puerto rico tops netherlands in 11 innings, reaches world baseball conventional very last

puerto rico tops netherlands in 11 innings, reaches world baseball conventional very last

united states of america nowadays sports activities’ bob nightengale gives a preview of the semifinal game, which takes vicinity tuesday night time at dodger stadium. usa today sports

la – breaking down monday’s semifinal sport of the world baseball classic between puerto rico and the netherlands.

puerto rico 4, netherlands three, 11 innings

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the game: puerto rico, the maximum dominant crew in this tournament, had all it can take care of with the netherlands earlier than surviving, 4-three, in eleven innings, wanting the tiebreaker guidelines to tug it out on eddie rosario’s sacrifice fly.

it’s first-rate the netherlands could hang around so long with powerful puerto rico, throwing six pitchers at the pr, preserving the sport tied at three-apiece.

they shut down puerto rico after t.j. rivera’s homer in the second inning, using five relievers – together with los angeles dodgers closer kenley jansen – after rick van den hurk lasted simply innings.

puerto rico survived the pinnacle half of the worldwide tiebreaker while curt smith gorunded into an inning-finishing, bases-loaded double play.

the netherlands wasn’t so lucky within the backside of hte eleventh.

the inning, which mechanically begins with runners on first and 2d and no outs, commenced while yadier molina bunted the runners over. javier baez became deliberately walked. and rosario finally ended the marathon on a sacrifice fly.

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nation of the wbc: puerto rico, which reached the championship sport in 2013 only to lose to the dominican republic, are back again, looking ahead to the winner of the us-japan sport. puerto rico has received all seven games of the tournament, blitzing the field, outscoring the competition, 55-18.

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pivot point: puerto rico captain molina’s leadoff bunt within the 11th inning, advancing the runners to 2d and 0.33. the netherlands deliberately walked baez, setting the level for rosario’s heroics.

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man of the instant: molina

the netherlands’ first four batters reached base, with wladimir balentien culminating the outburst what should have been a grand slam.

as an alternative, it was best a two-run homer, way to the defensive wizardry of molina.

andrelton simmons opened the game with a single, and xander bogaerts changed into hit with the aid of a pitch. yet, when jurickson profar tried to lay down a bunt and overlooked, molina popped up and threw to second base, nailing simmons.

profar observed with a unmarried to right, and proper fielder eddie rosario got here up with a perfect strike to the plate to hold bogaerts from scoring. but, whilst profar become celebrating his hit, wildly clapping his palms. molina, understanding profar wasn’t paying attention, fired to first. first baseman t.j. rivera slapped the tag, and profar was the second out.

baltentein followed with a domestic run, his wbc-leading fourth, however the scoreboard examine: netherlands 2, molina assists 2.

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manager’s unique: nobody were given more out of his team’s expertise this tournament than netherlands supervisor hensley meulens. they didn’t have the pitching, and a weak bottom of the order, however but gave puerto rico suits, just as they did all tournament.

meulens, the san francisco giants hitting train, commands high-quality recognize the instant he walks into the room, and his players performed with ardour the whole match.

clearly, after what he executed this match, he left little question he deserves robust consideration for a first-rate-league managerial establishing.

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what you neglected on tv: puerto rico application player kike hernandez, who’s combating for a job to make the dodgers’ establishing-day roster, opted as an alternative to play for his united states of america, even understanding it could hurt his big-league probabilities.

he didn’t play till coming into the sport as a pinch-runner monday night time, however as a substitute watched the game from the dugout, his body wrapped with the puerto rico flag.

“i have played in playoffs with the dodgers, and that i went for spring education with the opportunity that perhaps i’d [not] make it for the most important leagues because i’m right here,’’ hernandez said. “but i do not remorse it in any respect. because i have played two playoffs with the dodgers, and the revel in with this traditional does not compare with something that i have played inside the past.

“to be on this traditional, there is no comparison with the enjoy of being within the important leagues. this has been at a one-of-a-kind degree. it’s an incomparable revel in to share this experience. up to now we are the finest talents that we have in puerto rico, and it is a first rate honor to be within the same sport with them.’’

