But the Wolverines are definitely must-see TV in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the pre-dawn wake-up and their early flight time, they got caught in D.C.’s legendary traffic and barely made it to the arena in time for tip off.
“As of right now, I’m going to talk it over with my family but more than likely”, Evans said when asked if he was coming back. “It’s them doing a good job letting me see the puck”.
SACRAMENTO, California- With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed OR beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region. “We’re trying to battle the other end of that”.
“I told my guys all I want to do is work another night”, Izzo said, “and get the chance to go up against one of the top teams”. “A lot of adversity earlier in the season prepared us for times like this now”. “And you know that’s nerves because they don’t play when they’re just throwing the ball (away)”.
“But we kept playing defense, quit turning it over and I thought executed pretty well on offense”.
Michigan State Spartans players huddle during practice at BOK Center. “That was a big thing when they could get it”.
Badger fans will have to take solace in the amount of Big Ten teams in the tournament and try to root for them to advance deep into both tournaments.
Jeffrey Carroll, a junior who enjoyed a breakout year and is considered a future pro, was more concrete in his intention of returning. But do they have a benchmark now to say, hey we did this, we did that?
“I was confident and really didn’t feel any pressure”, said Wilson.
While surrendering a 30-8 run in the first half that provided plenty of separation for the remainder, Miami became rattled and didn’t recover, taking ill-advised quick shots and giving up costly and-one opportunities.
Izzo and Self became friends when the latter was leading IL, and Izzo said he appreciates his counterpart and what he’s been able to accomplish at KU. “We’ve been feeling like it’s one and done for us for a while”.
Throughout the season, much has been made of the Hurricanes youth.
“We had to make shots”, Beilein told his players in the postgame locker room. On the season, MSU has averaged 71.7 points per game on offense while allowing 68.4 on defense.
One more week before the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Tournament gets underway across the country. Kansas beat California Davis, 100-62 on Friday. Izzo enters this postseason with a 46-18 record in the NCAA Tournament, the fifth-highest active winning percentage – behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Kentucky’s John Calipari.
That has changed, though, with everything that has happened in the second half of the season – from wins at home against Wisconsin and Purdue to a magical run through the conference tournament after that near-tragic plane accident.