Illinois star Kofi Cockburn, a preseason All-American, suspended by NCAA for first three games of season

No. 11 Illinois will be without preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Kofi Cockburn for its first three games of the season while the star big man sits because of an NCAA suspension. Cockburn sold...

Top 10 impact freshmen: Ranking college basketball’s best newcomers entering the 2021-22 season

Two of the top-five recruits in the 2020 class a year ago turned pro in favor of playing college basketball. The year before, No. 1 overall recruit James Wiseman played a total of three games for...

Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd begins first season against Northern Arizona

Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd begins first season against Northern Arizona The Tommy Lloyd era at Arizona will begin Tuesday night when the Wildcats host Northern Arizona in the season opener for both teams in Tucson. This...

College basketball coaches on hot seat: Who might need a good season in 2021-22 to save their job

Last preseason’s Coaches on the Hot Seat column featured the names of five power-conference coaches whose job security seemed iffy, at the time of publication, for one reason or another. Four of them lost their jobs....

Early season Knicks trends to watch, including balancing depth while maximizing Julius Randle

Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin treated image, high fiving in white jerseys with grey background The Knicks have lost two in a row. They’re 5-3 overall. And they play in Milwaukee on Friday night. It’s still...

Michigan vs. Michigan State football will be played in Ann Arbor in 2022 season

Michigan football will host Michigan State in 2022, the Big Ten Conference told the Free Press on Saturday night. The date is unknown. The game was originally scheduled to be held in East Lansing, and both...

Plenty of under-the-radar players bear watching this season

Marshall’s Taevion Kinsey believes he’s heading into his senior year as a better and more relaxed player after debating whether to turn pro during the offseason. He also has come back as a bigger player. Kinsey...

Ranking the Top 100 And 1 best college basketball players entering the 2021-22 season

College basketball’s offseason has (almost) officially morphed into the 2021-22 college basketball season. We’re now less than two weeks out from competition as the drumbeat to the season-opener slowly beats louder and louder. And now that...

K-State aims for big bounceback after 9 wins last season

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) After back-to-back losing seasons, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber knew he needed to make some changes this year, so he brought in a couple of former Marines to put the Wildcats through their...

Expectations high at UConn in coach Hurley’s 4th season

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Dan Hurley needed three seasons as UConn’s coach to get the Huskies back into the NCAA Tournament after a five-year absence. In his fourth year, his team expects to take a bigger...