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June 29, 2009

Former Virginia Tech guard Hank Thorns is transferring to Texas Christian. Thorns, who was granted his release from the Hokies on May 11, told The Post that he chose TCU over Fresno State and DePaul. “I felt comfortable with...

By Zach Berman | June 29, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 12, 2009

Guard Hank Thorns is transferring from Virginia Tech, the school announced Monday. Thorns’s departure opens a space for former Florida forward Allan Chaney, who was granted a release from the Gators in April and reportedly gave the Hokies an oral...

By Zach Berman | May 12, 2009; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 23, 2009

Davidson guard Stephen Curry is leaving the school with one season of eligibility remaining to enter the NBA draft. Curry, the nation's leading scorer, announced today that he will hire an agent, and therefore, will not be allowed to return...

By Steve Yanda | April 23, 2009; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 23, 2009

On the surface, Xavier Henry's decision to play basketball at Kansas would appear to be encouraging news for Maryland fans holding out hope that the Terrapins still can land Lance Stephenson, another top prospect in the Class of 2009. The...

By Steve Yanda | April 23, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 22, 2009

ESPN has announced the pairings for next season's ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Virginia will open the event with a game against Penn State at John Paul Jones Arena on Monday, Nov. 30. The Nittany Lions won their first National Invitation Tournament...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 22, 2009; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 22, 2009

Dominated by footage of the early-season rout of Maryland, shocking upset of then-No. 1 Connecticut and gutsy victories over Memphis and Syracuse, the artfully edited video that was shown at Georgetown’s men’s basketball banquet suggested a winning season. But...

By Liz Clarke | April 22, 2009; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 21, 2009

Georgetown has received an oral commitment from Vee Sanford, a versatile 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Kentucky’s Lexington Catholic High School, according to the player’s high school coach. Georgetown officials would not confirm the development, first reported by the Louisville...

By Liz Clarke | April 21, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 21, 2009

The news never stops coming out of Memphis, apparently. Will Coleman, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Miami Dade College, will honor his commitment to the Tigers after meeting with new coach Josh Pastner. Coleman was rated as the No. 2...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 21, 2009; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 17, 2009

St. Mary's guard Patty Mills will declare for the NBA draft but not sign with an agent. He averaged 18.7 points, 4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game last season, but missed the last five weeks of the...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 17, 2009; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 16, 2009

Could the team named after the first president get a visit from the current president? According to a brief mention in this Oregonian story, Oregon State will travel to Washington to play George Washington next season (HT: GWHoops.com). The Beavers...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 16, 2009; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 16, 2009

Notre Dame junior Luke Harangody will announce his future plans today at a 4:15 p.m. news conference. Harangody, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound forward, is weighing whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to the Fighting Irish for his senior...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 16, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

April 15, 2009

The Georgetown men’s basketball team has lost its second underclassman in less than three weeks, with university officials announcing that sophomore Omar Wattad won’t return to the Hilltop for his junior year. Wattad, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., becomes...

By Liz Clarke | April 15, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

April 15, 2009

Duke guard Greg Paulus worked out for the NFL's Green Bay Packers this week. Now comes news that he is weighing whether to play football at Michigan next season. Paulus was a standout quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse,...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 15, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

April 14, 2009

Florida International has hired former New York Knicks coach and executive Isiah Thomas, and The Post's Amy Shipley has the story....

By Matt Bonesteel | April 14, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 14, 2009

The college basketball season may be well over, but that won't stop the Press Break News Feed. Isiah Thomas is going from the New York Knicks to... Florida International? The Golden Panthers "reassigned" former coach Sergio Rouco on Monday, whatever...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 14, 2009; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 13, 2009

News and notes from around the country: Maryland sophomore guard Marah Strickland has announced her plans to transfer. Strickland started 23 games for the Terrapins, whose season was ended by Louisville in the NCAA tournament round of eight. She averaged...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 13, 2009; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 7, 2009

Post staff writer Camille Powell checks in from the NCAA women's tournament in St. Louis. On the men's side, the Big East was widely acknowledged to be the country's toughest conference throughout the season. Not so on the women's side,...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 7, 2009; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 7, 2009

Post staff writer Camille Powell checks in from the NCAA women's tournament in St. Louis. Attendance has been an issue throughout the tournament, and the games here in St. Louis have been no exception. The Scottrade Center may have looked...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 7, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 7, 2009

Post staff writer Camille Powell checks in from the NCAA women's tournament in St. Louis. Tonight's game between Geno Auriemma's Connecticut and Jeff Walz's Louisville marks only the second time ever that two male coaches have faced each other in...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 7, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

Former Liberty coach Ritchie McKay was officially recognized as an assistant to new Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett today. The press release from Virginia follows: CHARLOTTESVILLE—Ritchie McKay, the men’s head basketball coach at Liberty University the last two years, has joined...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 3, 2009; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

North Carolina has taken the court, and we can safely report the following: The Tar Heels have the second-most fans here today. It's a distant second to nearby Michigan State, to be sure, but Carolina Nation has traveled well; Tyler...

By Matthew Rennie | April 3, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

U-Conn. has taken the floor and the Michigan State partisanship in the crowd is evident once again. While Villanova received polite applause in the last session (and even a warm send-off after Jay Wright had shaken hands with some fans...

By Matthew Rennie | April 3, 2009; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

Lest the previous entry make it sound like Villanova is taking today's open practice too seriously, it's worth noting that Coach Jay Wright has spent the entire session (four minutes remain in it as this is typed) with his back...

By Matthew Rennie | April 3, 2009; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

It's a decidedly more subdued reception for Villanova, the second team to take the court during today's open practices. It's tough to say how seriously teams take these practices, but the Wildcats appear to be sticking to some kind of...

By Matthew Rennie | April 3, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

Today's public practices have just begun, and Michigan State has just taken the court. If today is any indication, the Spartans will enjoy an unsurprising partisan advantage here in Detroit. Today's sessions, which are free to the public, have drawn...

By Matthew Rennie | April 3, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

Yesterday brought us news that Tim Floyd turned down Arizona to stay at USC and that Georgia has tabbed Nevada's Mark Fox to replace Dennis Felton, a move the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mark Bradley called "not such a terrific hire." Also...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 3, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

From the Associated Press: Bill Self, who led Kansas to the national championship last year and had the Jayhawks back in the title hunt this season, is the Associated Press’s college basketball coach of the year. Self, who was presented...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 3, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

From the Associated Press: Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin is the runaway choice as the Associated Press’s college basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-10 Griffin averaged 22.7 points and led the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while shooting...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 3, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

Three gambling casinos are among the main visitor attractions of Detroit, site of this year's Final Four. North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson told reporters during Thursday's media sessions about winning "about $250" at the Greektown Casino on Wednesday night....

By Matthew Rennie | April 3, 2009; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 2, 2009

Connecticut guard A.J. Price is the son of Tony Price, who helped 30 years ago helped lead Penn to one of the more remarkable runs in tournament history. In 1979, when the tournament field was expanded to 40 teams and...

