Frank Kaminsky scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added 27 and Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 on Saturday in an Elite Eight matchup. With the victory, the Badgers reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the Badgers’ victory. The star: Frank Kaminsky or Sam Dekker. Take your pick. Big Frank showed why he was the Big Ten Player of the Year, hitting 9-of-20 shots for a game-high 29 points. Dekker connected on 8-of-11 shots for a career-high 27 points. It was the second game in a row Dekker notched
Frank Kaminsky was outstanding on Saturday night. [ MORE: Get our Wisconsin-Arizona stats, recaps and highlights ] The Badgers’ 7-foot do-it-all big man scored a game-high 29 points to help lead the Badgers past Arizona, 85-78, to secure a spot in the Final Four for the second straight year. He even busted out some dance moves. Following the win, the Badgers gathered in a circle, and Kaminsky went to the center to break out some must-see dance moves. Check it out in the video above. It’s impressive that a 7-footer can get that low. Congrats, Badgers!
There’s probably never been an NCAA tournament that has featured more attention on stenographers and press conference transcripts. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] We have Wisconsin and loquacious sophomore Nigel Hayes, in particular, to thank for it. On Saturday afternoon, though, it was a not-so-rare Denzel Valentine mix-up on an NCAA tourney transcript that received plenty of attention on social media. Valentine, as he has been multiple times throughout his Michigan State career, is referred to as “Denzel Washington” at least once on the transcript from the Spartans’ East Region final press conference. Understandable mistake.
Just a season ago, also in the West Region final, Wisconsin and Arizona faced off. The Badgers emerged victorious in an overtime thriller. The two meet again tonight.
Travis Trice scored a game-high 24 points to lead Michigan State to a 62-58 win over Oklahoma in a Sweet 16 matchup. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Travis Trice continues to excel in March, leading all scorers with 24 points to help Tom Izzo reach his ninth Elite Eight. Trice hit 7-of-14 shots (4-of-9 from 3-point range). He also added three rebounds and two assists, while hitting all six of his free throws. And four of those came down the stretch to help ice the victory for Michigan State. Quick nod to Denzel Valentine, who
Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Michigan State to a 62-58 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night.
The court that this year’s Final Four will be played on is ready at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Will a Big Ten team be playing on that court on April 4? That is the million dollar question as the Sweet 16 round concludes tonight with both Wisconsin and Michigan State still playing for a spot in the Final Four. The Badgers defeated North Carolina last night and will advance to play Arizona in the Elite Eight. Michigan State is set to play Oklahoma tonight in a Sweet 16 matchup. The official NCAA March Madness Twitter feed, @marchmadness, posted an
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman forward Max Hoetzel has requested a release from his athletic scholarship to transfer to a program where he can compete for more playing time. “We were always impressed with Max’s upside and potential but unfortunately in his view it did not turn into the extended minutes he wanted,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He would like to find a clear cut opportunity to play more and we hope he finds that. He is a hard worker who we hope will fulfill his potential and have the chance to play
It’s seemingly right there for Michigan State to seize—a trip to the Final Four, which would be a seventh under Tom Izzo. The Spartans are hot, winning six of their last seven games. And the lone loss was in overtime to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Spartans also are fortunate, playing in an East Region in Syracuse, N.Y., that saw No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Virginia get knocked out the first week of the NCAA tourney. Yes, Michigan State may have been under-seeded as a No. 7 as it pushes for its first national title since
Wisconsin did its job last night, punching a ticket to the Elite Eight with a win over No. 4 North Carolina. A date with No. 2 Arizona looms on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Badgers wouldn’t be one step from a return to college basketball’s Holy Land without the play of reserve guards Zak Showalter and Traevon Jackson last night. You see, it’s not all about Frank the Tank and Sam Dekker. Jackson played for the first time since a foot injury sidelined him on Jan. 11. Showalter is a former walk-on who