Rick Barnes arrived at Texas from Clemson and turned the Longhorns’ program into one of the best. But his last four years didn’t measure up to the first 13, and now he’s out according to several media reports.
Nothing says program and conference underachievement like teams explaining unexpected losses with mumbled responses and puffy eyes, and the Big 12 produced another sad locker room on Sunday with second-seeded Kansas’ stunning loss to seventh-seeded Wichita State.
UCLA assistant coach David Grace served in the Air Force for 20 years and is a Park University graduate without ever having stepped foot on campus. He and the Bruins advanced to the Sweet 16 with a victory over UAB on Saturday.
The sons of the first and fifth leading career scorers in Missouri basketball history, Quinton Chievous and Devin Booker, will face each other Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament, but not for Mizzou. They play for Hampton and Kentucky, respectively.
The problem for the rest of college basketball is Kentucky remains hungry. It hasn’t been enough for the Wildcats to crush such non-conference luminaries as Kansas and UCLA, run away from North Carolina, avoid the upset at Louisville, Texas A&M and LSU and the misstep at home against Mississippi to finish the regular season 31-0. It wasn’t enough to breeze through the Southeastern Conference Tournament by an 18-point average victory margin to improve to 34-0.
Many of the bracket principles used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee are unbreakable, until they are. For instance, geographic considerations. The NCAA field will be revealed at 5 p.m. Sunday on CBS (Ch. 5).
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Pity the Kansas City downtown employee pulling out of a parking garage about 5 p.m. on Thursday. Heading home to Lee’s Summit or Overland Park at that moment required a load of patience and what appeared to be superb traffic control as thousands of basketball fans poured into the streets, including many rooting for Iowa State.
Rick Barnes’ uncertain future is head-scratch worthy to many in college basketball. Could Texas really be unhappy with a coach who entered this season with 15 NCAA Tournament appearances in 16 years and has won more games than any coach in Big 12 history?
The grueling Big 12 men’s basketball season has ended and now the conference tournament commences at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. It’s a final opportunity for rivals to beat each other up before the NCAA Tournament. Kansas is the top seed and there are five AP top 25 teams in the field.
Kansas and Kentucky finish where the spent nearly all year — and in Kentucky’s case every week — at the top of The Star’s weekly Big 12 and Southeastern Conference power rankings. The Wildcats remain the NCAA Tournament’s overall No. 1 seed and the Jayhawks are a No. 2 in our weekly projection.
Several candidates have emerged for Big 12 men’s basketball player of the year, but Kansas’ Perry Ellis has two advantages. He’s the top player for the top team and he’s playing the best ball of his career right now.
The idea of freshman ineligibility has collected steam as a topic over the past few weeks at the power conference commissioner level. Sitting out of varsity competition to become acclimated to the rigors of college life undoubtedly has its advantages. But many current men’s basketball coaches are not the same page as commissioners.
With Missouri riding an 11-game losing streak, misery has company. Kansas coach Bill Self and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg have each had double-digit losing streaks in their careers, and it happened in their first year as head coaches.
Jerry Tarkanian was a complicated coach. He won a national championship with UNLV and coached some of the greatest teams in the game’s history. He had battles with the NCAA and that made it easy for media to portray the Rebels as evil.
Texas coach Rick Barnes has come under fire this year as the Longhorns men’s basketball team resides in the bottom half of the Big 12. He talked about his critics during the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday.