Some feel NCAA Tournament results determine a conference’s value. To use this year as an example, many people think the Big Ten having three teams in the Sweet 16 proves the conference was underrated this season. Others disagree, believing the ACC is still elite despite just one league team still remaining. In this debate, which I wrote about for CBS Local, everyone is right.
Crisler Center, formerly Crisler Arena and the University Events Building before that, turns 50 this year. It is best known as the home of Michigan basketball, but the arena has also hosted several high-profile musical acts, among other memorable events. In a story for Michigan Today, I went through news archives and talked to some of the key figures in the arena’s history.
Michigan was playing really well before plane trouble marked the beginning of a championship run through the Big Ten Tournament. Now in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines believe they can beat Oregon and keep the good vibes going. I wrote about Michigan’s mentality and more in a story for UM Hoops.
The women’s NCAA Tournament starts Friday. In an article for Excelle Sports, I look at the top players to watch.
SMU, banned from the NCAA Tournament last year, is flying under the radar as the Big Dance approaches. The Mustangs’ sophomore point guard, Shake Milton, has had a great season, and I wrote about him for CBS Local. Rising Star: SMU Guard Shake Milton
Michigan’s young frontcourt of D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner has made tremendous strides this season. They’ll play an important role in Michigan’s postseason fate and take on even more responsibilities next season. I wrote about the dynamic duo for UM Hoops.
Imagine if Northwestern had not executed an incredible last-second play to perfection against Michigan on Wednesday, gone to overtime and lost. Given that the Wildcats lost their regular season finale on Saturday, that would have meant Northwestern would be entering this week’s Big Ten Tournament on a five-game losing streak. Their hopes of reaching the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament would still be alive but well…it’s a good thing they won.