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Many experts thought VCU’s “Havoc” defense would give Michigan fits. Not so much. The Wolverines, despite committing 12 turnovers, steamrolled the previous Cinderella program, 78-53, en route to becoming the first team to advance to the Sweet 16.
Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through VCU’s vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994.
Paced by a program-record 49.725 on vault, the No. 9 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team captured its third consecutive conference crown – the last two coming in the Big Ten – Saturday night at the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships.
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The NCAA women’s tourney tipped off Saturday, and the Big Ten went 2-0 on the opening day. Michigan State opened up the Big Ten slate by taking down upset-minded Marist, 55-47, while Nebraska ran away from Chattanooga, 73-59. Jump inside for recaps and stats.
The Gophers often found easy access to the rim, hitting 50 percent of their shots. And Minnesota was on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 9-of-16 (56 percent). No doubt, UCLA missed injured star freshman Jordan Adams, as the Bruins had a short rotation. Still, Minnesota deserves credit.
Roy Devyn Marble scored 28 points to help Iowa hold off Stony Brook 75-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NIT. Aaron White added 13 points and seven rebounds for Iowa (23-12), which advances to quarterfinal matchup against the winner of Sunday’s game between Virginia and St. John’s. The Hawkeyes have won nine of their last 12 games.
Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a game that could be Bruins freshman Shabazz Muhammad’s last in college and coach Ben Howland’s final one leading the program.