This, ladies and gentlemen, is why they call it “March Madness.” Bless you, College Basketball gods. “I knew it was going in before it even left my hand. That’s a shot I practice a lot pregame,” Koenig said of his game-winner. “I just let it fly and I knew it was going in.” And this … “I just tried to channel my inner Steph Curry,” Koenig said, referring to the reigning NBA MVP. Mission accomplished. *** And how about Maryland? Yes, the Terps fell short of winning the Big Ten, as many pegged them to do so. But Maryland has
And just like that, Bronson Koenig has become part of March Madness lore with a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push No. 7 Wisconsin to a 66-63 win vs. No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] It has been an amazing run for the Badgers, who in early January were 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Moments earlier, Koenig drained a game-tying 3-pointer. Now, Wisconsin lives on after making it to the last two Final
Wisconsin fans still love Frank Kaminsky. And Kaminsky still loves Wisconsin. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] If there was ever any doubt about the latter, it was squashed by the 2015 national player of the year’s must-see reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night. The reaction was posted to Twitter (see the tweet above), and it was exactly what you’d expect from the always fun and entertaining Kaminsky. The video starts with Kaminsky getting up from his couch and squatting as the play develops and the shot
Celebrate, Wisconsin fans! The Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Sweet 16. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Seventh-seeded Wisconsin nipped second-seeded Xavier, 66-63, on Sunday night, thanks to Bronson Koegnig’s last-second heroics. On a play that will live on in March Madness lore, the junior point guard drilled an unforgettable game-wining buzzer-beating trey to help Wisconsin avoid overtime and advance to the East Region semifinals. Wisconsin will play sixth-seeded Notre Dame on Friday night. Watch Koenig’s dramatic buzzer-beater and Wisconsin’s celebration in the video above (here’s a cool angle of
It took a while, but No. 5 Maryland subdued pesky No. 13 seed Hawaii, using a balanced attack with four double-digit scorers and a strong defense to survive and advance. The Terps were too big and too talented for the Warriors, who toppled Cal to reach the second round after Maryland dumped South Dakota State in its opener. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] The Terps have never lost to a team seeded 13th or lower (12-0 all time). And the program is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since
There is no way to sugarcoat No. 7 Iowa’s 87-68 demolition at the hands of No. 2 Villanova in the second round of the NCAA tourney. It was through and utter domination. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Sometimes, a team is gonna have days like this. The Wildcats were just the better team … a WAY better team. This was Iowa’s worst NCAA loss since a 21-point defeat to Colorado in 1955. Much credit goes to the Wildcats, who at one time looked primed to be a No. 1 seed in
Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 point and 12 rebounds Sunday to help No. 2 seed Florida beat third-seeded Ohio State 74-66 in the second round of the NIT.
At 5-foot-9, A.J. Harris isn’t a regular when it comes to the highlight-reel dunk. But, as he proved Sunday afternoon, the Ohio State freshman sure is capable of doing so. Harris threw down a powerful one-handed posterizing dunk over 6-foot-9 Florida forward Kevarrius Hayes in Ohio State’s season-ending NIT defeat at Value City Arena. The highlight came in a loss, yes, however it’s worthy of recognition. “He’s 5-foot-9 and he dunked on the entire state of Florida!”‘ ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich said. Watch Harris’ posterizing slam in the tweet above. *** We’ve seen Harris flash his athleticism before.
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State). But no matter how far the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the conference go in the tourney (and even if they didn’t make it this season), their supporters can take pride in how people associated with those programs perform off the court. This round-up of LiveBIG stories with a b-ball bent shows off the Big Ten’s talent waaaayyyy beyond the arc: Quinn Buckner Helping Hoosiers
Current and former Indiana athletes took to Twitter to congratulate the Hoosiers on their win over Kentucky. Here is a look at the top tweets.