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every other classic: puerto rico outlasts netherlands to develop to wbc very last

every other classic: puerto rico outlasts netherlands to develop to wbc very last

h ehad but one inning to present for his usa.

he notion he had one greater to offer. the game turned into headed into extra innings, the prevailing crew advancing to the championship game of the arena baseball classic, the losing crew eliminated. kenley jansen had wanted just 9 pitches to complete his inning. he said he came off the mound and positioned a call to arizona at once, to awaken the dodgers’ brass from a spring education nighttime and ask if he ought to pitch one more inning, in front of his home fanatics, for his place of origin.

i tried, man,” jansen said. “i was pumped up.”

he said he turned into denied. two innings later, so were he and his netherlands teammates. after 10 innings of traditional baseball, the international tiebreaker rule took impact, and eddie rosario introduced the sacrifice fly that gave puerto rico a 4-three victory in 11 rather compelling innings at dodger stadium.

the puerto rican group exploded from its dugout and essentially swallowed up rosario on the sector.

rosario despatched the puerto ricans into their second consecutive wbc identify sport. the united states and japan play inside the different semifinal tuesday, with the winner facing puerto rico for the wbc championship wednesday.

“guys were pouring their hearts out,” netherlands manager hensley meulens stated.

the natural joy of baseball turned into on display, the exuberance of wladimir balentien flicking his bat aside and pounding his chest after a home run, the hops on francisco lindor and carlos correa as they leaped skyward for mid-air excessive-fives, the effective physical thrusts of javier baez as he threw out a runner at home plate, the giddiness of enrique hernandez celebrating a teammate’s home run with the aid of charging out of the dugout draped in a puerto rican flag, even the bat turn of kailan sams after what he idea turned into ball four however changed into actually ball 3.

wbc opposition is not any mere exhibition for japan
wbc competition is not any mere exhibition for japan
the pleasure changed into on show in the stands too. dodger stadium turned into no longer even 1/2 complete on monday, but the ancient ballpark shook to the rhythm of whistles, cowbells, tambourines, maracas and drums, for any other traditional in a international baseball traditional complete of them. this changed into a festival for extra than four hours, ultimate time compelled with the aid of the international tiebreaker rule.

jansen, the dodgers’ closer, coming into to wild applause and his signature “california love” music. he retired puerto rico on 9 pitches, from 93-96 mph. that despatched the sport into extra innings, in a three-three tie.

he did no longer return, even after throwing few pitches, due to the fact one inning become all he changed into allowed.

“that become the deal we had with the dodgers,” meulens stated.

edwin diaz, the seattle mariners’ closer, struck out the side for puerto rico within the 10th inning. that included a high-and-tight pitch to balentien that nearly caused a benches-clearing brawl, but catcher yadier molina stepped in front of balentien and waited there till the scenario became defused – a wait long sufficient that some netherlands relievers had left their bullpen and had to return earlier than the sport may want to maintain.

u.s. beats dominican republic, 6-three, in epic world baseball classic elimination recreation
u.s. beats dominican republic, 6-three, in epic world baseball traditional elimination game
molina, the heart and soul of the puerto rican team, already had stored his buddies again and again. he caught andrelton simmons off 2nd base and jurickson profar off first base within the first inning, the first two outs recorded by means of puerto rico. the netherlands scored two times inside the inning besides, so molina could have been all that stood between puerto rico and a 4-zero deficit.

“for me, that turned into the sport,” puerto rico manager edwin rodriguez stated.

the profar play mainly irked meulens, considering that molina threw profar out while he became taking part in his hit, after tagging first base however earlier than returning to it.

“celebrating and not getting returned to first base is not desirable,” meulens said.

whilst jansen couldn’t return for the 10th inning, the netherlands grew to become to 7-foot-1 minor league journeyman loek van mil, who labored a scoreless inning. diaz, who had made 15 pitches in his one inning, came back for one extra inning, with what he stated became the blessing of the mariners.

