GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If the opening game of the ACC tournament semifinals was a tranquilizer, then the nightcap was a jolt of espresso. Game one between top-seeded Notre Dame and NC State was a blowout from the word go, with the only mystery left in the game being if the Wolfpack could score as many points in the whole game as Notre Dame did in the first half alone. The second game was another Duke-UNC classic in a game fraught with tension, emotions bubbling over and a pulse-pounding final five minutes of play that thrilled the 8000 fans in attendance.
SEATTLE -- There’s no shortage of intriguing storylines in the Pacific Northwest.
On “Quarterfinal Friday” in Seattle, the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament maintained order in the top half of the bracket, though the USC PAC-12's 5-seed pulled off a "mini-upset" and helped its case for an NCAA bid when it sent fourth-seeded Arizona to the showers in a 59-54 nailbiter.
You couldn't have asked for a more evenly balanced contest than the one that opened the 2014 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament Friday evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, as eight-seeded Kansas battled K-State, the ninth seed, to an 87-84 overtime win. The nightcap, however, was another affair, with seventh-seeded Texas Christian University separating itself early and coasting to a lopsided 75-59 victory over the No. 9 Red Raiders of Texas Tech.
Duluth, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bria Goss had 14 points and the 12th-ranked
Kentucky Wildcats upset the fifth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks by a 68-58
margin in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The first three rounds of the ACC tournament feel like they were scripted to the specifications of the powers-that-be. There were tight second-round games but no upsets. The quarterfinals were mostly blowouts (except for a classic final game), but it set up a semifinal Saturday featuring the three traditional Triangle powers (Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State) and the interlopers from Indiana, Notre Dame. The fact that departing ACC member Maryland got bounced in the quarterfinals certainly made few shed tears.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sheer will….The mentality of a winner.
You can draw all the Xs and Os you want, but sometimes it just comes down to belief.
And to thinking like a winner.
On a day that featured one major upset and one minor one, it looked like No. 2-seed Michigan State was going to be another upset victim at the hands of seventh-seeded Michigan in Game Three of the second round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Instead, the Spartans put frustration aside and made just enough plays to come out a 61-58 winner.
Greensboro, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Brittany Rountree sank two key free
throws in the final seconds, her only two points of the contest, as sixth-
seeded North Carolina toppled third-seed Maryland, 73-70, on Friday.