CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,
His name is Gregg Anthony. No, not the former UNLV star, not even close. This Gregg is the one who is responsible for escorting Wisconsin players and head coach Bo Ryan from event to event.
INDIANAPOLIS — Early on, it seemed, Michigan State couldn’t miss. And, as he’s done so many times this season, junior captain Denzel Valentine was leading the way. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Michigan State-Duke reaction ] The Spartans started 5-of-7 from the field, including three Valentine triples, to jump out to a 14-6 lead in the opening 3:41 of Saturday night’s Final Four matchup vs. the No. 1-seeded Duke Blue Devils. But then, in an instant, everything changed. Duke came roaring back behind a suffocating defense and Jahlil Okafor, arguably the most offensively-skilled freshman big man college basketball has seen
For the second time this season, Duke got the best of Michigan State, this time claiming an 81-61 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction below. The star: For Duke, it was freshman forward Justise Winslow, who hit 5-of-7 shots (9-of-11 free throws) for 19 points. He also had nine boards. Denzel Valentine was the star for Michigan State, leading all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also had a game 11 rebounds. But he didn’t
Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead top-seeded Duke to an 81-61 victory over Michigan State on Saturday and into the national championship game.
Michigan State’s jerseys all featured this year’s Final Four logo, above the Nike swoosh, at the start of Saturday night’s national semifinal vs. Duke. [ MORE: Gallery: See our favorite Michigan State-Duke photos ] Throughout the course of the game, however, the patch came off several players’ jerseys, including stars Branden Dawson, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine’s. Duke’s jerseys did not have the same problem. Below, take a look at Dawson and Trice with the Final Four patch and without, courtesy of USA Today Sports.
We pulled the best photos from the Michigan State-DukeFinal Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday. Have a look at some really great photography. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.
For the first time since 1941, Wisconsin will play for the national title. The Badgers ended No. 1 overall seed Kentucky’s pursuit of perfection in a thrilling 71-64 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the other national semi, Duke ran away from Michigan State, 81-61. Wisconsin, which lost to Kentucky in last year’s national semis, will take on Duke at 9:18 p.m. ET Monday. Use the links below to track tonight’s action: DUKE 81, MICHIGAN STATE 61: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to
There's Wisconsin's senior quartet led by Frank Kaminsky. There's Michigan State's Travis Trice-Branden Dawson duo. No question, the Big Ten's Final Four teams are led by their four-year players.
National championships, multiple Final Four appearances, impressive won-loss records year after year. Whatever your criteria for deciding the best of the coaches, this year's Final Four group has it.