JEFF CAPEL HIRED AT PITTSBURGH-CHRIS MACK HIRED AT LOUISVILLE

Jeff Eisenberg, The Dagger, writes the Duke assistant many thought might be Mike Krzyzewski’s successor isn’t waiting around for the legendary Blue Devils coach to retire. Jeff Capel has instead accepted an offer to become the next head coach at Pittsburgh, the school confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Jeff Eisenberg, The Dagger, also writes Texas-Arlington fired Scott Cross after 12 seasons, … Read moreJEFF CAPEL HIRED AT PITTSBURGH-CHRIS MACK HIRED AT LOUISVILLE

NIT SET FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Dirk Facer writes “we’re awfully excited to be a part of this tournament,” said Larry Krystkowiak, who noted how the Utes have responded since losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. Andrew Callahan writes breaking down No. 4 Mississippi State, Penn State’s NIT semifinal opponent, before Tuesday’s tip-off at Madison Square Garden. Check out the … Read moreNIT SET FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

SPRING COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MEANS COLLEGE FOOTBALL RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

Barrett Sallee writes Alabama and Notre Dame last met on the gridiron in January 2013 in Miami, where the Crimson Tide stomped the Fighting Irish 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game to claim the 2012 national championship. Its last meeting with Texas was in January 2010 in Pasadena, when it topped the Longhorns 37-21 to claim the 2009 national title. … Read moreSPRING COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MEANS COLLEGE FOOTBALL RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

NCAA FINAL FOUR SET MICHIGAN-VILLANOVA-KANSAS AND WHO? LOYOLA CHICAGO

Joedy McCreary writes Duke started another season at No. 1 but ended it before the Final Four. Now the Blue Devils await the NBA draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen with next year’s top recruiting class arriving over the summer. Stephen Hawkins writes Texas Tech coach Chris Beard gathered his seniors in a tight circle … Read moreNCAA FINAL FOUR SET MICHIGAN-VILLANOVA-KANSAS AND WHO? LOYOLA CHICAGO

VILLANOVA-KANSAS ON THE MOVE TO THE FINAL FOUR

Mitch Sherman ESPN writes minutes later, after the Kansas Jayhawks’ 85-81 victory in overtime, Grayson Allen sat wrought with emotion at his locker, staring ahead as he pondered the “abrupt” finish to his four years at the school that began with a national championship in 2015 and closed without another trip past the Elite Eight. … Read moreVILLANOVA-KANSAS ON THE MOVE TO THE FINAL FOUR

LOYOLA CHICAGO-MICHIGAN GOING DANCING AT THE FINAL FOUR

Jay Busbee, The Dagger writes Kansas State players peeled their nameplates and logos off the walls. Outside, Loyola Chicago was cutting down the nets at the South regional. Alex Scarborough ESPN writes Loyola wouldn’t need any last-minute theatrics to make history this time around. No buzzer-beaters. No Sister Jean magic. Nothing but good basketball. Charles Odum writes he … Read moreLOYOLA CHICAGO-MICHIGAN GOING DANCING AT THE FINAL FOUR

NCAA BASEBALL TOP 25 POLL

NCAA LATEST BASEBALL TOP 25, from NCAA.com 1 Oregon State 18-1 1 2 Florida 18-4 2 3 Stanford 14-2 3 4 Arkansas 16-4 5 5 Mississippi 19-2 8 6 Kentucky 14-6 4 7 Florida State 16-4 7 8 Vanderbilt 15-5 13 9 Auburn 19-2 15 10 Texas Tech 17-5 6 11 Indiana 15-4 14 12 … Read moreNCAA BASEBALL TOP 25 POLL

NOLES BEAT ZAGS-MICHIGAN POUNDS A&M-KSTATE OUTLASTS KENTUCKY-RAMBLERS ROLL

Jeff Eisenberg writes whereas most high-major college basketball coaches trust only their top six or seven players by the time the calendar turns to March, Hamilton favors a rotation that goes 10 or 11 deep. Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer Kansas State players said they were upset after Kentucky’s players and coaches left the court before taking … Read moreNOLES BEAT ZAGS-MICHIGAN POUNDS A&M-KSTATE OUTLASTS KENTUCKY-RAMBLERS ROLL

COLLEGE BASEBALL STARTS TO HEAT UP

Mark W. Sanchez writes from the New York Post, the principal at Rio Grande High School, a New Mexico baseball powerhouse, this year canceled a longtime course about the sport that has helped keep the student-athletes eligible to play by boosting their GPAs. Augie Garrido, a college baseball coach whose Zenlike coaching style, mixed with old-school … Read moreCOLLEGE BASEBALL STARTS TO HEAT UP