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College Basketball, HBCU Basketball, Mike Davis, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

In the midst of a merciless way to start the season — 14 of the first 16 games on the road, including games against six Power Five opponents — first-year Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones laughed when asked whether he had inherited the potentially confidence-crushing slate of games. “This is all on me,” Jones said. […]

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Edmondson-Westside High School, HBCU Basketball, Marvin Webster -

What is the first thought that enters your mind when hearing the phrase “sports analytics”? For the sports analytics club of Edmondson-Westside High School in Baltimore, the phrase screams opportunity for students in the city of Baltimore. In the fall of 2017, it was a normal school day for four student-athletes until a text from […]

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Edmondson-Westside High School, HBCU Basketball, Marvin Webster -

When Marvin Webster strolled into Hurt Gymnasium in 1971 to meet the members of the Morgan State basketball team for the first time, his future teammates at the Baltimore school were less than excited. “He was a nice kid, but he wasn’t that developed,” remembers Joe McIver, a 1974 graduate from Morgan and currently the […]

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2018 NBA Draft, Femi Olujobi, HBCU Basketball, James Daniel III, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Sam Hunt -

On Thursday night, the NBA draft in New York City will be highlighted by top-name talent from some of the most historically dominant athletic programs in the country. DeAndre Ayton from the University of Arizona, Marvin Bagley III from Duke and Trae Young from Oklahoma, among others, will likely be among the top 10 players […]

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Clark Atlanta Panthers, HBCU Basketball -

When your last former-NBA player-turned coach wins 45 games in two years, it makes sense for you to go out and hire someone with a similar résumé. The oft-used proverb “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was obviously at play as Clark Atlanta University introduced former Philadelphia 76er George Lynch as its new head […]

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Demontrae Jefferson, HBCU, HBCU Basketball, Men's NCAA Tournament, Texas Southern Tigers, Trayvon Reed -

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Growing up, Demontrae Jefferson was almost always the smallest guy on the court. But even at 5-foot-7, he dominated the playgrounds of Milwaukee. Now his aspirations are bigger. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA,” said Jefferson, who’s featured in a mixtape that has more than 3 […]

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Grambling State University, Hampton University, HBCU Basketball, MEAC, Morgan State Bears, SWAC -

The semifinals are set for the two historically black college and university (HBCU) conferences playing to get automatic bids to the NCAA men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments, and if you’re looking for excitement, the stars of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) are leading the way. The biggest of […]

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Clark Atlanta Panthers, Darrell Walker, HBCU Basketball, Morehouse College -

ATLANTA — Clark Atlanta University basketball coach Darrell Walker sits in silence behind the scorer’s table, nodding his head to the music. A speaker blasts black barbecue favorites such as “Before I Let You Go” by Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and The Emotions’ “Best of My Love” nearby. Practice doesn’t start until 6 p.m., but […]

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Alabama State Hornets, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, Bowie State Bulldogs, Fayetteville State University, HBCU Basketball, Morehouse College, Morgan State Bears, Norfolk State Spartans, Tennessee State Tigers, Winston-Salem State Rams -

This week’s highlights of historically black college and university (HBCU) games include a few schools we haven’t seen before, such as Morehouse, Winston-Salem State, Fayetteville State, Morgan State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. But we also have Tennessee State, Bowie State, Alabama State, Norfolk State and Bowie State returning to the spotlight. If you have highlights you […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, Grambling State University, HBCU Basketball, Quadruple-Double, SWAC, Women's College Basketball -

Grambling State point guard Shakyla Hill went from getting shout-outs from her mom to shout-outs from Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. Looks like Shakyla Hill @shakylaa_ is headed to NBA All-Star Weekend!!! Chris Webber has her down for an All-Star selection! #quadrupledouble #gramfam #gramblingstateuniversity #grambling #collegebasketball #ncaawbb #allstarweekend #nbaallstar pic.twitter.com/aShLz1xbK1 — GSU Athletics (@GSU_TIGERS) January […]

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HBCU Basketball, Morehouse College, Morehouse College Tigers, SIAC -

The hottest team in Atlanta is not who you might think. It’s not Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team, even though the Yellow Jackets recently upset the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes. A 4-1 record over their past five games, combined with the motivation to no longer be defined by “28-3,” doesn’t qualify the Atlanta Falcons either. […]

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Commentary, HBCU Basketball, NCAA, NCB, NCF -

The injustices are too stark. The system is too compromised. The hypocrisy is too blatant. The financial figures behind Alabama’s national championship victory over Georgia on Monday night only confirm the obvious: Sooner or later, college athletes will be paid some of the billions of dollars they generate. The only question is how. It took […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Coppin State Eagles, Delaware State Hornets, Grambling State University, HBCU Basketball, Morgan State Bears, Norfolk State Spartans, Southern Jaguars, Texas Southern Tigers -

Winter is coming, which means college basketball is starting to heat up. Fans will undoubtedly be watching performances from potential standouts such as Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges and Devonte’ Graham from the University of Kansas. But don’t sleep on the hoops stars from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) who are […]

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Fort Valley State Wildcats, HBCU Basketball, Le’Coe Willingham, Women's Basketball -

WNBA veteran Le’Coe Willingham, the new women’s head basketball coach at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, can’t wait to help guide the Lady Wildcats back to prominence. The native of Augusta, Georgia, who played with five WNBA teams over 10 years and who was a member of the 2009 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury, inherits […]

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Coppin State Eagles, HBCU Basketball -

