#GOPHERS WIN! #GWH pic.twitter.com/iE78MqeTRW — Minnesota W Hockey (@GopherWHockey) March 19, 2016 Sarah Potomak scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Minnesota a 3-2 win over rival Wisconsin. The goal sends the Golden Gophers to their fifth-straight national championship game at the Whittemore Center Arena Friday night. [ MORE: NCAA.com women’s hockey bracket ] Potomak’s game-winner came at the 15:00 mark of overtime when she picked off a Badger defenseman in the UW zone and fired it past Badger netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens to seal the 3-2 win. Minnesota (34-4-1) received goals from Taylor Williamson and Amanda Kessel during regulation. Lee
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team posted a perfect Friday night at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York’s Madison Square Garden and finds itself on the brink of yet another NCAA National Championship. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad was unbeaten in five national semifinal bouts as well as consolation action in session four of the three-day event. Penn State’s five semifinalists roared through the session perfectly, going 5-0 with a pin and a tech fall while the Nittany Lions picked up a sixth All-American with a perfect run through consolation action. The Nittany Lions lead the team
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
The second day of the Big Ten Hockey Tournament is in the books.
No one said it was going to be easy for Iowa – and it wasn’t. But it sure has to feel good for a program to win an opening NCAA game after the Hawkeyes wheezed across the finish line, going 2-6 in their last eight games and getting dumped by Illinois in the Big Ten tourney game. In short, the Hawkeyes fought through it. No. 7 Iowa can thank big Adam Woodbury, who caught an air ball by Mike Gesell and put the errant shot off the glass and into the hoop as time expired for a 72-70 win in
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
Aerial Powers scored 27 points, Jasmine Hines added 24 and fourth-seeded Michigan State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 13 seed Belmont 74-60 on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Later, No. 3 seed Ohio State handled No. 14 seed Buffalo, 88-69. Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points for the Buckeyes. [ MORE: Big Ten women’s scoreboard | NCAA women’s scoreboard | NCAA.com interactive bracket | BTN YouTube videos | Big Ten women’s hoops on Twitter] On Saturday, it’s No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2),
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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.