The Boston Celtics handed Butler University’s Brad Stevens his first coaching assignment in the National Basketball Association a week after agreeing to let Doc Rivers leave for the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Big East Conference reached an exit agreement with St. John’s University and six other schools whose top sports program is men’s basketball, clearing the way for them to start a new league and take the conference name next season.
Freshman Brandon Knight hit a 15-foot jump shot with 5.4 seconds remaining as the University of Kentucky knocked off overall top seed Ohio State University 62-60 in the regional semifinals of the men’s college basketball tournament.
Butler University, Creighton University and Xavier University joined the new Big East Conference, filling out a 10-school league that also completed a 12-year television package to air games on Fox Sports’ emerging network.
Susan Romano read her son Zach’s financial-aid letter from Drexel University, and her eyes jumped to the line highlighted in yellow: “$13,442 expected payment” for the first year at the $63,000-a-year school.
Duke University’s reign as national champion ended with a 93-77 loss to the University of Arizona that left coach Mike Krzyzewski stuck on 900 wins, two short of tying the men’s major college basketball career mark.
Jim Calhoun has retired after 26 years as men’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, where he won three national championships and built one of the most successful programs in college sports over 26 years.