A Referee Pursues Her Calling in the Men’s Game

COMPTON, Calif. — There are nearly 900 officials working in the top tier of men’s college basketball, keeping order at thousands of games. They wear black-and-white striped shirts and try to keep a low profile. Last season, only one of them was a woman. Her name is Crystal Hogan, and…

A Referee Pursues Her Calling in the Men’s Game

COMPTON, Calif. — There are nearly 900 officials working in the top tier of men’s college basketball, keeping order at thousands of games. They wear black-and-white striped shirts and try to keep a low profile. Last season, only one of them was a woman. Her name is Crystal Hogan, and…

Some College Basketball Teams Begin With a New Feeling of Emptiness

PORTLAND, Ore. — At the revamped athletic offices in Matthew Knight Arena, a trophy case has a small platform that has deliberately been left empty as one tribute to a celebration that never happened. Would the Oregon Ducks — who were ranked No. 2 nationally and had the star guard…

Some College Basketball Teams Begin With a New Feeling of Emptiness

PORTLAND, Ore. — At the revamped athletic offices in Matthew Knight Arena, a trophy case has a small platform that has deliberately been left empty as one tribute to a celebration that never happened. Would the Oregon Ducks — who were ranked No. 2 nationally and had the star guard…

College Basketball Is Starting. Some Coaches Are Openly Asking Why.

In non-pandemic times, the men’s college basketball season would announce its arrival by poking up from under the college football blanket with familiar look-at-me events — a Madison Square Garden doubleheader here, a Maui Invitational there. This year is understandably quite different. The tub-thumping games will be in a Connecticut…

N.C.A.A. to Host Men’s Basketball Tournament in One City for 2021

The N.C.A.A. will consolidate its usually sprawling men’s college basketball tournament to a single city in 2021 instead of holding the games at 13 sites across the United States, in hopes of limiting travel during the pandemic. The N.C.A.A. announced Monday that it was in preliminary talks with local and…

N.C.A.A. to Host Men’s Basketball Tournament in One City for 2021

The N.C.A.A. will consolidate its usually sprawling men’s college basketball tournament to a single city in 2021 instead of holding the games at 13 sites across the United States, in hopes of limiting travel during the pandemic. The N.C.A.A. announced Monday that it was in preliminary talks with local and…

Amid a Local Outbreak, a Historically Black University Cancels Basketball Season

The women’s basketball team at Bethune-Cookman University conducted an ordinary practice on Monday morning. The coaches spent time reviewing the fundamentals of the pack-line defense, testing the players’ knowledge of different sets. They proceeded with a lengthy scrimmage. As it turned out, the practice will be the team’s last for…

Amid a Local Outbreak, a Historically Black University Cancels Basketball Season

The women’s basketball team at Bethune-Cookman University conducted an ordinary practice on Monday morning. The coaches spent time reviewing the fundamentals of the pack-line defense, testing the players’ knowledge of different sets. They proceeded with a lengthy scrimmage. As it turned out, the practice will be the team’s last for…