By Matthew Rennie | April 2, 2009; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 2, 2009

Michigan State guard Raymar Morgan will continue to wear a mask Saturday night to protect his broken nose, an injury he suffered in the Spartans’ round-of-16 game against Kansas, but not the same one he donned in the Midwest Region...

By Matthew Rennie | April 2, 2009; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 2, 2009

Now that John Calipari has up and gone to Kentucky, Memphis must find a new head coach. The Tigers understandably want a big name who can continue the winning tradition established by Calipari (four straight 30-win seasons, four straight Conference...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 2, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

April 2, 2009

Tennessee associate head coach Tony Jones is the leading candidate to become the new head coach at Boston University, according to the Boston Globe. "They are talking and working on a few things," a source familiar with the negotiations told...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 2, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 1, 2009

The Boston Globe is reporting that Georgetown assistant coach Robert Burke has interviewed for the head coaching job at Boston University, and that Navy Coach Billy Lange may also be a candidate. The Globe reported that Burke interviewed for the...

By Matt Bonesteel | April 1, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 31, 2009

From the Associated Press: A Virginia Commonwealth University official says the school has picked Florida assistant coach Shaka Smart to be its new men’s basketball coach. The official familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that Smart has not...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 31, 2009; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 31, 2009

Georgetown announced yesterday that forward DaJuan Summers will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Summers, who is listed by Georgetown at 6 feet 8 and 236 pounds, led the Hoyas in scoring this past season at 13.6...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 31, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

March 30, 2009

According to a story posted this morning on the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Web site, Memphis Coach John Calipari met with his players to discuss his interest in the Kentucky head coaching job, and a source said the players "left the...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 30, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 25, 2009

From the Associated Press: Virginia Commonwealth Coach Anthony Grant flew to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a second round of meetings with Alabama officials seeking a replacement for Mark Gottfried. Grant and his wife, Christina, arrived this morning for meetings with university...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 25, 2009; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 24, 2009

From the Associated Press: North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson says he plans to play in the Tar Heels’ game against Gonzaga on Friday. Coach Roy Williams also said he's optimistic that the ACC player of the year will play...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 24, 2009; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

March 24, 2009

The Atlantic 10 announced today that it will continue to stage its men's basketball tournament in Atlantic City through the 2011-12 season. However, the tournament's opening-round games, featuring the teams seeded fifth through 12th, will be played at the arenas...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 24, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 23, 2009

From the Associated Press: Television ratings for the first and second round of the NCAA tournament are up 6 percent from last year. Overnight ratings released Monday show CBS earned a 5.4 rating and 12 share, up from a 5.1...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 23, 2009; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 23, 2009

Binghamton Coach Kevin Broadus led his team to the NCAA tournament in his second year as head coach. Broadus, a former assistant at George Washington and Georgetown, also watched as his two previous employers failed to reach the NCAA tournament....

By Zach Berman | March 23, 2009; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

March 23, 2009

Dave Leitao's on-court demeanor was one of impassioned competitiveness, but the former Virginia coach's final words to his team were delivered with a calm serenity. Officially, Leitao resigned last Monday after a 10-18 season. The players received a text message...

By Zach Berman | March 23, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

March 20, 2009

From the Associated Press: North Carolina Coach Roy Williams says injured point guard Ty Lawson will likely be a game-time decision for the Tar Heels’ game against LSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Lawson has missed the...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 20, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

March 20, 2009

From the Associated Press: Hours after being released from the hospital, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Friday that tests revealed he was dehydrated. “They took me in. They did everything from soup to nuts, and they find out it’s dehydration,”...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 20, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 19, 2009

Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun will not coach the team's NCAA tournament opener against Chattanooga on Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia. The school, which did not say what specifically wrong with the coach, released a statement saying, "Coach Calhoun has not been...

By Matthew Rennie | March 19, 2009; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 19, 2009

From Zach Berman: Toward the end of Minnesota Coach Tubby Smith’s tenure at Kentucky, he was perennially subjected to rumors of his leaving for another job. Now in his second season at Minnesota, Smith’s name has again surfaced in coaching...

By Matthew Rennie | March 19, 2009; 12:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 19, 2009

Although Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg won ACC rookie of the year, he was one of three heralded ACC freshmen who were major recruiting targets for Virginia last season. Two others — North Carolina forward Ed Davis and Duke guard Elliot...

By Matthew Rennie | March 19, 2009; 12:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 17, 2009

George Washington, Georgetown and American received bids to the 48-team Women's National Invitation Tournament on Monday night. The Colonials (17-13), who were upset by 12th-seeded Rhode Island in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, will face Florida Gulf...

By Matt Bonesteel | March 17, 2009; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 12, 2009

American fans, don’t fret if you keep going to the athletics Web site and seeing: “Please check back with AUEagles.com later today and throughout the week for more ticket information.” As of now, the game is not sold out, even...

By Kathy Orton | March 12, 2009; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 11, 2009

The GW Hatchet, George Washington's student newspaper, is reporting that Karl Hobbs will remain the Colonials' coach. On its blog, "Courtside," GW Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said, "Karl Hobbs will be the coach next year. He understands what is...

By Kathy Orton | March 11, 2009; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 11, 2009

Howard senior guard Eugene Myatt was selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first team, the conference announced Tuesday. Myatt is the first Bison player to earn all-conference first-team honors since Ron Williamson in 2003. Myatt had a spectacular senior season,...

By Kathy Orton | March 11, 2009; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 10, 2009

Georgetown freshman center Greg Monroe was named the Big East Rookie of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches, officials announced Tuesday. Monroe averaged 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals for the Hoyas,...

By Liz Clarke | March 10, 2009; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 10, 2009

A year ago, Bryce Simon suffered the most devastating setback of his college career. The American senior forward tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Eagles’ Patriot League tournament semifinal against Army. A year later, there was Simon, bulky knee...

By Kathy Orton | March 10, 2009; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 9, 2009

For the second straight year, no GW player was selected to any of the all-Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Although senior Rob Diggs was a preseason all-conference second-team pick, the Colonials did not place anyone on the first, second, third or...

By Kathy Orton | March 9, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 9, 2009

The Big East’s head coaches placed Georgetown freshman Greg Monroe on the league’s All-Rookie team in voting after the regular season ended over the weekend. But not a single Hoya was represented on the Big East’s First, Second or...

By Liz Clarke | March 9, 2009; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 7, 2009

On a team with seven seniors, five of whom start, it wouldn’t seem likely that a freshman could break into American’s rotation. But Stephen Lumpkins, a 6-foot-8 forward from Redwood City, Calif., has carved a niche for himself with the...

By Kathy Orton | March 7, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 6, 2009

When the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its awards on Thursday night, four George Mason players were honored. Senior guard John Vaughan and senior forward Darryl Monroe were selected to the all-conference second team. Sophomore point guard Cam Long was...

By Kathy Orton | March 6, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 5, 2009

One would have thought that the heart-rending defeat Navy suffered to Bucknell a year ago was enough. After all, how many agonizing losses does a program have to endure before it finally breaks through? Unfortunately for the Midshipmen, there is...

By Kathy Orton | March 5, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 4, 2009

Once again, American comes into the Patriot League tournament as the top seed. This time, the Eagles will be trying to defend their title rather than trying to win their first. It’s a different kind of pressure than they faced...