“i sense sparkling,” diaz said. “my arm is ready, sure. are you able to tell?”

at ninety nine mph, yes we can.

within the wbc, the eleventh inning starts offevolved with men on first and second and none out. after a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, the netherlands’ curt smith grounded right into a bases-loaded double play, with diaz hopping, skipping and jumping off the sphere, and with lindor waving on the puerto rican fans in the back of the dugout to stand up and scream, as though he have been a soccer defender urging his crowd to make noise.

the crowd did no longer need the encouragement however loved it besides.

within the bottom of the inning, whilst puerto rico were given its men on first and 2nd, rodriguez directed molina to bunt, even though molina had popped up a bunt attempt in his preceding at-bat.

“we ought to play the sport the proper way,” rodriguez said.

molina got the bunt down this time. an intentional walk accompanied, loading the bases, with van mil now deep into his second inning of work.

on the primary pitch, rosario hit the sport-winning, bedlam-inducing sacrifice fly. puerto rico had superior, on tiebreaker policies with which rodriguez stated he did now not agree.

“play all of the way,” he said. “we’ve been doing that for a hundred-something years.”

diaz turns 23 on wednesday, the day of the wbc title recreation. puerto rico misplaced the final wbc identify recreation to the dominican republic, 3-zero.

“while i used to be more youthful, i noticed the games,” diaz stated, “however now i’m residing them.”

jansen, 29, would possibly never get as near a wbc championship as he did monday, however he said he had no hard emotions approximately the dodgers refusing to let him pitch a 2d inning in the game. he understood that the dodgers have been his “no. 1 precedence,” however he could not stop smiling approximately how a whole lot a laugh he had right here monday, even in defeat.

“it turned into a blast,” he said. “it was a splendid issue for baseball.”

four hours and 19 mins, and never did the sport drag. it changed into taut, and it changed into traumatic and, sure, it changed into a quite cool element.

world baseball traditional 2017: take notice, mlb, after unpleasant greater-inning rule mars semifinal

world baseball traditional 2017: take notice, mlb, after unpleasant greater-inning rule mars semifinal

well, joe torre, you just got an up-close take a look at how extra innings in the predominant leagues might paintings if your imaginative and prescient becomes truth. it wasn’t appealing.

the netherlands and puerto rico had been deadlocked after 10 in a taut global baseball classic semifinal monday night time at dodger stadium. then got here the 11th, and with it wbc regulations: runners on first and 2nd to steer off every half of-inning. this turned into the second one time the dutch had played beneath these rules in the match; they lost to japan the primary time.
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the netherlands’ 11th went: sacrifice bunt by means of stijn van der meer to transport the runners to 2nd and 1/3; intentional stroll to yurendell de caster to load the bases (all 4 pitches have been thrown because the wbc would not yet have the ridiculous automatic ibb rule); first-pitch, inning-finishing double play grounder with the aid of curt smith.

the puerto rico 11th went: sacrifice bunt via yadier molina to move the runners up; intentional stroll to javier baez to load the bases; sacrifice fly with the aid of eddie rosario, using in carlos correa, for the four-3 win.

formulaic. inorganic. unpleasant.

crew puerto rico celebrated as it changed into an vital victory for the island commonwealth. it’ll now face the winner of tuesday’s other semifinal among the u.s. and japan. however the complete ending felt cheap, forced and rushed after three half of hours of spotlight-reel plays and intensity that almost caused a brawl.

