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Harris: New Texas coach brings tough love to underachieving Longhorns

By John Harris
Shortly after being placed in charge, new Texas coach Charlie Strong went public with his desire to change the culture of the program. Texas finished 5-7, 8-5, 9-4 and 8-5 after going 13-1 in 2009 under former coach Mack Brown, …

College Basketball Tuesday: NBA teams smitten with freshmen as top draft picks

By John Harris
At the conclusion of Monday night’s national championship game, the annual rite of passage at Kentucky will begin. Freshmen Julius Randle and James Young are …

College basketball insider: Napier glad he stayed at UConn

By John Harris
Western Pennsylvania natives Archie Miller and Sean Miller each fell one game short of appearing in their first Final Four. Archie’s Dayton Flyers lost to …

College basketball insider: Heralded freshmen stumble in NCAA Tournament

By John Harris
In what was expected to be their final college performances before entering the NBA Draft, Kansas freshman guard Andrew Wiggins and Duke freshman forward Jabari …

Harris: New identity for Michigan State

By John Harris
Michigan State’s late regular-season turnaround resulted in coach Tom Izzo’s second Big Ten tournament championship in three years. The Spartans overcame injuries to key players and uneven play to reel off three consecutive wins in the conference tournament after losing …

College basketball insider: Iowa State, Oklahoma State could provide another thriller in Big 12 tournament

By John Harris
Big 12 members Iowa State and Oklahoma State are so evenly matched this season that both of their games were extended to overtime and decided …

Bennett has ACC champion Virginia locking down on defense

By John Harris
Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn’t as well known as Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams or Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. But Bennett has outperformed all …

College basketball insider: Beilein, Michigan finding magic again this season

By John Harris
Last year was almost too good to be true for Michigan. The Wolverines parlayed a talented roster and strong coaching all the way to the Final Four, only to fall short against Louisville in the championship game. In the aftermath, …

College basketball insider: Creighton’s McDermott worthy of praise

By John Harris
Creighton senior Doug McDermott recently passed Larry Bird for 13th place on college basketball’s all-time scoring list with 2,863 points. Bird needed only three years without the benefit of the 3-point stripe, but McDermott deserves praise for resisting the pull …

College basketball Tuesday: Marcus Smart incident a ‘teaching moment’ for coaches

By John Harris
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford refused further comment about star guard Marcus Smart’s three-game suspension for striking a fan during Saturday’s loss at Texas Tech. …

College Basketball Tuesday: Florida’s Donovan takes chance by activating freshman

By John Harris
The dilemma facing Florida coach Billy Donovan really isn’t a dilemma. At least not in the literal sense. Of course, Donovan will risk disturbing precious team chemistry that has led to a 13-game wining streak entering Tuesday’s SEC matchup against …

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