Purdue didn’t fade down the stretch, taking down Vermont 80-70 and notching its first Big Dance victory since 2012.
No. 11 Xavier was too much for No. 6 Maryland, as the Terrapins fell 76-65 in its opening NCAA game. The Terrapins were fueled all season by junior point man Melo Trimble.
Bryant McIntosh was one of three Wildcats in double-figures, as NU overcame 55.6 percent shooting from the foul line to take this heart-stopping victory.
It's another No. 12 over a No. 5. Still, the future is bright for Richard Pitino’s program.
Coming off a second Big Ten championship in 2016 and third Sweet 16 entering this season, Tom Crean and Indiana had great expectations. But things got off to a promising start and ended Thursday with his dismissal.
It goes without saying that every school wants to have success in the NCAA tourney. It’s the ultimate measuring stick. And for Purdue, it has fallen short—badly—the last two years.
If one of the Big Ten's seven teams is going to reach the summit, a key player for each squad will need to step up. And, here is that key player, according to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.
Maryland suffered a lot of attrition after last season with the likes of Robert Carter Jr., Jake Layman, Rasheed Suliamon and Diamond Stone gone. Some may have even wondered if the Terps could make the Big Dance.
The Wildcats are the ultimate Cinderella in this year’s Big Dance, finally punching their ticket to the NCAA tourney for the first time ever. And Northwestern could win a game. It's a national story that has created a buzz, as NU is dancing just a few months after the Cubs ended a 108-year World Series win dry spell.
This is the most improved team in the nation, as Richard Pitino has enjoyed a breakout in his fourth season on the job going from 8-23 to 24-9. This isn’t a deep team, though. And depth took another hit in the Big Ten tourney when Akeem Springs suffered a season-ending injury.