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.
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
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
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
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
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.
The No. 5 Hoosiers put their Big Ten tourney flop in the rear-view mirror with a resounding win vs. No. 12 Chattanooga, 99-74.
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’
After Michigan's First Four win, more Big Ten men's teams take the NCAA stage today and tomorrow. Can Purdue make a run? What about Indiana? Plus, we've got a smattering of Big Ten football updates, too. Read Thursday's news digest now.
Michigan would not be denied, roaring back for a 67-62 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday.