(AP) Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead Minnesota to an 81-73 win Tuesday night over Southern Mississippi and a spot in the NIT semifinals. Hollins, playing in his school-record 139th game, scored 12 straight points in a span of 1:42 to erase an eight-point first-half deficit. He made all 10 of his foul shots, including six straight in the final 48.1 to hold off the Golden Eagles, who had closed to within 78-73.
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The NCAA tourney is down to the Sweet 16. No. 2 Michigan will battle No. 11 Tennessee; No. 2 Wisconsin will battle No. 6 Baylor; No. 4 Michigan State will take on No. 1 Virginia. Here are 16 fun numbers to keep in mind while watching the upcoming action.
One night after two Big Ten women’s team were ousted from the NCAA tourney, Penn State punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 in a convincing 83-61 victory Tuesday over Florida. Iowa and Michigan State weren’t as fortunate, though, as they were eliminated by Louisville and North Carolina, respectively. That leaves the Lady Lions as the last of five Big Ten teams standing. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post.
The college basketball season is coming to a close and the NBA draft is fast approaching. As is this case every year around this time, Big Ten players are busy announcing their future plans, whether it be a jump to the pros or a transfer. Get caught up on all the decisions in this post.
Three Big Ten teams are one weekend, or two wins, away from advancing to the 2014 Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The court is ready for the event, and there’s a great time-lapse video of its construction, courtesy of Connor Sports. See the court that Big Ten teams hope they will be playing on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, in this post.
As every college basketball fan knows, 16 teams remain in the NCAA tournament. Here’s something every fan probably doesn’t know: Nine of the teams are led by a head coach with ties to the Big Ten. Yes, nine of the remaining 16 head coaches have spent time on a Big Ten bench in some capacity. See the full list in this post.
BTN basketball play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton, also the voice of the Cleveland Indians, had a special moment Monday afternoon. At the ballpark as a fan, for a change, Hamilton watched his son, Nick, Cleveland’s 35th pick in the 2012 MLB amateur draft, get his first career MLB at-bat. It was a proud moment for dad, obviously, and cameras even caught him tearing up. Nick, the former Kent State star, grounded out to second and finished the day 0-for-4.