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
“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
Ohio State won the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championship on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, capturing its first national title in school history.
Ohio State senior Logan Stieber accomplished something on Saturday night that had only been done three times in NCAA history. [ MORE: Ohio State claims program’s first NCAA championship ] With his victory in the 141-pound finals over Edinboro’s Mitchell Port, Stieber became the fourth wrestler to win four individual NCAA titles. Perhaps most impressive, Stieber is the first wrestler in the proud and dominant history of the Big Ten to accomplish the feat. He also finished his career on a 50-match winning streak, including a 29-0 record in 2014-15. It was a great few days in St. Louis for
Well, this was fun. Huge THANK YOU to all our fans and alums who came to Crisler tonight to cheer us on! #goblue pic.twitter.com/cERqolvyJo — Michigan Gymnastics (@umichwgym) March 22, 2015 Michigan earned the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday, securing its 21st overall and second consecutive title. The Wolverines tallied 197.825 points en route to the team title, followed by Illinois in second place with 197.350. Nebraska finished in third with 196.875 points, Penn State placed fourth with 196.725 and Iowa rounded out the top five with 196.500 points. Michigan’s Nicole Artz won the beam with
Ohio State senior Sam Thompson had a team-best 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as Arizona defeated OSU 73-58 in a third round NCAA Tournament game on Saturday. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction from the game. The star: This game was billed by some as a battle of freshman stars, with Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell taking on Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. But neither excelled. Russell—who had 28 points vs. VCU in OSU’s opening NCAA win–hit just 3-of-19 shots for nine points, but he did have seven rebounds and six assists. Johnson connected on only 1-of-12 shots for
Gabe York made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and second-seeded Arizona topped Ohio State, 73-58, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.
Three more Big Ten women’s basketball teams opened the NCAA tournament Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tournament bracket ] One day after Iowa advanced to the Round of 32, Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Maryland and Ohio State carded victories. The Terrapins rolled New Mexico State, 75-57, while Ohio State downed James Madison, 90-80, and Rutgers beat in-state rival Seton Hall, 79-66 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Use the links below to catch up on all of the day’s action: MARYLAND 75, NEW MEXICO STATE 57: BOX | AP RECAP
Ohio State clinched its first NCAA wrestling crown Saturday afternoon, and it did so while wearing late former teammate Kosta Karageorge’s initials on its singlet. [ MORE: View team standings entering Saturday night’s finals ] Karageorge, who was found dead on Nov. 30, 2014, the day after the Michigan-Ohio State game, wrestled for Ohio State for three seasons before joining the football team this past season. The Buckeyes also wore Karageorge’s “KK” initials on their left shoulder straps at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships earlier this month. What a great gesture and tribute. Not to be forgotten, the Ohio State
The Big Ten went 5-2 in its NCAA tournament opening games Thursday and Friday. The two losses were close ones, too, as Purdue lost by one in overtime to Cincinnati and Indiana fell by five to Wichita State. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] All in all, it was a strong opening effort by the Big Ten. Now, it’s time to see what the conference can do Round of 32 games. Before those games tip off, though, I wanted to highlight the Big Ten’s top individual performers from the opening round. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. The