If anyone had the perception it was a down year for the Big Ten, it certainly isn’t the case anymore with two teams in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament — which is being held in Indianapolis, no less.
There are no standouts on this team, so the Terrapins have featured a more balanced attack. Four different players have led them in scoring during their four NCAA tournament victories.
As a junior, Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with 16.3 points and 3.2 assists per game, was second in the Big East with an 86.1 free throw percentage and was selected to the all-Big East first team.
Wizards power forward Kris Humphries said he is likely to return to game action on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 25. Humphries has missed 16 consecutive games because of a groin strain.
The Wildcats are two wins away from the first perfect season since 1975-76, and three of their players are projected as top-20 draft picks should they go pro.
Lexie Brown scored 15 points, Brionna Jones added 14 points and nine rebounds and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Final Four with a 58-48 win over Tennessee on Monday in the Spokane Regional final.
Paulsen, a three-time Patriot League coach of the year who spent the last seven seasons at Bucknell, will replace Paul Hewitt, who was fired earlier this month after four seasons.
The NFL and the NCAA could make a stand against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, showing once again that the world of sports can’t be detached from its social and political environs.
Duke’s Okafor and Wisconsin’s Kaminsky were joined on the first team by Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell, the organization announced.
It is the fifth time at least three No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four. The only top-seed sweep was in 2008, and this is the third consecutive year one conference has had two teams in the Final Four.
The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four, a record-matching 12th for Krzyzewski, after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over Gonzaga.
For Tennessee to reach Tampa, it must get past Maryland’s attempt at a second consecutive Final Four. The Terrapins have won their last 27 games and last year knocked off then-No. 1 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16.