ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas visited the NAIA in Kansas City this week and said the Commission on College Basketball, headed by Condoleezza Rice, ultimately failed by recommending the sport stick to a strict amateur model.
College basketball produced an invigorating NCAA Tournament and dominant champion in VIllanova. But the FBI investigation carries a cloud of uncertainty into the offseason. Here's a lookahead to the 2018-19 season.
Villanova meets Michigan in Monday's NCAA championship game, and the game matches programs that don't rely on one-and-done players. Experienced players such as Jalen Brunson and Moritz Wagner have carried their teams to the title game.
Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson have been playing basketball together since the third grade. Their dedication has paid off with an improbable run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
UMBC pulled off the miracle, a 20-point victory over NCAA Tournament top seed Virginia, and became the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed. UMBC AD Tim Hall had same dream for UMKC when he worked there.
Kansas State learned on Friday that it would be without all-Big 12 player Dean Wade. It didn't matter as the Wildcats ran past Creighton 69-59 to advance to the NCAA Tournament second round for the first time since 2012
Kansas and Kansas State got big games in their Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal victories but not from their all-conference players. KU's Malik Newman and K-State's Makol Mawien paved the way to their semifinal meeting
Missouri and Kansas both got injury news on the eve of their conference tournaments Wednesday: Udoka Azubuike is out for KU, and Michael Porter Jr. is back for Mizzou. Whether it was good or bad depended on what side of Missouri your team is playing this week.
The Big 12 Tournament will be bubble-team heavy when it opens on Wednesday and three teams with NCAA Tournament hopes play. In all, nine Big 12 teams look to state their NCAA case for inclusion or seed.
Most NCAA bracket projections peg the KU Jayhawks as the top seed in the West Region, playing first- and second-round games in at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita. That destination seems a lock. But if Kansas wants to play the second weekend of the tournament in Omaha instead of Los Angeles, it will have to be seeded ahead of Xavier.
The NCAA Tournament selection committee considers many factors when evaluating teams for at-large spaces in seeding the 68-team field. But it hasn't had to factor in the possible arrival of a top recruit like Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. at the season's end.