By Kathy Orton | March 4, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 4, 2009

You might think the last thing third-seeded Navy would do in preparation for its Patriot League quarterfinal game against Colgate at Alumni Hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m. is review its last outing in this tournament. After all, who would...

By Kathy Orton | March 4, 2009; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 3, 2009

Jeff Allen has the talent to be one of the best interior players in the ACC, but his performances are more enigmatic. The key indicator to Allen's success are neither his points nor his rebounds, but instead his fouls. He...

By Zach Berman | March 3, 2009; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 3, 2009

At around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Derrick Mercer was in class when he received a one-word text message from a woman he knows who works at Bender Arena. ‘Congratulations,’ it read. Mercer replied, ‘For what?’ That’s how the senior point...

By Kathy Orton | March 3, 2009; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 3, 2009

Two Howard players received MEAC honors on Monday. Senior guard Eugene Myatt was selected the MEAC player of the week, and junior forward Kandi Mukole was chosen the MEAC defensive player of the week. Myatt, who earned the award for...

By Kathy Orton | March 3, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

American senior guard Garrison Carr was selected the Patriot League player of the week on Monday, earning the award for a league-record fifth time this season. It is also his eighth career POW honor, which ties him with Colgate's Adonal...

By Kathy Orton | March 2, 2009; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

Senior guard Kaleo Kina was selected to the all-Patriot League first team and junior guard Chris Harris was an all-Patriot League second-team selection, the conference announced on Monday. Kina, the league’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, topped 1,500...

By Kathy Orton | March 2, 2009; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

Not unexpectedly, American, the Patriot League regular-season champion, swept top honors when the conference awards were announced Monday. Senior point guard Derrick Mercer was selected the player of the year and Jeff Jones was named coach of the year in...

By Kathy Orton | March 2, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

March 2, 2009

George Mason received some good news when X-rays revealed that freshman forward Ryan Pearson does not have any broken bones in his right hand. A school spokesman said that Pearson remains day-to-day. It is not known whether he will be...

By Kathy Orton | March 2, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 1, 2009

Damian Hollis was selected the Atlantic 10 co-player of the week, the first time he has earned the award. The junior forward’s back-to-back double-doubles against Charlotte and Richmond led GW to consecutive wins for the first time since December. Hollis...

By Kathy Orton | March 1, 2009; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 1, 2009

Navy, which hasn’t won a Patriot League tournament game since 2001, will try to end its losing streak on Wednesday when the third-seeded Midshipmen (19-10, 8-6) host Colgate (9-19, 5-9) in a 7 p.m. game at Alumni Hall. Navy is...

By Kathy Orton | March 1, 2009; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 1, 2009

American, the defending Patriot League tournament champion, is the No. 1 seed for the second consecutive year and the third time since joining the league. The top seed has won 14 of the 18 Patriot League titles. The Eagles (21-7,...

By Kathy Orton | March 1, 2009; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 1, 2009

With its 71-59 win against Towson on Saturday night, George Mason wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament which begins Friday at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond. The Patriots (20-9, 13-5 CAA), the defending tournament...

By Kathy Orton | March 1, 2009; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 28, 2009

Virginia Tech sophomore guard Hank Thorns will miss today's game against No. 7 Duke because of an illness. The loss is a difficult blow for the Hokies, who have relied on Thorns throughout the ACC. He started for the first...

By Zach Berman | February 28, 2009; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 27, 2009

Virginia Tech hosts No. 7 Duke on Saturday, the final day of February. Then, the month of madness begins. Among the teams debated most heavily will likely be the Hokies. They have three more regular season games: vs. Duke, vs....

By Zach Berman | February 27, 2009; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 27, 2009

Derrick Mercer is American’s best on-the-ball defender. Frank Borden was assigned to contain the Patriot League’s top scorer, Navy’s Kaleo Kina. But Jordan Nichols is the Eagles player Coach Jeff Jones is nominating for the league’s defensive player of the...

By Kathy Orton | February 27, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

February 26, 2009

With all 16 Big East teams invited to the conference tournament for the first time this season, there will be more games that TV can accommodate. So the league plans to make the first-round games available on the Internet,...

By Liz Clarke | February 26, 2009; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 26, 2009

According to a document released by the Colonial Athletic Association on Thursday morning, there are 20 different scenarios going into the final weekend of play that have an impact on the conference tournament seedings. Grab a Snickers bar. We may...

By Kathy Orton | February 26, 2009; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

February 26, 2009

For the second time this season, Navy went toe-to-toe with the best team in the Patriot League and came up just short. The Midshipmen had American on the ropes late in the game on Wednesday night, but the Eagles pulled...

By Kathy Orton | February 26, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 25, 2009

There couldn’t have been a group more in harmony on Tuesday afternoon then the seniors on the American men’s basketball team. Asked what their favorite memory was from their time playing for the Eagles, every one of them said: winning...

By Kathy Orton | February 25, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 24, 2009

When a team works well together as a whole, very often individual players don’t stand out. The team may be quite successful, but the players can be overlooked when the end of the year awards are handed out. Such may...

By Kathy Orton | February 24, 2009; 05:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 23, 2009

After regaining his shooting touch this past week, Garrison Carr was selected the Patriot League player of the week for the fourth time this season. He becomes just the eighth player in Patriot League history to win four POW awards...

By Kathy Orton | February 23, 2009; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 23, 2009

Romeo Garcia’s return to the Navy lineup may be short-lived. Garcia aggravated his hamstring injury on a play two minutes into the second half of the Midshipmen’s win on Saturday. “He went up to get that rebound,” Navy Coach Billy...

By Kathy Orton | February 23, 2009; 05:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 23, 2009

George Washington’s Rob Diggs was selected the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week, the second time in his career the senior forward has received the award. He shares the honor with Richmond’s Kevin Anderson. Diggs (Gwynn Park) has scored...

By Kathy Orton | February 23, 2009; 05:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 21, 2009

Sophomore Nikita Mescheriakov will get his third consecutive start for Georgetown in Saturday’s must-win game against Marquette despite being held scoreless the previous two games. Coach John Thompson III said the decision shouldn’t be interpreted as a statement that...

By Liz Clarke | February 21, 2009; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 20, 2009

The first game Sylven Landesberg ever played in a Virginia uniform, he scored 28 points with eight assists and eight rebounds against VMI. When Coach Dave Leitao was asked whether Landesberg has evolved into a complete player throughout the season,...

By Zach Berman | February 20, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 20, 2009

As George Washington warmed up before its game against St. Bonaventure on Thursday night, the players didn’t look like a team that had won only one of its past 14 games. The Colonials appeared loose and upbeat, smiling and joking...

By Kathy Orton | February 20, 2009; 06:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 19, 2009

Navy welcomed back Romeo Garcia to the lineup on Wednesday’s night. The sophomore guard, who was an all-Patriot League rookie team selection last season, had missed 18 games this season because of hamstring injuries. He hadn’t played for the Midshipmen...

