Melo Trimble and Dez Wells each scored 14 points as Maryland held off Valparaiso 65-62 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction. The star: Melo Trimble was outstanding, registering a double-double. The freshman point man had 14 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing three assists and two steals. The stat: All season long, the Terrapins thrived at the free-throw line. And that continued today. Maryland hit 18-of-24 shots from the charity stripe (75.0 percent). Conversely, Valpo hit just 10-of-18 free-throw attempts (55.6 percent). And that negated the
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 24 points, but it was not enough as Wichita State defeated Indiana 81-76 in a second round NCAA Tournament matchup on Friday. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Yogi Ferrell did his part, notching 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4-of-6 from 3-point land) with three assists. But it wasn’t enough for the Hoosiers to get by No. 7 Wichita State, as Shockers point man Fred VanVleet was better than Ferrell with a career-high 27 points. The stat: The Hoosiers were sloppy with the ball, losing the turnover battle 13-7. The Shockers were
[tweet https://twitter.com/marchmadness/status/578989433099149312] Michigan State did it again and won their opening game of the NCAA tournament by answering a late push from Georgia. The Spartans improved to 24-11. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Travis Trice did his stuff with 15 points and six assists. Denzel Valentine had 16 points, six boards and six assists. And Branden Dawson finished with 14 points—all in the second half—with seven boards. But let’s give this honor to reserve guard Bryn Forbes, who hit 5-of-8 shots (3-of-6 from 3-point land) to finish with 14 points. The stat: Georgia beat
Ready for Day Two of the Big Dance after a dizzying opening salvo that included upsets and drama galore? The Big Ten went 1-1, with Ohio State winning in OT and Purdue losing a crusher in OT. Today, five Big Ten teams are up, led by No. 1 seed Wisconsin. SBNation.com lays out how the Badgers will win the national title. Hey, you’ve got to like Wisconsin’s chances. Let’s look at a bunch of Friday morning headlines in this post. Big game for Indiana today. BIG game. The Hoosiers open NCAA play vs. a very good Wichita State team. Will
A.J. Hammons scored a team-high 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as Cincinnati snapped the Boilermakers’ 14-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament openers with a 66-65 win Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: A.J. Hammons played well, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. The junior hit 7-of-10 shots. At that rate, he should have been fed the ball more often. He only shot four free throws. Instead, Purdue time and again curiously tossed up 3-pointers despite showing no
D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 28 points as No. 10-seeded Ohio State beat seventh-seeded VCU 75-72 in overtime in a NCAA Tournament opener. Here is an instant reaction on the game from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart. The star: D’Angelo Russell played as good as advertised, scoring 28 points in the overtime win vs. VCU. Russell hit 10-of-20 shots and had six rebounds. Ohio State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before making a 16-5 run to cut VCU’s lead to 30-29 at intermission. Russell and the Buckeyes eventually got a handle on the Rams’
The Big Ten has seven teams in the Big Dance and is in search of its first national title since 2000. But Kentucky is the obvious talk of the tourney, as it aims for perfection. Good video here from FOX Sports that looks at two schools with the best shot to derail the Wildcats. Oh, there’s a Big Ten connection, as one of those clubs is … Wisconsin. *** USA Today looked at basketball recruiting spending for each Big Ten school. This is always interesting to see which schools are getting the most bang for their buck. Take a gander
It's that special time of the year... The NCAA Tournament has arrived.
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we look at Illinois' first-round knockout in the NIT. Plus, what's the status of Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson? And did you see this great list of ten top NCAA tourney videos? Get caught up on this morning's Big Ten headlines.
A season after a memorable Final Four run, Wisconsin is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Like last season, the Badgers are in the West Region, and they could meet a couple of the same foes (Oregon and Arizona) on their way to another Final Four. Get my Wisconsin NCAA tourney capsule below. No. 1 WISCONSIN vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina, Friday, Omaha, Neb. Bo Ryan NCAA record: 20-13. Made Final Four in 2014 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Kentucky in Final Four Best-case scenario: National championship. The Badgers already have a program record-tying