Rothstein: Thursday's Sweet 16 Primer; X-Factors, Predictions & MoreThe Hurricanes have had a dream season, but Marquette is the toughest team in college basketball. That's just one of four great matchups.
Rothstein: Thursday's NCAA Tournament Primer; Picks, Upset Alert & MoreOklahoma State had a terrific season, but got by far the toughest draw out of any five-seed in the bracket. Keep an eye on Oregon.
Marquette Coach Buzz Williams Leads Team Despite Never Playing College BasketballIt’s a rarity at this level, in any sport, for a head coach to have had no playing experience in college. It hasn’t prevented Williams from guiding Marquette to the Sweet 16 the last two seasons and a 60-30 regular season record in the Big East.
Big East: One More Time, With FeelingThe death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
Stage Set For Final Big East Tournament As We Know ItThe Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
Total Team Effort
No. 3 UConn Women Beat Marquette 85-51UConn executed its game plan early and perfectly. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 of her 24 points in the first half while Stefanie Dolson added 14 of her 20 before intermission to help third-ranked UConn cruise to an 85-51 win over Marquette on Saturday.
Marquette Beats Connecticut 82-76 In Overtime Junior Cadougan scored 18 points — including a buzzer-beating, tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation — to lead Marquette to a 82-76 overtime win over Connecticut Tuesday night in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
Shifting Landscape Of College Athletics Leaves Big East Future UncertainThe Big East --a proud league built on basketball moments like the 1985 Villanova Wildcats stunning conference rival Georgetown in the national championship game --will soon become extinct, even if the name lives on in some unrecognizable form.