By Kathy Orton | February 19, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 19, 2009

There were plenty of excuses Howard could have used in Wednesday’s game against Morgan State. For starters, after playing on Monday, the Bison had just one day to prepare for the MEAC’s top team. They were missing one of their...

By Kathy Orton | February 19, 2009; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 17, 2009

American moved into the top 25 in Collegeinsider.com’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll this week. The Eagles (17-7, 9-1 Patriot), who have won six in a row and 12 of their last 13, are ranked No. 24. The poll, which is...

By Kathy Orton | February 17, 2009; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 17, 2009

Coach Jim Larranaga didn’t waste much time celebrating George Mason’s victory over first-place Northeastern on Saturday. As soon as he could, he found a television and quickly went from coach to couch potato. “One of the nice things about playing...

By Kathy Orton | February 17, 2009; 05:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 16, 2009

Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen is suspended for Wednesday's game at Virginia, athletic director Jim Weaver announced in a statement Monday. Allen, the Hokies' starting power forward, made what Weaver termed an "inappropriate and unacceptable" gesture after he fouled out...

By Zach Berman | February 16, 2009; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 16, 2009

Nick Hendra claims he hasn’t been putting in any additional work in the gym, no extra rebounding drills or shots before or after practice. So how does the sophomore guard explain his strong play lately? “Things have been going my...

By Kathy Orton | February 16, 2009; 06:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 13, 2009

If George Mason would have made all of its foul shots in its last five road games, the Patriots most likely would have won, rather than lost, every game. George Mason missed four free throws against Northeastern and lost by...

By Kathy Orton | February 13, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 13, 2009

Romeo Garcia’s return to the Navy lineup remains uncertain. The sophomore guard has played in just seven games this season and none since Dec. 22 because of persistent hamstring injuries in both legs. Garcia, who averaged 6.1 points, 3 rebounds...

By Kathy Orton | February 13, 2009; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 12, 2009

There’s no question that Wednesday’s, 68-57, loss to La Salle was a missed opportunity for George Washington. Had the Colonials won, they would have moved out of last place and into a tie for 12th place in the Atlantic 10...

By Kathy Orton | February 12, 2009; 06:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 11, 2009

The big question surrounding George Mason this season seems to be: Why can’t the Patriots win on the road? How can a team that beat James Madison by 14 at Patriot Center turn around and lose to the Dukes by...

By Kathy Orton | February 11, 2009; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 10, 2009

A.D. Vassallo coolly said after Sunday's overtime win against North Carolina State that he knew if Virginia Tech forced overtime, it would win. This could easily have been chalked up as a confident player -- remember Vassallo arguing with Coach...

By Zach Berman | February 10, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 10, 2009

Maybe it’s because American doesn’t resemble what most people think of when they think of a top defensive team that the Eagles don’t receive more attention for how well they play at that end of the court. They aren’t a...

By Kathy Orton | February 10, 2009; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

Because the Nebraska School Activities Association will be holding its high school state wrestling finals at Qwest Center in Omaha on Feb. 21, the ESPN BracketBuster game between George Mason and Creighton won't tip off until 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time....

By Kathy Orton | February 9, 2009; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

When George Washington defeated Fordham on Sunday, ending its 11-game losing streak, the victory brought more relief than joy. The Colonials did not celebrate wildly their first Atlantic 10 Conference victory of the season. Instead, they took it in stride,...

By Kathy Orton | February 9, 2009; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 6, 2009

Having reached the halfway point of the Patriot League season, American has just seven games remaining in the regular season. The Eagles (14-7, 6-1) sit atop the conference standings, tied with Holy Cross (11-11, 6-1), the only Patriot League team...

By Kathy Orton | February 6, 2009; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 5, 2009

Good teams expect to win at home, and few teams this season are as successful on their courts as George Mason. The Patriots have a 13-game win streak at Patriot Center dating back to last season, which ties them for...

By Kathy Orton | February 5, 2009; 05:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 4, 2009

With an overall record of 5-16, it is sometimes hard to see the progress being made at Howard. But after this past weekend’s sweep of North Carolina A&T and Norfolk State, the Bison appear to be making significant strides in...

By Kathy Orton | February 4, 2009; 05:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 3, 2009

George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga is not happy with his team’s defense lately, particularly after the Patriots’ 73-71 loss at Old Dominion on Saturday. The Monarchs made 56.9 percent of their shots, the best field goal percentage defense allowed by...

By Kathy Orton | February 3, 2009; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

ESPN announced the match-ups for its BracketBuster weekend on Monday evening. George Mason (15-6, 8-3 Colonial Athletic Association) will play at Creighton (17-6, 7-4 Missouri Valley) on Feb. 21. The Patriots were one of five CAA teams selected to participate,...

By Kathy Orton | February 2, 2009; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

American senior guard Garrison Carr was selected the Patriot League player of the week for the third time this season and the sixth time of his career. Carr tied the highest single-game scoring output in a league game this season...

By Kathy Orton | February 2, 2009; 06:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

By this point, there is no mistaking the rebuilding nature of Virginia’s season. The term “rebuilding” always forces observers to look toward the future. Within that analysis, questions arise about whether Coach Dave Leitao is the right coach to see...

By Zach Berman | February 2, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

Like most coaches, American’s Jeff Jones will take a player out of the game if he picks up his second foul in the first half, which is why Jones sat down point guard Derrick Mercer with 10 minutes 57 seconds...

By Kathy Orton | February 2, 2009; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 31, 2009

Georgetown’s leading scorer, junior forward DaJuan Summers, started Saturday’s game against Marquette at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center despite a bruised left foot that sidelined him for most of Wednesday’s loss at Cincinnati. The Hoyas sorely need his scoring contribution against...

By Liz Clarke | January 31, 2009; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 30, 2009

Some of you may have seen Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg and swingman A.D. Vassallo exchanging words on the bench late in the second half of the Hokies' 86-82 loss to Clemson on Thursday, a game in which Virginia Tech...

By Zach Berman | January 30, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 30, 2009

After its best start in almost a decade, Navy has taken a step back in the past couple weeks. The Midshipmen have lost three of their last four, including Wednesday’s setback against American. As he prepares his team to play...

By Kathy Orton | January 30, 2009; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

Georgetown got a welcome bit of good news Thursday. Leading scorer DaJuan Summers is not suffering from plantar fasciitis, as officials had feared, but rather strained a muscle in his left foot during a hard crash in the first...

By Liz Clarke | January 29, 2009; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

Leading-scorer Eugene Myatt might not play in Howard’s game against North Carolina A&T on Saturday because of a back injury, leaving the Bison with just eight players on their roster. Myatt, who is averaging 14.2 points per game, injured his...

By Kathy Orton | January 29, 2009; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

Georgetown is expected to be without its leading scorer, junior forward DaJuan Summers, for Saturday’s game against Marquette because of a foot injury suffered in Wednesday’s 65-57 loss at Cincinnati. Coach John Thompson said on a conference call Thursday...

By Liz Clarke | January 29, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

Garrison Carr had drifted into a bit of a funk. It was bad enough that his shot wasn’t falling, particularly from three-point range, but his poor shooting was starting to affect other parts of his game. He was becoming careless...

