CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- It didn't take long for Brad Underwood to set the foundation at Illinois. Thirty-nine days to be exact. The new Illini coach made his first splash when Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith announced his commitment Wednesday night.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Archie Miller left the Assembly Hall suite Tuesday, walked down a few steps and immediately started snapping cellphone photos of the empty arena. It gave Indiana's coach a clear perspective on his new job. Directly across from Miller were five NCAA championship banners hanging from the rafters. When he returned to the suite, he was surrounded by reminders from the Hoosiers' 1975-76 undefeated championship team.
DETROIT (AP) -- Little Caesars Arena is set for its college basketball debut, starting with Michigan facing Detroit followed by Michigan State playing Oakland on Dec. 16. The doubleheader in downtown Detroit, at the new home of the Red Wings and Pistons, was announced Tuesday. And, it might become an annual event.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Guard Thomas Allen of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and graduate transfer center Duby Okeke (DOO'-bee OKAY'-Kay) of Winthrop have signed basketball letters of intent with Nebraska. Coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday that both would join the program next season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Allen was a top-100 recruit by ESPN, Scout and Rivals, which all listed him as a four-star prospect.
Northwestern has agreed to a new contract with football coach Pat Fitzgerald that runs through the 2026 season, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because Northwestern planned to make a formal announcement on Tuesday.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers will dedicate its basketball court at the College Ave Gym on Saturday to former Scarlet Knights co-captain and school hall of famer Jim Valvano. The dedication at what's affectionately referred to as "The Barn" will take place on the university's annual Rutgers Day. Athletic Director Pat Hobbs says the university is proud to place Jimmy V's name on the court on which he competed and began his coaching career.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana coach Archie Miller has hired Clif Marshall as the Hoosiers' new director of athletic performance. Marshall comes to Bloomington after spending the past 10 years serving as performance director at Ignition Athletics Performance Group in Cincinnati. There, Marshall helped design strength and speed training programs for thousands of athletes including pro athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLS and Major League Baseball.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild got a break, and Charlie Coyle delivered. Coyle scored off a miscue by Jake Allen, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Wild stayed alive with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night. Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came almost two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Records show a former police officer whose fatal shooting of a black man sparked riots in Milwaukee last summer was the subject of at least half-a-dozen internal investigations, though all relatively minor. Milwaukee Police recently released the personnel file for Dominique Heaggan-Brown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana law allows someone to walk out of a convenience store and crack open a beer purchased there, but it can't be a cold one. Decades-old rules, closely guarded by elected officials who receive generous donations from the liquor store lobby, strictly manage who can sell "iced or cooled" beer for carryout.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Archie Miller's new coaching staff at Indiana will have a distinctively Dayton flavor. Miller has hired Bill Comar, the Flyers' former director of basketball operations, as assistant athletic director for basketball administration. Ben Sander, a former graduate assistant at Dayton, has been hired for a yet-to-be-announced administrative job. Last week, Miller hired Tom Ostrom, James "Bruiser" Flint and Ed Schilling as assistant coaches. Ostrom also worked for Miller at Dayton.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Miles Bridges, at the foot of Michigan State's Sparty statue, made an announcement that almost gave Tom Izzo tears of joy. "I got some unfinished business here," Bridges said . "I want to stay." And with that announcement, a sea of green-and-white clad students and fans roared because one the nation's top freshmen is coming back to lead a talent-laden team next season.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana high school star Sasha Stefanovic has signed a national letter-of-intent to play at Purdue. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior at Crown Point High School in the northwest corner of the state. He finished his career with a school record 1,385 points. Stefanovic was a third-team all-state selection and already has been named to the Indiana All-Star team.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jordan Hill is leaving Wisconsin after his junior season and plans to consider his options as a graduate transfer, leaving the team short another experienced player in the backcourt. Coach Greg Gard said Wednesday that Hill was granted his release from the program. Hill is scheduled to graduate in May. Hill averaged 9.9 minutes and 1.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- New Indiana coach Archie Miller may face a more daunting first season than even he expected. Four underclassmen, all potential starters next season, announced on Tuesday they will enter this year's NBA draft. OG Anunoby, who missed the final two months of last season with an injured knee, will hire an agent and will not return for his junior season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Steve Fisher will always be the "Michigan man" who was promoted to head coach on the eve of the 1989 NCAA Tournament and led the Wolverines to the national title. He coached the Fab Five. And then he went off and did something few people thought was possible. He put San Diego State on the college basketball map.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The attrition in the Nebraska basketball program continued Monday night, with forward Michael Jacobson becoming the fourth player since the end of the season to announce he would transfer. Jacobson's departure follows those of sophomore forward Ed Morrow Jr. two weeks ago. Both were projected starters for 2017-18. Promising freshman forward Jeriah Horne and junior guard Nick Fuller also have left.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Steve Fisher is retiring from a basketball coaching career that includes a national championship at Michigan, directing the Fab Five and then turning San Diego State from a laughingstock into a West Coast power. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Monday that Fisher, 72, is retiring after 18 seasons at SDSU. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Fisher's decision hasn't been announced by the school.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan standouts Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson are entering their names into the NBA draft without hiring agents. Wagner and Wilson announced their decisions via Twitter on Monday. By not hiring an agent, each retains the right to return to school. Wagner and Wilson helped the Wolverines to a Big Ten Tournament title and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance this past season.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- John Groce has built from the middle and bottom. At Akron, he's starting near the top. "I like the challenges," he said. After previous stops at Illinois and Ohio, Groce was introduced Thursday as the new coach at Akron, where he'll inherit a program that flourished over the past decade under Keith Dambrot.