1. With 1 Shot, Villanova Cements Its Place as One of College Hoops' Top Programs

    HOUSTON — Moments after surfacing from the bottom of the dog pile—the one that ensued after he nailed the most memorable buzzer-beater in NCAA title game history—Villanova's ...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 224,637 reads 87 comments

  2. Marcus Paige and Roy Williams' Unique Bond at Heart of UNC's Run to Title Game

    HOUSTON — Multiple times during the past few seasons—when his jump shots and free throws weren ’t falling like they had in the past—North Carolina’s Marcus Paige heard the same pep talk from his head coach...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 18,196 reads 15 comments

  3. How Roy Williams' Resilience Helped Restore UNC Program to Greatness Once Again

    HOUSTON — The day before Saturday’s 83-66 win over Syracuse in the Final Four—inching him one step closer to his third NCAA title—North Carolina’s Roy Williams made a confession...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 30,804 reads 91 comments

  4. Freshman Phenoms Need Not Apply to Final Four...at Least for This Year

    HOUSTON — Other than the Oklahoma Sooners' Buddy Hield, the most talked-about players in Houston this week aren't the ones who will compete in the 2016 Final Four . Instead, they're the ones who won't...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 20,704 reads 23 comments

  5. Get to Know Buddy's Boys, the Sidekick Sooners Fueling Hield's Final Four Run

    HOUSTON — Three months after the most entertaining game of the college basketball season, Kansas coach Bill Self is still bragging about how well his Jayhawks defended Oklahoma star Buddy Hield ...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 13,992 reads 24 comments

  6. Ranking the Top 10 Players to Watch in the 2016 Final Four

    Don’t bother scouring the 2016 NBA mock drafts for information on the players you’ll see in the Final Four this weekend in Houston. You won’t find any...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 48,453 reads 60 comments

  7. Kobe 'Blown Away' by Buddy Hield as Sharpshooter Carries OU to Final Four

    ANAHEIM — As the final seconds ticked away in a victory that would send Oklahoma to the Final Four, Kobe Bryant hurried toward an elevator in the bowels of the Honda Center...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 131,888 reads 192 comments

  8. Dillon Brooks Won't Be Apologizing for the Energy and Swag That's Driving Oregon

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dillon Brooks' 22-point effort in Thursday's victory over Duke resulted in two things for Oregon's leading scorer. A spot in the Elite Eight. And a lecture from Coach K...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 28,239 reads 102 comments

  9. Thanks to Strong Women in His Life, Kansas' Devonte' Graham Becoming a Star

    When she walked into the Fox & Hound Sports Tavern to watch a Kansas basketball game earlier this season, Dewanna King had an easy time deciding where to sit...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 119,590 reads 27 comments

  10. Silence at Last: Tom Crean Quiets Critics with Indiana's Toppling of Kentucky

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A few hours before the most pivotal win of his Indiana career—a 73-67 nail-biter against Kentucky that catapulted the Hoosiers into the Sweet 16— Tom Crean ...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 38,409 reads 101 comments

  11. Ranking the 25 Best Players in the 2016 NCAA Tournament

    The biggest conundrum in college basketball this season has been identifying the nation's best teams. Oklahoma looked like the top dog in January, but then the Sooners lost to Kansas State a month later...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 4 months ago 150,537 reads 266 comments

  12. UK's Big Man with the Bigger Heart: Marcus Lee Leaving His Mark in the Community

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Shortly after Kentucky's Marcus Lee threw down a dunk and swished a free throw in last month's win at South Carolina, a 10-year-old boy sat up in his hospital bed 420 miles away and posed for a picture...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 5 months ago 120,198 reads 33 comments

  13. Despite Taxing Year, Providence's Kris Dunn Doesn't Regret Making NBA Wait

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Shortly after ordering a dozen sweet chile wings at Snookers, a popular sports bar near the Providence campus, Kris Dunn raised his hand and summoned his waitress...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 5 months ago 119,160 reads 60 comments

