GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The semifinals of the 2015 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament saw the top seeds run out to quick early leads, and then found them sweating after blowing those leads. In front of an enthusiastic crowd, top-seed Notre Dame knocked off Duke, 55-49, behind the heroics of Jewell Loyd. In the second game, second-seed Florida State put Louisville into a grinder in the early going, running and gunning their way to a 24-point lead.
It's Kelsey Mitchell's world. We're just living in it.
The freshman guard from Ohio State earned some respect with her clutch performance in the Big Ten tournament semifinal round at Hoffman Estates, Ill. More details will be revealed shortly, but her unwavering grit led Ohio State to the biggest upset in Saturday's college basketball action, knocking off Iowa.
A year ago at the Pac-12 tournament, Stanford and California were expected to make the final. Neither team did. This year, the Cardinal and Golden Bears were seeded third and fourth, not first and second.
Guess what? They’ve reached the final when few expected them to meet for a third time in 2015.
All four quarterfinal games at the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship saw one team take a huge lead only to see an opponent make it close in the final minutes.
Three of the lower seeded teams escaped with wins. The only game that didn’t follow that script was No. 6 seed Texas upsetting No. 3 TCU, but No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 Oklahoma State all won as the better seed.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The American Athletic Conference Tournament is a strange one. Only one team can realistically enter the tournament expecting to win it. UConn will do that. The closest an AAC team came to beating the Huskies this season was South Florida’s 23-point loss last Monday.
AAC teams come here to play for the love of the game, for the competition, to redeem a season, and to play in front of larger crowds than most see at home. This last factor is, of course, why none of the AAC coaches complain about the tournament being in Connecticut.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There were no upsets Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, and the co-regular-season champions will battle it out on Sunday to determine who reigns supreme in the league—South Carolina or Tennessee.
“This game will decide who the real champions are,” said Tennessee sophomore Andraya Carter.
The quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament was a very procedural one. All four teams that earned a double-bye to this round won their games convincingly. Some will undoubtedly ask if fatigue set in, but the performances from the victors would also indicate that the better teams pulled out. Energy will no longer be a talking point as the remaining teams are on equal footing in terms of games played.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The top-two seeds advanced easily on Friday at the Southeastern Conference tournament as South Carolina and Tennessee both locked up their opponents with some record-breaking defense. Meanwhile their semifinal opponents, Louisiana State and Kentucky, were tested until the final buzzer. Nonetheless, four teams are left standing to battle it out for the title in Little Rock. Let’s take a look at how they got there.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On the third day of the ACC tournament, it was midnight for Cinderella as 13-seed Wake Forest and 15-seed Virginia were both disposed of without much trouble. Top-seed Notre Dame got a fight from eight-seed Miami but was never in much danger in the second half. The day concluded with chalk ruling over all, but not without a classic matchup between six-seed North Carolina and three-seed Louisville.