Pitching a no-hitter in Yankee Stadium, winning an Olympic gold medal game, and being named the nation’s top amateur athlete would all be great accomplishments on their own. Former University of Michigan pitcher Jim Abbott accomplished all three. And he did so despite being born without a right hand.
No one saw this coming. In fact, it was too easy for Wisconsin. And now, the Badgers are off to their first Elite Eight since 2005 after a resounding 69-52 2in over Baylor.
What does a star NFL quarterback do during the offseason? How about take in a Sweet 16 NCAA tournament game and celebrate with his team’s state school?
(AP) Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12).
Tom Izzo has Michigan State two wins away from another Final Four. The Spartans can get to Arlington, Texas, with victories over Virginia and either Iowa State-UConn this weekend in the East Region. With Izzo and his team in the spotlight, Steve Mariucci, one of Izzo’s best friends, decided to share an epic throwback photo of the two on Twitter. Thank you, Mooch!
Rutgers is taking its first steps toward its maiden Big Ten voyage this spring, as Kyle Flood works with his third team since taking over for Greg Schiano. Flood, who is 15-11 at Rutgers with two bowl bids, has talent to work with coming off a 6-7 season and a loss to Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. But he also has areas of concern. Among them:
Six swimmers and both relays scored points to lead the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team to a fourth-place standing after the first day of the NCAA Championships on Thursday (March 27) inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Nine points separated the top three teams, led by Texas (146 points), California (145 points) and Florida (137 points).