on a stage and expect any sort of useful discourse. Even 10 will strain the available oxygen in the room.

  • South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson returns with more US gold

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another summer, another international title for Southeastern Conference freshman of the year A'ja Wilson. Wilson, who led the United States to the FIBA Americas U18 crown last summer, turned in another stellar performance during America's run to gold at the FIBA U19 World Championships earlier this month. Wilson set a U.S. record with 30 points against host-country Russia in the championship game, lifting the Americans to a 78-70 victory this Sunday. Wilson was voted the tournament MVP, averaging better than 22 points and eight rebounds over six games. Not that the event didn't take a toll. Wilson returned in a walking boot to protect a left ankle sprain suffered in the event.

  • Arkansas State announces nonconference basketball schedule

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced its nonconference schedule for the coming season with games against Missouri, Baylor and Oregon — plus three games against in-state rivals Lyon College, Arkansas-Monticello and Central Arkansas. ASU opens the season Nov. 13 at SIU-Edwardsville, then will host Lyon on Nov. 16. The Red Wolves then play at Savannah State on Nov. 18, then host Jackson State on Nov. 22. ASU then plays at Oregon on Nov. 25; at Baylor Nov. 27 and at Missouri on Dec. 1. ASU will host North Dakota State on Dec. 4 and UAM on Dec. 12 before traveling to Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 18, then hosting Central Arkansas on Dec. 22. Arkansas State also has an exhibition game scheduled for Nov. 9

  • Iowa-Iowa State game moved to Dec. 10 for TV coverage

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Ames say the Iowa-Iowa State men's basketball game has been rescheduled to accommodate national television coverage. The game has been moved up a day, to Dec. 10. The start time and network will be announced later. It will be Cyclone head coach Steve Prohm's first game against the in-state rival Hawkeyes. Prohm has been hired to replace Fred Hoiberg, who's been hired to coach the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

  • South Africa NBA Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • South Africa NBA In Africa Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • John Clay: A lot more headlines ahead if Calipari coaches till 73

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    John Calipari said this week he might coach basketball until he’s 73 years old. Can you imagine? No telling what new technological wonder the Kentucky basketball coach will have latched onto by that time or what neutral-site game — first on the moon, perhaps? — Calipari will have scheduled for what will undoubtedly be his 23rd consecutive No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Speaking with Andy Katz and his buddy Seth Greenberg on the ESPNU college basketball podcast this week, the Hall of Famer did what he is the best at doing — creating headlines. Here’s the one that has received the most attention: “This could be our best class ever,” Calipari said on the podcast.

  • A welcome Shock: WNBA team likely to inspire Dallas-area girls

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The WNBA’s arrival in Arlington next year could do more for local girls than just offer them another affordable entertainment option. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman compared the Shock’s relocation from Tulsa to a historic moment she witnessed 40 years ago in New York City. In 1975, the teenage Lieberman was at Madison Square Garden for the first women’s college basketball game at that legendary venue. The matchup between Queens College and Immaculata University was played just a few years after Title IX legislation targeted gender discrimination in education and as women’s sports was gaining momentum.

  • All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Blessington fueled the West’s rally in an 88-59 win over the East at the Mabee Center on Wednesday with 14 of her 21 points in the second half despite having three fouls at halftime.

  • All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    At 5-foot-4, Scheffler was the small but tenacious spark for the Antlers during their last two title runs. She was the unsung hero, and she got a chance to show why in Wednesday’s annual Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.




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