| Apr 28, 2013
| 2:15 PM
The benefits of playing among top-level talent, Justise Winslow was saying, far outweigh the drawbacks and sacrifices. The greatest gain, the Houston mega-prospect said, is the result.
“I would say playing with more talent is more fun,”...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Long, rangy wings who lead the break and make contested threes; clever, slightly undersized point guards who pass unselfishly but score when needed; a power forward who rebounds more than he shoots.
So appeared the ACC’s future during last...
| Mar 22, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — Albany's players know coach Will Brown isn't jerking their chain. Yes, they can shock Duke on Friday. Yes, they can torch millions of NCAA tournament brackets.
"A 15 (seed) has beaten a two," Brown said Thursday. "So when you talk...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 9:02 PM
Chris Collins dined in the Chicago area Wednesday with Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, sources told the Tribune.
Here's guessing they raised a glass and spoke of their sweet expectations -- to end the Wildcats' 75-year run of missing the NCAA...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Duke’s NCAA tournament Friday against Albany returns Blue Devils associate head coach Chris Collins to his boyhood home.
Collins’ father, Doug, coaches the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and played for the team from 1973-81. Chris was born...
| Mar 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — Albany coach Will Brown said Thursday that Duke was the best team in this NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils didn't approach that rare air Friday against Brown's Great Danes.
No, this isn't some Carolina-blue time warp in which Duke...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 7:54 PM
Chris Collins and Pat Fitzgerald both grew up as sports stars in suburban Chicago.
Both Collins and Fitzgerald are 38 and born in 1974 — Collins eight months earlier in April. Both enthusiastically view each day as an opportunity to improve and...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Bill Carmody has elevated Northwestern basketball from Point C to Point B. Or is it Z to B?
He took over after Kevin O'Neill's 1999-2000 misfits went 5-25. The point guard, Collier Drayton, was legally blind in one eye. Two years later, Carmody's crew...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 12:41 PM
Chris Collins is close to rounding out his coaching staff, with a source saying that the hiring of former Northwestern guard Patrick Baldwin will be announced soon.
The Tribune reported Tuesday that Baldwin was a candidate to join Collins’ staff....
| Apr 22, 2013
| 4:01 PM
ACC commissioner John Swofford was portrayed as a modern-day Nero at the fiddle. The conference’s presidents were mocked for their joint statement of solidarity.
No matter what Swofford did or CEOs said, the ACC was on life support.
| Mar 22, 2013
| 4:53 PM
For the second consecutive season, Creighton has drawn an ACC icon in the NCAA tournament, and once again, Steve Merfeld is the Blue Jays’ lead scout for the matchup.
A former Hampton University head coach, Merfeld is in his second year as a...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:45 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Top collegiate athletic directors need many things but should not live without a back-door office exit or a secret list of coaching candidates in advance of their next football and basketball openings.
It doesn't matter if your...