UND, Union, Friars, Ferris survive and advance

CINCINNATI – Mark MacMillan was standing his ground in front of the goal when the puck caromed off his side and into the net. His deflection set up an NCAA tournament upset.

MacMillan's goal broke a tie with 1:44 to go, and North Dakota added a pair of open-net goals in the final minute Friday night, pulling away to a 5-2 victory over top-seeded Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional semifinals.

No. 3 North Dakota (24-13-3) will face second-seeded Ferris State for the regional title Saturday and a trip to the Frozen Four. Ferris State beat Colgate 1-0 in the other semifinal.

The seven-time national champions got an at-large berth when Wisconsin (24-11-2) beat Ohio State for the Big Ten title, eliminating the Buckeyes. North Dakota then knocked out its longtime rival with three late goals, the most important one coming quite by chance.

Brendan O'Donnell shot from the right wing, and the rising puck hit MacMillan and went past goaltender Joel Rumpel for a 3-2 lead.

"I was just trying to go to the net," MacMillan said. "It just went off my side and bounced into the net. Bit of a lucky one, but we'll take it."

The goal was reviewed to see whether the puck deflected off MacMillan's raised stick or whether he had interfered with Rumpel.

"The ref did come over and say the North Dakota player did not bump your goaltender," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "It hit him and it went in."

Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute, giving him three goals in the game and ending the latest installment of a long-standing hockey rivalry.

It was the 164th game between the schools. They've met three times in the NCAA tournament, and North Dakota has won all three – 5-2 in the 1982 title game and 3-2 in overtime in a 2008 regional final.

Union 5, Vermont 2

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to help top-seeded Union beat Vermont 5-2 on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

Mat Bodie also scored for Union, which came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season. Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4).

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

Union is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games.

The Catamounts took eight penalties, and Union converted three times on special teams.

The Dutchmen got on the board 4:15 into the game with a short-handed goal. Hatch went almost end-to-end unimpeded, skating down the right half-wall before cutting into the slot and beating goalie Brody Hoffman to the glove side.

"That really got the bench going," Bodie said. "Special teams often dictate who wins, and I thought our special teams did it tonight."

Vermont tied in the period when McCarthy went behind the Union net, threw the puck in front and saw it ricochet back to him for an easy shot past Colin Stevens, who made 23 saves. Hoffman had 34 for Vermont.

Union took the lead back just more than a minute later with a power-play goal. Carr's slap shot rebounded to Sullivan, who found Novak to the left of the goalie. Novak backhanded it into the net from his knees.

Carr played give-and-go with Novak on the power play to give the Dutchman a 3-1 lead in the second. Novak's pass back to Carr hit the stick of Vermont's Yvan Pattyn and into the net.

"We were moving the puck well, but more importantly we were winning the battles down low, and that's a huge component to the power play," Novak said.

Bodie made it 4-1 on a 4-on-1 rush after taking a pass from Sullivan in front of the net.

Vermont cut the deficit to two goals on a backhander by McCarthy at 13:19 of the third. But Hatch got his second goal on an empty net to put the game away.

"Our kids played their hearts out, but just took too many penalties," said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who coached Union from 1999 to 2003.

The Dutchmen, who lost to Quinnipiac in last year's regional championship game in Providence, will face the Friars, winners of Friday's second East Regional game, on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

"We're very honored to be going to that game," coach Rick Bennett said.

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Jon Gillies made 37 saves, and third-seeded Providence beat second-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 on Friday night in an NCAA East Region semifinal.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first and scored three second-period goals.

That was more than enough with Gillies in net.

"It's unbelievable when you have a goalie like Jon behind you," Jankowski said. "If we bend a little too much, we have Jon back there to help us out."

The Friars will play top-seeded Union on Saturday in the regional championship game. The Dutchmen beat Vermont 5-2 in the first semifinal.

The game will pit Providence coach Nate Leaman against the program he led from 2003 to 2011 and former assistant Rick Bennett, a former Friars star.

"I think once the puck is dropped, I don't think anyone on the ice is going to think about it," Leaman said. "It's one game to see who advances. That's our goal, and there's really nothing that's going to distract me or the team, I think, from that."

Providence is making its first tournament appearance since 2001. It last won an NCAA game during a three-game first-round series with Minnesota in 1991.

Michael Garteig made 22 saves for Quinnipiac, which finished the season 24-10-6, a year after making it to the national championship game.

"It was a different game out there than what we've been used to all year," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "There was a lot of obstruction and hooking and holding, and we've got to find a way to fight through it a little bit better."

Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

CINCINNATI – C.J. Motte got past his rough weekend with an NCAA tournament shutout.

The Ferris State junior goalie turned away 35 shots Friday, making Gerald Mayhew's power-play goal midway through the first period hold up for a 1-0 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final, where they will meet North Dakota, by pulling off their sixth shutout of the season, their fifth with Motte in goal.

The Bulldogs finished the season by giving up eight goals in two games at the WCHA Final Five championship last weekend. Coach Bob Daniels thought it had more to do with leaky defense in front of Motte than with the goalie himself.

Both were solid Friday, repeatedly turning away a Colgate (20-14-5) team that had more shots on goal but couldn't get one to go in.

"He's always good," defenseman Scott Czarnowczan said of his goalie. "He might have been better today."

Motte made two impressive stops during a power play in the third period. He also made a glove save on Spiro Goulakos' slap shot with 1:37 to go. Colgate's Tyson Spink was called for cross checking with 57.9 seconds left, allowing Ferris State to finish it off on a power play.

"We just didn't get a bounce tonight," Goulakos said.

Colgate freshman goaltender Charlie Finn was solid Friday, stopping 26 shots. Mayhew flipped the puck over his leg from in front of the goal for the only score.

Mayhew, a freshman forward, had a pair of goals at the Final Five championship last weekend, including the game winner during a 5-4 victory over Anchorage Alaska.

"He's played well as of late," Daniels said. "Gerald's got a very quick stick. You could see the chances coming more and more."

Once he scored, it was a matter of holding on.

"They played their game," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "They did a great job defending the lead when they got it."

 

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2:05 p.m.: Duke leads Mercer by three on the underneath-4 timeout. The Blue Devils proceed to shoot three-pointers and crash the offensive glass, Mercer continues to assault the rim and exploit the non-existent interior protection of Duke. – Jeff Borzello

2:02 p.m.: Neither Andrew Wiggins nor John Calipari look totally comfortable in this image. (h/t KSR) – Jeff Borzello

1:54 p.m.: Stanford has come out on fire against New Mexico. Up sixteen-four early, and Alex Kirk already has two fouls for the Lobos. – Jeff Borzello

1:40 p.m.: Duke may be tied with Mercer proper now, but Quinn Cook dinner had a highlight-level crossover in the first half. Ankle-breaking. – Jeff Borzello

1:36 p.m.: Stanford and New Mexico getting set to tip shortly. WATCH DWELL. – Jeff Borzello

1:35 p.m.: It’s formally time to get the #UpsetAlert on the market. Mercer leads Duke by three, has the momentum – and Jabari Parker has three fouls. – Jeff Borzello

1:28 p.m.: Mercer massive man Monty Brown bought hit within the head within the first half, and Rachel Nichols reviews that he is out the remainder of the sport. – Jeff Borzello

1:23 p.m.: Rico Gathers and Cory Jefferson are offering up a measurement advantage that Nebraska can not match up in opposition to – in any respect. Typically these games can turn right into a battle of DNA down low, and Baylor so clearly outclasses Nebraska there. It is 23-11 at the underneath-4. The Bears will have to actually go cold, and Nebraska the alternative, for one thing to show right here. – Matt Norlander

1:06 p.m.: Duke up 35-34 on Mercer on the half. We had a sense this would be close for most of the recreation, and Mercer is hanging right there. It regarded just like the Blue Devils would prolong the lead toward the tip of the half, however a late eleven-3 run gave Mercer a one-point lead before Jabari Parker’s layup put Duke back on prime heading into the break. Duke has taken a watch-opening 21 3-pointers in the present day, though its eleven offensive rebounds have additionally played a huge position. – Jeff Borzello

12:58 p.m.: Okay, so it is ugly in San Antonio. Baylor leads 10-three on Nebraska at the below-12. Huskers very much appear like a crew unfamiliar with the NCAA stage at the moment. We’ll see if they’ll settle. That Duke-Mercer sport is a fun watch, although. Blue Devils lead 30-27 with 2:20 to go. – Matt Norlander

12:40 p.m.: Baylor-Nebraska is a really intriguing game. And it’s about to start. I feel Baylor wins by 10, though. WATCH ONLINE HERE. – Matt Norlander

12:13 p.m.: Additionally, Thursday saw its highest rankings in 23 years (since the event expanded to 4 telecast windows for all the day in 1991). Thursday’s video games averaged a 6.0/14 in a single day rankings/share, up 3%compared with a 5.eight/14 in 2013. – Jeff Borzello

