By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected] Leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference for the money of the B1G finally paid dividends for the Maryland men’s basketball program. After losing in the first round of the conference’s tournament for a third consecutive year, the Terps were literally blessed with a six seed in the east region and will face Belmont who beat Temple in the First Four play game Tuesday. Maryland finished 22-10 and fifth place in the conference but they finished the regular season losing seven of their last 14 games, including a lame effort in their 69-62 loss to Nebraska, which led to another premature dismissal from the B1G Tournament. Mark Turgeon will bring a much-needed check back to College Park, but the pressure is squarely on him to win a postseason game to restore credibility to the program. Turgeon is a master recruiter who is affable and universally regarded as one of the nicer gentlemen in sports. … [Read more...] about Maryland Faces Must Win Moment In NCAA Tournament
It was one of the most exciting games in Penn State basketball history, and simultaneously, one of the saddest. Especially for Jeff Brooks.“Yeah, I know,” Brooks said last Saturday from Milan, Italy. “Don’t remind me.”He was joking. Sort of. OK, not really.Anyway, this week is the 8th anniversary of his 2011 PSU team’s riveting and ultimately crushing 66-64 loss to Temple in Tucson. And it represents the last time the Nittany Lions visited March Madness. So, we couldn’t help it. With another empty NCAA tournament for Penn State, the 17th in 18 years broken only by that 2011 group, what’s to do but celebrate the past? Or wallow in it.What’s so conflicting about March 17, 2011 is how much fun and buoyant and full of fight that team turned out to be, what a terrific game they and Temple played that day and what it took for the Lions to get to the McHale Center on the University of Arizona campus in the first place. I personally pretty … [Read more...] about A sad end to Jeff Brooks’ college career in Penn State’s last NCAA tournament has led to his happy life in Italy
It’s why we watch the mid-major and especially low-major conference tournament championship games: it’s win-or-go-home for everyone. And whoever does win is in the Dance.Such high consequences mean drama. The sort of suspense almost always missing from the high-major tournaments where half the teams are commonly already penciled into the NCAA bracket before they even play and most of the others have no hope of sweeping four of five games for an automatic berth. But not this year. Especially not in this year’s Big Ten tournament beginning on Wednesday in Chicago. It’s actually not only possible but quite plausible that some team that must win the B1G tournament for the auto bid to the NCAAs might actually do it. And in 21 previous editions of the B1G party, that’s never happened before.The closest to doing it were Illinois in 1999 and 2008, Iowa in 2002 and Ohio State in 2003. All won three games but fell apart in the final and lost by >12 points.Why … [Read more...] about No team that needed Big Ten tournament title to make NCAAs has ever done it; could Penn State be the first?
Mike Hlas The Gazette Iowa finds defense in second half, hangs on to beat Pittsburgh Pittsburgh-Iowa men's basketball at a glance: Time, TV, pregame notes Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl to have season-ending surgery Pitt-Iowa a far better ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup than once believed A whirlwind of a Cyclones comeback All articles by Mike Iowa has never played a Big Ten men’s basketball game in November. If you’re going to do it, it might as well be meaningful, right? So it is Friday night when Wisconsin and Iowa meet for the 165th occasion, but the first one in a November. The tales of these two teams have a distinct similarity. Both fell on hard times last season. Wisconsin, which had been to the NCAA tournament for 19 straight years, crashed with a 15-18 overall record. Iowa didn’t have an NCAA streak, but had posted six consecutive … [Read more...] about Wisconsin is a B1G conference-opener for Iowa men’s basketball
Douglas Miles The Gazette Hard Drive Performance Center set for Saturday grand opening in downtown Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Washington confident it can contend despite lower numbers Iowa City High has enthusiasm necessary for bounce-back season Cedar Rapids Xavier looks at 2018 as a new step Dave McCalla finds new challenge, same success in Legends division at Hawkeye Downs All articles by Douglas IOWA CITY — Iowa has a lot of positive juice coursing through its volleyball program. Back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in nearly three decades have the Hawkeyes brimming with confidence in the fifth season under Coach Bond Shymansky. “Back-to-back winning seasons seep into the way that the players think of themselves,” Shymansky said on Friday during preseason media day at Carver-Hawkeye … [Read more...] about Iowa volleyball thinking B1G after back-to-back winning seasons