Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Maryland is off to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] The top-seeded Terrapins, who have won their last 26 games, handed No. 8 seed Princeton its first loss of the season Monday night to advance to the Spokane Region semifinals vs. longtime ACC rival Duke. In other NCAA women’s tourney action, North Carolina eliminated Ohio State, 86-84, with a buzzer-beater and No. 1 overall seed UConn ousted Rutgers, 91-55. Use the links below to catch up on the Big Ten action. MARYLAND
So, it sounds like Michigan's Legends Jerseys, a staple under Brady Hoke, are no more. pic.twitter.com/FZ5eNryUzJ — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 23, 2015 Pretty much any time a new coach is hired, fans should expect some kind of cosmetic changes, big or small. For example, Michigan introduced the Legends Jerseys, which honored Michigan legends, during the Brady Hoke tenure in Ann Arbor. There was Devin Gardner, who went from No. 12 to No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon, and there was Devin Funchess, who went from No. 19 to No. 87 – before becoming No. 1 in his last season
Tom Izzo and Michigan State are off to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight years. But, could this be Izzo's best coaching job?
D’Angelo Russell’s shot failed him at the wrong time in Ohio State’s loss to Arizona in the third-round of the NCAA tourney. Now, the world watches and wonders: Will the freshman sensation turn pro? Russell’s response: No comment. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com says that though Russell won’t come out and admit it, it’s hard to envision a world where he would not declare for the NBA Draft considering he’s widely regarded as a top-five pick. But, maybe Russell will shock everyone and return. Maybe not. *** Indiana is out of the NCAA tourney after just one game. No big shock. Now,
“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