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Temple vs. Penn State: The last time the Temple Owls won an NCAA tournament game dates back to 2001, when they beat none other then the Penn State Nittany Lions.  Ironically enough, the same math up and same result happened Thursday in the second round in the NCAA tournament.

Talor Battle hit a deep three point shot with 16 seconds to go in the game to tie the game at 64 a piece.  Temple continued the trend of hitting a buzzer beater to win the game when Juan Fernandez hit an 18-foot leaner with 0.4 remaining to break a 62-62 tie and give temple their second straight win vs Penn State in the NCAA tournament. (more…)


Spartans and Bruins Tip Off in a 7-10 Match-Up

Posted: March 16, 2011 by Austin Bramley in Spartan Basketball

The Michigan State Spartans will travel to Tampa Florida to take on the UCLA Bruins in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. The Spartans were given the 10th seed in the southeast region after they made a run to the semi-finals in the Big Ten tournament to solidify a spot in the big dance.

UCLA finished second in the Pac-10 regular season standings but fell to Oregon in the first round of the conference tournament. That early departure in the conference tournament may have cost UCLA a couple of  seeding points but with the 7th seed, they have a favorable match up in Michigan State,

Michigan State is 19-14 overall and went .500 in conference action with 9 wins and 9 losses. The Spartans went 6-13 against teams that are in the NCAA tournament but to be fair, they have been playing their best basketball of late.  With out the Spartans making a run in the Big Ten tournament its likely that they would be playing in the NIT right now, but with their run and Tom Izzo as their head coach it sparked thoughts of a Michigan State run in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans have been to eight final fours and have won two national championships.  Their overall NCAA tournament record is 52-23. Tom Izzo is the best coach in the country in the month of March and that’s why everyone was in denial when the Spartans were struggling. Now with them getting hot at the right time, its tough to give them an early departure on your bracket. (more…)

Eric Doughan, a journalism student at the University of Iowa recently joined our staff. Due to technical difficulties  we could  not get him registered as a contributor at the moment. This is piece is written by Eric Doughan.

The Big Ten got 7 teams into the field of 64, or 68, or whatever you want to call it now. Ohio State was deservedly awarded the number one overall seed in the big dance. Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan St., Illinois, and Penn State also got invitations to the tourney as well. How far can these Big Ten teams go in the NCAA tournament? Lets take a look at each teams first round matchup and possible matchups in later rounds. (more…)

March Madness has come to Big Ten Country

The Big Ten fared very well on selection Sunday sending seven of eleven teams to the Big Dance.  Only the Big East fared better, sending eleven teams albeit with a much bigger conference. 

Earning the overall number one seed and playing in the East region is the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes have been impressive all season and should make a deep tourney run.  Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who will likely make the jump to the NBA after this season.  No reason not to expect at least an elite eight appearance by the Buckeyes this season.

Two Big Ten teams will be making an appearance in the West region this year.  The eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines will be facing the ninth seeded Tennessee Volunteers to start off.  This is an intriguing match-up as both teams are very solid so it should be one of the better round two games this year.


In the quarter-final round of the Big Ten Tournament, the phrase “anybody can beat anybody on any given night” occurred. To start off the day, the #1 seed Ohio State barley slipped by they #8 seed Northwestern in overtime. In game 5 of the tournament the 5 seeded Michigan Wolverines upset the 4th seeded Fighting Illini by five. To be completely honest, the 6th game of the Big Ten Tournament shocked me. The 7th seeded Michigan State Spartans beat the #2 seed Purdue handily. (more…)

For the third time this season Iowa and Michigan State matched up and played another Big Ten basketball game. Except this game was in the first round on the Big Ten tournament and much closer than the first two. In a game where Michigan State made every shot when they needed to they won 66-61. This was a must win game for both Iowa and Michigan State. With only 11 wins on the year, Iowa of course needed to win the Big Ten tournament to get into the big dance. Michigan State on the other hand may have just punched their ticket.

It took a while for this game to get into full swing as both teams came out a tad flat.  Once both teams got rid of the first round gitters, Michigan State ran out to a 7-2 lead over the Hawkeyes.  Iowa wasnt going to lay down for the Spartans, they fought back slowly and tied the game at 24 with 5:18 seconds remaining. At this point Iowa had several opportunities to take the lead for the first time but never could. They either missed free throws or Michigan State hit shots when need be. Iowa tied the game again at 28 and 31 but played from behind the whole half. Michigan State went into the locker room with a 33-31 halftime lead. (more…)

In a must win game for both teams, Michigan State and Iowa both came out firing. Draymond Green got things started for the Spartans and kept pouring it on throughout the half.  Green had a monster first half with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the men in green. Iowa, coming off that emotional win over Purude had many chances to get the lead from Michigan State but could only tie it. Bryce Cartwright is leading the way for the hawks with 10 points 3 boards and 4 assists. Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe only played the first three minutes of the first half after he got benched with three fouls. It seems like every time Iowa hits a big shot to tie it, Michigan State hits another big shot to extend their lead. It should be a very competitive second half as both teams need this win to extend their season bast the Big Ten tournament.