Duke vs Wisconsin
Duke's defensive revival has been well-documented during the NCAA Tournament, and it was at its best in the national semifinal. After the Spartans took an early lead before the first TV timeout, Duke emerged and kept Tom Izzo's team to just 3-of-22 shooting, a cold streak that extended beyond halftime.
Kentucky took the lead at the 7:42 mark in the second half, capping off a 12-4 run, but Wisconsin snapped a cold shooting streak to tie things up with 2:35 left, and Dekker took the lead back with a huge three-pointer. The Badgers expanded the lead to three points with 24.5 seconds left and salted the game away with free throws, ending Kentucky's season at 38-1.
On Kentucky's play down the stretch:
Kentucky players said the plan was to get Towns the ball down the stretch. Instead, Harrison Twins tried to take over.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 5, 2015
and Devin Booker...
Sam lied to us!
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Freshman pitcher Tanner Houck (Collinsville, Ill.) spun a gem on the mound for the home squad, striking out six, walking none and allowing only four hits in an eight-inning effort, carrying Mizzou (21-11, 7-4) to a 10-1 win over No. 4 Florida (24-8, 6-5) on Saturday afternoon (April 4) at Taylor Stadium. Sophomore first baseman Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.) clubbed two home runs, good for four RBI, in the contest. Mizzou now has two wins over top-five teams this season and four against top-10 teams.
Freshman Paige Lowary (Dallas Center, Iowa) put together a solid outing until the sixth. She struck out seven batters in 5.1 innings of work in the circle. After surrendering three runs in third, including a two-run home run that gave Georgia a 3-0 advantage, Lowary battled back and retired eight consecutive batters to keep the Tigers within striking distance.
Mizzou Women's Basketball
Note: Missouri women's basketball Coach Robin Pingeton sat down with me for a 45-minute interview Friday to discuss the 2014-15 season and look ahead to the future.
Robin Pingeton has said throughout her five-year tenure as Missouri’s women’s basketball coach that her plan to elevate MU’s program consists of having several little jumps of progress. She never promised a turnaround would occur in one or two seasons.
Mizzou Track and Gymnastics
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Will Crocker clocked a new All-Time Top Ten mark on Friday (April 3), highlighting the day's competition for the Tigers on the west coast. Seventeen members of the mid-distance and distance squads traveled to California to take on the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco State's Distance Carnival. Crocker was one of five Tigers earned new personal records (PR's) throughout the day's competition.
The last time the Missouri gymnastics team competed at an NCAA regional, Katelyn Trevino was a rising talent finishing a 2012 sophomore season in which she won the Big 12 title in the floor competition. She tied for the team’s high vault score at regionals and entered the offseason thinking she was primed for a big junior season.
The Mizzou gymnastics team scored a 196.100 to finish fourth at the 2015 NCAA Norman Regional on Saturday, April 4 in Norman, Oklahoma. The score stands as the second highest NCAA Regional tally in program history, short of just the 196.500 recorded in 2010, and was the team's second score over 196.000 in 2015.
Aww this is sad :( 63 Diner in Columbia closes its doors for the last time