Basketball News


September 28th, 2019 - 2008-2009 is here!
The season flip is complete! You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday - be prepared!

September 27th, 2019 - Hardwood welcomes Austria!
Today we welcome Austria to the game. They are the 46th country to participate in Hardwood.

September 24th, 2019 - 2008 Final Four
The final four is here at last. Four teams remain, three from the top conference. In the first semi-final game, we have the Francis Marion Patriots (I.1, 37-11, TPI 162.5) vs. the Villanova Wildcats (I.1, 29-19, TPI 161.7). The Wildcats are only a #16 seed, but are also on a ten game winning streak that includes prevailing in the I.1 playoff tournament. In the other game, we have the twice runner-up Butler Bulldogs (I.1, 34-12, TPI 156.8) vs. the 2004 national champion St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans (II.2, 31-14, TPI 161.4). Good luck to all!

September 20th, 2019 - More prospect interest levels for your recruiting…
Today we made a change whereby your recruits will display ten distinct interest levels for your program whereas only the previous three levels will still be displayed for other schools.

September 4th, 2019 - Changes to star ratings…
This was discussed on the forum a bit, but we will start adjusting the star ratings of prospects to be based more on both current and potential skills, rather than before where it was based predominately on potential. As such, we’ll see some shifting in ratings especially for prospects that have mis-matched current and future potential. However, this is just a recruiting evaluating adjustment – the players and their actual on-the-court performance will be completely unaffected.

August 3rd, 2019 - 2007-2008 is here!
The season flip is complete! You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday - be prepared!

August 3rd, 2019 - Hardwood welcomes Montenegro!
Today we officially welcome Montenegro into the game. They are the 45th country to participate in Hardwood. We are still trying to locate Montenegro on the map.

August 3rd, 2019 - Recruit throttling of younger prospects…
As if there weren’t enough things to complain about in recruiting, this season well be implementing a mild form of recruiting throttle (contacts become less effective after a while) for younger recruits. In other words, pouring 50 points into that 14-year old high school freshman prospect, wouldn’t get you as far. Enjoy!

August 1st, 2019 - Pioneers prevail - Cal State East Bay captures title!
In the battle of the 6th seeds, CSU-East Bay downed the Butler Bulldogs in an exciting 2 point game. At half time, the Pioneers has a 2-point lead and managed to play Butler even in the 2nd half for the win. With 28 seconds left, the game was tied 78-78. East Bay brought the ball up and worked through their half court offense before passing it to Rodrick Atkinson in the paint for the winning score. Atkinson was the player of the game with 13 points (6-7 shooting) & 13 rebounds. Everett Hannon was the top scorer with 22 points and four 3-pointers. Congratulations to Onsilas and the Cal State East Bay!

Also, congratulations to TackoGOATFall with the West Texas A&M Buffaloes and the Christian Brothers Buccaneers for their division 2 and 3 titles!

July 30th, 2019 - 2007 Final Four
The final four is here again – only four teams remain and none of them top seeds. In the first semi-final game, we have the Butler Bulldogs (I.1, 32-15, TPI 152.7) vs. the cinderella Florida State Seminoles (IV.7, 37-10, TPI 155.9). In the other game, we have the Cal State East Bay Pioneers (III.2, 39-7, TPI 161.3) vs. the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (III.4, 38-8, TPI 155.0). A new champion will be crowned -- good luck to all!

July 22nd, 2019 - Conference Playoff Bracket View
Click on the bracket icon on the conference page and you can view your conference playoff bracket!

June 7th, 2019 - 2006-2007 is here!
The season flip is complete! You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday - so be ready!

June 7th, 2019 - Hardwood welcomes Panama!
Today we officially welcome Panama into the game. New prospects from the Central American country are now available for recruiting.

June 6th, 2019 - Ivy League miracle - Columbia wins national title!
Despite trailing by five at half-time, Columbia managed a second half turnaround and defeated the Sooners by seven. The Lions got a strong overall team performance with six players in double figures. Their wings were accurate from beyond the arc with a 7-16 performance and power forward Ernie Thorn was the player of the game with 18 points, 13 rebounds and perfect shooting. Almost more impressive is the Lions combined 3.86 GPA – stay in school kids! Congrats to g10rsh and the Columbia Lions on their first national title!

