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Michigan wins the Big Ten: Courtside observations

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – For the second straight season, Michigan is in the championship game. The Wolverines, fresh off the upset of Michigan State in the semis, faced another huge test. Purdue, a team Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell terms “a team with virtually no weakness”, lined up as the opposition. For Purdue, a possible number one NCAA seed is on the line. Not to mention a Big Ten championship trophy.

Is the first possession a hint of the game plan? Purdue goes inside to 7’2” Isaac Haas, who converts. Michigan answers with an attempt from three that misses. Michigan mentor John Beilein subs “Moe” Wagner out early. Replacement Jon Teske, a 7’1” sophomore, assumes the duty of defending Haas. Teske answers the challenge and the Wolverines click offensively to open a seven-point lead with 13 plus remaining.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, March 5, 2018

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

As conference tournaments take over the entirety of the landscape until Selection Sunday, we’ve just gone through quite a weekend. Four NCAA Tournament bids went out on Sunday, and we had a little bit of everything among them. And other tournaments continue on, a few with championship matchups all set.

In the championship games on Sunday, we had a dramatic finish, a near-historic comeback, an aberration and an anticlimactic game.

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2018 ACC postseason awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 4, 2018 in Columns

The ACC will announce their postseason honors on Sunday afternoon, less than a day after the regular season ends and a week before Selection Sunday. The awards are selected by a panel of voters that includes the conference’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media.

For the second year in a row, I am among those voters, and am disclosing how I voted as a way of looking at the conference over the course of the year. (I have voted for the conference’s weekly honors for a little longer.) There are some interesting things that emerged as I went through what was a challenging exercise:

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Big Ten Quarterfinal notebook

by - Published March 3, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Michigan State and Purdue survived. Penn State pulled an upset and Michigan impressed the Garden crowd. A crowd battling the ravages of a Nor’easter to get to MSG for Friday’s festivities.

The quarterfinals of the Big Ten are in the book. The semis will see an instate battle between the Spartans and Wolverines. The other side of the bracket puts Penn State against Purdue. First, the quarterfinal points of emphasis.

Scores:
Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60
Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
Penn State 69, Ohio State 68
Purdue 82, Rutgers 75

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 3, 2018

by - Published March 3, 2018 in Columns

The day was relatively quiet, but the night was a whole other story. March Madness is truly upon us, and we saw it several times on the night. And as the conference tournaments are still young, it’s a sign of what we can look forward to.

We now have three championship matchups set, with two more of them coming on Friday night, and there was a double dose of surprises in another tournament.

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Big Ten Tournament: Second round rundown

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The second round of action at Madison Square Garden provided four interesting story lines. Wisconsin set its pace, holding off a Maryland team in dire need of moving on in the tournament to keep NCAA hopes alive. Michigan was tested and successfully met the challenge of Iowa. Northwestern’s campaign came to a quiet close as Penn State advanced. The final game of the night saw the local fans thrill in another surprise from Rutgers. A 21-4 leate first half run sparked another upset as the Scarlet Knights defeated Indiana.

Second round scores:

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Loyola outlasts Northern Iowa at its own game to move on at Arch Madness

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns

Anyone who has seen Northern Iowa at its best in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament knows the type of game.

Low-scoring, low-possession, slow possession-when UNI has gotten on a roll at Arch Madness in recent years, the Panthers’ style of play is worthy of a registered trademark. Scores struggle to get out of-and sometimes even into-the 50s, opponents are virtually strangled by their halfcourt defense, and their deliberate offense often serves a similar purpose, with the added effect of demoralizing them with big shots at the end of the shot clock.

Top-seeded Loyola Chicago got itself locked into such a game in the quarterfinals of this year’s MVC Tournament. A potential nightmare matchup on paper against an opponent proven capable of beating top-level competition became exactly that, with the ninth-seed Panthers leading by four in the second half, the score still solidly in the 30s as the game neared its three-quarter mark. … Continue Reading

Valparaiso’s trying first year in MVC capped by early Arch Madness exit

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

When Valparaiso signed on for the Missouri Valley Conference late last spring, it was widely acknowledged the Crusaders’ well-known men’s basketball program was stepping up another class in competition.

Even conceding the upgrade from the Horizon League to the MVC on some level, though, few would’ve projected what the ledger will say was a disappointing first year for Valpo in the Valley. A finish in the cellar and the 10th seed for its first trip to Arch Madness, the MVC’s prize postseason event, was not what anyone envisioned for a program that had won five of the last six Horizon titles before moving on. … Continue Reading

Northern Iowa, Missouri State could break MVC quarterfinal dominance by top seeds

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

For more than a quarter century now, regular season performance has almost always guaranteed postseason advancement for top seeds in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

The MVC has been coming to St. Louis for Arch Madness for 27 years, including the last 22 as a 10-team event with two first round games on a Thursday or Friday night followed the next day by four quarterfinal games. Just once in all that time has a 1 or 2 seed in the MVC tourney lost in the quarterfinals (Creighton was the guilty party in 1998, falling to No. 7 seed Bradley). For a time of year when upsets are so obviously the norm, it’s a remarkable level of success for top seeds getting to at least the semifinals. … Continue Reading

Big Ten Tournament: Opening night recap

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – A week earlier than the normal scheduled time, the Big Ten Tournament opened on Wednesday. The venue, the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena’, Madison Square Garden, plays host to the event. Without getting into the positives and negatives (and there are more than a few per the critics), here is a rundown of what transpired on the court. For now, the board room is on the back burner.

First round scores:
Iowa 96, Illinois 87
Rutgers 65, Minnesota 54

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