College Basketball

James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kentucky Guard James Young

Young scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young’s ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.

04/08/2014

Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats hits the game winning shot as Josh Gasser #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 74-73. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Five Things: Kentucky And UConn To Play For Title

The wildest NCAA Tournament of the modern era culminates with an 8 seed versus a 7 seed for the championship. Kentucky, a 74-73 winner over Wisconsin on Saturday, will face Connecticut, which upset Florida 64-53.

04/07/2014

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

Shabazz Napier #13 and the Connecticut Huskies celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Michigan State Spartans to win the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn Players’ Loyalty After Postseason Ban Pays Off

The Huskies were punished for the mistakes made by players over the four previous years. While five players left the program, others remained loyal to UConn.

04/03/2014

Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies calls a play against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Connecticut Guard Ryan Boatright

On Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.

04/01/2014

Devin Oliver #5 of the Dayton Flyers reacts after defeating the Syracuse Orange 55-53 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Five Things: NCAA Tournament Opening Weekend

By far the most unlikely Sweet 16 matchup is Dayton-Stanford. The 11 seed Flyers started Thursday’s madness by beating Ohio State 60-59.

03/24/2014

DeAndre Daniels #2 of the Connecticut Huskies (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Rising Star: UConn Forward DeAndre Daniels

Among his fellow Connecticut Huskies, he ranks second in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. Playing alongside Shabazz Napier, he can go unnoticed.

03/18/2014

Will Yeguete #15 of the Florida Gators (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Five Things: Life On The Bubble And Selection Sunday

A great weekend of hoops culminated in Sunday’s selection show. With the field set, the real madness can begin.

03/17/2014

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Released

The field for the 2014 NCAA Tournament was announced Sunday, with Florida, Arizona, Wichita State and Virginia getting the number one seeds.

03/16/2014

Emmy Andujar #13 of the Manhattan Jaspers drives to the basket against the Buffalo Bulls during the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center on December 21, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (credit: Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Manhattan Forward Emmy Andujar

Andujar is a 6’6”, 205-pound point forward. He can handle the ball like a guard and draw bigger defenders out of the lane.

03/11/2014

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Five Things: NCAA Tournament Bids And Wichita’s Perfection

In the major conferences, Florida completed an undefeated regular season in the SEC and Cincinnati and Louisville tied atop the American.

03/10/2014

Head coach Jimmy Patsos of Siena (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Transfers Find Second Home In The MAAC

Billy Baron, the MAAC Player of the Year, played in the ACC and Atlantic-10 before coming to Canisius, giving him a better perspective than most on the quality of play across conferences.

03/10/2014

Head coach Steve Masiello and Donovan Kates #33 of the Manhattan Jaspers (credit: Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Five Things: Iona And Manhattan To Play For MAAC Title

Iona and Manhattan, two schools separated by fewer than 10 miles, will play for the MAAC championship in Springfield, MA.

03/10/2014

Naadir Tharpe #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kansas Guard Naadir Tharpe

The 5’11” Tharpe is averaging 30 minutes, 8.9 points, and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from deep, and 82 percent from the line.

03/04/2014

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Best Bars To Watch College Basketball In Chicago

With March Madness right around the corner, you’ll want to find Chicago bars that offer plenty of TV screens so you won’t miss a minute of the game.

03/01/2014

Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Michigan State Guard Gary Harris

The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.

02/25/2014

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Baffoe: When Is The Fan The Thug?

In no other work environment do we allow harassment like we do at sporting events.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2014

Guard Fred VanVleet #23 of the Wichita State Shockers (credit: Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Wichita State Guard Fred VanVleet

A back-up to Malcolm Armstead on last year’s Final Four team, VanVleet has helped lead Wichita to a 25-0 record and No. 4 ranking.

02/11/2014

Ethan Wragge #34 of the Creighton Bluejays (credit: Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Creighton Forward Ethan Wragge

According to Hoop-Math, 157 of his 163 shots this season have been from beyond the arc (96 percent), the highest percentage in the country among players with at least 100 field goal attempts.

02/03/2014

Kansas Jayhawks fans attempt to distract as A.J. English #5 of the Iona Gaels shoots a free throw. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Iona Guard A.J. English

English is averaging 17.8 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.9 rebounds for the Gaels, who are tied atop the MAAC with an 8-2 conference record after winning both games last weekend.

02/03/2014

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