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unexpectedly, the drama was now not progressively constructing. no longer turned into it a real take a look at of wills. the groups needed to wrap up this issue — never mind that of the 27 nine-inning games in this event, most effective 3 have been played in under three hours, which is to mention, pace-of-play dictates have been in large part not noted.

essential league baseball is in the latter ranges of spring training, and if this have been a sport between, say, the rangers and dodgers in arizona, it’d have been called a tie after 10 in order not to tax the pitchers. but that is a rattling international tournament; play it that manner. play it the way mlb is making an attempt to sell this occasion, as something crucial. do not fundamentally change the guidelines all through the maximum crucial a part of the sport, university soccer/nhl-everyday-season style (cue the “so now it is going to a shootout” jokes).

torre, who has been in baseball for almost 60 years and is now an mlb vice president, desires to see how a comparable rule works this yr at the bottom stages of prepared ball. on monday, he saw how it’d pass at the best stages. he won’t shy away in horror, however he must have seen that this type of exchange may not be an effective makeover of loose baseball.

iowa recruit wieskamp named gatorade poy

iowa recruit wieskamp named gatorade poy

iowa recruit wieskamp named gatorade poy
considering mr. basketball is an award for simplest seniors in iowa, joe wieskamp became now not eligible to win this season.

nevertheless, wieskamp accrued a chief honor monday for his stellar junior marketing campaign.

the 6-foot-6 muscatine product and iowa recruit become named iowa’s gatorade player of the year after averaging a state-exceptional 30.4 factors in keeping with recreation.

wieskamp, a 4-big name recruit and ranked the various nation’s top 50 gamers inside the 2018 class, is the primary mississippi athletic conference boys basketball player and just the second one participant from the quad-town times circulate area to win the award because it began in 1986.

former hawkeye brig tubbs, a relevant dewitt grad, captured it in 1987.

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wieskamp, a 3-time all-stater, had four video games of 40 points or more this season inclusive of a career-excessive 50 towards burlington. the mac participant of the year also averaged 10.2 rebounds, ranked some of the league’s top 10 in steals and blocks in conjunction with shooting better than 55 percentage from the sphere.
muscatine changed into 15-7 and misplaced inside the substate final to eventual nation champion iowa metropolis west.

the award recognizes athletic excellence, instructional achievement and exemplary character. similarly to his basketball exploits, wieskamp is an honors student.

he joins a listing of winners from the country that includes jess settles, dean oliver, matt gatens, harrison barnes, jarrod uthoff, marcus paige and jordan bohannon.

rock island sophomore brea beal become named illinois’ gatorade player of the yr remaining week for ladies basketball.

no. 7 seed okay-nation beats drake 67-fifty four in ncaa tourney opener

no. 7 seed okay-nation beats drake 67-fifty four in ncaa tourney opener

long island, kan. — kansas country changed into at the protective give up late in its ncaa event opener,

and breanna lewis turned into standing near the lane with drake defend paige greiner waving a hand right in her face.

lewis checked out the nearby legit and ruefully smiled.

the dimensions mismatch among the seventh-seeded wildcats and no. 10 seed bulldogs was never more evident than that moment. lewis used it to her gain, too, pouring in 23 factors and knocking down 11 rebounds whilst main kansas country to a sixty seven-fifty four victory on saturday.

“i idea this turned into going to be a sport of fashion, who may want to get it in their style,” kansas nation educate jeff mittie stated. “the challenge of gambling drake for us, with a true middle, is they’re going to try and make her run all over the floor.

“when bre has the submit-presence she had these days, we’re a quite exact basketball crew.”

the wildcats (23-10) took the lead in the game’s opening minutes and in no way relinquished it, despite the fact that the bulldogs (28-five) by no means made things clean. that allowed kansas state to ease right into a matchup with out a. 2 seed stanford on monday night time for a spot inside the candy 16.

like they had in opposition to drake, the wildcats will once more have the advantage of gambling at domestic.

the ncaa choice committee provided them the right to host the hole rounds when stanford had a struggle at maples pavilion, a testomony to the group guide kansas nation has enjoyed through the years.

“they had been so loud. they delivered the power,” stated kindred wesemann, who brought sixteen points for the wildcats. “if they bring the identical power monday night time, it will likely be numerous a laugh to play.”

lizzy wendell scored 17 for drake, which carried the country’s 2d-longest triumphing streak at 22 video games into the match. becca hittner delivered thirteen factors and sammie bachrodt had 10.

