D.J. Newbill scored 26 points, Shep Garner added 19 and Penn State hung on to beat Nebraska 68-65 Wednesday in the Big Ten tournament opener.
The Selection Sunday countdown has officially begun. Let’s breakdown the mid-majors putting on their dancing shoes.
Rodney Pryor scored 17 points and Robert Morris denied St. Francis, Brooklyn, its first NCAA Tournament bid, beating the Terriers 66-63 in the Northeast Conference tournament championship on Tuesday night.
Derrick Colter was one of four Duquesne players with 16 points as the Dukes beat Fordham 81-66 on Wednesday night.
Sheldon McClellan scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Davon Reed tied a career-high with 19 as Miami kept its slim hopes of an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament alive with a 67-63 win over Pitt on Wednesday night.
Lucky Jones led RMU with a career high 27 points in a 91-68 win over Wagner in the first round of the NEC Tournament.
Ohio State’s Thad Matta tied a school record for coaching victories Wednesday night and quickly noted that players such as D’Angelo Russell make him a better coach. Russell scored 28 points and No. 23 Ohio State’s 77-67 victory over Penn State placed Matta in a tie with Fred Taylor with 297 wins against 91 defeats in 11 seasons with the Buckeyes.
Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69 on Tuesday night for the Jayhawks’ 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.
Villanova is having an amazing season and is in prime position to take a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. There are a lot of great players on the team, but the talent and leadership of Darrun Hilliard II is taking them there.
What to watch for in the lead up to the madness of the next couple weeks.
Rodney Pryor led Robert Morris University to a 91-59 win over Wagner with 25 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Micah Mason led Duquesne to a 79-66 win over Saint Louis with 20 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Jamel Artis added 24 points and Michael Young had 22 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh overcame another terrific performance by Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan in a 71-65 win on Tuesday night.
Devin Williams scored 14 points to lead No. 20 West Virginia to a 71-64 win over Texas on Tuesday night.