By Kathy Orton | January 29, 2009; 06:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 28, 2009

George Mason senior guard John Vaughan has been cleared to play in Saturday's game at Old Dominion. Vaughan suffered a concussion in the Patriots' 58-57 loss at Northeastern on Jan. 21 and missed the past two games, a 76-71 loss...

By Kathy Orton | January 28, 2009; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 28, 2009

Navy Coach Billy Lange, viewing a tape of American’s 30-point victory over Colgate in preparation for the Midshipmen’s game against the Eagles on Wednesday night, watched in admiration as AU dismantled the Red Raiders. What Lange wouldn’t give for a...

By Kathy Orton | January 28, 2009; 06:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 27, 2009

An unremitting defense has long been a hallmark of successful George Mason teams. The Patriots usually are among the stingiest teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, holding opponents well below their usual points per game and field goal percentage. Two...

By Kathy Orton | January 27, 2009; 05:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 26, 2009

Georgetown (12-6, 3-4) paid dearly for its recent back-to-back losses to unranked teams in the latest Associated Press poll, dropping from 12th to 25th. After being upset at home by West Virginia, 75-58, Georgetown traveled to Newark, N.J., on...

By Liz Clarke | January 26, 2009; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 26, 2009

George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga offered an update on John Vaughan’s condition during the Colonial Athletic Association coaches’ conference call on Monday. Vaughan was “sent to a neurologist for further examination on Friday,” Larranaga said. “That doctor determined that there...

By Kathy Orton | January 26, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 26, 2009

As observers became restless at Virginia Tech's frustrating early-season losses, Hokies Coach Seth Greenberg cautioned that the first two months of the seasons require players developing into new roles. That transition happens quicker with some players than other players. Now...

By Zach Berman | January 26, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 26, 2009

One of the more encouraging aspects of George Washington’s 94-89 double-overtime loss to Rhode Island on Sunday was the contributions of the Colonials’ reserves. GW’s bench outscored the Rams’ reserves, 44-24. Senior guard Noel Wilmore was the most productive player...

By Kathy Orton | January 26, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 23, 2009

Back in December, things were looking grim for American. The Eagles had lost five of six games, causing their record to fall below .500. They were coming off a 67-51 loss to Maryland, the fifth time they had been held...

By Kathy Orton | January 23, 2009; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

From Steven Goff: George Mason guard John Vaughan, who suffered a concussion on Wednesday night during the Patriots' game at Northeastern, will miss Saturday's contest at VCU. The fifth-year senior saw George Mason team physician Dr. Frank Pettrone on Thursday...

By Jon DeNunzio | January 22, 2009; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 22, 2009

If it was up to George Mason senior guard John Vaughan, he will play in Saturday’s game at Virginia Commonwealth. Of course, after his concussion on Wednesday night, Vaughan may not be thinking straight. Vaughan returned to George Mason on...

By Kathy Orton | January 22, 2009; 05:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

January 22, 2009

John Vaughan has been released from a Boston-area hospital after a CT scan was clear, according to the George Mason athletic Web site. The Patriots senior guard suffered a concussion and collapsed in Wednesday night's game at Northeastern. He is...

By Kathy Orton | January 22, 2009; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

It has been nearly a month since George Washington won a game. But after seven consecutive losses, the Colonials have come closer to posting wins in their last two games. A five-point setback at Duquesne and a four-point defeat at...

By Kathy Orton | January 22, 2009; 06:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 21, 2009

Romeo Garcia could be out for the season after re-injuring his right hamstring at Monday’s practice. He had been hoping to play in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game against Holy Cross at Alumni Hall. Navy has been without its top defender...

By Kathy Orton | January 21, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 20, 2009

On Saturday, Seth Greenberg won his 100th game as Virginia Tech's head coach. On Wednesday, Greenberg will try to earn No. 101 against Wake Forest, the nation's No. 1 team. Greenberg went out of his way to praise Wake Forest,...

By Zach Berman | January 20, 2009; 11:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 20, 2009

Sophomore guard Travis King didn’t make it down to the Mall in time to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as President, but he and his girlfriend arrived at the Lincoln Memorial not long after and joined in the celebration....

By Kathy Orton | January 20, 2009; 08:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 19, 2009

Anyone watching American play Colgate on Saturday caught an odd sight: Eagles Coach Jeff Jones pacing the sidelines barefoot. No, Jones did not forget to pack his shoes and socks for the team’s trip to Hamilton, N.Y. He was joining...

By Kathy Orton | January 19, 2009; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 19, 2009

Tuesday's Inauguration forced Virginia's men's basketball team to alter its travel plans for Tuesday night's game at Maryland. The team left Sunday evening -- two days before the game -- instead of fighting Inauguration traffic on Monday. It helped that...

By Zach Berman | January 19, 2009; 12:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

For basketball junkies, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg's admission after Wednesday's 62-48 win over Richmond sounded like a dream birthday present. Greenberg discussed how he prepared for Richmond's Princeton-style offense. Virginia Tech's basketball program purchased a video database called "Synergy"...

By Zach Berman | January 16, 2009; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

I spoke to three players and Coach Gil Jackson about how they plan to watch Tuesday's Presidential Inauguration for Liz Clarke's story. Here's more of what they had to say. Jackson said he will give the players the day off...

By Kathy Orton | January 16, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

Next week, George Mason will play at Northeastern (11-5, 6-0) and at Virginia Commonwealth (12-5, 5-1), two teams most likely to challenge the Patriots for the Colonial Athletic Association title. While the players undoubtedly are doing their best to concentrate...

By Kathy Orton | January 16, 2009; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

American travels to Colgate on Saturday for a rematch of last season’s Patriot League final which the Eagles won to earn their first trip to the NCAA tournament. Tipoff is 2 p.m. This Raiders team, however, is much different than...

By Kathy Orton | January 16, 2009; 06:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

Enjoying its best Patriot League start since the 2000-01 season, Navy puts its five-game win streak on the line on Saturday when it travels to Lafayette for a 1 p.m. game. The Midshipmen (13-4, 2-0) will try to win their...

By Kathy Orton | January 16, 2009; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 15, 2009

The status of Chris McHenry, Calvin Thompson and Adam Walker remains uncertain. The trio did not play Saturday at Florida A&M or Monday at Bethune-Cookman because of academic issues. Walker, a sophomore forward, may be available for Saturday's home game...

By Kathy Orton | January 15, 2009; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 15, 2009

No matter how dire the outcome appeared for George Mason late in Wednesday’s game at William and Mary the Patriots never lost their poise. When they squandered their 12-point lead, no one showed any frustration. When Mason got caught in...

By Kathy Orton | January 15, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

This from the GW athletic department: George Washington sophomore Xavier Alexander has voluntarily withdrawn from the University, GW coach Karl Hobbs announced Wednesday. He will be given his release from GW allowing him to transfer to another school. “We wish...

By Matthew Rennie | January 14, 2009; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

George Mason travels to William and Mary on Wednesday night for a rematch of last year’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament final. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Kaplan Arena. The Patriots (12-3, 5-0), who look to continue their best conference start...

