Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

The day's NCAA guide: Second-round games offer intriguing storylines

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY spent the last two days watching basketball — all of it. Here's the must-see games on his schedule today:

Kentucky vs. Wofford

1:40 p.m., CBS

Tom's #Mailbag, March 22, 2019

Submit your questions by clicking here

This week's mailbag is bulging more than Bruce Pearl's pockets — and his shirts.

Ex-area standouts key cogs for new-look Redbirds

NORMAL — Steve Holm arrived at Illinois State last summer with a "clean slate" mentality for his first season as the Redbirds' baseball coach after two seasons at Purdue.

Making sense of March Madness: What stood out on Thursday?

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY spent his entire day watching the NCAA tournament.

The day's NCAA guide: Be on upset alert when it comes to these games

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY is back with four more first-round games he's keeping an eye on today (beware the Anteaters, Bruce Weber):

Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky

12:30 p.m., TNT

Asmussen | For my bracket, Big Blue Nation leads the way

I just looked back at my 2018 NCAA tournament picks. Big mistake.

In the middle of the page, where it read "Champion," I had foolishly penciled in "Michigan State."


As you might remember, the Spartans didn't make it out of the first weekend. Despite playing in nearby Detroit, they lost in the second round to Jim Boeheim and his pesky Syracuse zone.

The day's NCAA guide: Sit back, relax and embrace the ensuing Madness

That's what college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will do today. Before your bracket is busted, here are his four first-round games to watch today:

Minnesota vs. Louisville

11:15 a.m., CBS

Asmussen | Stalcup's new gig too good to pass up

CHAMPAIGN — Those Illinois games you have attended throughout the years — the ones that went off without a hitch — that's on Holly Stalcup.

Like a good umpire, she usually only got mentioned when something went wrong. And that was rare.

What will Dosunmu decide to do?

Illinois waits to see whether standout Ayo Dosunmu comes back or declares for the NBA draft. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY weighs in on four key dates that could play a role in the freshman's future:

Rooters' interest: Breaking down all 68 NCAA teams

Illinois isn’t in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season. So who should you root for once March Madness tips off tonight? College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY has the lowdown: