“We just had to out-tough them the last few minutes”, Johnson said.
The NCAA First Four begins Tuesday at UD Arena, with New Orleans (20-11) and Mount St. Mary’s (19-15) squaring off in the opening game for a shot to face top-seeded Villanova, followed by a matchup of Kansas State (20-13) and Wake Forest (19-12) with sixth-seeded Cincinnati awaiting the victor.
Stokes had a rough first half with four turnovers but he got it turned around quickly in the second half. Foul trouble limited him in the second half, but he finished the game with 7 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Wake Forest’s last 17 games.
The teams combined for 51 fouls and 68 free throws, with things working out nearly evenly.
Wake Forest is one of the best scoring teams in the entire field and if the Demon Deacons get going the Wildcats have no chance of keeping up.
Wake Forest star forward John Collins had 26 points and nine rebounds against Kansas State, so it’s hard to praise the Wildcats for their defense against him.
Manning understands there will be some big-game jitters for his team, especially early against Kansas State (20-13).
“Even though I’ve been here before, I still don’t know what to expect, just because I’ve never been part of a play-in game like this”, Arians said. The Big 12 and ACC spent the season dueling over the status of America’s best conference.
The 6-foot-10 sophomore big man is one of the most unassuming superstars in college basketball.
All-session tickets for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament start at $25 and are on sale online now and will be available tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., in person at the Bramlage Coliseum ticket office or by calling 1-800-221-CATS.
Wade is a rare player with the size to bang with brutes inside and the skill to step outside and make opposing defenses cringe. All he cared about was landing a spot in the 68-team NCAA field. Kansas State’s Bruce Weber was an assistant at Purdue when Manning led Kansas to the national title. That didn’t matter to the Wildcats, who only wanted the opportunity.
See the NCAA Tournament schedule for your favorite ACC team here. They’re Ken Pomeroy’s 22nd-ranked team, while Kansas State comes in at 28.
So what does that mean for the Big 12 as the NCAAs get into full-gear mode today around the noon hour? On the floor, Drake is led by 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-MVC First Team selection Lizzy Wendell and MVC Freshman of the Year Beca Hittner.
Only one of Wake Forest’s top seven scorers – graduate transfer Austin Arians (8.5 ppg) – is a senior. But it’s an incredibly good sign. K-State’s 27 points off free throws were a season high. In fact, it beat Baylor twice, and it appears that the win over the Bears in the Big 12 tournament may have gotten the Wildcats into the field. He has also pointed to this fact: Every year since the format was tweaked in 2011 to expand the event beyond teams only seeded in the No. 16 slot, one of the winners has advanced and claimed at least one more victory after leaving Dayton.