“we’ll get into reflective mode sooner or later because each time i start to pass there, tears begin to come,” drake instruct jennie baranczyk stated. “however i’m without a doubt proud of our crew, i am absolutely pleased with our senior magnificence for taking us on this amazing journey this season.”

the wildcats raced to a 20-thirteen lead after the primary quarter saturday, but the sport speedy devolved right into a sloppy, muddled affair wherein turnovers appeared to be greater famous than shots.

kansas country had 12 within the first half. drake had 10.

the turnovers were a huge reason why the bulldogs had been capable of chip away at their deficit, which grew to 27-20 early within the 2nd quarter. it certainly wasn’t their capturing: whilst wendell knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:20 left, it changed into drake’s first field goal in nearly seven mins.

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the bulldogs’ bloodless taking pictures persisted inside the 2d half. they ignored all seven in their 3s and were four for sixteen from the field within the third zone as kansas country pressed its cause forty three-35.

it took a buzzer-beating basket through wendell simply to live that near.

“we type of let the defense get to us and we stopped transferring the ball,” wndells resource. “we ought to have moved the ball a little higher, discovered the ones open photographs.”

shaelyn martin’s nifty opposite layup and kaylee page’s lengthy three-pointer early within the fourth driven the wildcats’ lead to double-digits for the first time in the sport, but the wildcats nonetheless couldn’t pretty shake the primary crew ever to roll thru the missouri valley unbeaten.

drake turned into nevertheless within fifty four-forty seven while wesemann hit the primary of two three-hints down the stretch, and the wildcats finally controlled to put the game away to installation a date with stanford.

no jonas

drake’s size drawback turned into made even bigger when becca jonas turned into unable to play due to a lingering injury. “becca is our first-class submit defender, so missing that piece didn’t help us,” baranczyk stated. “she attempted, and we all knew she might supply the whole lot she needed to strive.”

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drake’s coach was hoping for a higher return to ny, where she were given her begin as an assistant underneath former train deb patterson. baranczyk spent plenty of the game feuding with the officials, mainly down the stretch, whilst multiple 50-50 calls went towards her crew.

kansas kingdom stepped forward to 14-3 at bramlage coliseum this season, and its handiest losses had been to no. 1 ordinary seed connecticut and big 12 powerhouses texas and baylor.

up subsequent

kansas country gets second-seeded stanford for a niche within the candy sixteen.

south carolina’s gamers celebrated with train frank martin after defeating duke on sunday night time. credit score bob donnan/u.s. today sports activities, via reuters

south carolina’s gamers celebrated with train frank martin after defeating duke on sunday night time. credit score bob donnan/u.s. today sports activities, via reuters

south carolina’s gamers celebrated with train frank martin after defeating duke on sunday night time. credit score bob donnan/u.s. today sports activities, via reuters
duke, universally admired and despised, discovered itself engulfed with the aid of carolinas — north and south — at the bought-out bon secours well-being area in greenville, s.c., on sunday. cheers and jeers cascaded down on the blue devils as they fell to south carolina, 88-81, in a rare disappointed in this n.c.a.a. tournament.

the blue devils, the second one seed within the east vicinity, had a 30-23 lead at halftime after the 7th-seeded gamecocks neglected 20 of their closing 22 area intention attempts earlier than the ruin. but as cold because it was within the first half, south carolina was just as hot within the 2d.

after shooting simply 20 percentage within the first 1/2, the gamecocks shot higher than 70 percentage from the field in the second.

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duke trailed by means of 10 with below 4 minutes closing. a 3-pointer by way of jayson tatum narrowed the deficit to 7, but south carolina endured to supply at the offensive stop, looking quicker, more potent and hungrier than the blue devils, the champions of the atlantic coast conference match.

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duke’s main scorer, luke kennard, become in foul problem for maximum of the second one half, and his teammate grayson allen (18 points) struggled with his shot.

sindarius thornwell, who scored 29 factors in the gamecocks’ win over marquette on friday, become tremendous again, finishing with a sport-high 24 factors.

