Coach Tony Bennett told his players, “Don’t panic, but play with fight.” Eventually, they found that balance in moving on from being an NCAA tournament punchline.
A year after historic loss to UMBC, the Cavaliers are neither angry nor rattled.
The Wolf Pack program is built on grit and resourcefulness that has made a college basketball a destination in a town that’s the butt of many jokes.
The one-and-done era has counter-intuitively opened the door for some true March Madness.
For as much as Mark Few’s program has done to establish itself as a perennial power, it is still judged too critically by a single loss in its mid-major conference.
Eleven years ago, Sampson was effectively banned from coaching NCAA basketball. Five years into his return, he has restored the Houston Cougars to prominence, and vice versa.
Washington’s deal for Case Keenum is a low-risk stopgap. That’s the good news. The bad news is this isn’t where they should want to stop.
The greatest player in NBA history to come to the league directly from overseas needs to know — and feel — just how much his 21-year career has meant to the sport.
The right team will look to the Heisman Trophy winner not as a savior but as the start of a new way of thinking.