The Gonzaga big man's breakout performance against South Carolina in the NCAA tournament semifinal showed why the former prep late-bloomer is seen by many as a first-round NBA draft pick.
Oregon head coach Dana Altman emphasized, "Jordan felt terrible. But I told him, 'Buddy, you got 16 rebounds. We wouldn't have been in this position if it hadn't been for you.'"
That leaves you something to cheer about. (Because who wants to root for North Carolina?)
In what was supposed to be college basketball's Year of the Freshman, the Final Four lacks any one-and-done players of consequence. What gives?
Between Notice and Oregon's Dylan Ennis and Dillon Brooks, Canadian ballers are having a big impact on the men's NCAA basketball tournament.
Marcus Paige was less than five seconds away from sending the NCAA basketball title game into overtime with an acrobatic three pointer. But it was all for naught.
While the NCAA’s rules governing college athletes are colorblind, the impact of amateurism is anything but—disproportionately costing black football and men's basketball players and benefiting white stakeholders by as much as $2 billion a year.
Jim Calhoun went to four Final Fours and won three national championships. Before Saturday's games, he held forth on what it was like to coach in the Final Four and picked his winners.
A step-back three that'll make you ask for your shoes back.
What North Carolina, Syracuse, Villanova, and Oklahoma need to do to win their NCAA tournament seminfinal games on Saturday.
During their four years in Chapel Hill, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson grew up as players and as people. Now they're looking to end their college basketball careers on top.