There aren’t many college basketball players hotter than Iowa’s Devyn Marble. Louisville’s Russ Smith, maybe? Michigan fans, no doubt, will throw Trey Burke‘s name into the discussion. Fact is, Marble has been on a head-turning hot streak during Iowa’s run to its first NIT title game. In four games, the junior guard is shooting 49 percent and averaging 24.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.8 turnovers. Not bad, huh? Almost forgot, he boasts an impressive 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, to boot. You name it, Marble has done it to lift the Hawkeyes past the likes of
Iowa knocked off future Big Ten rival Maryland, 71-60, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to advance to the program’s first NIT title game. The Hawkeyes, who received a game-high 21 points from white-hot Devyn Marble, play Baylor on Thursday night for the NIT championship. Check out our photo gallery from Tuesday’s win over the Terps in this post. [ RELATED: Iowa downs Maryland, advances to NIT final ] Click on a photo below to make it larger or to enter the full gallery.
Of the seven Big Ten teams selected for the NCAA tourney back on March 17, I didn’t think Michigan would be the last one standing. Not by a long shot. But, here are the Wolverines, heading to Atlanta for the school’s first Final Four since it made back-to-back runs in 1992 and 1993 behind the “Fab Five.” In some ways, though, Michigan’s run to college hoops Holy Grail shouldn’t be a shock. The similarities between this Michigan squad and the one that claimed the school’s last championship in 1988-89 are striking. To start with, many have referenced that ’88-89 season
Devyn Marble had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa reach the NIT championship for the first time with a 71-60 win over Maryland on Tuesday night. Iowa (25-12), which has recovered from a rocky start to its Big Ten season, won for the 11th time in 14 games. Eric May finished with 12 points, his last on a big 3-pointer with 1:01 to play that iced it for the Hawkeyes, who laid the foundation for a future Big Ten rivalry with Maryland, which is set to join the conference starting in 2014. Alex Len had 16 points, nine
Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is known for his cheesy pregame pep talks, and he added another example prior to the South Region final Sunday. This time, Alexander used his literal tactics to hammer home the importance of a sports cliche. Alexander, stressing that the team had to play with a chip on its shoulder vs. Florida, placed a potato chip on the left shoulder of the team’s starters. Watch Alexander’s speech at the 1:15 mark of the video above. Here’s what Alexander told the Wolverines after he placed the chip on their shoulders: “I tell you what, fellas, you got
On its way to its first Final Four since 1993, Michigan compiled plenty of highlights. From Mitch McGary’s swat of Aaron White to Trey Burke’s deep 3 to send Michigan to overtime against Kansas, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out some of his favorite moments along the Wolverines’ path to Atlanta. [ RELATED: Get your first look at the 2013 Final Four court ] Nik Stauskas hits sixth trey in as many attempts vs. Florida: Trey Burke drains deep 3 vs. Kansas: Trey Burke late steal, slam to drop Michigan State: Trey Burke fakes behind-the-back pass on transition layup vs. Michigan
A weekend that began with promise for the Big Ten ended amid more disappointment than joy. Many felt the nation’s best league had a chance for multiple teams in the Final Four—maybe even four. But in the end, Michigan was the lone survivor. In fact, the Wolverines and Ohio State were the only Big Ten team to make it to the Elite Eight. No. 1 Indiana and No. 3 Michigan State fell in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse and Duke, respectively. The Orange, for what it’s worth, advanced to the Final Four. Michigan is in the Final Four for the
Michigan steamrolled Florida, 79-59, Sunday to advance to the Final Four in Atlanta. The Wolverines dominated from the start, scoring the game’s first 13 points, and never looked back. Nik Stauskas went 7-of-8 from the field, including 6-of-6 from distance, and scored a game-high 22 points to pace Michigan. View our photo gallery from Michigan’s win in this post. Below, find some of the best shots from today’s Final Four-clinching win.
Michigan raced to a 13-0 lead and led by as many as 24 points en route to dismantling Florida 79-59 on Sunday afternoon in the South Region final. With the convincing win, the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Final Four in Atlanta. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Michigan’s big-time win in this post. Why Michigan won: You name an area of the game, and Michigan dominated it in the opening half. So, the game essentially was over at that point. Michigan scorched the nets in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 51 percent of its shots
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points including six 3-pointers and Michigan is going to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era after a 79-59 rout of Florida in the South Regional final Sunday. The Wolverines (30-7) scored the game’s first 13 points and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game against the SEC regular-season champion Gators (29-8), who lost in a regional final for the third straight year. Stauskas hit all six of his 3-point attempts, including consecutive makes from the left corner for to give Michigan a 41-17 lead. Check out