“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” As the quotes above show, Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II, was (as most great leaders are) both a remarkable rhetorician and an exceptional motivator of people. The fact that his speeches and writings are still cited so often by other leaders demonstrates how lasting his legacy is. His legacy is felt in academia as
Everyone loves a fun read, right? We have one here, as we look at the top player, top sign and top tweet, among other things, from the Big Ten's Round of 32 NCAA tourney games.
Sixteen teams remain, and Michigan State and Wisconsin are two of them following Sunday’s NCAA regional quarterfinals. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tourney coverage ] The seventh-seeded Spartans eliminated No. 2 Virginia for the second straight season to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year, while the top-seeded Badgers ousted No. 8 Oregon for the second straight season to move on to their fourth regional semifinal in the last five years. Iowa and Maryland lost their regional quarterfinals, falling to Gonzaga (87-68) and West Virginia (69-59), respectively. Catch up all of Sunday’s NCAA tournament action
Rival West Virginia eliminated Maryland, 69-59, from the NCAA tournament Sunday night. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Maryland’s loss below. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: West Virginia’s Devin Williams was a force, notching a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of four Mountaineers in double-figures. The stat: 23, Maryland’s turnovers. Enough said. Dez Wells really struggled, committing eight turnovers in a rough senior send-off that saw him score just nine points and foul out. Wells’ lay-up at the 11:35 mark in the second half made it 47-46 WVU.
Bo Ryan and Wisconsin are getting used to these Sweet 16 berths. The Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, in Sunday night’s West Region quarterfinals to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win over Oregon below. [ MORE: Check out our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Joseph Young, Oregon. Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin attack, but the Pac-12 Player of the Year had 30 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. The rest of the Ducks had 35 points.
Fran McCaffery and Iowa ran into the wrong team on the wrong night. Gonzaga shot 62 percent en route to rolling Iowa, 87-68, in the West Region quarterfinals Sunday night in Seattle, Washington. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Iowa’s NCAA tourney loss below. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer was the man. He hit 10-of-12 shots (4-of-6 3-pointers) to finish with a game-high 24 points, nailing his first six shots. He was one of four Zags in double-figures. Kevin Pangos had 16, Gary Bell, Jr., 10 and Domantas Sabonis also
Jarrod Uthoff gave Iowa fans something to cheer about in the first half vs. Gonzaga on Sunday night. The junior forward did it by soaring for a poster dunk that seemed to excite the pro-Gonzaga faithful in Seattle, Washington. Uthoff, from just beyond the 3-point line, gave an eyebrow fake to get past his defender, drove the lane and elevated for the right-handed dunk. Unable to stop his momentum after the flush, Uthoff finished on the floor. He didn’t stick the landing, but it was still a fantastic flush. “Uthoff coming with the heat!” play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes said of
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team defeated Harvard University, 4-1, to earn its sixth national championship in front of a sold-out crowd at Ridder Arena Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: Minnesota men make NCAA tournament field ] Big Ten schools have now claimed five national titles so far this academic year, including championships for Michigan State women’s cross country, Minnesota women’s ice hockey, Ohio State football and wrestling and Penn State women’s volleyball. Megan Wolfe put the Gophers up 1-0 late in the first period. Junior Hannah Brandt and seniors Meghan Lorence and Rachael Bona scored in the final minutes
No. 14 Maryland is adjusting to Big Ten baseball just fine, thank you. The Terrapins took down Minnesota, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon to sweep their first Big Ten series. Catch up on all of Sunday’s Big Ten baseball action below. USF 8, Illinois 5 No. 18 Illinois battled back from a 5-1 deficit to send the finale with USF to extra innings, but came up short in the 10th, 8-5, to prevent a series sweep Sunday. Read full recap. Indiana 5, Penn State 4 (12) No. 21 Indiana opened Big Ten play with a win for the fifth consecutive year,
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder won't have to listen to any more talk about her inability to reach the Sweet 16. Fifteen years after starting at Iowa, Bluder is finally headed to a regional semifinal.