Ballots for the Naismith Player and Coach of the Year went out recently. And, per usual, there are some difficult choices. The options for Player of the Year are: Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor The Coach of the Year choices are: Virginia’s Tony Bennett Kentucky’s John Calipari Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan Villanova’s Jay Wright I gave my Player of the Year vote to Kaminsky. Yes, cases can be made for the other options, but Kaminsky is the centerpiece on one of the best teams in
We've reached the Sweet 16, and three No. 1 seeds remain. According to the seeds, Wisconsin has the tougher road than fellow No. 1 seeds Duke and Kentucky.
Tom Izzo and Michigan State are off to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight years. But, could this be Izzo's best coaching job?
D’Angelo Russell’s shot failed him at the wrong time in Ohio State’s loss to Arizona in the third-round of the NCAA tourney. Now, the world watches and wonders: Will the freshman sensation turn pro? Russell’s response: No comment. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com says that though Russell won’t come out and admit it, it’s hard to envision a world where he would not declare for the NBA Draft considering he’s widely regarded as a top-five pick. But, maybe Russell will shock everyone and return. Maybe not. *** Indiana is out of the NCAA tourney after just one game. No big shock. Now,
Everyone loves a fun read, right? We have one here, as we look at the top player, top sign and top tweet, among other things, from the Big Ten's Round of 32 NCAA tourney games.
Sixteen teams remain, and Michigan State and Wisconsin are two of them following Sunday’s NCAA regional quarterfinals. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tourney coverage ] The seventh-seeded Spartans eliminated No. 2 Virginia for the second straight season to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year, while the top-seeded Badgers ousted No. 8 Oregon for the second straight season to move on to their fourth regional semifinal in the last five years. Iowa and Maryland lost their regional quarterfinals, falling to Gonzaga (87-68) and West Virginia (69-59), respectively. Catch up all of Sunday’s NCAA tournament action
Rival West Virginia eliminated Maryland, 69-59, from the NCAA tournament Sunday night. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Maryland’s loss below. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: West Virginia’s Devin Williams was a force, notching a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of four Mountaineers in double-figures. The stat: 23, Maryland’s turnovers. Enough said. Dez Wells really struggled, committing eight turnovers in a rough senior send-off that saw him score just nine points and foul out. Wells’ lay-up at the 11:35 mark in the second half made it 47-46 WVU.
Bo Ryan and Wisconsin are getting used to these Sweet 16 berths. The Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, in Sunday night’s West Region quarterfinals to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win over Oregon below. [ MORE: Check out our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Joseph Young, Oregon. Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin attack, but the Pac-12 Player of the Year had 30 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. The rest of the Ducks had 35 points.
Fran McCaffery and Iowa ran into the wrong team on the wrong night. Gonzaga shot 62 percent en route to rolling Iowa, 87-68, in the West Region quarterfinals Sunday night in Seattle, Washington. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Iowa’s NCAA tourney loss below. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer was the man. He hit 10-of-12 shots (4-of-6 3-pointers) to finish with a game-high 24 points, nailing his first six shots. He was one of four Zags in double-figures. Kevin Pangos had 16, Gary Bell, Jr., 10 and Domantas Sabonis also
Jarrod Uthoff gave Iowa fans something to cheer about in the first half vs. Gonzaga on Sunday night. The junior forward did it by soaring for a poster dunk that seemed to excite the pro-Gonzaga faithful in Seattle, Washington. Uthoff, from just beyond the 3-point line, gave an eyebrow fake to get past his defender, drove the lane and elevated for the right-handed dunk. Unable to stop his momentum after the flush, Uthoff finished on the floor. He didn’t stick the landing, but it was still a fantastic flush. “Uthoff coming with the heat!” play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes said of