Nick Ward scored 22 of his 28 points in a nearly perfect first half to help No. 9 Michigan State rout Green Bay 104-83 on Sunday night, at East Lansing, Michigan. Ward made all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half, although he did miss a free throw. The Spartans (9-2) made their last seven shots of the half to take a 64-35 lead. Ward also made his first two shots of the second half and finished 12 of 13. Sandy Cohen III scored 22 points for Green Bay (6-6).
Zion Williamson scored 25 points, RJ Barrett added 22 and No. 3 Duke routed Indiana 90-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Collin Gillespie had 17 points, including two key late free throws, and Villanova won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60. Gillespie made it 64-60 by connecting on a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds left in what was a tight second half. Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for the defending national champions (5-2).
Zion Williamson had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke pulled away to beat Army 94-72 on Sunday at Durham, N.C. Cameron Reddish finished with 25 points and a third freshman – RJ Barrett – had 23 while Williamson added six blocked shots and four assists for the Blue Devils (2-0).
Villanova will get a championship parade Friday in Philadelphia.
Marcus Paige made three 3-pointers in the second half to help North Carolina get untracked from long range and stifle a Syracuse rally for an 83-66 victory that moved the Tar Heels one win from the program’s sixth title.
As St. Joseph’s faced Oregon in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Hawk did what makes him one of the more famous mascots in college sports: flapping his wings … all game long. From pregame warmups to the final buzzer, that adds up to about 3,500 flaps.
INDIANAPOLIS – Call them freshmen, but do not call them kids. Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters played like salty old pros down the stretch, outscoring Wisconsin by 14 points the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program’s fifth NCAA men’s national basketball championship.
HOUSTON – The celebrating was done. Back at their hotel, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had already turned their thoughts to Duke and the 40 minutes that stand between them and the Final Four – not in a scouting-report kind of way, but just in the thinking-about-it kind of way. When Matt Santangelo spotted Gary Bell Jr. in the lobby, he knew that.
When the NCAA men’s tournament reaches the Sweet 16, that means there are only 15 games left to decide a national champion. Kentucky needs to win four of those games to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976. The Wildcats improved to 36-0 – the best start to a season for any team – with a workmanlike win over Cincinnati. Next up in the Midwest Regional semifinal is West Virginia, another team that will come right at Kentucky and try to force turnovers, the Mountaineers’ trademark this season.
S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's home win against Loyola Marymount. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
Back with the last post from Buffalo. It's a unedited notebook. Take a look below.
OK, change of plans. Vince Grippi's unedited column is posted below and we'll have notes up in about an hour. Read on.
Back with the game story from Gonzaga's season ending 87-65 loss to Syracuse. Read on for the unedited version and check back in about 90 minutes for notes and column.
Gonzaga's shooting woes continued in the second half. Syracuse's deadeye shooting continued, too. Just like the first half, it was a bad combination for the Bulldogs.Andy Rautins scored 11 points in a two-minute flurry early in the second half to blow open the game. Syracuse...
Gonzaga got off to a quick start offensively, hitting its first three shots (all coming on Matt Bouldin passes), but the Bulldogs paid for a 4:20 offensive dry spell midway through the half and during a big spurt by Syracuse in the closing 4 minutes.The...
And here's a couple more items for your reading pleasure: Vince Grippi's column and a side bar on the charitable efforts of the Boeheims and Fews.Read on.
Just about to wrap up a busy day in Buffalo. A couple of posts tonight: First up, here is my unedited game preview and notebook. Read on for those. Come back in a few minutes for more.
Back with the final post of the night. My NCAA-issued wireless connection is operating about at the same efficiency as Florida State made shots Friday -- roughly 35.6 percent.So I'll post quickly while it's working. Read on for an unedited notebook.
Gonzaga's impressive first half was enough to stave off Florida State on Friday. Gonzaga (27-6) will face No. 1-seeded and fourth-ranked Syracuse on Sunday at 9:10 a.m. PDT. Syracuse (29-4) cruised over Vermont 79-56 in Friday’s nightcap in front of an Orange-clad crowd of 18,948.Click...
About six hours from tip of Gonzaga-Florida State, so we'll get a quick post together while the wireless is still functioning (yes, it's been hit or miss)..Links: Here's the S-R advance, notes and column. The Tallahassee newspaper preview, side bar, and glance at GU. Orlando...
Good evening once again. As promised, here's an unedited notebook and Vince Grippi's unedited column. Both will run in Friday's S-R. Read on for more.
Good evening from Buffalo. Weather's great, the press conferences and team practices are over and we'll give you a couple of posts tonight.First up, my unedited game advance and a quick capsule look at the two teams. Come back in a while for a notebook...
President Obama is predicting that Florida State will beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Obama released his NCAA picks today. He also expects Michigan State and Texas A & M to make it out of Spokane into the Sweet Sixteen.He says Kansas...
The Zags are No. 8 seed in the West Region, but they will be traveling all the way to Buffalo, N.Y., to face ninth-seeded Florida State on Friday in the first round of its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament.The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference regular...