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
It’s not the Sweet 16 without Michigan State, right? The Spartans took down Virginia on Sunday for the second time in as many seasons to advance to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 and the seventh in the last eight years. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan State’s win over Virginia below. [ MORE: Check out all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Travis Trice was ultra-clutch in this one, hitting 7-of-15 shots (4-of-8 from 3-point land) for a game-high 23 points. The 6-0 senior also had three assists, as No. 7 Michigan State knocked out No. 2
But seriously – have you ever seen the magical powers of a stenographer? pic.twitter.com/36exonv2CG — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 21, 2015 If you don’t already know it, Nigel Hayes is one of the Big Ten’s top personalities. He delighted last season with the whole Nigel Burgundy series. As a freshman, mind you. And he’s always one of the most engaging and entertaining interviews. Hayes proved this once again Saturday during Wisconsin’s press conference to preview its Round of 32 game vs Oregon. When a reporter asked Hayes about his improved 3-point shot, he decided to have some fun, using a
Ohio State senior Sam Thompson had a team-best 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as Arizona defeated OSU 73-58 in a third round NCAA Tournament game on Saturday. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction from the game. The star: This game was billed by some as a battle of freshman stars, with Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell taking on Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. But neither excelled. Russell—who had 28 points vs. VCU in OSU’s opening NCAA win–hit just 3-of-19 shots for nine points, but he did have seven rebounds and six assists. Johnson connected on only 1-of-12 shots for