Notre Dame vs Stanford

Notre Dame vs Stanford Live : Notre Dame and Stanford will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years when they face off in the Chicago Region final on Monday night. The Stanford Cardinal own bragging rights in the recent rivalry with Notre Dame, winning seven of the last nine meetings straight up, going 5-4 against the spread.

Alexis Sevillian bookended the Iowa burst with 3-pointers. The second of those gave the Hawkeyes their largest lead to that point, at 63-46 with eight minutes left.

Seven of the Hawkeyes’ nine baskets during that run were assisted. Iowa ranks second in Division I with an average of 21.7 assists. The Hawkeyes had assists on 24 of their 31 total field goals.

“We love to be able to just share the ball and get a great shot instead of a good shot,” Gustafson said. “We feed off each other’s energy, and that’s what kept us going.”

Gustafson joined some elite company with her latest double-double. Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris set the record in 2006 and did it again a year later, and Natalie Butler of George Mason matched that mark a year ago. Gustafson has had double-doubles in all but two games this season.

The freshman Elissa Cunane had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Kiara Leslie scored 16 points, and D. D. Rogers added 12 points for the third-seeded Wolfpack (28-6), who shot just 35 percent.

One of the best seasons — and one of the most unlikely runs, after the loss of four players to season-ending injuries — in Wolfpack history came to an end at a familiar stage of the tournament. N.C. State reached the round of 16 for the 13th time in program history. Only once have the Wolfpack gone further — in 1998, the year of the program’s lone Final Four appearance.

“I do believe that the program has gone up since I’ve been here,” said Rogers, a senior. She added, “People just stepped up and wanted to go as far as they could this year, and we made it happen.”No. 1 Baylor and No. 19 Iowa State tip off tonight at 9 p.m. EST on FS1 in Oklahoma City in a battle for the Big 12 tournament title. The Bears (30-1) and Cyclones (25-7) entered the tournament as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, and are now one win away from clinching an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.Expect to have to worry about every player on the floor. Brown may be a 2019 Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Semifinalist but she doesn’t dominate the Bears’ shot totals. She isn’t even the player with the most shots this season on her team. Jackson is. Five different players have at least 201 shots this season and another three have more than 100. And as a team Baylor shoots better than 50 percent from the field.

The Bears own one of the most prolific offenses in the nation with an average of 80.9 points per game. They only have one true threat to take 3s in Landrum, but those shots aren’t the focus of the team’s offense. Baylor hits the glass hard and moves the ball to get the best shot. It’s why the Bears own a plus-17.1 rebounding margin, average 14.5 offensive rebounds per game and have four players with at least 111 assists.Expect Carleton to shoulder the bulk of the load. Iowa State’s leading scorer has attempted 502 shots this season while no other teammate has more than 292. The Cyclones have four players who’ve attempted between 253 and 292, and as a team they average nearly 64 shots each game, but that’s still close to seven more shots per game for Carleton than her closest teammate. It works for Iowa State, though. Carleton shoots 46.2 percent from the field and averages 21.7 points per game. Iowa State shoots 44.7 percent from the field and averages 79.8 points per game.

The Cyclones managed just 60 points in a 13-point loss against Baylor in late February, but that was because they shot 31.7 percent from the field (19-for-60) and 18.5 percent on 3s (5-for-27). Iowa State is not one of the better 3-point shooting teams. It hits just 33.7 percent of them and attempts close to 27 each game. But when the Cyclones are making them they can score as many as 105 points in a game like they did against Texas Tech in January.The eyes of Baylor guard Didi Richards grew big in the second quarter of Saturday’s women’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16 rout of South Carolina when she saw Kalani Brown running alone for a fast-break opportunity.

She lofted the ball long and high, hoping to give the 6-foot-7 center a chance to run under it for an easy basket.Instead, Brown slowed to a stop and  the ball sail well over her head out of bounds. She then turned and gave Richards a puzzled stare that she maintained for most of the walk to the other end of the court, where she said, “Really?”She knows better,” added Brown, who later joked about the pass with Richards. “She’s one of the best passers on the team. So for her to throw that crazy thing to me, I was like, ‘What?'”

Brown is one of the biggest players in women’s college basketball. She can get to balls over many opponents under the basket without having to leave the floor. Her inside presence is a big reason the top-seeded Lady Bears are 34-1 and favored to win the title heading into Monday night’s Elite Eight matchup against second-seeded Iowa.

Speed and mobility to make up for bad passes, such as the one Richards threw, are not Brown’s strengths. That isn’t to suggest that Brown is slow or immobile. The daughter of former NBA star P.J. Brown just knows those are things she has to improve on to excel at the next level.

