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.
It’s not the Sweet 16 without Michigan State, right? The Spartans took down Virginia on Sunday for the second time in as many seasons to advance to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 and the seventh in the last eight years. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan State’s win over Virginia below. [ MORE: Check out all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Travis Trice was ultra-clutch in this one, hitting 7-of-15 shots (4-of-8 from 3-point land) for a game-high 23 points. The 6-0 senior also had three assists, as No. 7 Michigan State knocked out No. 2
There was a full slate of Big Ten softball games Sunday, and there was some history made. Michigan coach Carol Hutchins became the third coach to reach the 1,400-win mark in No. 4 Michigan’s 20-0 run-rule victory at rival Ohio State. Catch up on all of Sunday’s Big Ten softball action below. Minnesota 3, Illinois 2 The No. 15 Minnesota softball team extended its school-record win streak to 13 games with a 3-2 win over Illinois at Eichelberger Field in Urbana, Ill. Sunday afternoon. Read full recap. Rutgers 10, Indiana 6 The Rutgers softball team recorded a 10-6 victory over
Big Ten regular season and postseason champion Minnesota is the lone Big Ten men’s hockey team to make the NCAA field, it was announced Sunday. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tournament bracket ] The Gophers, who won the Big Ten tournament title Saturday night to claim the Big Ten’s automatic berth, open the tourney vs. Minnesota-Duluth at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPNU. Should Minnesota win, it would face the Boston University-Yale winner for a berth in the Frozen Four. This marks Minnesota’s fourth consecutive NCAA tourney appearance and the 36th in program history.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. One majored in social sciences and Middle Eastern/North African studies. The other graduated with a degree in English. But when University of Michigan alums Noah Link and Alex Bryan went “out there” to find their future, they took an unexpected path. “‘Let’s start a farm,’” Link recalled saying. “I think I’m the one who said it first, but it seemed like a natural idea.”