1. Matt Norlander,
CBSSports.com: Duke slips past North Carolina with
two buzzer-beaters in a flawed classic.
Feinstein, The Washington Post: Better late than
never? Former Indiana coach Bob Knight returns to Assembly
3. Matt Fortuna, The Athletic:
Why didn’t they cancel college sports sooner? What was there
to think about, really?
4. Brendan Quinn, The
Athletic: Why did John Beilein fail in the NBA
after he jumped from Michigan?
5. Russell Steinberg,
Mid-Major Madness: A personal account of losing
your job and college basketball at the same time.
GAME STORY/SPOT NEWS
Quinn, The Athletic: An intense picture: Cassius
Winston plays the day after his brother is killed in a train
2. John Feinstein, The Washington Post:
A tribute/obituary of the remarkable life of Morgan Wooten
3. C.J. Moore, The Athletic: Baylor coach
Scott Drew comes up with a signature win at Kansas.
4. Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com: Kansas
avenges loss to Baylor. Udoka Azubuike is the reason why.
5. Mitchell Northam, High Post Hoops: Kyra
Lambert made a beyond-half-court shot on her first shot
after returning from three knee surgeries and nearly three
years on the sidelines for Duke
1. John Akers,
Basketball Times: A look at Dick DeVenzio, who
started the discusson of paying college athletes with his
1985 book "Rip-Off U" Now, the NCAA has handed
the issue to a committee. Will it matter?
Matt Norlander, CBSSports: A timetable of COVID-19
shutting down college basketball.
3. Tom Noie,
South Bend Tribune: Lunch with DeMatha’s legendary
4. Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
NCAA basketball lags behind in black head coaches. A look
at the numbers and stories.
5. Seth Davis, The
Athletic: The men behind the history of Gonzaga
underline how a contender was built and maintained.
MODERATE LENGTH FEATURE
Brian Bennett, The Athletic: A look at the "Holy
Grail" (a college team scoring 200 points in a 40-minute
game.) Is it a feat? Is it a slap to the face of sportsmanship?
2. Kevin Armstrong, SI.com: COVID-19
puts a halt to playground basketball; a New York tradition
is shuttered by the pandemic.
3. Brendan Quinn,
The Athletic: High School players building their
ever more important “brand.” Joe Tipton, a junior at Alabama
Huntsville, is a pivot point in the social media world of "edits."
4. Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com: Kobe
Bryant’s relationship with UC Irvine, a campus near his
5. Jeff Greer The Athletic: Rob
Butsch has died. For two years, Butsch was Louisville’s "Flying
Cardinal Bird" who swung from the arena’s rafters –
part of what makes sports a great connector.
MAGAZINE LENGTH FEATURE
Mirin Fader, Bleacher Report: An in-depth look
at Gigi Bryant, who died along with her father Kobe Bryant
in a helicopter crash in California. An impressive look
at young girls and basketball.
2. Brendan Quinn,
The Athletic: Telling details are what makes this
piece strong. Friends laughing at young Juwan Howard. Years
later, a ball left on Juwan Howard court, waiting for the
next kid who wants to play.
3. Mike DeCourcy,
The Sporting News: How NCAA tournament expansion
35 years ago became the foundation of a sports showcase.
4. Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Rex Chapman (Kentucky/Charlotte
Hornets gets used to new role as a social media influencer.
5. Dan Greene, Sports Illustrated: Chris
Beard is the architect behind Texas Tech emerging as a basketball