By Kathy Orton | January 14, 2009; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

American looks to start the Patriot League season 2-0 for the first time in five years on Wednesday when the Eagles play Bucknell in a 7:30 p.m. game at Bender Arena. The Bison (3-12, 0-1), who lost to Navy, 71-67,...

By Kathy Orton | January 14, 2009; 06:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

It has been eight years since Navy won its first two Patriot League games, a feat the Midshipmen will try to replicate on Wednesday when they travel to Stabler Arena for a 7 p.m. game at Lehigh. Meanwhile, the Mountain...

By Kathy Orton | January 14, 2009; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

If George Washington intends to end its five-game losing streak on Wednesday night at Duquesne, it can’t have any more slow starts like it had on Saturday in its Atlantic 10 Conference opener against Richmond. The Colonials (6-7, 0-1) fell...

By Kathy Orton | January 14, 2009; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13, 2009

Howard hopes the three players who did not travel with the Bison to Florida this past weekend for games at Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman because of “academic issues” do not have to miss the entire semester, according to a school...

By Kathy Orton | January 13, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13, 2009

Reports that Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril is returning to the NBA as a consultant to the Sacramento Kings at age 78 didn’t phase his former pupil John Thompson III in the slightest. “Coach Carril sees the game...

By Liz Clarke | January 13, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13, 2009

American can expect a lot more games like Saturday’s contest against Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks, tabbed by preseason voters as the team most likely to prevent the Eagles from defending their title, pushed American to overtime at Bender Arena before...

By Kathy Orton | January 13, 2009; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

January 12, 2009

At this rate, other ACC freshmen will battle for the Sylven Landesberg Award. Landesberg was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season. His honor was in large part due to Saturday's 20 points against Virginia...

By Zach Berman | January 12, 2009; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Darryl Monroe, who missed all of last season with a toe injury, was one of three players selected the Colonial Athletic Association player of the week on Monday. The senior forward recorded a double-double in each of George Mason's three...

By Kathy Orton | January 12, 2009; 05:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Senior guard Kaleo Kina was selected the Patriot League player of the week for the fourth time this season, tying the league record for most times winning the award by an individual player in a single season. He joins Michael...

By Kathy Orton | January 12, 2009; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

On Monday’s conference call with the Colonial Athletic Association coaches, George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga had a simple explanation for why his team is off to its best league start in 10 years: scheduling. “The schedule has kind of favored...

By Kathy Orton | January 12, 2009; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Getting adjusted to his freshman year of college wasn’t as difficult as Henry Sims expected. But getting used to the physical play of the burly frontcourt players in the Big East, Sims concedes, has been tougher. “It’s a big...

By Liz Clarke | January 12, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

In order to come back from a 15-point margin with less than five minutes remaining in Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech, Virginia scored on eight consecutive possessions. What crippled the Cavaliers, though, were conversions by Virginia Tech guards Malcolm Delaney...

By Zach Berman | January 12, 2009; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg glanced at the stat sheet after Saturday's 78-75 win over Virginia and immediately realized his good fortune. “If someone told me that Jeff Allen wouldn’t make a field goal and we’d win I’d say that’s...

By Zach Berman | January 12, 2009; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Damian Hollis sensed during pre-game warm-ups that George Washington was in for a long night, and was he right. In their 60-48 loss to Richmond on Saturday night, the Colonials scored just 14 points in the first half. Their top...

By Kathy Orton | January 12, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 10, 2009

Vlad Moldoveanu, a 6-foot-10 224-pound forward, has been admitted to American and will start classes on Monday. Moldoveanu played in seven games for George Mason this season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Patriots. He will be eligible...

By Kathy Orton | January 10, 2009; 06:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

It does not take much prodding to elicit an opinion from Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg, especially about the schedule. Combine an upcoming in-state rivalry with Greenberg speaking just minutes before stepping into the gymnasium for an important practice,...

By Zach Berman | January 9, 2009; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

George Mason, already off to its best overall start in 25 seasons, will try to match its best Colonial Athletic Association start in 10 years on Saturday when it hosts Old Dominion. Tipoff is 2 p.m. The game is being...

By Kathy Orton | January 9, 2009; 05:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

January 9, 2009

American survived its brutal nonconference schedule — 10 of its first 14 games were on the road — to emerge with a winning record for the third year in a row. With a nod toward German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Eagles...

By Kathy Orton | January 9, 2009; 05:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

When asked what he thought about playing Bucknell in his team’s Patriot League season opener, Navy Coach Billy Lange laughed. “A little ironic, huh?” he said. “It’s crazy because you know they were the last Patriot League team in the...

By Kathy Orton | January 9, 2009; 05:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

George Washington Coach Karl Hobbs hasn’t paid much attention to how other Atlantic 10 Conference teams are faring as the Colonials prepare for league play. “I really haven’t,” he said. “I’ve just been so focused on what we’ve been doing....

By Kathy Orton | January 9, 2009; 05:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

It’s been eight long weeks since Howard last won a game. The Bison who opened their season with a 47-45 win over Oregon State have lost 12 in a row heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference season. Howard, which hasn’t...

By Kathy Orton | January 9, 2009; 05:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 8, 2009

Georgetown assistant coach Kenya Hunter has been missing from the sidelines the past two games as a result of emergency surgery over the weekend, team officials announced. A four-year standout point guard for Duquesne (1993-96), Hunter, 36, had undergone...

By Liz Clarke | January 8, 2009; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 8, 2009

Since returning from injury on Dec. 20, Virginia Tech forward J.T. Thompson has contributed without playing major minutes. He's averaging 22 minutes in four games with a high of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Expect to see him take a...

By Zach Berman | January 8, 2009; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 8, 2009

Coach Billy Lange sees a quality in this Navy team that hasn’t always been apparent in the other teams he’s coached at the Academy. It’s the players’ commitment to playing together, what Lange describes as a “sense of oneness.” “We’ve...

By Kathy Orton | January 8, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

Most teams put together scouting reports on their opponents. Some are specific; others are general. Nearly all include something about an opponent’s tendencies: No. 20 can shoot from anywhere on the court. No. 31 always looks to score on inbounds...

By Kathy Orton | January 7, 2009; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

George Mason, tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings with Northeastern, travels to Towson on Wednesday looking to improve on its 3-0 start. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The Patriots (10-3) have never lost to the Tigers (7-8, 2-1 CAA) in...

By Kathy Orton | January 7, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

When George Washington was at its best, its defense created havoc on the court. The Colonials flustered their opponents with their length and quickness, forcing them into turnovers which led to easy transition baskets. These days, GW’s opponents are turning...

By Kathy Orton | January 6, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

Virginia returns to the court Tuesday against Brown for its final nonconference game of the season. Coming off a 14-point loss to Xavier, the Cavaliers are fortunate to have a home date against a 5-7 Ivy League team before playing...

By Zach Berman | January 6, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey had plenty to crow about following Luke Harangody’s 31-point performance against Georgetown in the 73-67 victory by the Irish at the Joyce Center. But he paid tribute to the impressive showing of the Hoyas’s...

By Liz Clarke | January 6, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

The Patriot League announced that American senior guard Garrison Carr is the conference player of the week, making it the sixth time this season that a player from the D.C. area has won the award. This is Carr's second honor...

