It was a solid two days for Big Ten basketball fans, as the conference went 5-2 in opening-round NCAA tourney games. See Tom Dienhart's best of the opening round inside.
It’s a great time to be a college hockey fan in the state of Minnesota. The top-seeded Minnesota women’s hockey team advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA championship game with a 3-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday night at Ridder Arena. Juniors Hannah Brandt and Maryanne Menefee recorded three points each to lead the Gophers (33-3-4). Junior goalie Amanda Leveille had 34 saves in the win. The Gophers face No. 3 seed Harvard (26-5-3) in the national championship game at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday. Read the complete recap at gophersports.com.
Ohio State sits in first place heading into the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Buckeyes currently have 86.5 points after Friday’s action, 13.5 points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State is in sixth place with 68 points, while Michigan (51), Minnesota (49) and Nebraska (49) round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. The Buckeyes got a huge boost on Friday evening with victories from Nathan Tomasello (125), Logan Stieber (141) and Kyle Snyder (197). Iowa sophomore Cory Clark recorded a 7-5 win over Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon to advance to the
Four women’s teams opened in the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament on Friday, highlighted by Iowa’s 75-67 win over American. In other action, Northwestern fell to Arkansas, 57-55, Nebraska lost a close one to Syracuse, 72-69, and Minnesota lost to DePaul, 79-72. Ohio State, Rutgers and Maryland all play Saturday (see the full Saturday scoreboard). Here’s the Big ten women’s scoreboard, and here’s the overall women’s bracket. ARKANSAS 57, NORTHWESTERN 55: BOX | RECAP Ashley Deary and Alex Cohen each had 13 points for No. 7 seed Northwestern (23-9), which was in its first NCAA Tournament since 1997. IOWA 75, AMERICAN
Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational. The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the
Aaron White finished with 26 points as Iowa cruised to an impressive 83-52 victory over Davidson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides his instant reaction here. The star: Aaron White looked like Larry Bird, doing seemingly anything he wanted vs. a mismatched Davidson squad that had absolutely no answer for the 6-9 senior. White hit 11-of-14 shots for 26 points. He also had six rebounds with two assists. Bottle and save this one, Aaron. The stat: The Hawkeyes dominated every aspect of this game. Iowa shot an impressive 50.7 percent from the
Melo Trimble and Dez Wells each scored 14 points as Maryland held off Valparaiso 65-62 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction. The star: Melo Trimble was outstanding, registering a double-double. The freshman point man had 14 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing three assists and two steals. The stat: All season long, the Terrapins thrived at the free-throw line. And that continued today. Maryland hit 18-of-24 shots from the charity stripe (75.0 percent). Conversely, Valpo hit just 10-of-18 free-throw attempts (55.6 percent). And that negated the
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 24 points, but it was not enough as Wichita State defeated Indiana 81-76 in a second round NCAA Tournament matchup on Friday. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Yogi Ferrell did his part, notching 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4-of-6 from 3-point land) with three assists. But it wasn’t enough for the Hoosiers to get by No. 7 Wichita State, as Shockers point man Fred VanVleet was better than Ferrell with a career-high 27 points. The stat: The Hoosiers were sloppy with the ball, losing the turnover battle 13-7. The Shockers were
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[tweet https://twitter.com/marchmadness/status/578989433099149312] Michigan State did it again and won their opening game of the NCAA tournament by answering a late push from Georgia. The Spartans improved to 24-11. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Travis Trice did his stuff with 15 points and six assists. Denzel Valentine had 16 points, six boards and six assists. And Branden Dawson finished with 14 points—all in the second half—with seven boards. But let’s give this honor to reserve guard Bryn Forbes, who hit 5-of-8 shots (3-of-6 from 3-point land) to finish with 14 points. The stat: Georgia beat