Two days before the 26th anniversary of Keith Smart’s game-winning shot to send Indiana past Syracuse and to the 1987 NCAA title, the Hoosiers and Orange will meet again on another big stage. This time, it’s in the Sweet 16. To get Big Ten fans ready for Thursday’s East Region semifinal, BTN/BTN2Go will air the 1978 national title game at 1, 5 and 10 p.m. ET Tuesday.
The Big Ten went 10-3 in the opening weekend of the NCAA tourney and put four teams in the Sweet 16. The 10 wins set a conference record for the Rounds of 64 and 32, while the four Sweet 16 teams tied a conference record.
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With a 10-3 record and four teams advancing to the Sweet 16, how did the Big Ten’s start to the NCAA tourney compare to the best in NCAA history? That’s a great question, and BTN.com turned to its resident statistician, Chris Antonacci, for the answer. See the numbers in this post.
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Shane Larkin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and Miami kept possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois, helping the Hurricanes hold on for a 63-59 victory Sunday night to advance to the NCAA round of 16.