BTN.com staff, March 20, 2015
Five Big Ten men's basketball teams played their NCAA tournament openers on Friday.
Michigan State opened with a 70-63 win over Georgia, while Maryland held on to beat Valparaiso, 65-62, Iowa cruised by Davidson, 83-52, Wisconsin rolled past Coastal Carolina, 86-72, and Indiana fell to Wichita State, 81-76.
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Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State hold off Georgia 70-63. Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the seventh-seeded Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control.
WICHITA STATE 81, INDIANA 76: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP
Fred VanVleet matched his career high with 27 points, Ron Baker made big free throws late, and Wichita State defeated Indiana 81-76 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
MARYLAND 65, VALPARAISO 62: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP
Dez Wells converted an offensive rebound into a three-point play with 1:44 left and Varun Ram stripped away Valparaiso's last chance as Maryland held off the determined Crusaders 65-62 on Friday to move on in the NCAA Tournament.
IOWA 83, DAVIDSON 52: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP
Aaron White scored 13 straight points as part of Iowa's 18-3 run early in the second half, and the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes rolled into the South Region round of 32 with an 83-52 rout of No. 10 seed Davidson on Friday.
WISCONSIN 86, COASTAL CAROLINA 72: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP
Big Ten player of the year Frank Kaminsky had 27 points and 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season, and No. 1 seed Wisconsin defeated Coastal Carolina 86-72 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.