By Kathy Orton | January 5, 2009; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

George Washington’s four consecutive losses on the road, which included setbacks to Longwood, a team playing just its fifth season in Division I, and Coppin State, a team that had lost 10 in a row before beating the Colonials, have...

By Kathy Orton | January 5, 2009; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

It was a forgettable night Sunday in Durham for Virginia Tech, who lost by 25 points to a Duke team that was deeper, tougher and better. Among the rubble left in the wake of the blowout: Virginia Tech’s 44 points...

By Zach Berman | January 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

Occasionally during George Mason’s practices, the freshmen and sophomores scrimmage against the upperclassmen. While the veterans’ experience usually wins out in these matchups, the younger players often hold their own. “We have our days, but they win most of the...

By Kathy Orton | January 5, 2009; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

The Big East season is young, but Georgetown’s bench has yet to make much of an impact, getting outscored 34-8 through the first two games. Given the reliance of Coach John Thompson III on his five starters, it may...

By Liz Clarke | January 5, 2009; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 30, 2008

Late Show: Colonials Cold in Loss to Hawaii George Washington shot just 30 percent from the field in a 73-47 loss to Hawaii on Monday in a consolation game of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic. The Colonials (6-4) will meet...

By Matthew Rennie | December 30, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 29, 2008

Kaleo Kina seemed to have a monopoly on the Patriot League player of the week award, winning it three weeks in a row earlier this month. But before anyone starts thinking Navy is a one-man team, junior guard Chris Harris...

By Kathy Orton | December 29, 2008; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 22, 2008

Despite consecutive Big East regular-season titles, Georgetown was picked to finish seventh in the conference in October’s pre-season polls. The reason for the plunge in expectations, according to several of the coaches who voted, was the Hoyas’ loss of...

By Liz Clarke | December 22, 2008; 08:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 18, 2008

After an impressive season-opening win against Oregon State, Howard has been on a six-game skid. The Bison (1-6) aren’t winning because they aren’t scoring. Howard has the third-worst scoring offense in Division I, ranking 328th out of 330 teams with...

By Kathy Orton | December 18, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2008

Maryland Coach Gary Williams and former Georgetown coach John Thompson are among the top 10 coaches in The Great Book of Washington DC Sports Lists. How does either stack up against the likes of Joe Gibbs and Morgan Wootten? Find...

By Matthew Rennie | December 17, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2008

Virginia returns tonight against Longwood after a two-week break for final exams. The Lancers provide the Cavaliers (3-3) a good opportunity to break a three-game losing streak, but pay attention to whether Virginia appears rusty. Coach Dave Leitao said the...

By Zach Berman | December 17, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2008

American senior forward Bryce Simon, wearing a knee brace, was on the court with his teammates for Monday’s practice, but his return remains in doubt. Simon tore his anterior crucitate ligament in the Patriot League semifinal in March, re-injured the...

By Kathy Orton | December 17, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 16, 2008

American Coach Jeff Jones certainly didn’t intentionally schedule 10 of the Eagles’ first 12 games on the road. Jones is always looking to challenge his team early to prepare the players for the Patriot League season. But even with a...

By Kathy Orton | December 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

On the heels of his 21-point performance in Georgetown’s 79-70 overtime victory over Memphis, Georgetown junior forward DaJuan Summers was named Big East Player of the Week Monday. It’s the first time Summers has earned the honor. Summers tied...

By Liz Clarke | December 15, 2008; 05:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

Kaleo Kina is the Patriot League player of the week for the third week in a row. The Midshipman is just the fifth player to win the award three consecutive weeks and the first Navy player to do so. Kina,...

By Kathy Orton | December 15, 2008; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

During Virginia Tech’s practice on Friday, sophomore forward J.T. Thompson bombarded through a pile on the floor, picked up a 50/50 loose ball and jammed it into the hoop. “That’s the type of play we’ve been missing,” Coach Seth Greenberg...

By Zach Berman | December 15, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 13, 2008

Carolyn Witherspoon has missed only two of her sons games this season, putting more than 50,000 miles on her 2008 Impala, according to a story in the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post. She lucked out on Saturday when Wynton, a GW...

By Kathy Orton | December 13, 2008; 07:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 12, 2008

Travis King pulled up his George Washington practice shorts, revealing his powerful legs. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard out of New Haven, Conn., wanted to show how strong his right quadriceps had become. After months of arduous rehabilitation, King’s right leg...

By Kathy Orton | December 12, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 11, 2008

Even before Barack Obama was elected President, finding a hotel room in Washington at a reasonable rate on Inauguration Day wasn’t easy. Just ask the Army men’s basketball team. The Black Knights were scheduled to play at American on Jan....

By Kathy Orton | December 11, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

While his players concentrated on their end-of-semester exams, George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga took some time to evaluate his team. On Monday, he watched game film of all the Patriots offensive plays in the eight games they’ve played this season....

By Kathy Orton | December 9, 2008; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

December 8, 2008

Senior guard Kaleo Kina received his second consecutive Patriot League player of the week honor, the league announced. He averaged 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three games last week. He also became the seventh player...

By Kathy Orton | December 8, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 8, 2008

Without a true go-to player this season, the Patriots are all about balance. Less than three points separate the scoring averages of the team's top scorer and its fifth-leading scorer. In Mason's 56-55 CAA opening win at Drexel on Saturday,...

By Kathy Orton | December 8, 2008; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 7, 2008

After starting the same lineup for four games, George Washington Coach Karl Hobbs apparently felt the need to make a change for the BB&T Classic on Sunday. Travis King and Hermann Opoku started for the Colonials against Maryland in the...

By Kathy Orton | December 7, 2008; 11:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

December 7, 2008

Navy’s best start since David Robinson suited up for the Midshipmen came to an end on Sunday when the Blue and Gold lost, 79-70, to Virginia Tech in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. The setback snapped a seven-game win...

By Kathy Orton | December 7, 2008; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 4, 2008

As the lone senior on Georgetown’s starting lineup, Jessie Sapp wouldn’t be around to see it. But he says he loves the idea of a basketball tournament that would include all of the Washington-area’s top teams each year. The...

By Liz Clarke | December 4, 2008; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (2)

December 3, 2008

Accurate Mids Drill UTSA Navy made 16 of 19 shots from the field in the second half of a 78-65 win over Texas-San Antonio to improve to 6-1. Kaleo Kina scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half....

By Matthew Rennie | December 3, 2008; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 3, 2008

Cavs Succumb to Gophers' Defense Tubby Smith's Minnesota squad had 10 steals and seven blocks in a 66-56 victory over Virginia on Tuesday night at Williams Arena. Here's the game story from the St. Paul Pioneer Press....

By Matthew Rennie | December 3, 2008; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

Senior guard Kaleo Kina is the Patriot League player of the week after his 30-point performance against Radford....

By Kathy Orton | December 2, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

The Mount Rallies To Top Eagles in Bender Mount St. Mary's guard Jeremy Goode scored 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half as the Mountaineers overcame a nine-point deficit and defeated the Eagles, 57-52. Read Steve Goff's...