Juan Dixon took the podium at the Talon Center on the campus of Coppin State University in his hometown of Baltimore to become the university’s third head men’s basketball coach in five years. It took less than a minute for the tears to start flowing as Dixon thanked his family, Coppin State administration and everyone […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

Howard redshirt junior guard James “JT” Miller, the team’s second-leading scorer last season, announced Monday that he is transferring to Missouri State and will play immediately as a graduate transfer. Miller, who graduates May 13, scored 14.7 points a game last season and helped the Bison advance to the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference […]

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HBCU Basketball, Men's NCAA Tournament, Virginia Union Panthers -

Virginia Union University roared back from a double-digit first-half deficit to knock off California Baptist University, 86-81, in Wednesday’s semifinal game of the NCAA Division II women’s basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Next stop? The national championship. The Lady Panthers (28-4), champion of the tournament’s Atlantic Region, will take on undefeated and top-seeded Ashland University […]

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HBCU Basketball, Mike Davis, Texas Southern Tigers -

The Texas Southern Tigers (23-11), led by coach Mike Davis, came into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournament as the team to beat and left as the only one left standing. The Undefeated spent time with the Tigers as they climbed through the SWAC and became the No. 16 seed in the NCAA men’s tournament […]

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Baylor Bears, Duke Blue Devils, Hampton Pirates, HBCU Basketball, NCB, NCW, North Carolina Central Eagles, North Carolina Tar Heels, Texas Southern Tigers, UC Davis Aggies -

Congratulations! Your historically black college and university made it into the NCAA Division I Tournament. What does that mean? Well, some teams — both Texas Southern’s men and women’s teams and Hampton’s women’s team — made the tournament outright. All three of those teams have earned a spot as a 16- or 15-seed in their […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

As the players from Howard and Norfolk State lined up during a free throw in the final minute of Friday’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament semifinal, Bison forward Tyler Stone shared a thought with one of his senior teammates standing across the lane. “I can’t remember who it was, but I said, ‘Hey, man. It’s […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

He began the season as a preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) first team selection, but Howard center Marcel Boyd never dominated games as expected. That is, until Thursday night’s quarterfinals of the MEAC men’s basketball tournament in Norfolk, Virginia. Boyd scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 11 seed Howard defeated No. 3 […]

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In his two years at Howard, Cameron Lewis has proven to be one of the most fundamentally sound and energetic players on the team. A product of the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York (the same school that produced Christian Laettner), Lewis had career highs in points (12) and rebounds (6) during an 11-minute stint […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

Kofi Andoh is just one of three Bison to play in every game this season (Solomon Mangham and Charles Williams are the others). Considering what he’s gone through in his personal life this year, that’s amazing. Andoh learned on the eve of the Dec. 7, 2016, game at Maryland that his mother, Joan Wright-Andoh, had […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

Before this season, Chuck Smith, a walk-on senior, had played just eight minutes in his two years with the team. Earlier this season, his role was so minuscule that he wasn’t even traveling with the team to away games. But as injuries decimated Howard’s point guards, Smith, who didn’t play in the first 14 games, […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

When Prince Okoroh announced in 2011 that he’d be attending Howard, it was considered a big move for the basketball program. The Bison were getting a heralded local kid (Okoroh played at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland) as part of a recruiting class that was described as being one of the […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

As James Miller watched Coppin State slowly crawl back from an 18-point deficit, the Howard senior guard briefly thought back to the Jan. 16 game between the two teams when the Eagles fought back from being 18 down and won. “We remembered that game – they celebrated in our building,” Miller said. “We weren’t going […]

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Darrell Walker, Fort Valley State Wildcats, HBCU Basketball -

Not long after the final buzzer sounded and his Clark Atlanta University Panthers were the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) tournament basketball champions after beating Fort Valley State University, 64-62, first-year head coach Darrell Walker dropped his head into his hands. Walker, the former NBA player, assistant coach and head coach, helped lead Clark Atlanta […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

A freshman out of Millwood School in Richmond, Virginia, Charles “CJ” Williams has lived up to the high expectations coach Kevin Nickelberry had for him entering the season. Forced into a starting spot on a team riddled with injuries, Williams will likely end the season as the team’s leading scorer and is the front-runner for […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

At “The Mecca” — and in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) — this was supposed to be the season of James Daniel. The storyline was easy to predict: The nation’s leading scorer a year ago would be the MEAC Player of the Year. He would lead Howard to its first berth in the NCAA tournament […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

When Howard began its season at Michigan on Nov. 11, 2016, the starting point guard was, surprisingly, Ausar Madison. It was a huge leap for a guy who expected to play a minor role behind the nation’s leading scorer from a year ago, James Daniel. But Madison was not intimidated. He had been the starting […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

With Howard desperate to find an effective point guard after James Daniel and Kai Tease went down with injuries, junior Dalique Mingo assumed the position in early November. By mid-December 2016, he appeared to be settling into the role, recording career-highs in points (16) and assists (6) in a 77-66 win over Shenandoah. But Mingo, […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

A strong rebounder at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, Ibrahim Dosunmu is being brought along slowly by Howard. Although he suited up for every game and traveled with the team, he never played and will have four years of eligibility at the start of the 2017-18 season. Dosunmu, whose nickname is “Ebo,” intends to […]

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HBCU Basketball, Howard Bison, Howard University -

Leaning back on the sofa in the living room of his high-rise apartment, Howard coach Kevin Nickelberry summed up the current season. He mentioned the catastrophic injuries that started before the season began and never stopped. He mentioned the spotlight on his team when it was named the preseason pick to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic […]

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