Big Ten Conference

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Don't Buy Big East Hoop Hype

Conference hasn't lived up to its reputation in recent years

(Newser) - With March Madness upon us, the hype machine is cranking up again about the Big East, with powers like Louisville, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh. Mike Celizic covered the conference’s period of dominance in the 1980s, but he’s no longer convinced, he writes for NBC Sports. The league has won... More »

Political Ads Target Sports Fans

Candidates buy time on regional sports networks to reach men, swing voters

(Newser) - John McCain and Barack Obama are betting on the Minnesota-Ohio State football game this weekend—but they’d rather score points with fans than on the field, the Wall Street Journal reports. The candidates are advertising on regional sports networks to reach swing voters, and hard-to-reach men, in seven states.... More »

Indiana Hires Crean Away From Marquette

Also, OK State head coach Sean Sutton resigns after 2nd year

(Newser) - Tom Crean has agreed to leave his head coaching post at Marquette to take over Indiana University’s basketball team. The formal announcement is expected today. “I think he's a great choice for Indiana University,” said an IU trustee of the hire. In 2003 Crean coached the Golden... More »

No Warts Here: Memphis Dominates Michigan State

As Tigers break the Elite Eight for the third straight year on the back of a giant first half

(Newser) - The Tigers pounced early and often, and all those flaws critics have been pointing out since the NCAA tourney began were nowhere to be seen, the Commercial Appeal reports. Memphis put on a clinic last night, breaking the game open 50-20 by the end of the first half, en route... More »

On the Menu: Curried Badger

Davidson continues dramatic run by whipping Wisconsin, advancing to Elite 8

(Newser) - Highly touted defenses don't seem to rattle Stephen Curry and Davidson, as they knocked off another higher seed—this time No. 3 Wisconsin—in convincing fashion, 73-56. The sophomore sensation, the son of former NBA star Dell Curry, had 33 points. It was his third consecutive game over 30 as... More »

Weems, Arkansas Power Past IU

Indiana's Gordon shot goes cold in defeat

(Newser) - No.8 seed Indiana's trying season came to an end last night, with an 86-72 defeat at the hands of No.9 Arkansas in their East Regional first round matchup. Though IU almost capped off a stirring last minute comeback, the Razorbacks, lifted by Sonny Weem's career best 31 points,... More »

UNC Wins ACC Championship

Wisconsin tops Illinois for Big 10 while Kansas outduels Texas in Big 12 title game

(Newser) - Sophomore Wayne Ellington scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting as North Carolina defeated Clemson for the third time this season, 86-81, to win the ACC championship. The Tigers, who took the Tar Heels to overtime in their previous two meetings, got 28 points from guard K.C. Rivers. This was... More »

No. 1 UNC Survives Battle With Va. Tech

Texas gets shot at Kansas, Wisconsin reaches Big Ten final

(Newser) - Virginia Tech led almost the entire way today, but all that counted were the final .08 seconds in North Carolina's 68-66 ACC win, reports the Associated Press. Tyler Hansbrough scored off an offensive rebound with that much time left to lift the No. 1 Tar Heels into the conference final... More »

Wisconsin Wins an Ugly One Over Michigan

Also, Illinois upsets Purdue while No. 19 MSU edges Ohio State

(Newser) - Eighth-ranked Wisconsin held Michigan to only 10 field goals and 20% shooting to win 51-34 in the lowest scoring game in Big 10 tournament history. The Badgers didn't exactly light up the scoreboard either, making a mere 34% of their shots. UW's Joe Krabbenhoft was high man with 12 points,... More »

Texas Wins Share of Big 12 Title

UConn routs Cincy; Purdue beats out Michigan

(Newser) - The Texas Longhorns earned a share of the Big 12 title today with a win over Oklahoma State, 62-57,  and will head into the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed, owning the tiebreaker over co-champion Kansas, reports the AP.  D.J. Augustin scored his average for  the... More »

