• San Diego St favored to win MWC regular-season title again

    Updated: 45 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — San Diego State, coming off its fifth regular-season Mountain West championship, is favored to win the league crown again, according to a media poll released Tuesday. The Aztecs, who lost to eventual champion Duke in last season's NCAA Tournament, received 22 of a possible 25 first-place votes and 272 points to earn the top spot in the Mountain West poll. Boise State, which tied with San Diego State for the regular-season title last season, was picked to finish second, earning two first-place votes and 234 points. The poll was rounded out, in order, by Utah State, UNLV, Fresno State, New Mexico, Colorado State, Wyoming, Nevada, Air Force, and San Jose State.

  • Legends of Coaching award to be given to Tubby Smith

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Texas Tech's Tubby Smith will receive the John R. Wooden Award's Legends of Coaching honor in April. The annual award recognizes coaches who exemplify Wooden's standards of coaching success and personal integrity. Smith will receive the award at the ESPN College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles on April 8. He is 538-263 in 24 years as a head coach at Texas Tech, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia and Tulsa. He won a national championship at Kentucky in 1998, and has made four Elite Eight appearances, had nine Sweet 16 berths and posted 20 or more wins in 19 seasons while making 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.

  • Big South pulling basketball tournaments from Grand Strand

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The Big South Conference is relocating its basketball tournaments that were held at Coastal Carolina, which announced earlier this year it is leaving the league to join the Sun Belt Conference next July. The Big South has also removed its baseball and outdoor track and field championships from the Grand Strand area. The league said in a statement its bylaws state members leaving with less than two years notice are not eligible to host championships. The release said the men's and women's tournaments will be split into separate events — the men playing March 3-6 and the women the following week — and interested hosts can bid on them. The league expects a decision on the new location early next

  • Hayes, Koenig, Ellenson on watch lists for national awards

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two players from the University of Wisconsin and one from Marquette are on watch lists for national basketball awards. Badger Nigel Hayes is among 20 candidates for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, while teammate Bronson Koenig is on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, recognizing the top point guard. Hayes started all 40 games for Wisconsin last season, finishing with 12.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. Koenig started the final 24 games last season, averaging 11.5 points and 2.7 assists per game. Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is on the watch list for the 2016 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.

  • A look back at the always quotable Steve Spurrier

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier made college football news conferences — which can range from tedious to sleep-inducing — into must-see events. The Head Ball Coach had plenty of targets for his zingers. Back in his Florida days, it was Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. He tweaked NFL coaches for losing despite working around the clock. After he came to South Carolina, he also took aim at Clemson. Spurrier would sometimes put on a show. He faked his own arrest when star Jadeveon Clowney was briefly put in handcuffs because he fit the description of a burglar. And the barbs were always seemed funnier because they were delivered in Spurrier's east Tennessee twang with his trademark smirk.

  • Coach Pitino on allegations: 'We will get through this'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals "will get through this the right way." The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell's book "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced. Pitino added, "We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.

  • Warriors Offense Basketball

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOLD FOR STORY: In this file photo from Sunday, June 14, 2015, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, left, and forward James Jones during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif.

  • BRIEF: Kansas, Wichita State stars named to Naismith Hall of Fame watch lists for positions

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Kansas’ Perry Ellis and Wichita State seniors Ron Baker, Anton Grady and Fred VanVleet were named to 20-person watch lists for their positions from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Baker, from Scott City, is on the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year list, as is Sunrise Christian’s Buddy Hield, of Oklahoma. Ellis and Grady, a transfer from Cleveland State, are on the Karl Malone Power Forward list. VanVleet and KU’s Frank Mason are on the Bob Cousy Point Guard list. Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: . Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop. ———

  • Alexandria-Slayings

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Jeff Williams testifies about aspects of Charles Severance's Ford Escort station wagon during Severance's trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Fairfax, Va. Severance is accused of three murders over the course of a decade in Alexandria, Va.