“whilst you shoot 7 for 35 in the first 1/2 and you’re down simply 7 factors, i let you know, it simply gives you self assurance,” thornwell stated. “it turned into our defense. it saved us in it. we idea we should win the sport popping out the second one half because of capturing so poorly the primary 1/2.”

with duke’s loss, there is now most effective one team left in the match from the a.c.c.: north carolina.

tar heels enthusiasts, who had watched their crew subdue arkansas inside the previous sport in greenville, stayed in the area to crew up with south carolina partisans and pour full-throated hostility on the blue devils, north carolina’s archrival. the gamecocks’ campus is just 104 miles from the bon secours well being area.

“you could tell they fed off the gang,” duke’s matt jones said. “it’s far a luxurious to have.”

the gamecocks, who earlier than this yr had now not received an n.c.a.a. match sport in forty four years, have now won two in a row and are on their manner to madison square garden for the round of 16.

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the buzzer-beating play that stored kentucky on sunday won’t warrant a spot in march lore. but the thrill of a blocked shot with the aid of the freshman edrice adebayo — and the skill required to execute it — nearly made up for what had been, to that factor, three and a half of days of university basketball with a conspicuous scarcity of memorable endings.

the use of his 7-foot-1-inch wingspan on the perimeter, adebayo, referred to as bam, preserved second-seeded kentucky’s season with a block on wichita nation protect landry shamet’s remaining-2d 3-factor attempt. the wildcats escaped, sixty five-sixty two, in indianapolis in a rematch with the tenth-seeded shockers, who had also made kentucky fight hard for a win inside the round of 32 in 2014.

it become one among numerous tight video games on sunday, whilst another no. 1 seed, north carolina within the south location, almost fell to a 10-loss arkansas team.

despite the fact that neither recreation featured a buzzer-beater or a late sport-prevailing shot, as a minimum they were nail-biters. via the first forty two games of the match, there were best six video games determined via 3 points or fewer, as compared with 23 with a margin of 10 factors or greater.

the tar heels trailed no. eight-seeded arkansas, sixty five-60, with underneath 3 minutes final, but fought off the razorbacks to win, 72-65, in greenville, s.c.

north carolina changed into purported to be too prompted with the aid of a remaining-second loss to villanova inside the 2016 countrywide championship sport to get disenchanted this early inside the event, however arkansas became a good deal extra than an earnest underdog. the razorbacks have been demons defensively and held carolina to 38.1 percent taking pictures.

with arkansas down with the aid of 65-sixty two with approximately 15 seconds to play, the freshman anton beard took a three-point attempt from the proper wing to attempt to even the rating. it clanged off the back rim.

north carolina led by means of 17 inside the first half of earlier than arkansas rallied behind its protection.

joel berry ii, carolina’s 2d-main scorer, did now not exercise saturday and confirmed the lingering consequences of an ankle damage. he made just 2 of 13 discipline intention tries.

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the a.c.c. had the maximum groups within the match of any conference, with 9, however eight are actually gone.

fans in sacramento got to look a decent game among oregon, the no. three seed within the midwest, and 11th-seeded rhode island. the sport went down to the very last minute, but huge three-tips by means of the oregon sophomore tyler dorsey saved the geese just out in front for a seventy five-72 win. rhode island’s e. c. matthews had a hazard to tie the game within the final seconds with a 3, however it became properly defended via jordan bell and sailed long.

another no. 11 seed, southern california, went right down to the cord with out a. three baylor. but the trojans, who had come back from double-digit deficits of their first two wins, couldn’t pull off the disappointed, falling, 82-78.

on sunday, the shockers trailed at halftime and confronted a five-point deficit with and a half minutes final. but kentucky’s youthful lineup did no longer crack.

“we idea we’d come returned and win the sport,” wichita coach gregg marshall stated. “we thought we have been the better crew.”

in a fierce protective matchup, not one however two blocked pictures put kentucky over the top. another wildcats freshman, malik monk, swatted away a 3-point attempt by markis mcduffie with about 10 seconds remaining.

