Forward has grown into one big threat for Badgers.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Forward has grown into one big threat for Badgers.
The Big 12 and SEC are looking into moving their challenge series to the second week in January for next season.
Connecticut takes on top-seeded Florida in the first of two NCAA national semifinals Saturday at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. The game is set to tip off at 5:09 p.m. and will air on TBS.
Kentucky takes on Wisconsin in the second of two NCAA national semifinals Saturday at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. The game will tip off around 7:49 p.m. and will air on TBS.
With an opportunity to buy Final Four tickets in November, Kansas City’s strongest connection to Wisconsin basketball had a sense about this season. “I had a feeling Wisconsin might make it this year,” said John Erickson, 80. The Badgers did and will take on Kentucky in Saturday’s national semifinals, and their former coach is thrilled to be along for the ride.
It has only been three years since Connecticut won its third NCAA title in 2011, but the Huskies experienced plenty of turbulence in that span. Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun retired after the following season. The program was put on academic probation. But Connecticut had a few things going for it, especially coach Kevin Ollie, who has the Huskies in the national semifinals Saturday.
Kansas City remains the destination for the most NCAA regional championship games (17), Final Fours and national title games (10) and NCAA Tournament games (128). Here’s what happened in those 10 Final Fours, along with the evolution of the championship program, from 15 cents to $6.
For most of the frantic Division II national title game Saturday, Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson radiated his customary pose of poise. There he stood on the sideline, stoic, his arms crossed, projecting a restrained strength he wanted his team to absorb all through the dizzying nine lead changes and 14 ties in the Mules 84-77 win over West Liberty.
Thirty years after the Central Missouri mens and womens teams swept the NCAA Division II basketball titles, the Mules did it again Saturday. Central Missouri beat West Liberty 84-77, giving Mules coach Kim Anderson his first national title.
The final two spots in the Final Four will be set Sunday when Michigan State plays Connecticut and Kentucky takes on Michigan.
The basketball court, like the ones used in this years Final Four and regional finals, has become a star. When the games are over, the floor becomes a treasure, sold to highest bidders and proudly displayed. Yes, even the playing surface has become a vital marketing component of March Madness.
Daylen Robinson’s story could have had a different ending than the one that will unfold Saturday afternoon. “Coming out of high school, I had to go to junior college, and I was rethinking going to college, period,” said Robinson, a senior point guard. “I thought about going overseas.”
The Hillyard Chemical Company of St. Joseph played a pivotal role in college basketballs development, by changing the surface of courts. Early wood courts could be dark and slippery because oil dressings were the best treatment. Sometimes sawdust had to be spread across the floor.
NCAA Tournament games were once played on floors supplied by the arena or campus gym, but for the past three decades or so, courts for the Final Fours and other rounds of the NCAA Tournament are specially made, used for a few days and sold off. Heres the path of some of the final floors over the years:
Two of the spots in the Final Four will be decided Saturday when Florida plays Dayton and Arizona plays Wisconsin in NCAA regional finals.
In the 30th anniversary year of its last NCAA Division II basketball championship, Central Missouri will play for another on Saturday. The 20th-ranked Mules stunned No. 1 Metro State (Colo.) in a dramatic finish Thursday night at the Ford Center, winning 71-69 when the Roadrunners’ last-second three-point try clanged off the rim.
The rest of the Elite Eight will be set Friday with four games, including Iowa State vs. Connecticut in New York.
With its heritage and championships, Kansas unquestionably sits at the top of the Big 12 basketball hierarchy. Texas traditionally has been second-best, and several other programs have jumped into the first or second spot on occasion. Of that group, Baylor isnt the first to come to mind, but the Bears are playing in their third Sweet 16 since 2010.
Being the defending national champion isn’t easy, and yet, Drury was here Wednesday night with its NCAA Division II championship hopes still alive. Yet, against West Liberty (W.Va.), an up-tempo, high-scoring team, the Panthers ran out of steam in an 85-75 loss to the Hilltoppers in a national quarterfinal at the Ford Center.
The Central Missouri men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals with a 98-88 victory over Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday at the Ford Center. Northeast grad Daylen Robinson scored a career-high 28 points for the Mules.
Half of the Elite Eight will be decided Thursday night. Here’s a preview of the four games, including the matchups involving top seeds Florida and Arizona.
