The best and worst of March Madness, Week 1

Monday, March 24th, 2014

It is joy. It is pain. And we cannot get enough. Every NCAA tournament opening weekend is memorable, but 2014 was particularly hellbent on taking the cake with its mix of upsets, overtime games and improbable buzzer beaters. Yet for all that brilliance, there is an equal amount of sorrow. Sure, no ...

Shaka Smart rebuffs UCLA and Minnesota, will stay at VCU

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Shaka Smart has been one of the most sought-after young college basketball coaches over the past few years and when any job opens up, his name is always among the first mentioned as a potential replacement. This year has been no exception, but we can now confirm that Smart will ...

Butler’s Blue II Ready to Chomp on the Atlantic 10

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

After losing Charlotte to Conference USA and Temple to the Big East, the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Conference appeared destined to spiral down the crapper like a stale floater on a scorching hot summer afternoon. Alas, the clouds dissipated and two beacons of light shined down from the heavens in the forms ...

NCAA Final Four: Where are 2011′s Stars Now?

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The Final Four is coming up on Saturday night and there appears to be a ton of NBA talent on the rosters involved. There are lots of names we'll probably be hearing for years after this weekend's games. But last year's Final Four was special because the teams that reached the ...

Shaka Smart Turns Down Illinois, Will Remain at VCU

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois' offer to become its men's basketball coach. Smart had been Illinois' top choice to replace the recently fired Bruce Weber, but multiple anonymous sources told the paper that the 34-year-old coach informed the school's athletic director Mike ...

Shaka Smart Turns Down North Carolina State, Staying At VCU

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Apparently staying at a successful mid-major school is becoming all the rage in college basketball. Reports out of Richmond claim that Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart has decided to stay put after being essentially offered the job at North Carolina State. Smart's decision to stay at VCU comes on the ...

NCAA Tournament Live Blog: Final Four

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011