Michigan State is done with the regular season and will be the top seed in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off Wednesday in NY. But his teammates, particularly point guard Cassius Winston, have picked up the slack. The Badgers won despite shooting 36 percent. Bridges was implicated in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe involving impermissible benefits to college players but was cleared to play by the NCAA on Saturday.
And after the last three Big Ten tournament championships, Michigan State did no better than reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, including the first-round loss to Middle Tennessee State in 2016. Sophomore Kevin Huerter paced the Terps with 20 points.
The Maryland men's basketball team lost, 59-54, to Wisconsin in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in NY, N.Y., March 1.
Gary Clark scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to help the Bearcats to a victory over the Golden Hurricane Center in Highland Heights, Ky.
Cody Martin, Caleb's twin brother, both of whom played at Davie County before transferring to Oak Hill, had 17 points and 10 assists for the Wolf Pack (25-5, 14-2 Mountain West). The Golden Gophers have lost 10 of their last 11. Bruno Fernando added 12 points and nine rebounds. Torin Dorn added 19 points and Sam Hunt had 14 for the Wolfpack (20-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who opened the game with a 9-2 spurt and never trailed. And I think the one that nobody talks about as much is what the evolution and growth of Cassius Winston, how he's evolved and that was him going 6-for-6 from three and hitting some tough shots. They'll put their 12-game winning streak on the line at noon ET Friday when they face Wisconsin in quarterfinals of the tournament.
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The Wolfpack drained 13 shots from 3-point range on the way to a blowout of the Seminoles in Raleigh, N.C. The sophomore guard also had six rebounds and five assists in the win for MI (28-3, 16-2).
"We are getting to the point where it's a little like the ACC and the Big East where the conference tournament means more than the regular season", Izzo said. The Badgers' reliance on freshmen to play key roles in the rotation, especially in the backcourt, led to growing pains this season.
Trent Forrest had 16 points off the bench for Florida State (19-9, 8-8).
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