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Dienhart: Maryland moves on to first Sweet 16 since 2003

It took a while, but No. 5 Maryland subdued pesky No. 13 seed Hawaii, using a balanced attack with four double-digit scorers and a strong defense to survive and advance. The Terps were too big and too talented for the Warriors, who toppled Cal to reach the second round after Maryland dumped South Dakota State in its opener. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] The Terps have never lost to a team seeded 13th or lower (12-0 all time). And the program is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since

Dienhart: Villanova runs past Iowa, 87-68, to advance to Sweet 16

There is no way to sugarcoat No. 7 Iowa’s 87-68 demolition at the hands of No. 2 Villanova in the second round of the NCAA tourney. It was through and utter domination. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Sometimes, a team is gonna have days like this. The Wildcats were just the better team … a WAY better team. This was Iowa’s worst NCAA loss since a 21-point defeat to Colorado in 1955. Much credit goes to the Wildcats, who at one time looked primed to be a No. 1 seed in

Rutgers to hire Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell as men's head coach

A new chapter in Rutgers basketball is about to begin with reports indicating the school will hire Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, per multiple reports on Saturday. Pikiell takes over for Eddie Jordan and will look to breathe life into what has been a moribund Scarlet Knights program that hasn’t reached the NCAA tourney since 1991 and hasn’t won an NCAA game since 1983.

NCAA Tournament recap: Michigan falls to Notre Dame

It looked like No. 11 Michigan was going to cruise to victory over No. 6 Notre Dame. The Wolverines looked dominant in the first half, taking a 41-29 lead with some sharpshooting and good transition offense. But the Irish stormed back in the second half, outscoring Michigan 41-22 to take a 70-63 decision. The Wolverines overcame a lot to get here, impressing in the Big Ten tourney with a win vs. No. 1 seed Indiana and then beating No. 11 Tulsa in a First Four game. A nice feat when you consider Michigan played most of the year with top

NCAA Tournament: Wisconsin holds off Pitt in opener

Clank! Clank! Clank! It wasn’t pretty. In fact, at times, it was downright ugly with a combined 66 missed shots doting the St. Louis skyline. But to No. 7 Wisconsin, its 47-43 win over No. 10 Pitt was a thing of beauty. Style points don’t matter in what was the third-lowest scoring NCAA game in the shot clock era, as the teams combined for just 90 points. Want more ugliness? This was the first time a team won an NCAA game by scoring fewer than 50 points since 2003. (The last team to score 47 points and win an NCAA

NCAA Tournament: Maryland tops South Dakota State

Maryland looked like it was going to cruise to victory over No. 12 South Dakota State. But the No. 5 Terrapins had to fight off a valiant comeback to subdue the Jackrabbits and win a first-round game, 79-74. Maryland led by 18 with 8:45 left in the game only to see South Dakota State fight back to be down by four with just over 30 seconds left in the game. Two other No. 5 seeds have lost, as Baylor fell to Yale and Purdue got clipped by Little Rock. But the Terps won’t gonna join that dubious list. Maryland had

Bracket buster: It's an early out for No. 2 seed Michigan State

This is why they call it March Madness, ladies and gentlemen. The mighty Michigan State Spartans have fallen to Middle Tennessee State, 90-81, in an epic No. 15 seed over No. 2 seed upset that will go down as one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tourney history. This was the eighth time a No. 15 beat a No. 2 in Big Dance annals and the first since 2013 when Florida Gulf Coast dumped Georgetown. Michigan State felt slighted on Selection Sunday when it was awarded a No. 2 seed instead of a No. 1 after winning the Big Ten

Big Ten links: Five men's teams tip off on Friday

Day 1 of the NCAA men's tournament is in the books and there are five more games ahead today. Let's touch on some basketball updates from Thursday and mix in a little football reading, too.

NCAA Tournament: Purdue drops opener to Little Rock

Purdue entered the NCAA tourney as a hot team, winners of six of seven before losing a hard-fought Big Ten title game to Michigan State. But that mojo didn’t continue in the Big Dance, as the No. 5 Boilermakers were stunned in double-overtime by No. 12 Little Rock. Little Rock is a well-coached team that plays tenacious defense and did a good job keeping Purdue’s big men in check. And it hit some big shots in outscoring Purdue 21-7 over the final five minutes of regulation on the way to an 85-83 double overtime win. Just like that, the Boilers’