Five Big Ten MBB Teams Through to NCAA Tournament 2nd Round




FRIDAY, MARCH 16
Wisconsin 76, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 63
Chicago, Ill. - Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker stepped up and did just what seniors do during "March Madness."

The duo combined for 47 points, including 38 in the second half, to lead No. 2-seeded Wisconsin to a 76-63 comeback victory over 15th-seeded Texas AM-Corpus Christi in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at the United Center Friday afternoon.

The win moves the Badgers into a second-round matchup with seventh-seeded UNLV (29-6), which defeated 10th-seeded Georgia Tech (20-12), 67-63, earlier in the day. Wisconsin and the Rebels will tip off at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday. The winner advances to the regional semifinals in St. Louis next Friday. FULL STORY

Purdue 72, Arizona 63
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - So long, Lute. Maybe you, Coach K and The General can spend the rest of the NCAA tournament talking about how things used to be.

Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats were knocked out of the first-round Friday night 72-63 by Purdue. With Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Bob Knight of Texas Tech also losing their openers, three of the best coaches in tournament history are all on the sideline, making this the first time since 1995 that the second round opens without any of them. FULL STORY

Virginia Tech 54, Illinois 52
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Virginia Tech waited 11 years to get back to the NCAA tournament. Then it took the Hokies more than 39 minutes to find a way to stick around.

Deron Washington's banked runner in the final minute Friday night helped Virginia Tech rally from a 13-point deficit with just over 8 minutes left and beat Illinois 54-52 in a first-round game in the West Regional. FULL STORY

THURSDAY, MARCH 15
Ohio State 78, Central Connecticut 57
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Greg Oden grabbed the ball off the backboard, slammed it through the net and screamed. It was the kind of athletic, powerful play that's come to symbolize the Ohio State freshman's considerable talent.

Too bad it didn't count.

A Central Connecticut foul before the shot wiped out the dunk, one of the few times Oden and the top-seeded Buckeyes were stopped during their 78-57 win over the Blue Devils on Thursday in the opening round of the South Regional.

Oden finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season as the Buckeyes (31-3) won their 18th straight game. FULL STORY

Michigan State 61, Marquette 49
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -Tom Izzo saved a few tricks for his first matchup against his close friend and protege. Nearly all of them came on defense.

Raymar Morgan scored eight of his 14 points during a dominating first half, and ninth-seeded Michigan State clamped down on eighth-seeded Marquette in a 61-49 win in the first round of the East Regional on Thursday night.

Drew Neitzel and Marquise Gray added 12 points apiece for the Spartans (23-11), who shot nearly 54 percent and never trailed in advancing to face the North Carolina-Eastern Kentucky winner in the second round Saturday. FULL STORY

Indiana 70, Gonzaga 57
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Behind a game-high 22 points from Roderick Wilmont and D.J. White's eighth double-double of the season, the Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 70-57, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15.

The Hoosiers had also met the Zags in last year's tournament, falling 90-80 in the second round.

Indiana, which is seeded seventh in the tournament, will face second-seeded UCLA on Saturday, March 17, at approximately 8:25 p.m. EST on CBS. FULL STORY