Five years into its hockey existence, however, the Big Ten looks to have the super conference it sought all along. I think there's really knowledgeable fans. The guys know the stakes.
"Coach keeps us grounded", Robinson said. During this eight-game win streak, they are 7-1 against the spread. "Now it's just another basketball game". He finished the contest with 1,015 points. "We're trying to get as far as we can and let the tournament chips fall where they may. We got more aggressive and got the stops we needed to". "We are one step closer, but we still have to stay locked in on the task at hand". For me, its neither of those things.
"He's really important, and don't give him too much credit".
"A lot of energy in the building and we definitely fed off it", Abdur-Rahkman said. That's a big thing with penalty killing. "No agendas, no personal drama, everything is regarding the team goal - and that's big time".
Another area which MSU struggled was on faceoffs. But on Friday, Ohio State held a surprising 38-18 edge. Winning low-scoring games? The Bulldogs' lead grew to 11 on a layup by Tyree Crump before Tennessee guard Jordan Bone hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to bring the Vols back within 42-34 at halftime. "We had a better finish".
"He's a guy that can make tough shots consistently", coach Matt Painter said of Carr.
Admiral Schofield scored 23 points, including a clutch jumper with 17 seconds to play, as No. 16 Tennessee beat Georgia 66-61 and won a share of the SEC regular-season title Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Once again, that's the challenge facing this team on Saturday.
"I thought it was better than expected", said former Duke star Grant Hill, who called the semifinals on CBS. It was 2-1 going into the third period and we put ourselves in a decent position. "We've got Zavier (Simpson), Jaaron (Simmons) - some inner-city kids on this team". The Huskers have made one of the biggest turnarounds in the NCAA this season after winning just seven games a year ago.
"Every game that we play, no matter who we play in our conference", Granato said, "It seems like we're going against the top team in the country". Obviously, the third period got away from us.
"They're not ideal yet, but they really work at it", Beilein said.
Game 12: No. 3 Purdue def. Brody Stevens also assisted on the play. Cain's foul trouble has been a recurring problem in Nebraska's three games against Maryland this season. Laczynski had one assist. "They just did a good job of taking up that space and being able to force him into tough shots". Ohio State is fourth, followed by MI in a tie for seventh, Penn State at No. 11, and Minnesota in 13th.
Purdue has won five straight games coming into today, including a 78-70 win over Penn State on Saturday.
Surprisingly, Minnesota outshot PSU, 35-30. Nittany Lions are in good shape.
Meanwhile, the Michigan-Wisconsin quarterfinal series opener in Ann Arbor turned into a insane outing full of goals.
During this 11-game stretch, the Wolverines are 9-2 and during it, Rahkman has been lights out.
Schofield energized the crowd and capped an 8-0 run with an extra-effort steal that led to a one-handed dunk to cut Georgia's lead to 45-44 with 13 minutes left in the second half. Ethan Happ had 22 to lead all scorers. "They probably had the most talent". Michigan State coach Tom Izzo acknowledged that the scouting report he provided his players did not recognize those as possible.
Purdue won both meetings with MI this season, but the Wolverines covered in both instances. Wisconsin went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
Shep Garner was one of the few bright spots for Penn State in defeat.
Edwards may have received consensus first-team all-Big Ten honors, but by the final buzzer Sunday evening, there's a chance he will start receiving the additional hype he deserves.
The Spartans' only two losses in conference play en route to an outright Big Ten title came over a seven-day span, as Ohio State stopped their 14-game winning streak on January 7 and MI forced 18 turnovers six days later to send the eventual conference champions to a 82-72 defeat. In the previous 13 games versus conference foes, he was 15-for-53.