When Traevon Jackson’s attempt at a game-winning shot rattled out as time expired, the Wisconsin Badgers’ magical NCAA tournament run came to a bitter end.
Other than the Super Bowl, no sporting event takes hold of the nation’s attention on an annual basis like March Madness. While the NCAA tournament is the focal point of the country’s collective attention, and deservedly so, the preceding conference tournaments always serve as a great appetizer to the insanity that will inevitably ensue in the Big Dance.
For the past nearly 26 years, Iowa State has suffered a defeat every time it has visited Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
But on Monday night, the 16th-ranked Cyclones, led by standout guard DeAndre Kane (who was a rebound and an assist away from a triple-double), were finally able to topple the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys, snapping their 18-game losing streak in Stillwater.
When Bill O’Brien agreed to become Penn State’s head football coach in January of 2012, he knew the NCAA was about to bring the hammer down on the Nittany Lions.
But it’s doubtful that O’Brien – or anyone for that matter – could have anticipated the severity of the sanctions the NCAA would place on the football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Last Thursday, Tom Watson was officially introduced as the captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. While the rumors in the days preceding the announcement had said that Watson was going to be tapped to captain the team, it still came as at least a little bit of a surprise for me, because I figured it was too good to be true.