He was a constant presence inside and out, taking advantage of an undersized Iowa State front line while also hitting three three-pointers.
The skinny: The sophomore guard scored a career-high 30 points, along with six rebounds, as Kent State clinched its first NCAA tournament berth since 2008 with a 70-65 upset of No. 1 seed Akron in the MAC championship game Saturday. Iowa State rallied back, but Purdue proved to be too strong. But they have a major road block standing in the way in the form of No. 5 seed Iowa State.
In his next breath, Painter was quick to point out that the free throws never happen without Swanigan, who recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. “I don’t think we’d have a 30-minue press conference if we weren’t playing UConn right now”. “That’s what brought us back”. “They’re experienced and, you know, I thought that the difference was their experience”.
“We didn’t rebound that ball at the end, ” coach Steve Prohm said.
Morris, Mitrou-Long and Thomas rose the standard at Iowa State. SU forced 12 turnovers in the first half alone, racing out to a 45-24 lead at the break. Still think UConn comes away with a pretty comfortable win. He went 5 of 13 from the floor in the second half, and his last field goal attempt didn’t even make it to the rim. He was the only reserve to see action.
Huskies starting guard Saniya Chong, one of the glue players during UConn’s 108-game winning streak, said the Orange women’s boasts give her team a little extra motivation. He averages 1.038 points per possession.
Iowa State (24-10) showed off its offensive versatility in the first round, placing five players in double figures in an 84-73 victory against Nevada. Morris nearly left for the NBA Draft.
“You’re just disappointed it ends”, Prohm said. “The only thing that we’ve anxious about is how does Nevada compete and play against Iowa State”.
The Saturday night game in Milwaukee was a thriller.
With Mathias and Edwards already at 100-plus, this Boilermaker team is the first in the program’s history to have four players reach that mark in one season. He also added 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Vincent Edwards missing a pair of free throws while up 4, a few missed shots that should have been converted and a few breakdowns on defense allowed Iowa State to retake the lead.
He is fifth in the Big 12 and second on the team in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (7.2).
If Purdue can maintain this level of play they are going to be a unsafe team next week. None won less than 20 games in a season their entire careers. “We’ve been scouting them”. They don’t turn the ball over. Iowa State focused on the Wolf Pack’s leading scorer and held him in check. There are good teams in the league, but the closest thing we saw to a contender to them during that time frame ended this season when Mo Watson and Edmond Sumner tore their ACLs two weeks apart from each other.
Thank Caleb Swanigan, who played like the National Player of the Year tonight. “He’s long, he’s quick”.
“If you go into a game already thinking you’re going to lose, you shouldn’t be paying basketball”, senior guard Brittney Sykes said. “The guy did a heck of a job on him making every catch hard, making every shot hard”. Morris had only 35 turnovers in 33 games entering this game.
Four years after Collins took over, the Cats have come so incredibly far.
“For sure”, said Carleton, who scored a season-low six points in the loss. When he gets to eight years old, nine years old, 10 years old, when he finally starts realizing that sports are more than something that keeps him from being able to watch Elmo on TV, he’s not going to wonder about the context of Villanova’s title.
The Wolf Pack’s 28 wins are the second most in school history.
This game could be a shootout, but neither team will have much for fresh legs, so the question is which team’s shooting will go first?
Having made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, fans hope next year the team can do even better. Below is viewing information for the game and what to know about each team. Iowa State is ranked 16th in the AP poll and 20th in the coaches poll.