By Matthew Rennie | December 2, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Badgers Prevail on Last-Second Shot Trevon Hughes hit a leaning floater in the lane with 0.9 seconds left and Wisconsin survived a furious rally by Virginia Tech on Monday night, winning 74-72 in the opener of the 10th Annual ACC-Big...

By Matthew Rennie | December 1, 2008; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Curry Delivers Liberty OT Win Over Patriots Seth Curry hit a jumper and sank two free throws in the last 41 seconds of overtime to help Liberty beat George Mason 69-66 on Monday night in Lynchburg, Va. The Flames (5-1),...

By Matthew Rennie | December 1, 2008; 09:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Canisius Uses First-Half Run to Down Bison Greg Logins had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Canisius College to a 70-46 victory over Howard University on Monday night. Logins scored 10 points as Canisius (3-3) took control with a...

By Matthew Rennie | December 1, 2008; 09:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Georgetown holds Maryland to its lowest scoring output in 12 seasons....

By Kathy Orton | December 1, 2008; 12:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Greivis Vasquez is held to two points in Maryland's loss to Georgetown....

By Kathy Orton | December 1, 2008; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 30, 2008

So They Meet Again Maryland and Georgetown tip off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the consolation final of the Old Spice Classic, just their third matchup since 1981. Here's Liz Clarke's story on the non-rivals and Steve Yanda's breakdown of...

By Matthew Rennie | November 30, 2008; 12:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 30, 2008

Smith, Long Lead Win Over Ohio Dre Smith and Cam Long each scored 15 points, and George Mason never trailed during a 74-65 victory over Ohio yesterday at Patriot Center. Ryan Pearson added 13 points as five players scored in...

By Matthew Rennie | November 30, 2008; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 30, 2008

Fairfield Ends Eagles' Streak Jonathan Han scored 20 points to lead Fairfield (3-3) to a home victory over American (4-2), whose four-game winning streak ended. Warren Edney had 15 points for Fairfield, which won its second in a row. Herbie...

By Matthew Rennie | November 30, 2008; 12:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 30, 2008

Mids Top Radford in OT Kaleo Kina scored a career-high 30 points to lift the Midshipmen to an overtime victory over Radford at Alumni Hall. Navy trailed by one point until Kina made a pair of free throws, giving the...

By Matthew Rennie | November 30, 2008; 12:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 29, 2008

Orange Rallies to Beat Cavs, 73-70 After falling to Liberty earlier in the week, Virginia put quite a scare in Syracuse before a big crowd at the Carrier Dome. The Orange needed a 20-6 second-half run to hold off the...

By Matthew Rennie | November 29, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 29, 2008

Vols Hang 90 on Hoyas Georgetown surrendered the most points it ever has under Coach John Thompson III in a 90-78 loss to Tennessee in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Liz Clarke's full game account is...

By Matthew Rennie | November 29, 2008; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 29, 2008

Gonzaga Hands Terps First Loss Maryland couldn't make it two upsets in a row, falling to Gonzaga in the Old Spice Classic the day after upsetting Michigan State. Here's Steve Yanda's game story....

By Matthew Rennie | November 29, 2008; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

Could It Happen Again? To the chagrin of area college basketball fans (and at least one college sports editor), Maryland and Georgetown never seem able to put petty differences aside and play each other on the basketball court. The last...

By Matthew Rennie | November 28, 2008; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

Cavs Head North To Take on Orange Virginia faces 5-0 Syracuse at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange are coming off a win over Kansas; the Cavaliers are coming off a loss to Liberty. But hey, who expected...

By Matthew Rennie | November 28, 2008; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

Georgetown never trailed Wichita State at the Old Spice Classic, but the Hoyas were not overly impressive, either, missing 15 of 18 three-point attempts and getting outrebounded by a smaller team. "We're a work in progress," Coach John Thompson III...

By Matthew Rennie | November 28, 2008; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

A balanced attack upends the No. 5 Spartans in the first round of the Old Spice Classic. After the Terps improved to 4-0, Coach Gary Williams responded to critics in his usual pugnacious manner: "This keeps 'em quiet for a...

By Matthew Rennie | November 28, 2008; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Sophomore guards Frank McKnight and Rodney Adkins have left the UMBC program, the school announced Wednesday. The Retrievers play at Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday....

By Kathy Orton | November 26, 2008; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Cold-Shooting Bison Fall to UIC Eugene Myatt scored 19 points but Howard made just 2 of 17 three-point attempts in losing at home to Illinois-Chicago, 68-54. Howard has now lost four straight since beating Oregon State at home to open...

By Matthew Rennie | November 26, 2008; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Carr's Free Throws Yield Road Win Garrison Carr's two free throws with 15 seconds left sealed American's 56-53 victory at Stony Brook. The Eagles are 4-1 this season. Here's the AP story....

By Matthew Rennie | November 26, 2008; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Mids Top Eastern Shore Navy improved to 4-1 this season with a 76-51 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore behind 21 points from Chris Harris. Here's the full story here....

By Matthew Rennie | November 26, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Vaughan Delivers Offense, Defense John Vaughan scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, including a three-pointer with a minute left, and shut down Jeremy Goode to help George Mason repel a final rally by Mount St. Mary's...

By Matthew Rennie | November 26, 2008; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Inexperience Catches Up With Cavs After getting off to a somewhat unexpectedly good start to the season, Virginia shows the downside of roster full of youthful exuberance in a 86-82 home loss to Liberty that redshirt freshman Sammy Zeglinski called...

By Matthew Rennie | November 26, 2008; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

Virginia men’s head basketball coach Dave Leitao has announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent with the Cavaliers during the recent signing period. The players are 5-11 guard Jontel Evans (Hampton, Va.) and 6-7 forward Tristan...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 05:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

From the Associated Press: The Atlantic 10 will move its men’s basketball tournament championship game to CBS in 2010 and play first-round games at campus sites. Under a deal announced Tuesday, the 14-team league’s championship game will be played on...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

Navy has won three games in a row after a season-opening loss and will be looking to remain undefeated at home when it faces Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-2) on Tuesday. Over its three victories, Navy (3-1) has held its opponents to...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

Virginia freshman guard Sylven Landesberg was named the ACC rookie of the week for the second consecutive week. Landesberg was honored for his play in Virginia’s victories over the University of South Florida and Radford University last week. Landesberg is...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

George Washington hosts defending America East champion Maryland-Baltimore Country on Wednesday night in a game rife with Atlantic 11 implications. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. The Colonials (2-1) are coming off a 83-71 loss at Auburn during which they led 44-29...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

American's Garrison Carr has been named the Patriot League player of the week, conference officials announced Monday. Carr averaged 27.0 ppg last week as he led AU to a perfect 3-0 record. On Monday against St. Francis, Carr scored 28...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga is pleased to announce the signing of five players to national letters-of-intent. Paris Bennett, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., Luke Hancock, a 6'5" forward from Hargrave Military Academy...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

Georgetown junior men's DaJuan Summers was one of 50 player selected as preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy. The list is comprised of players who, based on last year's individual...

By Matthew Rennie | November 25, 2008; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

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