12:12 p.m.: Duke and Mercer about to get occurring CBS. Or WATCH HERE. – Jeff Borzello

12:10 p.m.: Earlier than we actually get going, take a look at the Viewer’s Guide for a fast preview of the day. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:50 a.m.: Welcome again in, everyone. I am not entirely prepared for no matter’s about to happen. However that’s why these first two days are so nice. Before we begin, Steve Fisher ranted towards the NCAA’s coverage that forced New Mexico State to leave in the middle of the night time – after a loss – late final evening on the West Coast. This is spot-on and deserves a number of attention. Fisher put a defense for NMSU, Marvin Menzies and that faculty. And he ought to have. Ridiculous that a shedding group has to shuffle home within the cowl of darkness. – Matt Norlander

Highlights..

1:34 a.m.: CLOSING: San Diego State 73, New Mexico sixty nine. The night is over. And we’re simply hours from day two. Thank you for studying. When you’re simply coming to this within the early morning. Give it a scroll. What a memorable first day. Gotta be among the best of the past twenty years. 4 OTs alone. The live blog will boot up once more at midday on Friday. – Matt Norlander

1:23 a.m.: OK, SDSU kind of wants this? It is too laborious to tell. Eyes starting to glaze. This may be setting a new file for longest first day of the NCAAs ever. What an introduction. – Matt Norlander

1:08 a.m.: Ahahahahahaha!!! New Mexico really just despatched this thing into time beyond regulation. It is an NCAA Event report: four in someday.

1:04 a.m.: ULTIMATE: Louisville 71, Manhattan sixty four. Cardinals will play Saint Louis on Saturday. Pitino says on TELEVISION afteward: “That’s probably the greatest coaching jobs I’ve seen in my 39 years… That’s why I didn’t need to play them. Proper now, we won, I am excited, but I really feel sick inside… I am on the edge of my bed when Travis Ford coaches, when Billy Donovan coaches, when Steve Masiello coaches. I don’t sleep when they lose. Though I’m elated, it damage me tonight, going towards him.” – Matt Norlander

12:58 a.m.: Luke Hancock with a devastating double dose of three-point photographs to present Manhattan a 68-sixty two lead. Oh, man, that was ice water. Hancock you’ll recall won the MOP award ultimately 12 months’s Last Four. Barring some dangerous turnovers, Louisville is going to escape. – Matt Norlander

12:50 a.m.: A SCENARIO IN ORLANDO! Manhattan leads Louisville on the under-four timeout, a fifty eight-fifty five edge. Those watching have to like how the Jaspers are taking part in the Cardinals. Aggressive and confident. Louisville not folding, but certainly not matching composure. – Matt Norlander

12:37 a.m.: HUGE BOY. Thanks for this, @bubbprog. – Matt Norlander

12:22 a.m.: I can’t deny, I wouldn’t misinform you if I said I’d be OK with a San Diego State romp over New Mexico State. That is not occurring in the intervening time. Aggies path Aztecs 37-31 at the 15:34 mark. Gonna be an extended night time. We’ve nonetheless acquired a podcast to file! – Matt Norlander

12:18 a.m.: OKAY, I’m all in for a Jaspers upset right here. Louisville leads 47-forty three with 12:20 to go. But Russ Smith may need a wrist subject. We’ve had a tremendous day. What’s another thriller? There’s also this. – Matt Norlander

12:14 a.m.: Here was the video of Cameron Ridley’s buzzer-beater. – Jeff Borzello

12:05 a.m.: CLOSING: Villanova 73, Milwaukee fifty three. Generally it’s good to have a blowout or two amid all the other ridiculousness that is happening. That Texas recreation-winner was straight-up weird. – Matt Norlander

12:01 a.m.: ULTIMATE: Texas 87, Arizona State eighty five. Cameron Ridley picks up a unfastened ball and lays it in as time expires for the win. – Jeff Borzello

