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(AP) Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title.
Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals saw their season come to an end last weekend with a 74-69 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Therefore, Pitino got the chance to take in tonight’s NIT Championship game between Minnesota and SMU. Of course, Pitino’s son, Richard, is the head coach of the Gophers.
Wisconsin reserve Zach Bohannon is taking advantage of his first trip to the Final Four. The senior spent Thursday walking around AT&T Stadium taking selfies of himself with each Final Four coach and other familiar faces. See Bohannon’s picture of him with Florida’s Billy Donovan UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari and, of course, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan in this post.
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As the lone Big Ten team still standing, Wisconsin has finally broken through for its first Final Four under Bo Ryan. Can the Badgers keep it going? We’ll find out Saturday night as Wisconsin will take on Kentucky in a national semifinal.
Ohio State senior Aaron Craft was named the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. The defensive-minded Craft, who has been a menace to opposing Big Ten teams throughout his four-year career, leaves Ohio State as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in steals with 337.
(AP) The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Ohio State’s Aaron Craft as the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year in Division I. The organization made the announcement Thursday.
The Lansing Lugnuts topped Michigan State, 3-2, in the eighth annual Crosstown Showdown on a cold Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. The Spartans pulled within a run twice in the exhibition game, but were unable to tie it up.