- Christopher Wilson at The Dagger36 mins ago
NEW YORK — “Weather the storm!”
A particularly loud member of Xavier’s very vocal pep band shouted the above phrase early in the first half of the Musketeers’ Big East semifinal against Creighton. The weather he was referring to was the barrage of Bluejay threes raining down upon his team. Unfortunately for Xavier and their fans, the storm lasted for the better part of two hours as the Musketeers fell 86-78.
It was another night of history making for Doug McDermott - who moved past Keydren Clark and Harry Kelly to fifth on the all-time scoring list – but he was just the biggest part of a multi-pronged attack that shot 55% from the field, made 21-of-24 free throws, knocked down 11 threes and assisted on 18 of 27 made field goals. McDermott now has 3,078 career points after his 32 on Friday night, sitting 89 points behind Alphonso Ford’s fourth-place mark. McDermott's 67 points in his first two Big East Tournament games also broke Allen Iverson's old record of 58.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 hr ago
Syracuse was undeniably the nation's best team a month ago, but what a difference the past month has made.
The Orange escaped with a one-point victory over North Carolina State on Feb. 15 to remain unbeaten. One day short of one month later, the seventh-seeded Wolfpack wasn't about to allow that to happen again Friday. They held on to beat No. 2 seed Syracuse 66-63 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.
The game ended with an amazing sequence in which Syracuse managed to get off six shots thanks to five offensive rebounds. None of them went in and NC State advanced to the semifinals with an improved NCAA tournament resume and hope still alive of wrecking dreams of other teams by stealing the league's automatic bid.
ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack with 28 points and eight rebounds.
- Sam Cooper at The Dagger2 hrs ago
Forty minutes was not enough to decide a Sun Belt quarterfinal matchup between No. 5 seed Arkansas-Little Rock and No. 4 seed Arkansas State. In fact, it took 60 minutes for Arkansas State (19-12) to prevail over Little Rock 116-114 in quadruple overtime at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
A shot at top-seeded Georgia State in the semifinals was on the line and late in regulation, it looked like Little Rock (15-17) was going to come out on top. The Trojans led by six with 1:20 remaining, but the Red Wolves stormed back and took a 77-76 lead on a Melvin Johnson III layup with just eight seconds remaining. Little Rock’s James White split a pair of free throws on the other end to send the game to overtime tied at 77.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger3 hrs ago
Iowa State finally conquered Kansas in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals Friday 94-83 behind an impressive performance from forward Georges Niang whose face was bloodied late in the game when he took a charge.
The Cyclones carried a five-game losing streak against the Jayhawks into the game spanning both regular season games this season and games last season. Niang taking a charge to keep a fire lit under his teammates was somewhat fitting because the Cyclones lost a game to Kansas last season when officials flubbed a call against Niang for a block when he tried to take a charge in the final minute.
- Sam Cooper at The Dagger3 hrs ago
Wisconsin rebounded from its regular season-ending loss at Nebraska in emphatic fashion and, at the same time, jeopardized Minnesota’s NCAA tournament hopes.
Behind a career-high 29 points (on just 15 shots) from senior Ben Brust, the Badgers cruised to a dominating 83-57 victory over the Gophers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. The 26-6 Badgers will now face the winner of Friday night’s Michigan State-Northwestern showdown in Saturday’s semifinals.
Deandre Mathieu (18 points, five assists) and the Gophers kept things close for the game’s first 17 minutes. That was until the Badgers notched the final eight points of the first half on two 3-pointers from freshman Bronson Koenig and a Sam Dekker jumper and headed to the locker room up 34-22.
The Badgers picked up where they left off in the second half and Minnesota could never get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger7 hrs ago
Pittsburgh finally got a win it needed to enhance its NCAA tournament resume Friday by beating North Carolina 80-75 in the ACC tournament, but the Panthers almost gave it away at the free throw line.
Pitt led 51-33 with 10 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the game. From that point to the end of the final buzzer, the Panthers combined to make only 13 of 29 free throws. North Carolina took advantage of the shakiness, surging to within four points twice in the final minute before coming up short.
Pittsburgh was just 21 of 41 at the foul line in the game. Forward Talib Zanna and guard James Robinson each scored 19 points. They combined to make 11 of 15 free throws.
- The Dagger8 hrs ago
Hoping to keep its slim chance of securing an at-large bid alive, Missouri matched top-ranked Florida shot for shot in the first half, going into the locker room tied at 29. The second half was a different story.
Led by senior point guard and SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin, the Gators turned up the energy and were deadly from three in the second half, eventually pulling away for a 72-49 victory.
The Tigers were hanging around until midway through the second half when Wilbekin made a huge play to stretch the Gators’ lead from two to seven in what seemed like the blink of an eye.
After Will Yeguete converted on a layup off a crisp feed from Kasey Hill, the Gators employed the full-court press on the ensuing inbounds pass. Wilbekin picked off the pass and with his momentum pulling him out of bounds, saved the ball to Yeguete. Wilbekin then got free in the corner and knocked down a three off a dish from Yeguete – his fourth successful three-ball in five attempts.
- Sam Cooper at The Dagger9 hrs ago
Boston College’s season concluded in a fitting way on Wednesday with a 73-70 overtime loss to Georgia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament. The loss was the 24th of the season for Steve Donahue’s Eagles, 17 of which came by ten points or less.
Despite another disappointing year, Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel is reporting that BC athletic director Brad Bates informed Donahue that he will return for his fifth season.
The news is a bit puzzling, especially with the postseason expectations the team had this year. BC finished the 2012 campaign with a 16-17 record and returned the majority of its core players, so fans were hopeful the Eagles would continue to improve. Instead, a brutal non-conference slate doomed the Eagles from the start as the team dropped seven of its first ten games. The Eagles suffered a similar fate in ACC play, losing five of its first six before trudging to an eventual 4-14 conference record.
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at The Dagger9 hrs ago
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- Sam Cooper at The Dagger10 hrs ago
Today, March 14, is affectionately known as Pi Day. Pi Day commemorates “pi,” the famous mathematical constant which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Pi has been calculated to over ten trillion digits (which apparently rounds up to 3.14), and for some reason, Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft knows the first 62 of them.
It’s pretty impressive to watch him recite all of those numbers with ease and really funny at the end of the video when he tells those filming that he was “extremely accurate” and that they “don’t have to check that.”
Well done, Aaron. Happy Pi Day!