Photo Essays

The 17 Worst Mascots of March Madness

Mascots are supposed to bring luck and rouse competitive energy for the team that they represent—usually, they range from ferocious animals to warriors who...

LIFE Shoots Old-School College Hoops

The college experience — the fads; the controversies; the ever-changing expectations of students, parents and faculty members; and especially the sports — that...

Courting Eighth-Graders

College basketball programs are recruiting kids at increasing younger ages. A gallery of some of the sport's future stars.

Sailors' Day Off

Picnics. Swimming. Basketball. Tricycle races. These are just some of the activities of the sailors and soldiers on the aircraft carrier USS TheodoreRoosevelt,...

China's Hoop Dreams

Thanks to the international success of players like Yao Ming, street basketball has taken off in urban ChinaPhotographs for TIME by Daniele Dainelli / Contrasto...

John 3:16 in Pop Culture

Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow wears the famous verse on his eye black during the 2009 NCAA championship game, tapping into a long history of Biblical...