A.J. Hammons scored a team-high 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as Cincinnati snapped the Boilermakers’ 14-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament openers with a 66-65 win Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: A.J. Hammons played well, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. The junior hit 7-of-10 shots. At that rate, he should have been fed the ball more often. He only shot four free throws. Instead, Purdue time and again curiously tossed up 3-pointers despite showing no
Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell is one of the most exciting players in college basketball. The Buckeyes’ fantastic freshman put on a show again on Thursday, this time on the biggest stage of his young, college basketball career. Russell scored a game-high 28 points in the Buckeyes’ 75-72 win over VCU, which puts him No. 1 on Ohio State’s all-time freshman scoring list. It also marked the third highest point total by a Big Ten freshman in NCAA Tournament history. But as good as Russell’s scoring numbers were on Thursday, it was a play with just over a minute remaining
D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 28 points as No. 10-seeded Ohio State beat seventh-seeded VCU 75-72 in overtime in a NCAA Tournament opener. Here is an instant reaction on the game from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart. The star: D’Angelo Russell played as good as advertised, scoring 28 points in the overtime win vs. VCU. Russell hit 10-of-20 shots and had six rebounds. Ohio State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before making a 16-5 run to cut VCU’s lead to 30-29 at intermission. Russell and the Buckeyes eventually got a handle on the Rams’
It is no secret that this year’s Wisconsin men’s basketball team is a fun group of individuals. Whether it’s playing video games, or having ping pong tournaments, the Badgers love to have a good time. Need proof? Check out this video above, which shows the Badgers going go kart racing to the theme of the popular Nintendo game, Mario Kart. In the end, it’s redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who wins the race. “I have a lot of experience on the go kart track,” Showalter says as he’s interviewed by teammate Frank Kaminsky. “Every summer I go out and train,
There were two Big Ten teams involved in NCAA Tournament games on Thursday, and both contests were decided in overtime.
The Big Ten has seven teams in the Big Dance and is in search of its first national title since 2000. But Kentucky is the obvious talk of the tourney, as it aims for perfection. Good video here from FOX Sports that looks at two schools with the best shot to derail the Wildcats. Oh, there’s a Big Ten connection, as one of those clubs is … Wisconsin. *** USA Today looked at basketball recruiting spending for each Big Ten school. This is always interesting to see which schools are getting the most bang for their buck. Take a gander
When it comes to picking a team outside of Kentucky to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin has been a popular choice across the nation. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Well, according to the President’s bracket, that’s not the case. As he’s done for each of the past six years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket in a recent ESPN special, and selected Kentucky to win it all. Obama has Wisconsin and Maryland as the only Big Ten teams to advance to the Sweet 16, with the Terps losing in the round of
Can you feel it? March Madness is here, and the field of 64 is set to begin on Thursday. A total of seven Big Ten teams are set to partake in this year’s NCAA Tournament, which marks the seventh straight year the Big Ten has had five or more teams in the tournament. Wisconsin received the conference’s automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue received at-large berths in the “Big Dance.” But here’s an interesting question: Is your favorite Big Ten hoops team the same as others in your
If you’re someone who keeps up with today’s technology trends, you are well aware of the use of emojis. The fun-filled faces are often used for text messaging, but that isn’t the only use. The Washington Post recently designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, and it is awesome. Here is a graphic that includes all seven Big Ten teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Check it out. What do you think of your Big Ten team’s emoji?
It's that special time of the year... The NCAA Tournament has arrived.