Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft, set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff looks like a top-10 pick, joining fellow ex-Hawkeye blockers Riley Reiff and Bryan Bulaga as first-round picks in the last 10 years. (Robert Gallery was a first-rounder in 2004.) Defensive tackle Carl Davis also should be a hot commodity. And look for offensive tackle Andrew Donnal and defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat likely to go
(AP) Sune Agbuke had plenty of time to embrace her role as a rebounder and shot-blocking specialist for Baylor. The senior picked her final NCAA Tournament to have the scoring performance of her collegiate career. Agbuke, who entered Friday with a season average of 5.9 points per game, scored a career-high 23 as the No. 2 seed Lady Bears (33-3) rolled to an 81-66 win over third-seeded Iowa on Friday night. The win moves Baylor into the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years, where it will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday with a chance to reach
The court that this year’s Final Four will be played on is ready at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Will a Big Ten team be playing on that court on April 4? That is the million dollar question as the Sweet 16 round concludes tonight with both Wisconsin and Michigan State still playing for a spot in the Final Four. The Badgers defeated North Carolina last night and will advance to play Arizona in the Elite Eight. Michigan State is set to play Oklahoma tonight in a Sweet 16 matchup. The official NCAA March Madness Twitter feed, @marchmadness, posted an
This is a great time of year, with March Madness in full swing and spring football rolling. So, it’s a good time to reach into my mail bag. Here we go! Do you think Michigan State can win the national title? – Richard Cobb You have to like the Spartans’ chances to at least reach the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Tom Izzo’s team is playing well, winning six of its last seven games. And the lone loss was an overtime defeat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship tilt. Michigan State is deep and motivated. If
Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock won’t be back with the Hawkeyes. The 6-3, 208-pound senior will be immediately eligible wherever he lands after he graduates in the spring. Speculation surrounding Rudock transferring had been growing since Kirk Ferentz announced that C.J. Beathard would be the No. 1 quarterback when spring drills opened. Rudock will have one season of eligibility left, and there are rumors that he has already visited Michigan. With Rudock gone, the backup quarterback spot will become a situation to watch. Redshirt freshman Tyler Wiegers is slated to be the No. 2 man. Behind him would be incoming freshmen
The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Iowa will play host to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Preliminary sessions begin at 11 a.m. CT each day, with nightly finals slated for 7 p.m. This year’s championships will feature 54 Big Ten student-athletes from nine different schools. Big Ten institutions have won 487 individual titles, including a conference-leading 167 crowns from Michigan student-athletes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the top 25 of the latest national polls. Michigan appears at No. 5, followed by No.
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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
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