Three Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action today in the NCAA Tournament, while Michigan took on Bucknell in a WNIT contest. Purdue and Maryland took the floor first on Saturday afternoon. The Terps cruised to an impressive 74-58 victory over Iona, while Purdue fell to Oklahoma, 61-45. Indiana closed out the night with a 62-58 win over Georgia, marking its first NCAA tourney victory since 1983. Michigan got a commanding 95-72 win over Bucknell in WNIT action. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten women’s basketball action. Maryland 74, Iona 58: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, and
A new chapter in Rutgers basketball is about to begin with reports indicating the school will hire Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, per multiple reports on Saturday. Pikiell takes over for Eddie Jordan and will look to breathe life into what has been a moribund Scarlet Knights program that hasn’t reached the NCAA tourney since 1991 and hasn’t won an NCAA game since 1983.
It looked like No. 11 Michigan was going to cruise to victory over No. 6 Notre Dame. The Wolverines looked dominant in the first half, taking a 41-29 lead with some sharpshooting and good transition offense. But the Irish stormed back in the second half, outscoring Michigan 41-22 to take a 70-63 decision. The Wolverines overcame a lot to get here, impressing in the Big Ten tourney with a win vs. No. 1 seed Indiana and then beating No. 11 Tulsa in a First Four game. A nice feat when you consider Michigan played most of the year with top
Clank! Clank! Clank! It wasn’t pretty. In fact, at times, it was downright ugly with a combined 66 missed shots doting the St. Louis skyline. But to No. 7 Wisconsin, its 47-43 win over No. 10 Pitt was a thing of beauty. Style points don’t matter in what was the third-lowest scoring NCAA game in the shot clock era, as the teams combined for just 90 points. Want more ugliness? This was the first time a team won an NCAA game by scoring fewer than 50 points since 2003. (The last team to score 47 points and win an NCAA
Maryland looked like it was going to cruise to victory over No. 12 South Dakota State. But the No. 5 Terrapins had to fight off a valiant comeback to subdue the Jackrabbits and win a first-round game, 79-74. Maryland led by 18 with 8:45 left in the game only to see South Dakota State fight back to be down by four with just over 30 seconds left in the game. Two other No. 5 seeds have lost, as Baylor fell to Yale and Purdue got clipped by Little Rock. But the Terps won’t gonna join that dubious list. Maryland had
No one said it was going to be easy for Iowa – and it wasn’t. But it sure has to feel good for a program to win an opening NCAA game after the Hawkeyes wheezed across the finish line, going 2-6 in their last eight games and getting dumped by Illinois in the Big Ten tourney game. In short, the Hawkeyes fought through it. No. 7 Iowa can thank big Adam Woodbury, who caught an air ball by Mike Gesell and put the errant shot off the glass and into the hoop as time expired for a 72-70 win in
This is why they call it March Madness, ladies and gentlemen. The mighty Michigan State Spartans have fallen to Middle Tennessee State, 90-81, in an epic No. 15 seed over No. 2 seed upset that will go down as one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tourney history. This was the eighth time a No. 15 beat a No. 2 in Big Dance annals and the first since 2013 when Florida Gulf Coast dumped Georgetown. Michigan State felt slighted on Selection Sunday when it was awarded a No. 2 seed instead of a No. 1 after winning the Big Ten
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Day 1 of the NCAA men's tournament is in the books and there are five more games ahead today. Let's touch on some basketball updates from Thursday and mix in a little football reading, too.
Four Big Ten women’s basketball teams played in the WNIT on Thursday night. Rutgers won in thrilling fashion as Kahleah Copper made a game-winning shot with two seconds remaining to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 57-55 victory over Georgetown at the RAC. Rutgers will host Virginia at the RAC in second round action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. In other action, Ball State topped Iowa, 77-72, Nebraska fell to UNI, 64-62, and Northwestern lost to San Diego, 69-65. The website www.womensnit.com has a useful page with links to watch all of the WNIT games live online. Catch up