Wichita State (24-6, 14-4) needed a victory to share the conference title and would have earned the top seed in the AAC Tournament after beating Cincinnati earlier this season. Not ideal for those who aren't aware of the change until the last minute but still not a huge deal, right? They were granted a four-seed, but were beaten by double digits by MI, the very same team whom they once dominated months ago.
Following their exit from the Big Ten tournament, it seemed as if the Nebraska basketball team had ended its chances for a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Excuse me while I go full Andy Bernard on my wall. This was Virginia's fourth straight week at No. 1, with the Cavaliers acquiring more first-place votes each time until claiming them all this week. They rebounded last year with a strong showing, or as strong as a show can be with Charles Barkley and the TNT NBA crew spewing nonsense about teams they haven't watched all year.
The Cardinals are getting ready to play in this week's ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. UofL is the No. 9-seeded team in the bracket and will play No. 8-seeded Florida St. on Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET in the second round of the tournament. "I think you can always take positives out of losing, whether you lose in the quarterfinals, the semis or the championship game". If your team was in the Big 10, then you are a week ahead of the rest of the country. Add in the likes of Rawle Alkins and Dusan Ristic, and this group has the pieces needed to win three games in as many days.
As for the tournament itself, Michigan State is the favorite to win. These teams all have been great NCAA Tournament teams ...
Cowboys Franchise Demarcus Lawrence
The Cowboys have also used the franchise designation on Anthony Spencer (2012, 2013), Ken Hamlin (2008) and Flozell Adams (2002). Lawrence is the only one of the Cowboys' recent additions who has developed into the pass rusher the team need.
As good as John Beilein is as a basketball tactician, the reason that the Wolverines look like a team that can make a run through the NCAA tournament and to San Antonio is because they are a team that is going to lock you down.
We won't know the entire field for the NIT until after NCAA tournament bracket is set, but we know four participants from the mid-major ranks as of now.
UNC Asheville suffered a 69-64 loss to Liberty in the semifinals of the Big South tournament. "And in all fairness, the regular season with an 18-game schedule, to persevere through that is probably more hard than the conference tournament".
Both L.A. schools are in a position where they would be well-served to pick up at least one win in Las Vegas. Huggins receives an incentive for Big 12 regular season titles and top four regular-season finishes, but not conference tournament titles.
After playing the longest Big Ten Tournament game in history Thursday, it'll be interesting to see if in comes into the game with exhausted legs.