The Wizards, the feel-good story of the area early after a surprise playoff advancement last season and a hope-building start, are on an enduring backtrack. Only pervasive mediocrity is keeping them afloat.
Letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith’s North Carolina teams — about 180 in all — with directions to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith,” who died in February.
The top-seeded Wildcats, four wins from perfection, will have their ball-handling skills and composure assessed like never before Thursday night when they meet the Mountaineers in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
Going full speed late in the first quarter, Bradley Beal slipped, twisted his right ankle and went to the ground. The Wizards, sufferers of multiple layers of misery in the second half of the season, watched Beal limp off the court.
George Hill’s recent scoring binge had dovetailed with the Indiana Pacers’ losing streak.
The Chicago Bulls are feeling good about themselves as they head toward the playoffs.
The Terrapins drew a matchup with No. 4 seed Duke, renewing a longtime rivalry from their days in the ACC. When the two teams meet Saturday, their familiarity with one another will be both a challenge and an advantage.
Huggins is 8-2 all-time against Calipari, and meeting No. 11 will be Huggins’ greatest challenge against a Calipari-coached team when West Virginia takes on Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night in Cleveland.
Bradley Beal scored 12 points, and John Wall finished with 11 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost their last three games. Washington, which shot 33.3 percent, was held to a season low in points.
The woman who was dating Donald Sterling when she recorded him making racially insensitive remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers faces a fight with his estranged wife that could cost her the fortune he gave her.
Wells finished his career 19th on the all-time scoring list, having amassed 1,398 points over 98 games, and was Maryland’s unquestioned leader — especially this past offseason, when the program again appeared in flux.
The notions of athletes who are students first might apply at the 450 schools in Division III or the 300 schools in Division II, but those schools have no role in the NCAA’s $11 billion contract with CBS and Turner Sports.