  • Crews likes to lure prep school recruits to Billikens

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    As the coach at Army for seven seasons, Jim Crews made regular trips to the West Point prep school, which ended up feeding his teams with an abundance of players. At least a third of his players, he said, took that route, adding a year of work between high school and the start of their college careers. Crews has continued that recruiting approach at St. Louis University, which has four prep school players for the coming season. “It’s probably not a coincidence,” he said. “I like prep school guys. It’s such an advantage it’s not even funny.” Junior Reggie Agebeko, sophomore Brett Jolly and freshmen Matt Neufeld and Elliott Welmer spent a year at various prep schools, following a trend that saw several

  • Chat live with The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel at 11 a.m. Tuesday

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    CHAT LIVE WITH BERRY TRAMEL Join columnist Berry Tramel at 11 a.m. Tuesday for the Power Lunch live chat. Get your sports questions ready and log on at NewsOK.com/sports.

  • Huskies' season-opening trip to China includes class work

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — An argument is brewing in the Washington team room. It started with bickering, and voices are now rising, college basketball players going back and forth. Except this disagreement had nothing to do with anything on the basketball court. Think pronunciation, not passing or shooting. "I said it first," one bellowed. "I said it right," the other answered back. Laughter erupted, and the Huskies' pop quiz in speaking Mandarin continued. Washington is embarking on a unique journey to begin the 2015-16 basketball season. Instead of an exhibition game followed by a series of home-court warmups before maybe playing in a prestigious holiday tournament, the Huskies will fly 5,700 miles to China.

  • UConn's Stewart learns a lot from time with USA Basketball

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    It's been a busy few months for Breanna Stewart, and her UConn season hasn't even started yet. The Huskies senior spent time playing with USA Basketball at both the Pan Am Games this summer and on a European tour this past week. The 21-year-old has played for the U.S. at nearly every level, already winning six gold medals in her young career — she settled for silver at the Pan Am Games in Toronto after losing to host Canada in the gold-medal game. Still, she gained experience and confidence as Canada, Brazil and a few other teams in that tournament brought their national teams to play against the U.S. college stars. Stewart had her first real national team experience last fall when she was part of the world championsh

  • Washington Chinese Education Basketball

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    In this photo taken Sept. 28, 2015, Washington men's basketball players Kyle Mark, left, Devenir Duruisseau, and KJ Garrett study handouts during a class in Chinese culture in Seattle. Washington is embarking on a unique journey to begin the 2015-16 basketball season. The team will fly to China to open the season against Texas in Shanghai, the first regular season college basketball game ever played in China.

  • LeBron thrills fans at Ohio State in Cavs' loss to Memphis

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James scored 14 points, thrilling fans with a breakaway dunk, but Cleveland lost to Memphis 91-81 in a preseason game at Ohio State on Monday night. James, who only played 25 minutes, is a huge fan of the Buckeyes and has a locker in the men's basketball facility. "I think we did some good things," James said. "It's really hard to say with us having so many guys out right now." The Cavaliers were a shell of what the team figures to be at some point of the season. Guard Kyrie Irving could be out until January with a fractured knee cap and guard Iman Shumpert is out 12 to 14 weeks following wrist surgery.

  • Tennessee tries to succeed without natural point guard again

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is in a familiar situation without a pure point guard. They can only hope it works out as well as it did last season. Tennessee's lack of a proven point guard last season forced Josh Richardson into that role, and he responded by earning first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors in his senior year. Now the Volunteers are relying on seniors Kevin Punter and Armani Moore to take care of the ball-handling responsibilities. "Us not having a natural point guard to me doesn't mean anything," Moore said. "We all got recruited to come to this university to play a sport - not a position. I think we'll be fine.

  • Tennessee Basketball Media Day

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Tennessee basketball player Kevin Punter attends media day Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.

  • APTOPIX Tennessee Basketball Media Day

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes speaks during a press conference at media day Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.

  • North Carolina Johnson Basketball

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    North Carolina's Brice Johnson (11) and Theo Pinson (R) jump into an interview with teammate Marcus Paige during NCAA college basketball media day, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Virginia Tech Basketball


    People stand on the Virginia Tech basketball court in Cassell Coliseum, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Blacksburg, Va. The area was reconfigured for court side seating for donors.