No. 8 Vols Blast Gamecocks, Win SEC

Michigan State, Indiana knocked off by unranked opponents

(Newser) - What was a one-point game at halftime for Tennessee quickly turned into a blowout in the second half, as the Volunteers outscored South Carolina by 32 after the break for an 89-56 victory, reports The Tennessean. The win was the Vols' 32nd straight at home as they improved to 28-3... More »

Georgetown Win Clinches Big East

Alabama stuns Vandy; Wisconsin beats Northwestern

(Newser) - John Thompson III accomplished something today his father never did – he led Georgetown to consecutive Big East regular season titles. The 11th-ranked Hoyas battled No. 12 Louisville and hung on to win in the final minute of the game, 55-52. Georgetown, winners of five straight, head to MSG next... More »

Friars Beat Huskies For Season Sweep

Xavier falls to St. Joe's; Michigan State overcomes Illinois

(Newser) - The Providence Friars haven’t done much against Big East opponents this season, but they have managed to dominate UConn, beating the Huskies again tonight for a season sweep, 85-76.   The win was big for Providence, as they’re on the brink of missing the Big East tournament.... More »

No. 6 Duke Shoots Past Virginia 86-70

No. 18 Indiana tops Minnesota, No. 19 Notre Dame bests St. John's

(Newser) - Gerald Henderson scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Duke past Virginia in an 86-70 rout. The win sets up the Blue Devils for a showdown against No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday to determine the ACC regular-season champion. Virginia never seriously threatened after a 10-2 Duke run to open... More »

Ohio State Upsets No. 15 Purdue

Big win revives Buckeye's tourney hopes

(Newser) - Jamar Butler scored 23 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Ohio State upended No. 15 Purdue with an 80-77 overtime victory. Othella Hunter, a 56 percent free throw shooter, gave the Buckeyes the lead late in the extra period by draining two shots from the charity... More »

Georgetown Survives St. John's Attack

Purdue lets Minnesota get close before heating up for 65-53 win

(Newser) - St. John's out-shot and out-rebounded No. 11 Georgetown, but the Hoyas regrouped to come up with the 64-52 win over the 14th-place Red Storm. DaJuan Summers had a rocky game for Georgetown, missing two dunks along with other easy shots, but he still collected a game-high 21 points, The Hoya... More »

No. 12 Hoosiers Clip Ohio State 72-69 in Indiana

No. 15 UConn routs Rutgers, Missouri St. upsets No. 20 Drake

(Newser) - Kelvin Sampson’s replacement, Dan Dakich, won his first game as coach at Assembly Hall, as the No. 12 Hoosiers bested Ohio State 72-69. Armon Bassett led the Hoosiers with 23 points and freshman Eric Gordon chipped in 17. Kosta Koufos had 21 points to lead the Buckeyes, who have... More »

Miami Sends No. 5 Duke to 2nd Straight L

No. 11 Wisconsin handles Illinois, Nebraska upsets No. 24 Kansas State

(Newser) - The Miami Hurricanes handed No. 5 Duke its second consecutive loss; the 96-95 victory was the Hurricanes first win against the Blue Devils in over 45 years. Miami built a large lead early in the second half and was able to hit free-throws down the stretch to preserve the win.... More »

No. 3 North Carolina Bests NC State 84-70

Michigan St. routs PSU 86-49, Marquette tops St. John's 73-64

(Newser) - Tyler Hansbrough’s 32 points and 12 rebounds led No. 3 North Carolina past in-state rival North Carolina State 84-70. The Tar Heels had a 31-7 run that spanned the two halves; the Wolfpack was never close after that stretch. Wayne Ellington contributed 21 points for the 25-2 Heels. Gavin... More »

Badgers Beat Gophers, Keep Pace in Big Ten

No. 15 Wisconsin improves to 21-4 with solid defense

(Newser) - Excellent free-throw shooting and a balanced scoring attack led Wisconsin to a nine-point home win over Tubby Smith's Minnesota squad, reports the AP. The 15th-ranked Badgers were led by Marcus Landry with 12 points, and had four other players score 11 each while holding the Golden Gophers to 33% shooting,... More »

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