No. 8 Wisconsin faces No. 1 Villanova in the East Region on Saturday afternoon. The winner advances to the Sweet 16, which Wisconsin has advanced to each of the last three seasons and five of the last six.
It’s cliche to say someone bleeds his or her school color, but Northwestern legend Pat Fitzgerald just may bleed purple. The former Northwestern student and all-world linebacker and current football coach loves his school, and all of its sporting teams. Fitzgerald gave everyone an idea of his Northwestern fandom Thursday, when cameras captured him interrupting Chris Collins’ postgame speech to congratulate the team on winning the program’s first NCAA tourney game in its debut. Northwestern looks to improve to 2-0 in the tourney and advance to its first Sweet 16 vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
No. 9 seeded Michigan State overcame an early 12-point deficit and never looked back against Miami, as the Spartans rolled to a 78-58 victory over the 'Canes.
Michigan continued its torrid March Friday with a 92-91 victory over Oklahoma State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
The BTN Stats department gets you ready for Friday night's matchup between No. 9 Michigan State and No. 8 Miami with some quick facts.
Koenig's eight 3-pointers were a school single-game NCAA mark as the Badgers downed Virginia Tech.
Purdue didn’t fade down the stretch, taking down Vermont 80-70 and notching its first Big Dance victory since 2012.
No. 11 Xavier was too much for No. 6 Maryland, as the Terrapins fell 76-65 in its opening NCAA game. The Terrapins were fueled all season by junior point man Melo Trimble.
Bryant McIntosh was one of three Wildcats in double-figures, as NU overcame 55.6 percent shooting from the foul line to take this heart-stopping victory.
It's another No. 12 over a No. 5. Still, the future is bright for Richard Pitino’s program.