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Referee reflects on his first chance to finally work the Final Four

After more than two decades refereeing Division I basketball games, Mike Roberts finally earned his profession’s ultimate reward.

Pep bands’ greatest hits from the soundtrack of college basketball

Without the accompaniment of a pep band to give the cacophony a cadence, the experience wouldn’t be complete.

How do you land a big event? Tips from the organizers of the next DIII Men’s Basketball Championship

With just one exception, Division III men’s basketball champions have been crowned in Salem, Virginia, for more than two decades, but that tradition ends this spring.

3-point record set by Butler’s Darrin Fitzgerald is as old as the 3-point line

The NCAA adopted the 3-point line 32 years ago, and many records have been set and broken as players and coaches embraced it and cultivated new and innovative ways to integrate it into the game.

Modern memorable moments that have catapulted the women’s game

In recent years, the game has sparked new interest simply by providing historic accomplishments and a little mainstream fun.

St. Cloud State guard inherited a passion for basketball from his pioneering mom

My mom played in the Danish women’s league for a long time and won championships there. My parents never forced me to play, never pushed me in that direction.

Brothers ensure basketball players from their home country have proper footwear

Basketball shoes are generally made up of rubber, leather and synthetic materials. While brothers Ikenna and Osinachi Smart were growing up in Nigeria, they might as well have been made of gold.

Women’s basketball leader draws on her college experience to help today’s athletes

I grew up in Ohio, and I wanted to go away to school. I thought basketball was a good avenue for me to do that. I was recruited for three sports, but I went with basketball because of the opportunity to get a full scholarship.

2015 men’s basketball changes sent game in right direction

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee gathered in May 2015, it knew the game needed some help.

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