11:53 p.m.: This might be one thing value watching. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:34 p.m.: Texas and Arizona State getting fun in the second half. The Longhorns opened up a double-digit lead, however the Solar Devils have been chipping away. They minimize it down to 2, though it is now at six. Jahii Carson’s complementary pieces have been helping, especially Jordan Bachynski (20 points). It has been Carson who must be extra of a factor. He’s 6 of 15 from the floor. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:31 p.m.: Yeah, it has been a nice half. If you go against the same thing you’ve been working towards against all season, you’re not going to be intimidated. Louisville leads Manhattan by six at halftime. The two groups are mainly mirror photos of one another, however Louisville is doing every part just a little bit higher. The Cardinals have pressured 10 turnovers, while coughing it up six instances themselves. One other increase for Louisville has come on the offensive glass. The Cardinals have 11 offensive boards, taking advantage of their edge inside. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:30 p.m.: Villanova now getting some separation. Now 1 for 17 from deep and leads Milwaukee forty two-33. Elsewhere, issues are very attention-grabbing. Borzello, Manhattan’s not taking place simple. I didn’t think it would. – Matt Norlander

11:21 p.m.: Stat that’s been tossed out: The NCAA Tournament’s had 4 OT games this yr. The previous two tourneys had two total. So things are going nicely. In Buffalo, Villanova leads 34-29 on Milwaukee with 15:forty to go. Preserving an eye. That is closer than I expected. The Wildcats have shot 14 3-point pictures.. and made none of them. – Matt Norlander

11:18 p.m.: And now we have totally entered into the final window of the day. San Diego State and New Mexico State are underway on truTV. It may get bizarre. Watch online here. – Matt Norlander

eleven:05 p.m.: And this is the GIF of the day, with out question. North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips. Through Michael Shamburger. – Matt Norlander

10:fifty eight p.m.: SURE! Dance videos/GIFs have change into a thing prior to now two years, and we’re completely OKAY with that. Love the BI-ZUN. GIF through @cjzero – Matt Norlander

10:38 p.m.: Not a ton of protection being performed in Arizona State and Texas, but the Longhorns are up at halftime by five. Texas is shooting 59 percent from the sector and 50 percent from three-point vary, while Arizona State is making fifty two percent of its area targets and almost sixty seven percent of its 3-point photographs. Jahii Carson should be a distinction-maker within the second half for the Solar Devils; he is three of seven in the first half. – Jeff Borzello

10:30 p.m.: Manhattan and Louisville needs to be a quick-paced, up-and-down sport. WATCH. – Jeff Borzello

10:28 p.m.: FINAL: North Dakota State eighty, Oklahoma 75. In extra time. The Bison are the second 12-seed to win immediately, and so they advance to play the winner of San Diego State-New Mexico State. Most impressively, North Dakota State pulled off the upset with out getting big performances from its stars, Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund. Lawrence Alexander had 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists – and the tying 3-pointer in regulation. – Jeff Borzello

10:10 p.m.: EXTRA TIME in North Dakota State and Oklahoma. That is how NDSU tied it up. – Jeff Borzello

10:00 p.m.: LAST: Saint Louis 83, N.C. State eighty. Vomit-worthy for State Fan. That’s an all-timer. – Matt Norlander

9:54 p.m.: Each games coming all the way down to it an dfijajpeajpafoijea – Matt Norlnfpaienap

9:49 p.m.: That is going to be an all-time meltdown by N.C. State if the Wolfpack lose. So many missed foul photographs. Down 77-73 with 1:45 to go. It’s been a depressing watch. – Matt Norlander

9:forty three p.m.: While everyone else has been watching St. Joe’s and UConn and now NC State and Saint Louis, North Dakota State and Oklahoma are in one other battle. NDSU has been main many of the evening, at the moment up by three with 5:10 left. – Jeff Borzello

9:42 p.m.: Arizona State and Texas are preventing for the correct to play Michigan. WATCH RIGHT HERE. – Jeff Borzello

9:27 p.m.: LAST: UConn 89, Saint Joseph’s 81. The Huskies hit 15 free throws in a row to help get distance in overtime. The three-point play by Brimah near the top of regulation saved the sport. – Matt Norlander

9:sixteen p.m.: UConn leads by six with a minute to go in OT. We’ll finish up with them in a second. Checking in on N.C. State-Saint Louis, the game is now at 60-fifty two with 2:forty to go. Not over. – Matt Norlander

9:11 p.m.: ULTIMATE: Michigan 57, Wofford 40. This never seemed like much of a aggressive game, although Wofford hung across the 10-12-level vary for most of the second half. The Terriers shot simply 1 of 19 from the 3-level line, which was too troublesome to overcome. Nik Stauskas had 15 factors and Glenn Robinson III went for 14 factors. The Wolverines play the winner of Texas-Arizona State. – Jeff Borzello