A bit of office banter Tuesday: This marks the first year since 2005 that a Kansas or Missouri school didnt reach the Sweet 16. That was the year Bucknell knocked out Kansas in the first round, and Missouri and Kansas State didnt make the NCAA Tournament. But the games continue and some new favorites have emerged. Heres a stab at reseeding the teams in the Sweet 16:
The second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks season ended Sunday afternoon with a 60-57 loss to No. 10 Stanford in the NCAA Tournament, and one day later, the end was still defined by one unanswerable question: What if center Joel Embiids back had held up?
Together, they had arrived on campus last summer, the most impressive collection of freshmen talent in the history of KU basketball. Six of them in all. Future lottery picks, and five-star recruits. But this locker room inside the Scottrade Center was now the end of the road after Kansas 60-57 loss to No. 10 seed Stanford on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.
The second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks lost 60-57 on Sunday in the round of 32 to Stanford, a No. 10 seed that last played in this tournament six years ago. They shouldve been so much better than this. They couldve been remembered as the fun-loving stars who grew together and lived up to one of the sports elite brand names.
The KC Star's Vahe Gregorian & CineSport's Noah Coslov talk about Andrew Wiggins' performance in KU's loss and what to make of Wichita State's season after losing to Kentucky.
Wichita State’s history-making season ended at the hands of one of college basketball’s most historic programs. That is probably no consolation. The end came abruptly, as they always seem to in March, when a five-point lead disappeared. Eighth-seeded Kentucky defeated the top-seeded Shockers 78-76 to end the greatest win streak in college basketball history.
Stanford has a lot to celebrate. The Pac-12 team beat Kansas Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, upsetting Jayhawk fans everywhere. But the basketball players weren't the only winners.
Sundays Wichita State-Kentucky clash didnt end the way the Shockers and their fans had hoped, but it was an instant classic for so many reasons, starting with some symbolic stakes.
The Southeastern Conference felt disrespected for receiving only two at-large invitations, Kentucky and Tennessee, to the NCAA Tournament, to go along with Floridas automatic berth for winning the conference tournament. But the leaner SEC is meaner in the NCAA, with all three packed for the Sweet 16.
The college career of Nick Wiggins ended Sunday, as likely did that of his brother Andrew. Nick, a sixth man for Wichita State, is a senior, while Andrew is a KU freshman projected as a top NBA Draft pick
Kansas senior Tarik Black had dreams of playing in a Sweet 16 in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. But his college career ended on Sunday after scoring 18 points in KUs 60-57 NCAA Tournament loss to No. 10 seed Stanford.
Winning Sunday was a relief for the Wildcats, who head to the Sweet 16 at Indianapolis to face rival Louisville. “That was like 5 million pounds of pressure being taken off our shoulders,” said Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot sophomore out of Olathe Northwest.
Citing a source with knowledge of the hire, Sports Illustrated reported Sunday night that Bowling Green will hire Wichita State assistant coach Chris Jans as its next head coach. The report said Bowling Green will announce the move Monday morning.
By seed the Sweet 16 sets up like this: Three No. 1 seeds, two No. 2s, one No. 3, four No. 4s, a No. 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11. Notice the No. 4 seeds.
The Star's Blair Kerkhoff, Vahe Gregorian and Rustin Dodd discuss the season-ending losses by Kansas and Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament that had fans from the Sunflower State leaving St. Louis disappointed.
Wichita States history-making season ended at the hands of one of college basketballs most historic programs as eighth-seeded Kentucky defeated the top-seeded Shockers 78-76 to end the greatest win streak in college basketball history. Wichita State players reacted after the game.
Kansas trailed Stanford by three in the closing seconds of its NCAA Tournament game Sunday at the Scottrade Center, and the Jayhawks needed someone to send it to overtime. So they put their Sweet 16 hopes on Conner Frankamps shoulders. His shot missed, but he hit four three-pointers in KUs loss.
With a variety of defensive looks, Stanford planted a seed of doubt with seemingly every Kansas offensive set during the Jayhawks’ 60-57 NCAA Tournament loss Sunday. The outcome came attached with an additional measure of satisfaction for Chasson Randle, the Stanford player whom KU’s Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden said they didn’t know a day ago.
Like injured 7-footer Joel Embiid, fellow Kansas freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden said they are not yet thinking about their pro prospects or a timetable for deciding on whether to enter the NBA Draft.