Howland, 57, coached at UCLA for 10 years, leading the Bruins to three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008. But the team never made it past the second round of the
Howland takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired Saturday after three losing seasons. Ray had a 37-60 overall record, including a 15-44 mark against Southeastern Conference competition.
Virginia's Bennett honored
Virginia Coach Tony Bennett was named coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Assn.
Bennett guided Virginia to a 30-4 record, including a 28-2 mark in the regular season. The award is based on the regular season. The top-seeded Cavaliers lost to Michigan State on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Bennett also won the award at
TV ratings soar
The opening weekend of the NCAA tournament drew the highest ratings in 22 years for
The four days of the men's tournament through Sunday also had the highest overnight ratings for CBS Sports and Turner Sports, averaging a 6.7/14. Those numbers are the best since the tournament expanded to its current television format in 1991. The overnight rating increased 6% from 2014.