Also, congratulations to Giannicab with the Texas Southern Tigers and lostraven with the Simpson Storm for their division 2 and 3 titles!

June 4th, 2019 - 2006 Final Four
The final four is here – only four teams still remain in the hunt for the national title. In the first semi-final game, we have Villanova Wildcats (I.1, 33-13, TPI 153.5) vs. Columbia Lions (IV.1, 44-4, TPI 164.1). In the other game, we have Oklahoma Sooners (II.1, 38-8, TPI 160.1) vs. Louisville Cardinals (III.3, 40-7, TPI 142.5). Somebody will be bringing home their first title. Good luck to all!

May 17th, 2019 - Hardwood now listed on Online Sport Managers!
Hardwood is now listed on the game rating site Online Sport Managers. If you please, your vote would be helpful, especially since we are new to the site and don't have an established score yet. Thank you!

April 13th, 2019 - Hardwood welcomes Egypt!
Today we officially welcome Egypt into the game. New prospects from the Nile country are now available for recruiting.

April 13th, 2019 - 2005-2006 is here!
The season flip is complete, and we are entering our sixth season. You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday and the regular season will begin the following Thursday.

April 11th, 2019 - Virtual Redemption –Texas Tech wins the national title!
Texas Texas may have been fallen to Virginia in finale in Minneapolis, but here in Hardwood, their dreams can still come true. Tech managed an exciting 91-89 victory over consensus #1 overall Vanderbilt. Tech got 18 points off the bench from Brock Pryor and 15 assists from player of the game Willard Lloyd. Vanderbilt had a last second 3-point attempt by Ryan Kaufman to win it, but it bounced off the rim as the clock expired. Congratulations to Lee and the Texas Tech Red Raiders!

Also winning titles were the Southern Vermont Mountaineers from division 2 and the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos from division 3. Congratulations to silentcal and oreohowell as well for their titles!

FYI…end of the season processing and the flip will start Friday afternoon (Pacific Time), so please have red shirt selections made, rivalry games setup and recruiting points spent.

April 9th, 2019 - 2005 Final Four
Four teams remain in the national title quest – three #1 seeds and one Cinderella team (although with an impressive TPI). In the first bracket, we have the Fordham (31-14) vs. the top team in 2005, Vanderbilt (44-3). The other bracket features two #1 seeds – Mississippi (44-4) vs. Texas Tech (44-4). All four teams are have TPI’s north of 145 and it should be a very competitive conclusion to the season!

March 9th, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time
Just a note because the time is changing tonight in most of the United States. The server and therefore Broken Bat will be running on PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) starting Sunday. So for those of you not on daylight saving time, your games will be starting an hour earlier. Thank you Benjamin Franklin!

February 18th, 2019 - Please use caution when opening overhead bins, as items may have shifted during the flight
There was a process that didn’t complete during the season flip and some teams didn’t have their recruiting portfolios re-adjusted according to changes in coaches, conference levels, playing time etc. We have re-run this process, so you may notice that some of your recruits interest levels have shifted.

February 15th, 2019 - Hardwood welcomes Finland & Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Today we officially welcome Finland & Bosnia and Herzegovina into the game. New prospects from these two countries are now available for recruiting.

February 15th, 2019 - 2004-2005 is here!
The season flip is complete, and we are entering our fifth season (most/all of the players on teams are recruited players now). You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday and the regular season will begin the following Thursday.

February 14th, 2019 - By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in "basketball" endowments - St. Thomas Aquinas wins national title!
After trailing at half-time, the St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans stormed back with 66 points in the second half to comfortably defeat the Bulter Bullldogs and win the national title. The Spartans were led by Doug "Saint" Price who sunk seven 3-pointers and scored 34 points. Center Oliver Blanchard also pilled in 30 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for the Spartans. The real story of the game was the referees, which called a combined 64 fouls and disqualified six players (including the entire Bulldog starting front court).

Congratulations for Hodge_17 and St. Thomas Aquinas on their national title win! Also congratulations to the Miles Golden Bears and the Georgia College Bobcats winners of the division 2 and 3 tournaments.

