1. Chris Heady, Omaha
World-Herald: Memories from a Nebraska basketball
writer's first season on the job.
2. Paul Woody,
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia's Kyle Guy made
three free throws, under unbelievable pressure, to send
his team to the national title game.
Borzi, MinnPost.com: Is it still OK for coaches
to scream at kids? When Michigan State coach Tom Izzo went
after one of his players publically, it became a national
4. David Teel, Newport News Daily
Press: Virginia's run to the national championship
was the direct opposite of chill. Their journey was one
fo terror, chest pains and considerable bourbon consumption.
5. John Akers, Basketball Times: His ratings
performance index lasted four decades, and came under waves
of criticism. Jim Van Valkenburg only intended to get the
GAME STORY/SPOT NEWS
1. Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer:
If the shoe splits, repair it. Zion Williamson's sneaker
came apart. And it became an event that revealed how money,
basketball, colleges and sneakers are all tied together.
2. John Feinstein, Washington Post: How
extraordinary was Virginia's title run?
Newell, The Kansas City Star: Kansas' streak of
14-straight Big 12 championships came to an end in an unlikely
4. Chris Heady, Omaha World-Herald:
Nebraska hits rock bottom.
5. Mitchell Northam,
NCAA.com: Freshman Nalyssa Smith comes off the
bench to help Baylor win the championship.
1. Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports:
Wiretap reveals LSU coach Will Wade discussed recruiting
offer with hoops scandal middleman. Selections from extensive
coverage of the federal investigations
2. Chris Tomasson, St. Paul
Pioneer-Press: View from Final Four's worst seats.
An interesting look at the fans who choose the nosebleed
3. John Akers, Basketball Times:
A look at the 1968-69 season. Was the season as special
as we remember?
4. Andrea Adelson, ESPN.com:
From coaching women to coaching men. A women's coach makes
the rare move to the men's game.
5. Steve Wiseman,
Raleigh News & Observer: Marvin Bagley III
zigzagged his way to Duke ... A look at the complex relationships
that can cloud the college game.
MODERATE LENGTH FEATURE
1. David Woods, Indianapolis Star: Five years
after a staph infection threatened his life, Butler's Sean
McDermott continues his long road back with his mother,
who faced her own challenge.
2. Patrick Borzi,
The New York Times: Marquette's Markus Howard changes
the picture of mental health counseling.
Feinstein, Washington Post: Sixteen years after
he retired, Jim Phelan is 90 and still living in rural Maryland
and the Basketball Hall of Fame still hasn't come calling.
4. Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer:
Inside the Zion Williamson tornado.
5. Mike DeCourcy,
The Sporting News: Duke owes Zion Williamson. Williamson
also owes Duke.
MAGAZINE LENGTH FEATURE
1. Dan Greene, Sports Illustrated: It had to
be Penny. Penny Hardaway became the head coach at University
of Memphis and the fan base went wild. What happens next?
The story of Hardaway and Memphis is complicated. This story
unties the knot.
2. Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard:
Syracuse's Howard Washington reveals a chilling story. The
writer is here, but makes the wise choice to remain offstage.
3. Rob Dauster, NBC Sports: It's OK to
not be OK. The under-reported subject of mental wellness
in college basketball.
4. Mitchell Northam, SB
Nation/Mid-Major Madness: Campbell is one of the
most fun shows ... What's happening at Campbell, where the
Camels, led by Chris Clemons, are fun to watch.
5. Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Requiem for the
Old School ACC tournament. A warm look back to the days
when classes were stopped to watch the ACC tournament.