She knows those two parts of her game will be showcased against Iowa center Megan Gustafson, who plays much bigger than her height (6-foot-3) because she’s so effective at positioning her body and using her agility to get around defenders.

A recent video of her “Mikan Drill,” in which Gustafson puts a ball in each hand and makes one layup after another for 40 seconds, is a great example of her versatility.

“She positions herself really well to get the ball,” Brown said as she anticipated the 7 p.m. ET game at Greensboro Coliseum. “Her guards have a lot of great passing. They really get the ball to her, and she never stops moving, so that’s another challenge.

“You know, everyone’s talking about my mobility and how I can’t move supposedly. Whatever.”While both teams have great guards and other solid inside players, the focus will be on Brown and Gustafson, both finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award honoring the nation’s best center. Gustafson also is a finalist for the Naismith Trophy recognizing the best player in the country after leading the nation in scoring (28 points per game) and field goal percentage (70.1).

“It’s just two great post players playing their game,” said Brown, who admitted that the matchup, as key as it will be, might be overhyped.

Not overhyped is Gustafson’s importance to Iowa’s chances of an upset against a team that has won 26 straight. The entire offense flows through her with the high-low post game.

“She’s the [espnW] national player of the year,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said of Gustafson. “We’ve got our hands full.”

Perhaps a bit of gamesmanship — and motivation — there. Iowa has its hands full inside not only with Brown but also with 6-foot-4 forward Lauren Cox. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder noted that Gustafson hasn’t faced many 6-foot-7 players this season.”That’s a real challenge,” she said. “And we know that. But what allows [Megan] to be successful is she does run the floor well. She’s got great footwork. She’s got wonderful hands. Her shot is very, very quick. She’s got some great ball fakes, up-and-unders she can get you off the ground with.

“She’s got a good hook shot. Hook shots are really hard to defend. So she’s found ways to shoot over bigger people because she does it all the time. Now, not 6-[foot]-7, but almost all year she’s been undersized.”

Brown admittedly can’t sit back on Gustafson like she might other players and think, “Oh, she’s 6-foot-3. I can just block her shot.”

“She has a soft touch around the basket, so there’s no way I can let her get deep and turn around and shoot it because that’s an automatic two points,” Brown said. “I have to play her straight-up.”

Brown will get some help from Cox, who has 2 inches on Iowa’s other inside threat, Hannah Stewart (6-foot-2).

“I think our size may bother her a little bit,” Cox said of Gustafson. “I don’t think she’s ever played against somebody Kalani’s size.”

Brown has faced players such as Gustafson, most recently California’s Kristine Anigwe (6-foot-4), who earlier this year had 32 points and 32 rebounds against Washington State for a Pac-12-record 30 straight double-doubles.

“To me, nobody moves more than Kristine Anigwe,” Brown said.

Anigwe was 4-for-17 from the floor and had only five rebounds against Baylor.

“I’m just going to play my game,” Brown said. “We’re just going to match up and see where the chips fall.

Baylor vs Iowa

Baylor vs Iowa Live : The Baylor vs Iowa clash in the Greensboro Region final will feature a matchup of two of the nation’s best centers.

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The Baylor Bears will hope to right their ship in visiting Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, they face the 22nd-ranked Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday night at 9 pm EST.

Arike Ogunbowale scored a career-high 34 points, Jessica Shepard added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Notre Dame, the defending national champion, beat Texas A&M on Saturday in the round of 16 for a second straight year, 87-80.

Ogunbowale scored 12 points in the final 6 minutes 45 seconds, helping the top-seeded Fighting Irish (33-3) advance to the round of 8 of the women’s N.C.A.A. tournament for the eighth time in nine years. They will play second-seeded Stanford or 11th-seeded Missouri State in the Chicago Region final on Monday.

Ogunbowale, the Irish’s career scoring leader, surpassed her previous high of 32 points. Shepard dominated down low, and Notre Dame got a sweet repeat to go with its 12th straight win.

Chennedy Carter led Texas A&M (26-8) with a season-high 35 points in another impressive N.C.A.A. performance. Carter, a sophomore guard, entered the game averaging just over 30 points in five career tournament games and left having connected again, nailing 7 of 12 3-pointers.

Kayla Wells scored 18. But it was an all-too-familiar result against Notre Dame for the fourth-seeded Aggies.

The Fighting Irish beat Texas A&M by 6 points last year during a championship run that ended with a thrilling comeback against Mississippi State for their second title. And the rematch was tight until the end.