February 12th, 2019 - 2004 Final Four
Only four teams remain in the national title hunt and thankfully they are all managed teams. In the first bracket, we have the battle of two #1 seeds – Butler vs. Wisconsin. In the other bracket, we have the battle of the underdogs - #13 Valparaiso Crusaders vs. #8 St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans. All four teams are pretty stacked with talent so it should be an exciting Final Four. Good luck to all!

February 10th, 2019 - Dunk City!
Made some improvements to the game engine (mostly cosmetic) and there are now more dunks and paths to generate dunks.

December 21st, 2018 - Hardwood welcomes Czech Republic & Georgia!
Today we officially welcome Czech Republic and Georgia into the game. New prospects from these two countries are now available for recruiting.

December 21st, 2018 - 2003-2004 is here!
The season flip is complete, and we are entering our fourth season. You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday and the regular season will begin the following Thursday.

December 20th, 2018 - The Devils Win!
In the National Championship game, it was one bot versus one human. Lucky for our species the humans prevailed with the ASU Sun Devils defeating the Guilford Quakers. ASU was led by Dax Powers who had 28 points on 11 for 18 shooting. Also big was player of the game Bennie Moffitt who hauled in 14 rebounds, scored 12 points and blocked two shots. Congratulations to Pig_Cola and the Arizona State Sun Devils!

Also winning titles were the Belmont Abbey Crusaders from division 2 and the North Central Rams from division 3.

December 18th, 2018 - Final Four
As the third season comes to a close, there are only four teams remaining in the national title chase and only one managed team! In one game, we have #2 seed Tulsa versus #5 seed Arizona State (our last chance for humanity - good luck Pig_Cola!). In the other game we have #3 seed Guilford (the giant slayer that took down North Carolina) and the #16 seed St. Marys (the Cinderalla team). Good luck to all!

December 15th, 2018 - The end of the season almost here...
Please make sure you've done three things...

1. Made your red shirt selections
2. Spent your recruiting points (all carry over points above 10 will will be halved for next season)
3. Setup your rivalry games for next season.

November 23rd, 2018 - User Defined Nicknames
Starting at six months tenure, team will be able to give their players user defined nickname. It may require you to login again for this to be active.

November 22nd, 2018 - Chat with Discord
We now have a Hardwood channel on Discord. You can access it easily by clicking the Chat link on the left side navigation panel. Lots of people already on the channel, so join today!

November 1st, 2018 - Fall Back
Just a quick note because some of our European managers have already had the Fall time change. In the states, the time change is scheduled for Saturday, so we’ll be "falling back" and catching up with those European countries.

October 26th, 2018 - Hardwood welcomes Latvia & Sweden!
Today we officially welcome Latvia and Sweden into the game. New prospects from these two countries are now available for recruiting.

October 26th, 2018 - 2002-2003 is here!
The season flip is complete, and we are entering our third season. You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans. Exhibition games will start on Monday and the regular season will begin the following Thursday.

October 25th, 2018 - Year of the Bot!
In the National Championship game, two bots squared off for the title. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the St. Edwards Hilltoppers in an exciting 85-82 contest. Ian Hickey was named player of the game with 24 points on 8 for 13 shooting. Also winning titles were the Transylvania Pioneers from division 2 and the Wesley Wolverines from division 3. Congrats to all the bot managed champions, I guess the AI isn’t too bad.

October 23rd, 2018 - Final Four
As the season comes to a close, there are but four teams remaining in the national title hunt. In our season 2 Final Four, we have lost all the #1 seeds but have two powerful #2 seeds taking on quality opponents. On one side, we have the #3 St. Edwards Hilltoppers (IV.8) vs. #2 Missouri Tigers (II.1). On the other, we have #2 Hartford Hawks (IV.2) vs. #5 Northern Colorado Bears (IV.3). Three bots and a managed team. Who will prevail – man or machine? Good luck to all!

August 31st, 2018 - 2001-2002 is here!
The season flip is complete, and we are entering our second season. You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans and hiring & firing your head coach. Exhibition games will start on Monday and the regular season will begin the following Thursday. We’re up to 173 managed teams, so good growth through the inaugural season.

