U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2019 BEST WRITING CONTEST
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1. Chris Heady, Omaha World-Herald: Memories from a Nebraska basketball writer's first season on the job.
2. Paul Woody, Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia's Kyle Guy made three free throws, under unbelievable pressure, to send his team to the national title game.
3. Patrick Borzi, MinnPost.com: Is it still OK for coaches to scream at kids? When Michigan State coach Tom Izzo went after one of his players publically, it became a national conversation.
4. David Teel, Newport News Daily Press: Virginia's run to the national championship was the direct opposite of chill. Their journey was one fo terror, chest pains and considerable bourbon consumption.
5. John Akers, Basketball Times: His ratings performance index lasted four decades, and came under waves of criticism. Jim Van Valkenburg only intended to get the discussion started.

1. Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer: If the shoe splits, repair it. Zion Williamson's sneaker came apart. And it became an event that revealed how money, basketball, colleges and sneakers are all tied together.
2. John Feinstein, Washington Post: How extraordinary was Virginia's title run?
3. Jesse Newell, The Kansas City Star: Kansas' streak of 14-straight Big 12 championships came to an end in an unlikely way.
4. Chris Heady, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska hits rock bottom.
5. Mitchell Northam, NCAA.com: Freshman Nalyssa Smith comes off the bench to help Baylor win the championship.

1. Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports: Wiretap reveals LSU coach Will Wade discussed recruiting offer with hoops scandal middleman. Selections from extensive coverage of the federal investigations
that impacted college athletics.
2. Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer-Press: View from Final Four's worst seats. An interesting look at the fans who choose the nosebleed seats.
3. John Akers, Basketball Times: A look at the 1968-69 season. Was the season as special as we remember?
4. Andrea Adelson, ESPN.com: From coaching women to coaching men. A women's coach makes the rare move to the men's game.
5. Steve Wiseman, Raleigh News & Observer: Marvin Bagley III zigzagged his way to Duke ... A look at the complex relationships that can cloud the college game.

1. David Woods, Indianapolis Star: Five years after a staph infection threatened his life, Butler's Sean McDermott continues his long road back with his mother, who faced her own challenge.
2. Patrick Borzi, The New York Times: Marquette's Markus Howard changes the picture of mental health counseling.
3. John Feinstein, Washington Post: Sixteen years after he retired, Jim Phelan is 90 and still living in rural Maryland and the Basketball Hall of Fame still hasn't come calling.
4. Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer: Inside the Zion Williamson tornado.
5. Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News: Duke owes Zion Williamson. Williamson also owes Duke.

1. Dan Greene, Sports Illustrated: It had to be Penny. Penny Hardaway became the head coach at University of Memphis and the fan base went wild. What happens next? The story of Hardaway and Memphis is complicated. This story unties the knot.
2. Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse's Howard Washington reveals a chilling story. The writer is here, but makes the wise choice to remain offstage.
3. Rob Dauster, NBC Sports: It's OK to not be OK. The under-reported subject of mental wellness in college basketball.
4. Mitchell Northam, SB Nation/Mid-Major Madness: Campbell is one of the most fun shows ... What's happening at Campbell, where the Camels, led by Chris Clemons, are fun to watch.
5. Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Requiem for the Old School ACC tournament. A warm look back to the days when classes were stopped to watch the ACC tournament.

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