It was an incredible Big Ten debut for Maryland,which finished second en route to punching its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. The Terrapins, the No. 4 seed in the Midwest, open the tourney Thursday vs. No. 13 Valparaiso, one of five Indiana teams in the region. Get my Maryland NCAA capsule below. NO. 4 MARYLAND VS. No. 13 Valparaiso, Thursday, Louisville Mark Turgeon NCAA record: 5-5. Last tourney appearance: 2010, lost to Michigan State in second round Best-case scenario: Sweet 16. Enough with the belly-aching about the No. 4 seed. Yes, Maryland was jobbed and deserved a No. 3
Michigan State is back in the NCAA tournament for the 18th straight season, tying the Big Ten record (Indiana, 1986-2003). Tom Izzo and the Spartans, the No. 7 seed in the East, draw No. 10 Georgia in their opening game Friday. Get my Michigan State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 10 Georgia, Friday, Charlotte Tom Izzo NCAA record: 42-16. Won national title in 2000; reached Final Four in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to eventual national champ UConn in regional final Best-case scenario: Final Four. The Spartans arrive on
This week's cover: @BadgerMBB's Frank the Tank http://t.co/qt6HgDaeTj pic.twitter.com/avdIYDgiqx — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 17, 2015 Add Sports Illustrated cover boy to Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky’s growing list of recent accolades. [ MORE: Read our Frank Kaminksy feature ] Kaminsky, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is featured on the cover of this week’s March Madness-centric edition. The photo features Kaminksy, standing in snow, with a tank behind him, a play on his “Frank the Tank” nickname. Wisconsin, the Big Ten regular season and postseason champ, earned its first No. 1 seed
For the first time since 2005-06, Iowa has made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, open the tournament Friday vs. No. 10 Davidson. Get my Iowa NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 IOWA vs. No. 10 Davidson, Friday, Seattle Fran McCaffery NCAA record: 2-6. Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Tennessee in opening round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. Iowa arrived in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney as one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of six in a row. Alas, the Hawkeyes stumbled, losing their opening matchup to
Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as
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One of the Big Ten’s NCAA tournament regulars is back at it again in 2015. Ohio State is in its seventh straight NCAA tourney, which marks a program record. Ohio State, the No. 10 seed in the West Region, face recent Cinderella and No. 7 VCU on Thursday. Get my Ohio State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 10 OHIO STATE vs. No. 7 VCU, Thursday, Portland Thad Matta NCAA record: 23-12. Reached Final Four in 2007 and 2012 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Dayton in first round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. The Buckeyes are an NCAA regular, making their seventh
It was a fantastic turnaround season for Matt Painter and Purdue in 2014-15. One year after finishing in the Big Ten basement, the Boilermakers went 12-6 in conference, tied for third place. Purdue’s reward? A grueling NCAA tournament draw as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. Win the first game against Cincinnati, and Purdue draws top overall seed and undefeated Kentucky. Get my Purdue NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 9 PURDUE VS. No. 8 Cincinnati, Thursday, Louisville Matt Painter NCAA record: 8-7. Reached Sweet 16 in 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2012, lost to Kansas in second round
Like many people, when Iowa saw Davidson as its opening game in the NCAA tournament, it thought about Steph Curry. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament ] Curry, of course, starred at Davidson from 2006-09 before becoming one of the best players in the NBA. @uiowa, the official Twitter handle of the University of Iowa, decided to have some fun with @DavidsonCollege after seeing the draw. The two had a quick Twitter exchange, and @warriors, the official account of the Golden State Warriors, even joined in on the fun. Iowa and Davidson face off at 7:20 p.m.