Side Dishes:Sean’s Sport Chips — A look at incoming CSU basketball player Deante Johnson--The Reserve News
The CIT continued with three games, all home teams winning. Eastern Michigan won its 22nd game of the season, dumping Niagara 83-65; Texas-San Antonio defeated former Southland foe Lamar 76-69 in an all-Texas matchup, the Roadrunners’ second-ever postseason win, and Illinois-Chicago routed St. Francis (Pa.) 84-61.
The real NCAA Tournament gets underway today with the first 16 games of the first round. The day tips off with Oklahoma against Rhode Island in a 7-10 game between two teams on the skids of late (12:15 p.m. Eastern, CBS). Other games in the first window include Wright State against Tennessee (12:40 p.m., truTV), UNC Greensboro vs. Gonzaga (1:30 p.m., TNT) in what could be a real dogfight if the Spartans’ tough defense can slow down the Zags, and Pennsylvania meets top seed Kansas (2 p.m., TBS).
CIT round-up: Eastern Michigan, UIC, UTSA advance--Mid-Major Madness
Under The Radar Postseason News, Notes and Highlighted Games – Thursday, March 15th--Hoops HD
Chalk also held in the opening round of the CIT – Eastern Michigan, UT-San Antonio and Illinois-Chicago all won at home against Niagara, Lamar and St. Francis-PA, respectively. Another strange development is that there are 4 late entries into the field – Wofford, Portland State, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston State will now play 2nd round games against opponents to be determined.UIC Cruises to CIT Victory Over Saint Francis--uicflames.com
Purdue edges IUPUI in the WNIT on Karissa McLaughlin's basket--The Indy Star
JAGS FALL SHORT IN WNIT MATCHUP WITH PURDUE--iupuijags.com
Minnesota Women’s Basketball: Gophers to Take on Wisconsin-Green Bay in NCAA First Round--Daily Gopher
UWGB women ready to make noise in NCAA Tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's fanatical statistician much more than numbers--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament Preview: First Round vs Minnesota--greenbayphoenix.com
Panthers Shoot Lights Out To Win 81-67 In WNIT Opener--mkepanthers.com
The Morning Dish – Friday, March 16, 2018--Hoopville
NCAA Tournament Roundup:32 NCAA Tournament First Round Quick Takes--Rush The Court
Also winning in the South was Tennessee, which rolled past 14 seed Wright State 73-47. Undoubtedly the SEC will crow about going 4-0 on the tourney’s first day.
Tennessee vs. Wright State: If Wright State big man Loudon Love stays out of foul trouble, he could grab enough rebounds against the Volunteers to give Wright State a reasonable chance at an upset.VIDEOS: Tennessee’s Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield posterizes Wright State--College Basketball Talk
No. 3 Tennessee cruises past No. 14 Wright State--College Basketball Talk
Tennessee wins NCAA opener, routs Wright State 73-47--CBS Sports
NCAA Tournament First Round: Wright State goes cold, falls to Tennessee--Mid-Major Madness
NCAA Tournament: First Round Preview – Thursday, March 15th--Hoops HD
DALLASWright State's Loudon Love brings his football backgroud at Geneva to the basketball court--Chicago Tribune
(14) WRIGHT STATE VS (3) TENNESSEE (12:40 PM, TruTV). This could be a potential upset with the Raiders’ inside-outside combo of Loudon Love and Grant Benzinger, but they haven’t faced as many teams with the size and defensive intensity that you would expect from a Rick Barnes-coached team so far this season. Even with their loss to Kentucky in the SEC Championship, the Vols come into this game with a share of the SEC regular-season title and a lot of momentum.
39 players from Illinois on NCAA tournament rosters--Chicago Tribune
NCAA Tournament: No. 3 Tennessee Vols Handle Business Against No. 14 Wright State, 73-47--Rocky Top Talk
LIVE: Wright State battles Tennessee in the NCAA tournament--Dayton Daily News
NCAA Tournament: Tennessee ends Wright State’s season--Dayton Daily News
Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules--Dayton Daily News
As for Wright State, well, I was optimistic going in, but Tennessee was favored for a reason.Special Season Comes to an End--wsuraiders.com
The Raiders were bad offensively even compared to their normal game, which is obviously a recipe for disaster against a good Tennessee squad.
I thought the Volunteers played an average game while WSU came out cold and never recovered.
Of course, Wright State had to be at its best to win, and the Raiders were far from that.
I would imagine some of those shots in the second half would have been more likely to drop if not for the hole the Raiders were in.
But this could be the type of experience they can build on for the future.
“I think as time goes on, they’ll be able to look back and see what a special season this was,” he added. “One thing I told them is that I haven’t enjoyed every team that I’ve coached, but I really enjoyed these guys. This team has been a joy to coach, and for as thin as we were and as young as we are, we accomplished so much.”
One of the fun parts of March Madness is seeing those teams that come back with the same group two or three times in a four-year span and get that big win after absorbing some hard lessons…
Revitalized Raiders open WNIT play at Toledo--Dayton Daily News
YSU ousted from WBI--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Wright State falls to Tennessee in NCAA First Round--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Roundup: Milwaukee Advances, IUPUI Falls in WNIT First Round--The Horizon League