D’Angelo Russell’s shot failed him at the wrong time in Ohio State’s loss to Arizona in the third-round of the NCAA tourney. Now, the world watches and wonders: Will the freshman sensation turn pro? Russell’s response: No comment. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com says that though Russell won’t come out and admit it, it’s hard to envision a world where he would not declare for the NBA Draft considering he’s widely regarded as a top-five pick. But, maybe Russell will shock everyone and return. Maybe not. *** Indiana is out of the NCAA tourney after just one game. No big shock. Now,
Rival West Virginia eliminated Maryland, 69-59, from the NCAA tournament Sunday night. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Maryland’s loss below. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: West Virginia’s Devin Williams was a force, notching a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of four Mountaineers in double-figures. The stat: 23, Maryland’s turnovers. Enough said. Dez Wells really struggled, committing eight turnovers in a rough senior send-off that saw him score just nine points and foul out. Wells’ lay-up at the 11:35 mark in the second half made it 47-46 WVU.
Bo Ryan and Wisconsin are getting used to these Sweet 16 berths. The Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, in Sunday night’s West Region quarterfinals to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win over Oregon below. [ MORE: Check out our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Joseph Young, Oregon. Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin attack, but the Pac-12 Player of the Year had 30 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. The rest of the Ducks had 35 points.
Fran McCaffery and Iowa ran into the wrong team on the wrong night. Gonzaga shot 62 percent en route to rolling Iowa, 87-68, in the West Region quarterfinals Sunday night in Seattle, Washington. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Iowa’s NCAA tourney loss below. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer was the man. He hit 10-of-12 shots (4-of-6 3-pointers) to finish with a game-high 24 points, nailing his first six shots. He was one of four Zags in double-figures. Kevin Pangos had 16, Gary Bell, Jr., 10 and Domantas Sabonis also
It’s not the Sweet 16 without Michigan State, right? The Spartans took down Virginia on Sunday for the second time in as many seasons to advance to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 and the seventh in the last eight years. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan State’s win over Virginia below. [ MORE: Check out all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Travis Trice was ultra-clutch in this one, hitting 7-of-15 shots (4-of-8 from 3-point land) for a game-high 23 points. The 6-0 senior also had three assists, as No. 7 Michigan State knocked out No. 2
Ohio State senior Sam Thompson had a team-best 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as Arizona defeated OSU 73-58 in a third round NCAA Tournament game on Saturday. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction from the game. The star: This game was billed by some as a battle of freshman stars, with Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell taking on Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. But neither excelled. Russell—who had 28 points vs. VCU in OSU’s opening NCAA win–hit just 3-of-19 shots for nine points, but he did have seven rebounds and six assists. Johnson connected on only 1-of-12 shots for
It was a solid two days for Big Ten basketball fans, as the conference went 5-2 in opening-round NCAA tourney games. See Tom Dienhart's best of the opening round inside.
Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational. The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the
Aaron White finished with 26 points as Iowa cruised to an impressive 83-52 victory over Davidson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides his instant reaction here. The star: Aaron White looked like Larry Bird, doing seemingly anything he wanted vs. a mismatched Davidson squad that had absolutely no answer for the 6-9 senior. White hit 11-of-14 shots for 26 points. He also had six rebounds with two assists. Bottle and save this one, Aaron. The stat: The Hawkeyes dominated every aspect of this game. Iowa shot an impressive 50.7 percent from the
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