NEW ORLEANS — The more Louisville extends its remarkable run, the more coach Jeff Walz wants to make sure his Cardinals enjoy every moment.As long as they have one more upset in them for the NCAA championship game.The upstart Cardinals got 18 points — all on 3-pointers — from Antonita Slaughter and they methodically clawed back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat California 64-57 on Sunday night in the NCAA semifinals. For a team that has beaten Baylor, Tennessee and now the second-seeded Golden Bears, a little celebration was in order. Read More
ATLANTA (AP) — The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they're still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as more of a blue-collar school.The Michigan basketball team knows what that's like. Football rules on the Wolverines' campus — rightly so, said Tim Hardaway Jr., given that program's long, storied history. Read More
Brittany Boyd is super-competitive and it was obvious to her best friend, Elisha Davis, the first time they met at AAU practice 10 years ago. As a third-grader, Davis knew how to spin a basketball on the tips of her fingers and Boyd, a fourth-grader, was more than frustrated that she couldn’t keep up. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — The subtitle to the 2013 women's Final Four might as well be: The Big East throws one last bash in the Big Easy.
Three of the four teams — Connecticut, Louisville and Notre Dame — hail from a league that has long thrived in both women's and men's college basketball, but which is breaking apart after this season. Read More
ATLANTA (AP) — Gregg Marshall sat in his office on the campus of Wichita State on a cold January morning, his familiar eye glasses set aside, and gazed at the championship nets nailed to the wall.Every one of them represents a league title he won at Winthrop. Seven in all. Read More
The Cal men’s basketball team is losing one of the top scorers in school history.
Cal junior guard Allen Crabbe announced Wednesday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NBA draft.
“It has been a dream of mine to play at the next level for a long time and I feel deep down in my heart this is the right decision,” Crabbe said in a statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cal and learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. I will miss a lot of people at this University both in basketball and in school. I will always be a Golden Bear at heart.” Read More
Sandy Barbour raised some eyebrows when she hired Sonny Dykes to replace Jeff Tedford as Cal’s football coach in December. Dykes’ Louisiana Tech team didn’t qualify for a bowl game last year, his defense allowed 526 yards per outing (the most in the nation) and his Texas roots seemed to clash with Berkeley’s uber-lefty persona.
Yes, Dykes might seem like an odd choice, but we should probably give Barbour the benefit of the doubt. In her eight-plus years at Cal, she’s proved that she knows how to pick a winner. Read More
Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he's got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, who remains hospitalized after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his right leg.
"He was real excited about (the trophy)," Pitino said after visiting Ware again Monday morning. "I said to him, 'You want me to bring it back or stay with you?' He said, 'It's staying with me.' I said, 'All right, just make sure you don't lose it.'" Read More
SPOKANE, Wash. — Layshia Clarendon was the first to get her hands on the regional championship trophy. Rightfully so, after getting California somewhere they've never gone before: the Final Four.Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime, and California rallied from down 10 with less than 7 minutes left to beat Georgia 65-62 in the Spokane Regional final and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Read More
SPOKANE, Wash. — Stanford and California were expected to settle the Spokane Regional.
Nobody told Georgia.
"Georgia basketball has a lot of pride within it and a lot of history behind it," Georgia guard Jasmine James said. "To just be able to make those steps to now be in the Elite Eight and to be in the game to be able to compete to go to the Final Four is definitely a great place to be." Read More