August 30th, 2018 - Beavers take a bite out of the Gators!
Oregon State defeated the Florida Gators to win the first national championship! The Beavers were led by POTG Jay Bridges who scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds in route to an 87-71 victory. Congrats to diegodamers and the Oregon State Beavers.

Also, congratulations to the Southeast Louisiana Lions Division 2 Champions and the Emerson Lions and Floyd32 Division 3 Champions!

August 28th, 2018 - First Final Four
The first season of Hardwood is rolling to a close, but some of the most exciting basketball is still yet to be played. In our inaugural Final Four, we have two great match-ups: #14 Florida Gators (II.2) vs. #8 Illinois-Chicago Flames (IV.6) and #1 Oregon State Beavers (III.1) vs. #3 USC Upstate Spartans (IV.2). One side of the bracket looks like the Caldarella’s while the other side is home to the favorites. Good luck to all!

Also, please note that with the season coming to an end, you need to spend all your recruiting points and double-check that the red-shirt Game Management Option is selected for players who might qualify (and you want an extra year from).

July 4th, 2018 - 3…2…1…Blast off!
The reset is complete and we are officially launched. You can start recruiting, setting your depth chart & game plans and hiring & firing your head coach. Exhibition games (which don’t count) will start on Monday and the regular season will begin the following Thursday. We’re launching with 110 managed teams (way more than when Broken Bat launched) and the top two conference levels are almost completely filled. Enjoy!

July 1st, 2018 - Sign up now!
Ahead of the July 4th launch, we are now opening sign-ups to everyone. Please use the Register for a team! link to sign up.

July 1st, 2018 - Launch coming July 4th…
We are planning to officially launch on Wednesday and start playing for real. Ahead of this we have opened up sign-up to everyone. On Wednesday, we’ll restart the game and first games should begin the following Monday. Please note, all play-testers will continue to manage their current teams…although they will be returned to their original conference.

June 13th, 2018 - Version 1 of the Shot Chart is now available!
Version 1 of the Shot Chart is now available...there are still some issues, but you can access it on the icons on the right side of the box score.

June 10th, 2018 - 2006 is here!
Exhibition games start on Monday...please adjust your depth charts as some players have graduated and new prospects have arrived.

June 9th, 2018 - End of the season acceleration underway...
End of the season acceleration underway...2005 will be in the books soon. Hopefully we can start the new season with the new season schedule next week.

June 6th, 2018 - End of the season acceleration
Planning on accelerating the end of the season so we can pick up new season schedule ASAP. Please comment in the Discussion forum if you like or dislike the idea. Thanks.

March 30th, 2018 - Virtual March Madness!
The three tournaments are now seeded and if you made it, you should now have your first round game scheduled. Please see the forum and report any issues related to the tournaments.

March 11th, 2018 - NCAA Tournament
Discuss the NCAA tournament in the forum: NCAA Tournament

February 7th, 2018 - Play Testing Focus
Thanks everyone for signing up for play testing. In the forum, please check out the thread: Questions for play testers? The focus going forward is really to flush out issues in the basic game. I know everyone thinks they can design the perfect basketball game, but we’ve spent roughly a year to get to this point – we need to push out the basic game and then we’ll fold in an upgraded recruiting model or an advanced training model etc.

February 1st, 2018 - Play Testing Begins!
A limited number of teams are being allocated for play testing to flush out bugs and optimize user interfaces. This will probably last for a number of months at which time we expect to reset the game and all teams will start from scratch.

December 2nd, 2017 - More progress…
Version 1 of the game engine is almost complete. We have successfully simulated a full season of the game on the live server and hundreds of seasons offline. The next big step is to start to build the user controls that will allow teams to be managed by humans rather than bots.

July 31st, 2017 - Progress Update…
Many of the simulation functions are now running. Bots are now recruiting players, setting depth charts & simple game plans and games are being simulated with a very limited game engine. Still a lot to do including adding mechanisms for users to manage teams and lots of game engine improvements.

March 15th, 2017 - Hardwood create!
Hardwood classic was created today.