1. David Teel, Newport News Daily Press:
Fans overreact. Wins seem bigger than they are. Losses seem
bigger than they are. This particular loss, No. 1 Virginia's
loss to 16-seed UMBC, seemed cataclysmic. Take a breath,
this column says, and then tells us why we should.
2. Seth Davis, The Athletic: Rick Pitino's
predictable fall from grace
3. Jesse Newell,
The Kansas City Star: Kansas Devonte Graham's lessons
from his mom
4. Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports:
Diversity. Helping high-school girls' player find a basketballready
5. John Akers, Basketball Times:
Lefty Driesell should be in the Hall of Fame
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1. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: A powerful
narrative about the day when Michigan State's athletic department
reached its breaking point. There was Larry Nassar's sentencing
for sexual abuse, the resignation of athletic director Mark
Hollis, and questions that stretched into almost every athletic
office. And then there was a basketball game
2. Scott Dochterman, Land of 10: Jordan Bohannon
refused to break Iowa's free throw record.
Brian Hamilton, The Athletic: UMBC, and a coach
who took a journey to get there, pull an upset for the ages.
4. Lindsay Schnell, USA Today: Villanova's
shooting tips. An interesting technique for talking about
an offensive showcase.
5. Mike Waters, Syracuse
Post-Standard: Syracuse shocks three-seed Michigan
State. How'd that happen? Story dissects the surprising
1. Pat Forde and Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports:
An impressive examination of records provides a clear picture
of the depth and sweep of the FBI investigation into college
basketball. The story is important and significant in scope.
2. Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal and Courier:
John Neff inherited a basketball prize – a Purdue jersey
once worn by John Wooden, one of the Big 10's early stars
and later, a legendary coach.
3. Katy Bergen, Aaron Reiss
and Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star. A discovery of abuse
complaints filed against Missouri player Terrence Phillips.
4. Jesse Newell, The Kansas City Star:
An amusing history of a student prank that became the well-known
"Beware of the Phog" banner that still hangs at Kansas.
5. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: A look
back at the time that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar considered Michigan
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1. Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard:
The family photo on Mike Hopkins desk is not of his family.
And that might tell you all you need to know about the Washington
coach. An interesting show-don't tell personality profile.
2. Alex Schiffer, The Kansas City Star:
Oral history of a high school dunk video that helped Michael
Porter Jr. make his first national splash.
Brendan Quinn, The Athletic: Zavier Simpson was
lost, then found in his hometown of Lima, Ohio.
4. Lindsay Schnell, USA Today: Grayson
Allen is a polarizing figure. Here are some reasons why.
5. Jason King, Bleacher Report: Perception
and reality. Mohamed Bamba is a star player. He is also
a complex person with a complex background.
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1. Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic: Ryan
Odom, coach at UMBC, and his wife share their long road
with their son's obsessive-compulsive disorder. It's a compelling
story about a crusade that has grown larger than their family.
2. Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports: This moving
story is an extraordinary profile in courage. Avery Martz
suffered a stroke on the day she moved into her dorm room
at Saint Joseph's. Her basketball future remains to be seen,
but her story is worthwhile.
3. David Woods,
Indianapolis Star: Basketball's signature is written
large at Butler.
4. Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal
and Courier: Dakota Mathias isn't Purdue's star.
He's Purdue's symbol.
5. Brendan Quinn, The Athletic:
A look behind the scenes of a Hawaiian preseason tournament
where a Michigan team tries to find its identity.