The game was tied at 69-69 with just under seven minutes remaining when Ogunbowale popped to the right wing for a 3-pointer and broke for a layup after picking off a pass by Carter. Jackie Young hit a turnaround shot in the lane that made it a 7-point game.

Carter drove for a layup. But Ogunbowale pulled up for a 3-point play, hitting the free throw after being knocked to the floor and making it 79-71. Her twisting fast-break layup made it 83-74 with 54 seconds remaining. But Ogunbowale was called for a technical, resulting in two free throws by Wells.

A layup by Ciera Johnson cut Notre Dame’s lead to 83-78 with 43 seconds left.But Ogunbowale and Young each hit two free throws, stretching the lead back to 9 before Wells scored for Texas A&M with eight seconds left.IOWA 79, NORTH CAROLINA ST. 61 Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading Iowa past North Carolina State in the Greensboro, N.C., Region semifinals. Gustafson, a senior who averages a Division I-best 28 points per game and ranks second in rebounding, finished with her 33rd double-double, matching the N.C.A.A.’s single-season record. She made 10 of her 13 shots from the field. Hannah Stewart added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

They helped the second-seeded Hawkeyes (29-6) earn their first appearance in the round of 8 since 1993, when the team, then led by Coach C. Vivian Stringer, rolled to the lone Final Four appearance in program history.

Iowa will next play top-seeded Baylor, a 93-68 winner over fourth-seeded South Carolina. The winner of that game, on Monday night, will advance to the Final Four.

Iowa shot 54 percent and took command by hitting eight straight shots during a Gustafson-led 20-8 run that came after N.C. State had cut its deficit to 5 midway through the third quarter on an Aislinn Konig layup. The Wolfpack went cold after Konig’s basket, missing nine of their next 10 shots.

“I thought that was our chance to put some pressure on them,” N.C. State Coach Wes Moore said. “But it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Alexis Sevillian bookended the Iowa burst with 3-pointers. The second of those gave the Hawkeyes their largest lead to that point, at 63-46 with eight minutes left.

Seven of the Hawkeyes’ nine baskets during that run were assisted. Iowa ranks second in Division I with an average of 21.7 assists. The Hawkeyes had assists on 24 of their 31 total field goals.

“We love to be able to just share the ball and get a great shot instead of a good shot,” Gustafson said. “We feed off each other’s energy, and that’s what kept us going.”

Gustafson joined some elite company with her latest double-double. Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris set the record in 2006 and did it again a year later, and Natalie Butler of George Mason matched that mark a year ago. Gustafson has had double-doubles in all but two games this season.

The freshman Elissa Cunane had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Kiara Leslie scored 16 points, and D. D. Rogers added 12 points for the third-seeded Wolfpack (28-6), who shot just 35 percent.

One of the best seasons — and one of the most unlikely runs, after the loss of four players to season-ending injuries — in Wolfpack history came to an end at a familiar stage of the tournament. N.C. State reached the round of 16 for the 13th time in program history. Only once have the Wolfpack gone further — in 1998, the year of the program’s lone Final Four appearance.

“I do believe that the program has gone up since I’ve been here,” said Rogers, a senior. She added, “People just stepped up and wanted to go as far as they could this year, and we made it happen.”IOWA 79, NORTH CAROLINA ST. 61 Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading Iowa past North Carolina State in the Greensboro, N.C., Region semifinals. Gustafson, a senior who averages a Division I-best 28 points per game and ranks second in rebounding, finished with her 33rd double-double, matching the N.C.A.A.’s single-season record. She made 10 of her 13 shots from the field. Hannah Stewart added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

They helped the second-seeded Hawkeyes (29-6) earn their first appearance in the round of 8 since 1993, when the team, then led by Coach C. Vivian Stringer, rolled to the lone Final Four appearance in program history.

Iowa will next play top-seeded Baylor, a 93-68 winner over fourth-seeded South Carolina. The winner of that game, on Monday night, will advance to the Final Four.

Iowa shot 54 percent and took command by hitting eight straight shots during a Gustafson-led 20-8 run that came after N.C. State had cut its deficit to 5 midway through the third quarter on an Aislinn Konig layup. The Wolfpack went cold after Konig’s basket, missing nine of their next 10 shots.

“I thought that was our chance to put some pressure on them,” N.C. State Coach Wes Moore said.

Duke vs Michigan State: 2019 NCAA tournament

Duke vs Michigan State Live: NCAA tournament: Scouting report, prediction Breaking down Sunday’s East Region Elite Eight game between No. 2 Michigan State basketball and No. 1 Duke in the 2019 NCAA tournament: Records: No. 2 seed Michigan State (31-6, 16-4 Big Ten); No. 1 Duke (32-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Fast facts: 5:05 p.m. Sunday (CBS), at Capital One Center, Washington, D.C. Winner plays next Saturday in the Final Four in Minneapolis against the West Region winner of Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech. Overview: MSU continued to show its resiliency in the second half of Friday’s 80-63 victory over LSU.

