March 23, 2016 |
Ryan Arcidiacono played in his 140th Villanova game on Sunday when the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16. That is the new school record - breaking the mark of 139 held by Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds - and will be until Thursday when the NCAA tournament continues with Arcidiacono playing at least one more. It was fitting that Villanova's advancement to the deeper rounds of the tournament for the first time since 2009 coincided with Arcidiacono setting the only individual team record he will hold.
March 20, 2016 |
BILLY DONOVAN put in 21 years of coaching at the college ranks, two with Marshall, the rest at the University of Florida, where he won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Still only 50, he decided to leave the SEC to head the Oklahoma City Thunder for a challenge that is probably a little bit bigger, more lucrative but certainly not as stable, even though he took over a team that includes two of the best players in the game in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
November 13, 2015 |
A NUMBER OF rules changes have been implemented to speed up games, Bo Ryan has a date in April with Donald Driver (of all people), and the local kid on Tobacco Road is on the verge of doing something unprecedented and wonderfully impressive. Here are 50 things to consider ahead of the college basketball season, including why Duke would just LOVE to play here in March. 1. North Carolina is the AP's preseason No. 1 for the ninth time overall and the fourth time under Roy Williams.
April 4, 2014 |
DALLAS - The favorites at this Final Four could not have been built any differently. Florida starts four seniors and a sophomore. Kentucky starts five freshmen. Therefore, Florida coach Billy Donovan must stand for truth, justice, the American way and, of course, academic integrity while Kentucky coach John Calipari must be gaming the system, having his school act as a station stop for players taking a few classes on the way to the NBA. To accept the narrative, you must also believe that the revenue-producing college sports are about something other than revenue.
April 10, 2013 |
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright's salary is $2,290,346, 10th among coaches who made the NCAA Tournament, according to USA Today . Temple's Fran Dunphy's salary of $724,557 was 40th and La Salle's John Giannini's salary of $426,230 was 47th. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was the top paid at $7,233,976, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino ($4,078,327), Kansas' Bill Self ($4,750,763), Michigan State's Tom Izzo ($3,220,769) and Florida's Billy Donovan ($3,689,200). The newspaper obtained salary information from 62 of the 68 competing schools.
April 1, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Trey Burke was a 16-month-old toddler the last time Michigan was playing this late in the NCAA tournament. That regional final 19 years ago, a loss that ended the Fab Five era, was played in a building that no longer exists. Where Reunion Arena once stood near downtown Dallas is now a vacant lot about 20 minutes from where the Wolverines finally get another chance to get back to the Final Four. "It's definitely crazy," Burke said Saturday. "Just to get this program moving back in the right direction means a lot to us. " No. 4 seed Michigan (29-7)
April 16, 2012 |
FORMER SIXERS coach Larry Brown interviewed for the head-coaching job at Southern Methodist on Sunday, according to multiple reports. If he's hired it would be the 14th head-coaching job of his nomadic career. And yes that's counting his first gig with Davidson in 1972 — even though he left there without ever coaching a game. The 71-year-old Brown, who coached the Sixers from 1997-2003, hasn't been in the game since December 2010 when he was fired by the Bobcats. SMU, which axed Matt Doherty last month after six seasons, hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1993.
March 26, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Once upon a time, Billy Donovan took Rick Pitino on an improbable ride to the Final Four. Twenty-five years later, Pitino is heading back after another unbelievable run - one capped with an amazing late-game rally that left his old protege wondering what the heck happened. Freshman forward Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left Saturday and Pitino's fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals outscored Florida by 15 points over the final 10 minutes for a 72-68 victory in the West Regional final.
March 25, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four and his protege Billy Donovan and Florida wondering what the heck just happened. Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1 minute, 4 seconds left Saturday and the fourth-seeded Cardinals finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Donovan's stunned Gators in the West Regional final.
March 24, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Billy Donovan knew a bad idea when he heard one. Put on this cowboy hat and these spurs and we'll take a picture of you, his coach told him. Maybe we'll even put it on the front of the team program. "I was not happy about doing that," Donovan said. Rick Pitino rarely steered him wrong, though. A quarter-century since that fateful photo, Donovan has become a championship coach with a legacy, and the guy who made him dress up that day isn't doing so badly himself.