“he pump-faked, and that i knew he had to shoot it,” adebayo said. “so i just went up and attempted to dam it.”

the wildcats, within the south area, became the second one no. 2 seed to boost to the round of sixteen, along with arizona, which beat saint mary’s on saturday.

a third, louisville, will not be part of them.

whilst louisville teach rick pitino compared the shooting potential of seventh-seeded michigan wolverines to that of the golden state warriors, michigan teach john beilein knew exactly what pitino turned into doing.

“that is the part earlier than they kick your butt,” beilein said. “they are trying to butter you up a bit bit.”

the psychological video games were one a part of pitino’s plan to defeat the wolverines, one of the most up to date teams inside the united states, with a six-sport prevailing streak. some other become suffocating michigan’s torrid perimeter shooters.

an eight-0 louisville run broke a tie earlier than halftime in indianapolis, but the wolverines did not panic.

“a group that isn’t as experienced, that doesn’t have the poise we have, might come lower back and attempt to win it all proper away,” beilein stated. “we won every 4-minute length till we got ahead.”

at the give up, as louisville stored charging again, the wolverines calmly handled the total-courtroom pressure and relied on certainly one of their upperclassmen, junior d. j. wilson, to supply at the unfastened-throw line. wilson, a 6-10 forward, went four for four at the line inside the final seconds to make sure a 73-sixty nine michigan win. this midwest game, like other video games before it, might encompass no buzzer-beaters.

in tulsa, okla., when ninth-seeded michigan kingdom reduce kansas’s lead to 54-fifty three with about 12 mins final, the spectators buckled up for an interesting finish. it in no way materialized.

the jayhawks, seeded no. 1 within the midwest, outscored the spartans by means of 36-17 the relaxation of the way to win without problems, ninety-70. there was no preventing kansas within the open floor. the sport have become a spotlight reel of alley-oops and dunks.

foul problem for michigan country’s nick ward, and a banged-up miles bridges, intended the spartans have been no longer the same as they were on friday, after they beat the college of miami, which became one seed better.

ray glier reported from greenville, s.c., and zach schonbrun from new york.

a model of this article seems in print on march 20, 2017, on web page d1 of the ny version with the headline: blue devils denied. order reprintscontemporary paper

south carolina teach frank martin addresses confederate flag protesters

south carolina teach frank martin addresses confederate flag protesters

a small institution of protesters outdoor sunday’s second-spherical ncaa event video games in greenville, s.c. raised a confederate struggle flag at a parking storage subsequent to bon secours well-being arena.

the background: the first- and 2nd-spherical video games have been being played in greenville due to the fact they had been relocated with the aid of the ncaa from north carolina after that kingdom exceeded a bill many keep in mind discriminatory in opposition to the lgbtq community. however greenville become able to host the games most effective because the country of south carolina eliminated the accomplice flag from its statehouse grounds within the wake of a hate-crime taking pictures in 2015 that killed 9 at charleston’s historic emmanuel ame church.
so fresh off the signature win in south carolina men’s basketball history — an 88-81 2nd-round win over duke — gamecocks coach frank martin hit the pause button to deal with the subject.

“it is unlucky, but it’s the usa. and you watched all of us agree on the whole thing? our kingdom is united. our state believes in peace and harmony. that’s why this event is being held in our nation proper now. our kingdom’s modern. our kingdom has extremely good people this is approximately moving forward.

“but it’s the usa. we’ve freedoms. human beings have freedoms to do something they want to do with themselves and their belongings. it is what it’s far.

“there may be matters accessible that i do not like. however i cannot force humans to do what i want them to do. all i know is that this incredible university and nation has taken in a son of cuban immigrants it really is married to a jamaican female, has mixed kids, and they’ve treated me like i’m one in every of their personal from day one.

“i wouldn’t need to train in another kingdom or on some other group of humans, for some other bosses than the ones i have were given. our alums, our network is a stunning, beautiful region. it’s a united kingdom. lamentably things like that take place, but we live in the u.s.a. of america. and we do not all agree on things.”