Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, March 22, 2015
Regular Sweet 16 participants Michigan State and Wisconsin are off to NCAA regional semifinals yet again.
The Spartans downed Virginia, 60-54, Sunday to move on to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16, while the Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, to advance to their fourth Sweet 16 in the past five seasons.
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No. 7 Michigan State will face No. 3 Oklahoma at 10:07 p.m. ET Friday, and No. 1 Wisconsin will take on No. 4 North Carolina at 7:47 p.m. ET Thursday.
Iowa (Gonzaga), Maryland (West Virginia) and Ohio State (Arizona) all lost in the regional quarterfinals.
Get my best of the Big Ten from the Round of 32 below.
Top player: Travis Trice, Michigan State. The senior exploded for 13 points in the opening minutes to lead Michigan State to an early 15-4 lead. He finished with a game-high 23 points, to go along with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and just one turnover.
Top surprise: Arizona shutting down D'Angelo Russell. Ohio State's prized freshman has had his so-so shooting games, but he's never encountered the struggles he did vs. the Wildcats, going for 3-of-19 from the field (16 percent). Here's Russell's take on his rough night: "I would say they played great D on a few of them, but a lot of them were great shots. I just missed."
Top dunk: Jarrod Uthoff vs. Gonzaga. Uthoff, from just beyond the 3-point line, gave an eyebrow fake, drove the lane and elevated for a one-handed poster dunk. Watch it below.
HIGHLIGHT: Huge throwdown for the Hawkeyes! http://t.co/3b3DIpvFnH— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 2015
Top stat: 13 of first 15 points. Travis Trice, typically known as the Spartans' closer, scored 13 early points to help Michigan State jump out to a 15-4 lead over Virginia in the opening five-plus minutes. Trice finished with 23 points.
Top stat, Part II: Tom Izzo's March mastery, it's just getting out of hand.
Top quote: Nothing wrong with being honest. Right, Sam Dekker?
Top sign: Got to love rivalries!
Top tweet: Always classy.
So proud + it's been such a blessing to wear the Iowa uniform! Thank you to ALL who have made these 4 years the most amazing of my life!— Aaron White (@Aaron_White30) March 23, 2015
Top quip: Frank Kaminsky flexed his muscles after a big play in the second half vs. Oregon, and fellow veteran Josh Gasser had this great zing about it.
Josh Gasser cracking jokes in locker room. I asked if he saw Frank flex to the crowd after that putback. His response: "With what?" #Badgers— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) March 23, 2015
Here's Kaminsky showing his muscles:
You see this? It didn't count, but watch the ball, somehow, go through the basket twice on this Sam Dekker play. Not sure we'll see this happen again!
You see this, Part II? Former Michigan State standout and current NBA star Draymond Green sent a tweet to Travis Trice before Sunday's game, and it must have sparked the Spartans' guard, who scored a game-high 23 points. Keep the texts coming, Draymond!
Draymond Green texted Trice this AM: "Don't let this be your last game" "I won't" Trice said he texted back— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) March 22, 2015
You hear this? Travis Trice's mom likes to do her part to get in the opponent's head during free throws. So much so, she lets out a high-pitched noise. Tip: Turn down the volume on your computer here.
The Michigan State free-throw screamer ... https://t.co/wkuxZqG6ky— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) March 22, 2015
Celebrity sighting: When Magic talks basketball, you listen. Look at all of the Spartans all ears in the locker room!