After the Tigers cut the Spartans’ lead from 17 to four early in the second half, they responded with a 16-5 run. Then when LSU pared that deficit to nine points, MSU ripped off a 10-2 knockout punch to close the game’s final 2:56. The final rebounding total of 41-34 does not paint the full picture of how well the Spartans dominated the boards for most of the game by boxing out the Tigers. Freshmen Aaron Henry and Gabe Brown combined for 35 points to help offset slow scoring nights for seniors Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins, who each had six points.

Junior point guard Cassius Winston committed five of MSU’s seven turnovers in the game, but he also scored 17 points and drained three of the Spartans’ 13 3-pointers. Nick Ward suffered a deep bone bruise on his surgically repaired left hand and was not allowed by MSU trainers to go back in to Friday’s win.

His status for Sunday is unknown, though he said he plans to play. MSU coach Tom Izzo is 1-11 vs. Duke, with the lone win in the 2005 NCAA tournament Sweet 16.Tournament record: 114-37, 43 years (last Elite Eight, 2018).

Scoring: Team (83.1 ppg); RJ Barrett (22.7); Zion Williamson (22.6); Cam Reddish (13.6); Tre Jones (9.5); Marques Bolden (5.4); Alex O’Connell (4.5).

Rebounds: Team (41.2); Williamson (8.7); Barrett (7.6); Jack White (4.9); Javin DeLaurier (4.2); Bolden (4.5); Reddish (3.7); Jones (3.7).

Assists/turnovers: Team (16.0/12.7); Jones (5.3/1.5); Barrett (4.3/3.1); Williamson (2.1/2.3); Reddish (2.0/2.7),

3-pointers: Team (.307); Reddish (87); Barrett (70); O’Connell (30); White (27); Jones (27); Williamson (22).

Last 10: 8-2.

Overview: The Blue Devils escaped Virginia Tech for a 75-73 victory in Friday’s Sweet 16, their second straight one-possession win aided by a last-second miss (they beat UCF 77-76 in the second round). Duke is a young group led by national player of the year candidate Zion Williamson, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman who can do otherworldly things — scoring, rebounding, soaring for alley-oops and swooping in to block shots.

But he’s not a one-man rookie wrecking crew, as 6-7 wing Barrett and 6-2 point guard Jones combined for 40 points to go with Williamson’s 23 in the win over the Hokies. Fellow 6-8 freshman Cam Reddish (knee) sat out Friday, and is a game-time decision Sunday. Duke has a significant amount of size off the bench — nine players 6-7 or taller, including four 6-10 or above — to throw at the Spartans, who are using a three-man post rotation and have limited numbers on the wing due to injuries. However, coach Mike Krzyzewski used mainly six guys against Virginia Tech, none of whom were seniors.

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Duke vs Michigan State: could hinge on Tre Jones vs. Cassius Winston Cassius Winston was among the 20,006 people who had settled into their seats at Capital One Arena to watch Duke play Virginia Tech on Friday night, and he, too, was witness to the absurdity of Blue Devils superstar Zion Williamson throughout the night.

But Winston, who just an hour earlier had more quietly led Michigan State to a win over LSU to advance to the NCAA tournament’s East Region final, also kept a close eye on Duke freshman guard Tre Jones. By halftime, as he exited the arena to head back to his hotel with his teammates, Winston had seen enough of Jones — how he controlled the offense, how he was unafraid to shoot, how relentless he was on defense — to know he would have his work cut out if the teams met in the next round.

By early Saturday morning, after Duke had survived with a last second, 75-73 victory, Winston had fully shifted his attention to Jones before Sunday’s Elite Eight matchup between the teams. “He does a lot of big things for them, and [he is] probably slept on a lot, in a lot of ways, because they have a lot of guys with a lot of publicity and a lot of hype,” Winston said of Jones.

These point guards don’t know each other, and their paths to this moment have never crossed. The differences between the two are striking: the 21-year-old Winston is nearly three years older than Jones.

Winston has played in twice as many NCAA tournament games, the latest in a long line of Michigan State veteran guards who have become heroes in March. Jones, meanwhile, could be one of four one-and-done Duke freshmen to declare for the NBA draft, potentially following in the footsteps of his older brother, Tyus, who left school after helping the Blue Devils win the national championship as a freshman four years ago.