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Chicago Bulls DeMar DeRozan shoots past Milwaukee Bucks Jrue Holiday during the second half of Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff basketball game April 17 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Matchups heat up in first round of NBA playoffs

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | April 19, 2022

It’s been a wild first few days of NBA Playoff basketball. With so many matchups to keep track of, you can quickly miss out on important details and narratives hidden within all the games. Thankfully, I’m here to keep you up to speed with what...

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updating NBA award predictions in the season’s second half

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 4, 2022

The 2021-22 NBA season is past the halfway mark and there are about 20 games left till the playoffs start in April. There have been a lot of surprising players this year, such as Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, Cavaliers guard Darius Garland and San Antonio...

Kobe Bryants death reminds us all what really matters

Kobe Bryant’s death reminds us all what really matters

By James Krause | January 30, 2020

DeKALB — It was nearly two years ago that I was sitting in my dorm room when I first experienced one of those calls that changes your life forever. My mom told me that my uncle had suddenly died of a heart attack. I spent the next week flying out...

FILE - In this June 7, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Huskies remember Kobe “the Mamba” Bryant

By Jarrett Huff | January 29, 2020

DeKALB — Kobe Bryant impacted an entire generation. While he was trying to “be like Mike,” the kids watching were trying to be like Kobe. Some of those kids have continued to play the game he loved beyond their childhood years, and Bryant remains...

Hong Kong strife hits close to home

By Anthony Parlogean | October 15, 2019

Students on campus should be empathetic toward the plight of Hong Kong protesters because government interference in individual liberties is a growing concern for Americans as well.The demonstrations among Hong Kong citizens that started back in April...

Huff’s Hoops: Overseas teams could struggle in NBA

By Jarrett Huff | September 20, 2019

DeKALB — NBA basketball has become a global phenomenon, sprouting international fan bases since the United States Men’s Basketball Team took the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona by storm.The amount of talent coming from overseas to the league is...

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NBA sends out tampering memo

By Maddie Barrett | January 2, 2019

After Lakers forward LeBron James made public comments about how ‘amazing’ it would be to play alongside New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis, the NBA decided they’ve had enough.Davis has been discussed frequently in recent months due to the...

Q & A with Head Basketball Coach Montgomery

Q & A with Head Basketball Coach Montgomery

By Khobi Price | December 29, 2018

The men’s basketball team will match up against No. 8 Michigan State Spartans 1 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan in a contest that will be the Huskies’ final non-conference game of the 2018-19 season and serve as a homecoming for Head Coach...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018 file photo New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) shoots a free throw in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Cousins will be ready to play at some point this season. And when he is, the two-time defending NBA champions will be waiting. Adding a fifth All-Star to their already glitzy lineup, the Golden State Warriors have come to terms with Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal _ not the biggest money move on Day 2 of the NBA Free Agency period, but the most intriguing. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, file)

Warriors acquire DeMarcus Cousins

By Michael Urbanec | July 9, 2018

The NBA was blindsided when four time all star and two time All-NBA selection DeMarcus Cousins signed a one year, $5.3M deal with the defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors.Cousins suffered an achilles tear at the end of December that will presumably...

James Harden named NBA MVP

By by Michael Urbanec | July 2, 2018

After the long wait between the NBA Finals and the NBA Awards Show, a Most Valuable Player has finally been named.Houston Rockets guard James Harden won the MVP award over New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis and Cleveland Cavaliers forward...

Second NBA Awards Show predictions

By Tom Burton | June 25, 2018

The 2017-18 NBA season came to an end June 8 as the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win its second consecutive NBA Finals. However, one event remains before the 2018-19 campaign can officially get underway.The league will host its...

The Cleveland Cavaliers have one more move to make

By Khobi Price | September 27, 2017

The trade that sent guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first round pick sent shockwaves through the NBA universe....

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