Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Just as Bruce Pearl is about to head into the NCAA Tournament, his future is suddenly in flux.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton thrust Pearl into a new stage of uncertainty regarding his future for next season.
“The jury is out on what’s going to happen with that at this point,” Hamilton told radio station WNML in an interview that was taped on Tuesday and aired on Wednesday. “We don’t know the answer today.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monmouth is narrowing its search for a new head coach and multiple sources said Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby, Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan (pictured) and former St. John’s coach Norm Roberts were leading the way.
The school is looking to interview 12-15 candidates before narrowing the list to two to three, one source with knowledge said.
Brennan led Princeton to three Ivy League titles as a player and was an assistant coach for seven seasons there before heading to American and then Georgetown.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bob and Dan Hurley won’t coach a single game in the NCAA Tournament.
Neither will Kevin Boyle or Bob Farrell.
Yet between the four men, they will be represented by more than 20 players in the Big Dance.
“You have a lot of pride,” Dan Hurley told SNY.tv. “Jersey has got a unique combination of great coaches at the high school level and also producing great individual players. I think it’s maybe the finest state in the country in terms of that combination.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A few ice baths, a little treatment and Kemba Walker says he’s as spry as any 20-year-old expects to be.
“Yes, the feeling has returned to my legs,” Walker said Wednesday as No. 3 UConn (26-9) prepared to meet No. 14 Bucknell (25-8) in a second-round West Regional game here Thursday.
After playing an unprecedented five games in five days and winning the Big East tournament title over Louisville Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the Huskies returned to campus Sunday morning and then watched Selection Sunday.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged Tuesday that Kyrie Irving may return to the Blue Devils during the NCAA Tournament.
“There is a chance Kyrie will play,” Coach K said, according to a Tweet from the Duke Chronicle.
Irving’s return would definitely bolster Duke’s chances of repeating as NCAA champions. Though just a freshman, he is arguably their best player and will likely be among the top several picks in June’s NBA Draft.
Irving, a West Orange, N.J. native, has been out since he injured his right big toe Dec. 4 against Butler.
“There’s a possibility of it happening,” Irving said Sunday after Duke’s 75-58 win over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament championship, according to The Herald Sun. “I’m not sure. I can’t put a percentage on it, but we’ll see.”