9:01 p.m.: OH MY. We’re going to OT, however UConn simply ran a good looking inbounds set that beat Saint Joe’s – alas Napiers three-level attempt does not fal. Tied at 70, into free basketball. However, man, if that shot had fell: prompt basic. No one has played extra overtime games up to now four years than UConn, by the way in which. – Matt Norlander

eight:52-eight:57 p.m.: Right here we go. DeAndre Daniels drains a trey to present UConn a sixty seven-sixty six lead with two minutes remaining… Chris Wilson hit a tricky-however-pretty floater to take the lead again. Enjoying this. Wilson will get two fouls photographs – and stinks them – after a Napier turnover. UConn ball with 49.2. I smell one other three. Nope. Napier drives, misses, and Amida Brimah gets fouled near the hoop – and hits! Brimah, a fifty seven-p.c foul shooter, makes the shot. Tie recreation. – Matt Norlander

eight:forty eight p.m.: Wofford continues to be inside striking distance of Michigan, hanging around with a ten-point deficit at the beneath-eight timeout of the second half. – Jeff Borzello

8:46 p.m.: We might be in retailer for yet another 12-over-5 upset as North Dakota State leads Oklahoma at the half, 37-29. The Bison’s pack-line defense has let Oklahoma get some open looks from the perimeter, and the Sooners are 6 of sixteen from behind the arc. But they are just 5 of 18 contained in the arc, and do not get out in transition for straightforward baskets as a lot as they would like. For North Dakota State, stars Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund have not been the main cogs; Lawrence Alexander and TrayVonn Wright have 10 points apiece. – Jeff Borzello

8:44 p.m.: By the best way… – Jeff Borzello

eight:36 p.m: B.J. Anya has three blocks, and N.C. State leads 36-29 on SLU. It seems like twice that. Recreation is airing on TNT. – Matt Norlander

8:32 p.m:

Secure to say we’ve yet one more enduring second for Phillip Martelli, the grandson of the Saint Joe’s coach. UConn leads Saint Joe’s fifty seven-56. – Matt Norlander

eight:19 p.m.: I like watching Halil Kanacevic play. He is obtained 5 assists and 4 boards and looks like an important participant on the floor. Saint Joe’s leads 49-forty five. – Matt Norlander

8:09 p.m.: OK, dying right here. Whoever that State fan is – attempting to distract Saint Louis from taking free throws – you have made the evening worthwhile. Video by way of Scott Van Pelt. – Matt Norlander

eight:07 p.m.: North Dakota State’s TrayVonn Wright confirmed his dunking means towards Oklahoma already – though he gave a preview when our personal Doug Gottlieb tossed him an alley-oop in apply on Wednesday. – Jeff Borzello

8:05 p.m.: Michigan is up 34-20 on the half on Wofford. The Terriers are zero of 8 from 3-point range and are letting Michigan get far too many open photographs on the different end. The Wolverines are capturing 14 of twenty-two from the sector, with Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas combining for 20 points. – Jeff Borzello

7:forty four p.m.: Some wild stats on Adreian Payne’s forty one-point performance. – Jeff Borzello

7:37 p.m.:

7:sixteen p.m.: REMAINING: Michigan State ninety three, Delaware seventy eight. Adreian Payne goes for forty one factors and shoots 17-for-17 from the free-throw line. – Jeff Borzello

6:26 p.m.: Delaware can’t handle Michigan State down low. When the Spartans go to Adreian Payne (23 first-half points) or Branden Dawson in the mpaint, the Blue Hens are helpless. This seems like a game the place Michigan State keeps the Hens at an arm’s size but not a blowout. – Jeff Borzello

5:33 p.m.: LAST: Oregon 87, BYU 68. Though 7/10 video games on the floor all the time look attention-grabbing, we’re assured at the least one snoozer every year. This was that recreation. Ducks received 23 from Elgin Cook off the bench. By the way, Borzello, that picture is wonderful. Wake Forest followers were genuinely unhappy with Bzedelik virtually from the beginning. Now they’re reacting like the staff’s headed to the Ultimate 4. – Matt Norlander

5:28 p.m.: Wow. Wake Forest college students are thrilled concerning the resignation of head coach Jeff Bzdelik. – Jeff Borzello

5:20 p.m.:

