After woeful 1st season, it doesn’t look easier for Illini football coach Tim Beckman
Every football coaching job comes with its challenges. Tim Beckman’s old boss, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, needs to win at the highest level. Early and often. As Beckman heads into his second season after a disastrous first year, he has to convince people he can win. Ever. He’ll have a chance to move those chains ever so slightly at Illinois’ spring game on Friday night (8 p.m., BTN). ‘‘Last year was nothing anybody wanted,’’ Beckman said of a 2-10 campaign pockmarked by public-relations gaffes. ‘‘But we have to move forward. We can’t dwell on the past.’’ Showing progress won’t be …
Big Ten looks to have bright future
The cherry on top eluded it, but even though Michigan came up short in the national championship game Monday against Louisville, it was a very good year for the Big Ten. Widely regarded as the best conference in the country during the regular season, the Big Ten acquitted itself well in the postseason, even though the Big East earned top billing for its NCAA tournament performance. Beyond the national runner-up Wolverines, an upset loss to Wichita State kept Ohio State from joining Michigan in the Final Four. And Indiana and Michigan State reached the Sweet 16. Looking ahead, the future …
Deshaun Thomas leaving Ohio State for NBA
The junior forward departs after helping Buckeyes to three Sweet 16 appearances.
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Wichita State holds off Ohio State, 70-66
Shockers win the West Regional and advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1965. Shockers win the West Regional and advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1965.
Unheralded Shockers stun Buckeyes to reach Final Four
LOS ANGELES — Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and the Shockers no longer should be a surprise to anybody. Not after the way they held off Ohio State in the West Regional final Saturday. Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with a minute left and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory against the second-seeded Buckeyes. Van Vleet and Cleanthony Early added 12 points apiece for the Shockers (30-8), who followed up their round-of-32 victory last week against top-seeded Gonzaga …