The G20 did not start the NCAA tournament looking almost as impressive as it seemed during the regular season.
The state of Ohio no longer exists. That’s right- this is Purdue. The state of Michigan could not get out of the First Four.
All three results were decided in overtime, but at the same time raised at least some skepticism about the strength of the G20, which led all conferences with nine NCAA bids.
“We had a great year as a conference this year,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday night after the Boilermakers lost 78-69 to North Texas. “14 out of one was obviously the best conference. It is obvious that when you do that եք you involve the most teams, դեպքում in that case you have really close losses, people want to push back և say: No, we had as good a year as the conference. In three different games you share one point from winning, you do not win. “
This was certainly a disappointing start for the Big Ten, as it was pursuing its first national title in the state of Michigan in 2000. After the championship. Maryland won the NCAA Tournament in 2002 but was still a member of the Atlantic Conference.
The invitations to the nine tournaments of the “Big Ten” were the most in the history of the league, only two behind the record of the “Big East” in 2011.
The state of Michigan was not particularly surprising. The Spartans had to gather at the end of the season, just to earn a place in the top four, where they gained a double-digit advantage in the 86-80 defeat to UCLA.
But the loss of Purdue, Ohio, was astounding.
In second place in the Southern Province, Ohio fell to Oral Roberts 75-72. “Bucky” had 17 times more return shots than Oral Roberts, but 5 out of 23 hit from 3 points and scored 16 goals.
Oral Roberts became the 9th No. 9 player to win the first round match. The Big 15 vs. 2 were also involved in the Big Ten team when Middle Tennessee beat Michigan State in 2016.
“I thought the vitality was really good,” said Ohio State Coach Chris Holtman. “I thought our training was really good. “I thought we just had too many missed opportunities, too much turnover, too much empty assets to insult.”
In the last eight minutes of the settlement, Purdue eliminated the nine-point deficit, but allowed North Texas to score the first 11 points of overtime. Purdue was the No. 4 seed in the South.
“The OT was just a killer,” said Purdue’s guard Adiden Ivy, who scored 26 points.
The news was not all bad for the Big Ten.
Illinois, the champions of the Big Ten tournament and the main holder of the Middle East Cup, gave the wind a 78-49 victory over Drexel.
Wisconsin ատ The Rutgers also made progress by beating the top teams in the Atlantic Conference, a league that has had an inadequate regular season, and is currently 1-4 in the tournament. Wisconsin defeated North Carolina 85-62. Rutgers beat Clemson 60-56, his first NCAA victory since 1983.
After his Badgers won just three of their last nine games, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said the Big Ten requirements were helping his team prepare for the tournament.
“Obviously our league was phenomenal, it was so tight, especially the schedule we had,” said Gard. “The person making the Schedule should not like me or us. But it prepared us, it tested us when we came down from the Big Ten, fortunately it prepared us for it, it was ready to move forward by the end of the year. ”
Three other Big Ten teams play Saturday as Iowa faces the Grand Canyon, Michigan faces Texas Southern and Maryland faces UConn. Michigan is the main seed in the East, and Iowa is the second largest in the West.
History shows that after this tough start, it is too early for the Big Ten to end its league drought.
When Big East won 11 NCAA bids in 2011, only two of its teams made it to the Sweet 16. But one of those teams was UConn, which won the national title.
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