5:00 p.m.: REMAINING: Syracuse seventy seven, Western Michigan 53. The Orange misplaced 5 of seven getting into the NCAA Event, but they appeared to snap out of their funk – although it helped Western Michigan could not do something against the 2-three zone. Syracuse will face Dayton on Saturday afternoon. Trevor Cooney’s 18 points led 4 players in double-figures for the Orange. – Jeff Borzello

four:fifty five p.m.: I penned some words on Harvard, Tommy Amaker, the Ivy League, and 12s over 5s. – Jeff Borzello

four:forty one p.m.: What I want I may’ve squeezed into this Vine: Ian Eagle saying, “THAT IS A MAN’S JAM!” Oregon leads forty seven-35 with somewhat more than 16 minutes to go. – Matt Norlander

four:28 p.m.: CLOSING: Harvard 61, Cincinnati fifty seven. The Crimson have now received NCAA tournament games in back-to-back seasons. – Jeff Borzello

three:51 p.m.: Put up a submit on the largest margin of victories ever in an 8/9 game. Pittsburgh-Colorado is available in at No. 2. – Matt Norlander

three:27 p.m.: Coaching change at Wake Forest: Jeff Bzdelik is out as head coach. The varsity is expected to make it official at a 5 p.m. press conference. – Jeff Borzello

three:22 p.m.: Aaron Craft’s profession coming to an finish has brought about expected schadenfreude. Here’s the one Craft meme from at this time worth sharing that I’ve seen so far. All others enjoying for second. We miss you, Huell. – Matt Norlander

2:fifty one p.m.: A lot of heartbreak for the Buckeyes over the past several seasons. – Jeff Borzello

2:29 p.m.: What on EARTH is occurring in Orlando? Pittsburgh leads Colorado forty six-18 on the half. Goodness gracious sakes alive. – Matt Norlander

2:10-18 p.m.: OK THIS IS FUN. Sam Thompson hits a go-forward shot for Ohio State, however Shannon Scott simply fouled Dyshawn Pierre whereas Pierre was taking a three! On the line, 26.three to go. He cans all three foul photographs. Dayton up one, Ohio State ball… Timeout, Buckeyes. Let’s do this… Craft with the go-ahead shot and wow was that a toughie. Timeout Dayton… Then Vee Sanford hits the winner! Craft’s profession ends on a missed shot, and No. 11 Dayton has crushed No. 6 Ohio State. The afternoon is already awesome. GIF below. – Matt Norlander

Backside GIF by way of The Large Lead.

1:12 p.m: American is hanging with Wisconsin, taking an early punch however responding with a 14-3 run. One factor to control can be Frank Kaminsky’s foul bother. He has two fouls already. But the battle between Kaminsky and Tony Wroblicky has been enjoyable.

Also, here’s a video of Wroblicky training his one-handed free throw. – Jeff Borzello

12:forty five p.m.: Raftery not making an attempt to say “Ameleo Della Valle” with an Italian twist has already made this afternoon window worth it. – Matt Norlander

12:15 p.m.: The ball is tipped, and the NCAA Tournament has begun in earnest. No better method than to start out with Invoice and Verne. I feel Ohio State wins but wins close. Looks like the first recreation of the NCAAs almost every year is pretty close as it will get to the tip. – Matt Norlander

11:15 a.m.: Solely an hour to go. Let’s play this on a loop till then. – Matt Norlander

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North Dakota State beats Kansas State 24-21, the second FCS upset in two nights of the 2013 season

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The defending FCS champions took out the defending Massive 12 champions. No, that is not reversed.

North Dakota State, the FCS preseason No. 1, punished Kansas State for an 18 play, eighty yard drive that took over eight minutes within the fourth quarter to upset the Wildcats in Manhattan 24-21 after quarterback Brock Jensen tumbled into the end zone with 28 seconds remaining.

“That is the biggest win in our program history,” quarterback Brock Jensen said. “I’m completely honored to be aside of it. Completely honored… That is the hardest sport of my life.”

That landing run was because of some nifty playcalling. After taking the snap, Jensen retreated like he was going handy the ball off to the tailback. Nevertheless, the tailback sprinted out to the right and the suitable guard pulled to the left after the left facet of the line pushed Kansas State to the precise, opening up a tunnel for Jensen to sneak through and score.

On that drive, North Dakota State converted all 4 third down alternatives it had and even with the clock ticking in direction of zeros, was affected person sufficient to stay with the operating recreation. Of the seven performs the Bison ran contained in the KSU 35, six were running performs and 4 netted both six or seven yards. In the event you didn’t know which team was by which division, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the distinction.

After North Dakota State took a 7-zero lead early, Ok-State appeared to grab control with 21 unanswered factors. However instantly after Daniel Sams scored the Wildcats’ closing touchdown of the night time, NDSU answered with a touchdown drive of their very own.

