Iowa has plenty of reasons to feel good going into the Big Ten women's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In Mike Watkins' absence against Northwestern, the Cornhuskers scored 46 points in the paint. The second weekend of March is usually reserved for the large conference tournaments: the Big Ten, Big East, ACC, Pac 12, SEC and Big 12.
MI enters the conference tournament in NY as one of the hottest teams, winning seven of eight and five straight heading into Thursday's second-round matchup against No. 12 Iowa. That's the only way the IN basketball team will get into the Big Dance this year.
The tournament, being held at Madison Square Garden in New York City (which is why the league had to move it up a week early this year), began at 5:30 p.m. E.T. Two games took place tonight. "We handed out some rebounding statistics individually yesterday, just trying to get our guys to understand how important that's going to be for us to execute at the offensive end, rebound the basketball and win the possession war". In their regular season meeting - in Lincoln on January 18 - the Cornhuskers pulled away early and won by 20.
BUCKEYES ARE BACK Chris Holtmann's first season coaching at Ohio State was a hit after the Buckeyes exceeded preseason expectations to finish 15-3 in the league to get the second seed in the tournament. The Nittany Lions never trailed in this game at home. Makenzie Meyer missed about a month with a broken hand. This can also be said about the Wildcats, who dropped their last six games. "I'm not to say what other coaches do, but that's literally our emphasis every single day whether we win or lose, if we're in a film session, on the court, in the weight room".
"I think it's more of my main mind-set type of thing", Murphy said.
"I look at it more as an opportunity".
The victor between Iowa and Northwestern will advance to play Minnesota in the quarterfinals on Friday.
For the Rutgers men's basketball team - who celebrated a 65-54 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-17, 4-15) in the first round Wednesday night with "R!"
Nothing will get easier from that point.
The Badgers will need to win four games in four days to win the championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland is in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. Those four losses were: at Purdue, at Penn State, at Ohio State and at IL. "I enjoyed it and am looking forward to it (again)". "Everybody is really getting after it on both sides of the ball and everything we did, and I think it really showed and it was infectious throughout the whole team". Beyond that, Nebraska has not been able to get any big wins. Bluder points toward one aspect for that improvement: scheduling.
The Knights stuck to what they know and do best, even against far and away the best rebounder in the conference in Jordan Murphy.
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If you're stretching for a good sign, the No. 3 seed has been kind to Purdue. Diop for Ohio State was a huge bright spot in that win.
The last time these two teams met, Iowa took care of the Illini in Champaign. MI lost to Nebraska by 20 in Lincoln in January.
As Indiana's double-overtime matchup with Ohio State was nearing its conclusion on Friday night, a bombshell report dropped on ESPN.com alleging Arizona head coach Sean Miller discussed a $100,000 payment to DeAndre Ayton with agent Christian Dawkins, whose phone was being wiretapped by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The mindset has changed for a program that was seeded 10th in the Big Ten tournament in 1998 and hasn't been seeded worse than sixth since.