Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Off the bench: Ranking the Big Ten's head coaches

With Juwan Howard the newest coach in the Big Ten at Michigan, we rate the 14 league coaches:

1. Tom Izzo

Dean of Big Ten coaches has 606 career wins at Michigan State and arguably gets more out of his less talented teams.

2. Matt Painter

Only reigning NCAA champ Virginia has a better major conference record than Purdue in the last three years.

Trending in the wrong direction: May 26, 2019

These movers-and-shakers in the college basketball world had themselves a bad week. Our college basketball writer explains why:

Hip checked

That Joe Wieskamp will return for his sophomore season didn't exactly counter the hard truth facing Iowa heading into 2019-20. As in, point guard Jordan Bohannon could miss the entire season after this week's hip surgery.

Sharp-shooting Cross has Illini recruiting interest — and feeling is mutual

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Matt Cross has added nearly a dozen high-major offers to his recruiting haul since the start of this spring's Nike EYBL season.

Trending in the right direction: May 26, 2019

These movers-and-shakers in the college basketball world had themselves a good week. Our college basketball writer explains why:

Rank 'Em: 10 teams who gained big through the transfer market

These 10 teams have landed a key piece or two through the transfer market:

1. North Carolina

Both Charleston Southern guard Christian Keeling and William & Mary wing Justin Pierce fill a need. Keeling is a scorer in the backcourt, while Pierce's versatility means he can impact multiple positions.

Davis out to earn respect on national stage

WESTFIELD, Ind. — R.J. Davis arrived in Atlanta in late April with something to prove. His success — and production — at Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, N.Y., during his sophomore and junior seasons had drawn the attention of Division I coaches, but he was still mostly flying under the radar.

Kouma to sign next Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The wait is over. Or at least it will be soon. Class of 2019 big man Bernard Kouma announced Thursday he would officially sign with Illinois on May 30. Since the spring signing period ended May 15, the three-star forward will sign his scholarship paperwork instead.

Former Illini to play in ESPN tournament

Former News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year Michael Finke will play for Illinois BC in this summer's The Basketball Tournament on ESPN.

A standout at Centennial High School before playing collegiately at Illinois and Grand Canyon, the 6-foot-10 Finke is pursuing a professional basketball career.

May 22 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:30pm

The end of May is always a bit of a quiet time for Illinois basketball, with the players home for a well deserved break ahead of their return in early June for the start of summer workouts. Whether any new faces will join the Illini next month is the question. Counting Bernard Kouma's yet signed for scholarship, Illinois has three available heading into the 2019-20 season.

Of Dee and Roger

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Juwan Howard has been hired at Michigan.


Juwan Howard's name popped immediately in the discussion of Michigan's replacement for now former coach John Beilein. Howard, now an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, has received plenty of support for his potential return to his alma mater.