Every year, March Madness ends with the new national champions cutting down the nets — we saw Wisconsin/Duke players do that Monday night. Believe it or not, there is a coach and a team that are credited with starting the tradition that’s spread to all levels of college basketball.
The University of Wisconsin Badgers will be playing for the NCAA Title Monday night. That hasn’t happened since the 1940s. The Badgers upset the Kentucky Wildcats 71-64 Saturday night, ending Kentucky’s 38-game winning streak.
The Dearrings from Minnetonka have deep family roots with the Badgers: the older brother is a backup guard, Dad is a basketball trainer, and the younger brother hopes to play basketball for Wisconsin one day as well.
Minnesota didn’t make it to the “big dance” this year, but three of the four Division 1 schools from Iowa did: Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Our neighbor to the south has a little over half the population of Minnesota, but four times the number of D-1 schools.
The Hamline men’s hockey team has completed a remarkable turnaround to reach the NCAA Division III tournament. The Pipers were placed in the 11-team field on Monday, having received an automatic bid for winning the MIAC tournament.
The bread and butter of the Gopher football team’s offense has been a ground-and-pound rushing attack, but as they hold their spring practices over the next month, they’re adding in a new wrinkle: The no-huddle is coming to Minnesota.