Tags: Basketball (College)

Six N.C.A.A. Upset Picks to Enliven Your Bracket

We call them upsets. But unless you root for the team on the wrong end of one, they are the happiest things on Earth. They should be called overjoyeds. There are two kinds of tournament underdogs. There is the team that makes an unlikely deep run — to the second weekend, the regional final, the…

On Pro Basketball: Looking for Arizona Basketball? It Graduated to the N.B.A.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors run a practice drill that Coach Steve Kerr did not intend as a tribute, even if he named it after someone who taught him a great deal. He calls it the “Lute Olson drill,” and it is a blur of activity: a 3-on-2 exercise that Kerr uses to…

On College Basketball: The N.C.A.A. Lost in Court, but Athletes Didn’t Win, Either

If the opinion published Friday night in a landmark college sports antitrust case were a novel, then its villain would be the N.C.A.A. In a novella-length 104-page opinion, United States District Court Judge Claudia Wilken criticizes, berates, even mocks the N.C.A.A. for its refusal to allow colleges to compensate players for their valuable labor beyond…