It’s not the first time that North Dakota State has overwhelmed a BCS group from Kansas either. In 2010, the again-to-again FCS nationwide champs beat Kansas and have additionally taken down Minnesota and Colorado State in the earlier three seasons.

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Despite Oklahoma’s decision, the Big 12 starting quarterback waters are pretty muddy

Clint Chelf (L) and J.W. Walsh (R) will break up time at QB for Oklahoma State within the opener. (Getty)

Is the convention of excessive powered offenses now the convention of quarterback indecisions?

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As Big 12 groups have piled up the points and yards, star quarterbacks have been an integral half. Robert Griffin III. Landry Jones. Collin Klein. Brandon Weeden. The record goes on.

And the listing is empty coming into the season. Texas’ David Ash is the one returning quarterback with important starting expertise final season. It is a large motive why you can make a official case for plenty of groups as convention champions.

Oklahoma’s resolution to go with redshirt freshman Trevor Knight as its starting quarterback would not do much to clear up the beginning quarterback picture. It’s in-state rivals, Oklahoma State, are going with a two-QB system to start the yr. And 4 different groups are both enjoying coy or haven’t selected a starting quarterback for the beginning of the season. That is half of the ten-crew conference. USC, you are not alone.

Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy mentioned Thursday that Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh would cut up time in the season opener against Mississippi State. Both Chelf, a senior, and Walsh, a sophomore, began games final season, though Walsh posted a higher completion share and threw for extra yards per pass. Chelf began the final 5 games of the season, including the Cowboys’ bowl blowout of Purdue.

The Cowboys are a preferred pick to win the conference for the second time in three seasons. If that is going to come back true, they’re going to doubtless have to choose one quarterback and persist with him. It says here that Walsh turns into that guy.

Kansas State: Klein is gone, and in true Invoice Snyder vogue, the coach isn’t saying a lot about his beginning quarterback for the opener in opposition to North Dakota State but.

The candidates are Daniel Sams and Jake Waters. Sams backed up Klein last season and Waters is a transfer from Iowa Western Neighborhood College, where he threw for 3,501 yards and 39 TDs versus three interceptions final season and was a JuCo All-American. In situational responsibility final season, Sams threw just eight passes, but he ran 32 occasions for 235 yards and 3 TDs.

We’ll probably find out who’s going to begin on Tuesday, based on the Kansas City Star. That is when Snyder traditionally pronounces his starting quarterback if there is a preseason competition.

TCU: Casey Pachall is the most experienced returning QB in the conference after beginning 13 video games in 2011, but he solely played 5 games in TCU’s first Big 12 season before left the staff in October and entered rehab after a DWI arrest.

His replacement for the final eight video games was redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin, who was up and down. In his first sport as a starter at home in opposition to Iowa State, he threw three interceptions and TCU’s 12 game successful streak was snapped. A week later at Baylor, he did not turn the ball over, threw 4 TDs and TCU received by 28.

TCU coach Gary Patterson says that Pachall is “not even the same individual” after returning to the group. However, he’s not asserting a starting QB anytime in the quick future. TCU performs LSU in Dallas August 31 and Patterson would like to hold the Tigers at the hours of darkness about his plans as long as attainable.

Texas Tech: Is a true freshman going to start out at quarterback in Kliff Kingsbury’s first game as Texas Tech head coach?

It’s very attainable.

Michael Brewer, the favorite for the beginning job, has been sidelined with a back injury and isn’t training. That is opened up the position for freshmen Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield is a most well-liked walk-on, though he was provided a scholarship from former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach at Washington State. After playing in high school at Lake Travis in Austin, he elected to remain in-state and stroll on with the Purple Raiders with the hope of finally getting a scholarship. Webb enrolled in January and took part in spring practices.

Kingsbury hasn’t mentioned which course he’s leaning, though he did go away the choice open of a plan just like Gundy’s where both quarterbacks see motion towards SMU.

West Virginia: Geno Smith is now in a quarterback circus with Mark Sanchez in New York, so the candidates for West Virginia’s beginning quarterback are Florida State switch Clint Trickett, Ford Childress or Paul Millard.

Or there might already be a starter named and we simply do not know. Last week, coach Dana Holgorsen said that he was close to naming a starter amongst the three, though he would preserve that call personal.

If a decision has, or hasn’t, been made, Trickett was considered the favourite. Final season at Florida State, Trickett completed 22-34 passes across seven games as EJ Manuel’s backup. He was able to transfer immediately as a graduate pupil.

