David Banks/USA TODAY Sports
8hJohn Gasaway

Gasaway: Is this the season Wisconsin's consistency finally falls?

Wisconsin teams are dependable. But this season, with so many of last season's familiar faces gone, Bo Ryan has had to rely on others. Might this be the season the Badgers' consistency drops off?

Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports

Weekend Predictions: Texas A&M's rise continues

The Battle 4 Atlantis final features an ACC squad (Syracuse) getting a lot from a handful of players and an SEC squad (Texas A&M) that looks like a serious contender.

Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY Sports

#Top10Thursday: Hey, a little help?

Even though the players on this list are talented, they need some help if their teams are going to reach their potential.

What's wrong with the Hoosiers? (2:14)
Kansas wins Maui Invitational (0:55)
Ben Simmons' highlight reel (1:06)
Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Brown: LSU's Ben Simmons could stand to be more selfish

Ben Simmons had another double-double in LSU's overtime loss to NC State. But with only four points, it's clear the star freshman hasn't quite figured out how to balance looking for his shot with setting up his teammates.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

College Hoops Power Rankings: Kentucky ... again

Kentucky is at it again, opening a season by flexing its muscle and reminding our voters that the top spot should belong to the Wildcats until further notice.

Simmons goes coast-to-coast with emphatic slam (0:14)
Bill Walton and Fran Fraschilla drop the beat (0:27)
4dJay Bilas

Bilas: The new rules are helping foster upsets

The accepted thought was that college hoops' new rules would only help the big programs, make the rich richer. It's actually worked the other way, setting up more upsets by the little guys.

Grayson Allen the difference for Duke (1:16)
AP Photo/James Crisp

On the Quad: 5-foot-9 and standing tall

College basketball is not being dominated by the big guys. All you need to do is take a look at this list of little guys. Don't underestimate them.


Momentum swings Cuse's way to end half

Michael Gbinije nails a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half, then draws a shooting foul off a steal to earn a trip to the free-throw line, where he made 2 of 3. No. 25 Texas A&M's lead is down to 35-33 in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship on ESPN.


No-look 360 pass leads to easy dunk

No. 23 Xavier's Makinde London pulls of the sweet spinning no-look dime to Sean O'Mara for the two-handed dunk. The Musketeers lead the Trojans 54-27 at the half on ESPNU.


Cooney cools Aggies with hot shooting

Trevor Cooney sinks a high-arching trey to regain the Syracuse lead midway through the first half. Cooney leads the Orage with 8 points in the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship on ESPN.


7-foot-6 Ndiaye makes dunking look easy

UC Irvine's Mamadou Ndiaye shows that if you're 7-foot-6, you don't have to jump very high to dunk.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

2016 Battle4Atlantis field: Michigan State, Louisville, Wichita State, LSU, Baylor, VCU, St. John's and Old Dominion.

Cuse overcomes slow start to take lead

Tyler Lydon comes off the bench and sinks his first shot -- a 3-pointer -- to give the Orange a 13-7 lead in the first half. Syracuse is on a 10-3 run in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship on ESPN.


Wichita State's Grady injured in loss

Anton Grady suffered an unknown injury after colliding with an Alabama player in the second half of the Shockers' 64-60 loss. After the collision, Grady lay motionless on the ground before being carted off the court. Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said Grady is awake and alert, but has little feeling in his extremities. Story

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Take away from Gonzaga-UConn: Both teams are second weekend NCAA type teams. UConn's Jalen Adams will get more minutes and Zags' Kyle Dranginis is all-glue team potential.

Watch: Battle 4 Atlantis title game

Syracuse and No. 25 Texas A&M used Thursday upsets of tournament favorites UConn and Gonzaga, respectively, to reach the championship game today. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports

Allen's easy bucket seals Cardinal win

Marcus Allen took advantage of an open lane and passed the Arkansas defense for an easy layup to all but wrap up Stanford's 69-66 win.


No. 10 Zags survive No. 18 UConn's rally

The Bulldogs buckled down on D in the final seconds to hold on for a 73-70 win over the Huskies in the Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game. Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer scored a team-high 17.


Bulldogs keep distance vs. Huskies

No. 18 UConn forced No. 10 Gonzaga into a poor shot, but forgot to box out Kyle Dranginis, whose putback layup stretched the lead to 3 with under a minute left on ESPN.


No. 18 UConn on a run vs. No. 10 Gonzaga

The Huskies are on a 13-4 run and trail by four late in the second half against the Bulldogs in a battle for third place in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on ESPN.


Zags' McClellan goes around the world

Eric McClellan's nifty mid-air move left a UConn defender in the dust on this bucket. Gonzaga is up comfortably in the Battle 4 Atlantis 3rd-place game on ESPN.


Dranginis drains circus 3-pointer

Shots like this by Kyle Dranginis help explain how No. 10 Gonzaga has opened up a double-digit, second-half lead over No. 18 UConn in the Battle 4 Atlantis 3rd-place game on ESPN.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

2016 Orlando tournament announced: Gonzaga, Florida, Indiana State, Seton Hall, Miami (Fla.), Iowa State, Stanford and Quinnipiac.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

2016 Wooden Legacy announced: UCLA, Dayton, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Portland, Northridge, New Mexico and Virginia Tech,

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

2016 NIT announced: West Virginia, Illinois, Temple and Florida State

UConn rocks the rim, not the scoreboard

Steven Enoch put his athleticism on display with this thunderous slam in the first half vs. Gonzaga. But the Huskies trail by 16 in the Battle 4 Atlantis' 3rd-place game on ESPN.


espn @espn

It was quite a night for Michigan State basketball, and for these two: Denzel Valentine recorded his second triple-double and Tom Izzo won his 500th. [Credit: Alex Gallardo/AP Photo]

Gonzaga's Sabonis making early impact

Domantas Sabonis started on the bench, but he's playing like a starter as he leads the Zags with 6 points, including this pretty jumper. The Bulldogs are up 5 on UConn in the Battle 4 Atlantis 3rd-place game, which is live on ESPN.


Watch: Battle 4 Atlantis 3rd-place game

Many expected No. 18 UConn and No. 10 Gonzaga to meet in the final of the Battle 4 Atlantis, but losses Thursday forced them to settle for a chance at third today. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


ICYMI: Monmouth bench in tourney form

Monmouth earned its first ever win against an AP Top-25 team by upsetting No. 17 Notre Dame on Thanksgiving. Reactions like this show the Hawks are already ready for March Madness.


Valentine's triple-double helps Izzo win 500

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine got his second triple-double in nine days with this assist as the Spartans routed Boston College for head coach Tom Izzo's 500th victory.