  14. Reviving Texas A&M Has Become a Life-Affirming Mission for Coach Billy Kennedy

    The suit is in the upstairs closet, the shiny black shoes replaced by a pair of gray Nikes. Nine miles from Reed Arena, just hours after a victory over Missouri, the coach of the ...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 5 months ago 95,251 reads 35 comments

  15. Banned from the NCAA Tournament, Larry Brown and SMU Fight to Regain Their Pride

    DALLAS — Two days after their quest for an undefeated season ended with an 89-80 loss at Temple—dropping their record to 18-1—the SMU Mustangs erased any lingering bad vibes with a spirited, two-hour practice at Moody Coliseum...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 5 months ago 95,916 reads 23 comments

  16. Kentucky Its Own Toughest Critic After Gritty OT Loss at Hostile Kansas

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Shortly after Kentucky's 90-84 overtime loss at Kansas on Saturday night, Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis cut his postgame press conference short and hurried toward the Allen Fieldhouse restroom...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 6 months ago 17,246 reads 73 comments

  17. From College Afterthought to NBA Prospect: The Stunning Rise of Luke Kornet

    The player with one of the highest ceilings in college basketball was almost a water boy at SMU. That's hard to fathom as you watch 7'1", 245-pound Luke Kornet swish three-pointers ...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 6 months ago 76,784 reads 12 comments

  18. One for the Ages: Hield's Heroics in Triple-OT Loss (Almost) the Stuff of Legend

    LAWRENCE, Kan.  — Escorted by a pair of armed police officers, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield was apologetic as he hurried past a gaggle of autograph seekers Monday at Allen Fieldhouse ...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 7 months ago 34,423 reads 28 comments

  19. Inside the Growing Trend of Home Schooling in High School Basketball

    Since appearing in a Powerade commercial with Carmelo Anthony as a sixth-grader, Allonzo Trier has embraced the attention that comes with being a basketball star...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 7 months ago 50,935 reads 21 comments

  20. North Carolina's Commitment to Defense Will Be Lynchpin of Its Title Chances

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — North Carolina beat UCLA 89-76 at the Barclays Center on Saturday, and the most popular storyline after the game wasn’t Brice Johnson’s 27 points or nine rebounds...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 7 months ago 10,079 reads 25 comments

  21. Duke's Derryck Thornton Finding Little Time for Growing Pains Under Coach K

    For anyone antsy to analyze the play of Duke point guard Derryck Thornton, the freshman's father has one request. "Ten games," Tank Thornton said the week before Thanksgiving...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 8 months ago 102,037 reads 38 comments

  22. Kansas Rejoices as Cheick Diallo's NCAA Eligibility Ordeal Finally Ends

    LAHAINA , Hawaii — If the Kansas Jayhawks reach the Final Four like so many pundits predict, they’ll probably say their road began a few hundred yards from the beach here in Hawaii...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 8 months ago 15,972 reads 13 comments

  23. Bahamas' Best: Buddy Hield's Relentless Journey to Oklahoma and Hoops Stardom

    NORMAN, Okla. — From nearly three blocks away in his neighborhood in the Bahamas, Buddy Hield could hear the brakes squeal in his mother's rickety, green minivan. If it was after dark in the summer, Hield knew he'd better run...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 8 months ago 46,705 reads 18 comments

  24. No Doubt Kentucky's 3-Headed Monster Is Best Backcourt in CBB After Duke Romp

    CHICAGO — Ashley Judd lingered near the locker room. World Wide Wes was in the front row in a gray blazer and dark-rimmed glasses...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 8 months ago 49,479 reads 73 comments

  25. Zen and the Art of Making the Perfect Player: Meet Kentucky's Jamal Murray

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — He'd traveled more than 600 miles, crossed the Canadian border and sat through a high school workout in an Ontario gym...

    Jason King Written by Jason King about 8 months ago 180,142 reads 112 comments