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North Dakota forward Patrick Mitchell attempts transition to sport he first tried five months ago

Patrick Mitchell at the Australian Football League’s 2013 U.S. Mix (via USAFL)

I wrote earlier at the moment on the Australian Soccer League’s efforts to recruit college basketball standouts for a sport many of them had by no means seen or played before. Beneath is a quick sidebar on the AFL’s most up-to-date signee, former North Dakota ahead Patrick Mitchell.

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Midway by his three-week tryout with the Sydney Swans of the Australian Soccer League earlier this summer, former North Dakota basketball participant Patrick Mitchell stumbled across a humbling scene.

A group of six-12 months-olds in a Sydney park have been kicking an Australian football with way more precision than he may muster at that point.

“We’re kicking it method over our associate’s heads or means too quick and we see these little youngsters operating round kicking it completely to each other,” Mitchell said. “It was a bit of bit demoralizing but it was additionally amazing to see.”

That encounter illustrates the challenge ahead for Mitchell as he makes an attempt to prove he can succeed on the highest degree of a sport he solely tried for the first time less than five months in the past. The Swans signed him to a two-12 months, $a hundred and eighty,000 contract final month, gambling they may give him a sufficient crash course on the fundamental skills required to play the sport so that he can reap the benefits of his elite athleticism and imposing 6-foot-eight body.

Mitchell is the second American basketball participant previously 12 months to sign with a staff within the Australian Soccer League, joining 6-foot-7 former DePaul and Seattle ahead Eric Wallace of North Melbourne. Their presence is part of the AFL’s current push to recruit former faculty basketball gamers to assist alleviate the scarcity of homegrown players capable of enjoying the ruckman place, which is usually manned by someone extremely-athletic, robust and 6-foot-7 or taller.

“The U.S. will probably be one of many AFL’s major recruiting markets going ahead,” AFL Academies Growth Supervisor Michael Ablett mentioned. “There are a selection of transferable abilities from basketball to Australian Guidelines Football: hand eye coordination, the flexibility to make fast choices beneath pressure, having a 360-diploma awareness of what’s taking place around you, blocking out after which going for a rebound. Those are all facets which may be utilized to our recreation.”

Mitchell hardly even knew the AFL existed earlier than a scout invited him to attend the league’s inaugural U.S. mix in Los Angeles in August 2012. A possibility to play professional basketball in Portugal kept Mitchell from accepting that offer, but that fell through, enabling Mitchell to attend the AFL’s second U.S. combine in April and impress league officials with his coordination and work ethic.

That Mitchell was capable of earn a tryout and a contract provide from the Swans was a very nice shock for a child who grew up dreaming of playing professional sports. Had been it not for the AFL, Mitchell was ready to surrender on pursuing basketball and apply to turn out to be a firefighter in his hometown of Des Moines.

Mitchell’s friends and family were no extra acquainted with Australian football than he was before the previous few months, however they don’t seem to be stunned to see him excel so quickly in a brand new sport. They know Mitchell as a natural-born athlete who thrived as a pitcher, a wide receiver and an influence forward in highschool.

“I simply feel like he was meant to be in sports in some form,” older sister Angie Mitchell said. “At the same time as a toddler, he could not sit nonetheless. My mother would make dinner, he’d take a chunk after which he’d rise up, run round, shoot air hoops. Then he’d come back, take another chew and do the same thing. I believe he has an excessive amount of talent and too much vitality to be sitting behind a desk at a 9-to-5 job. I think he’d go bananas.”

It’s not straightforward for Mitchell to practice before he leaves for Sydney since so few of his friends play Australian football, but he has begun working towards with a United States Australian Football League membership in Des Moines two days every week. In the meantime, he works out to remain in shape and he goes to a gym by himself and practices his kicks by kicking the ball towards the same spot on the wall as many instances as he can.

When Wallace signed with North Melbourne last year, he spent his rookie season within the AFL’s growth league and has a great likelihood to obtain a promotion to the senior division subsequent 12 months. Mitchell hopes to follow an identical path with the Swans.

“Transitioning to a new sport goes to be onerous, but I’m excited in regards to the alternative and I’m looking ahead to the challenge,” Mitchell said. “I’m a very competitive person generally, so I knew I wanted to do something the place I may compete each day. I may by no means imagine myself sitting at an office.

For a minimum of two more years, he won’t need to. And if Mitchell develops as quickly because the Swans believe he can, it could be far longer than that.