Iowa State Cyclones scored the only touchdown of the game on their opening and held on to win a defensive battle with the Iowa Hawkeyes, 9-6. In the televised game on Big Ten Network, the Cyclones dominated the Hawkeyes statistically in first half, but turnovers kept the Hawkeyes in the game until the end. Check Yahoo boxscore and Yahoo recap. Best coverage of The Big Game in Iowa can be found here.
The new CyHawk trophy is staying in Ames for another year! State of Iowa is a Cyclone State for another year. Looking forward to another great game next year in Ames!
The other Sweet Sixteen happens this weekend. It is the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament. This past Sunday, 16 teams were picked for this year’s tournament. ESPN has a story about the tournament here.
The top seeds are:
- Boston College
- North Dakota
There are a lot of good teams in this tournament and anybody can win it. Last year’s champion Minnesota-Duluth is in Boston College region this year as a number 3 seed. They look to repeat again.
Winners of this weekend’s regions will advance to the Frozen Four to be held in Tampa April 5 and 7. Championship game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
I will be watching this weekend to see North Dakota and Minnesota advance for their potential rematch on Sunday in the West region.
Would you believe that in November a team 8th in the conference upsetting the top team in the conference? Well, Oklahoma State a 28 point favorite and ranked #2 in nation lost to Iowa State 37-31 in double overtime. Let it be known that Iowa State had two weeks to prepare for their final home game of the season. Their efforts came up with another upset victim in Big 12 play. Two years ago, it was Nebraska. Last year, it was Texas. This year it is Oklahoma State and it was done at home on national TV. See AP Story at Yahoo! Sports.
The ISU coaches put a lot of faith in their freshman quarterback Jared Barnett who was 31-58 for 376 yards, 3
2 TDs and 2 INTs. He also lead the team in rushing with 84 yards. But, Jeff Woody’s 25 yards in the second overtime and winning TD that gave ISU the victory. See Des Moines Register story.
Turnovers were a big part of this game as it was certain that OSU would pull it out after ISU’s 3 turnover in the game. But, it was OSU’s first 4 turnovers that kept the game close and kept the Jack Trice fans in the stands. Josh Weeden was stellar in the game distributing the ball to his receivers but the ISU defense stopped OSU’s running game. ISU defense caused OSU’s fifth turnover by intercepting Weeden in their second overtime possession setting up Woody for his overtime winning TD run. Check out story at GoCyclones.com
ISU win makes them bowl eligible, but I would like to see them win one more game. But, it will not be easy as they face Oklahoma and Kansas State on the road the next two weekends. Check out Post Game Celebration at Cyclones.com.
College teams outside the Big 12 are happy that another undefeated team has fallen. But, this humble college football fan hopes that LSU loses to Arkansas in couple weeks making the BCS competition a real chaotic mess with only one remaining unbeaten team, Houston. Let the chaos begin.
The 2011 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four starts this Thursday in St Paul, Minnesota. The schedule is here.
There are two teams from the WCHA, Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota, and two teams from CCHA, Michigan and Notre Dame. So, we should see some exciting hockey this weekend.
North Dakota is only remaining top seed in the tournament. Unlike the Division I basketball counterparts, this team is likely to win it all. But, they will face a tough challenge from Michigan, a team who has won the title 2 more times than the Fight Sioux.
My prediction: I like the two WCHA teams to meet in the Finals on Saturday with the Fighting Sioux winning their 8th title.
Update 09 April 2011:
Well, my champion prediction will not happen this year. Michigan played a great Semi-Final game and won 2-0. And Minnesota-Duluth special teams were awesome in their Semi-Final match against Notre Dame. It is no surprise that a Michigan school and a Minnesota school are playing for college ice hockey glory. Beside Northeast states, these states have turning out great hockey players. So, I expect a great game tonight. I like to see the Minnesota-Duluth win their first championship, but Michigan team can be the first school with 10 titles.
Update 10 April 2011:
Well, the game turned out expected. As Minnesota-Duluth won their first championship in their own home state, 3-2 in overtime. ESPNU has the story here.
Well, the 2010 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament has started out with a bang. Upsets were the rule in the East Region as the Number 1 Overall Seed, Denver, was upset by RTI 2-1 and New Hampshire overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat a very good Cornell team 6-2. While in the West Region, no surprise that Wisconsin and St Cloud won their games. Today, the Midwest and Northeast Region teams face off this afternoon with the East and West Region finals tonight. Although I will miss North Dakota game at 5 PM today, I hope the Bison advance to the Region finals. This weekend’s action is on ESPNU and ESPN360. Check the schedule here. Looking forward to next weekend’s Frozen Four.
Tonight on ESPN, Miami (OH) and Boston University will play for the NCAA 2009 Men Division I Frozen Four Championship at Verizon Center in Washington DC. It is Boston University championship to lose, so I expect a good game from both teams. How Boston University has played in their NCAA tournament games, I expect them to win tonight. But, I will not count out Miami (OH). They may play well enough to pull an upset tonight.
I will be blogging between periods and at the end of the game. Come back later tonight for my thoughts on the game.
Update 11 April 19:43:
Well, after one period, Boston University leads Miami (OH) 1-0. Boston University got their goal from Chris Connolly off a redirected shot. It was a tough break for Miami (OH) as they were playing well up to that point. For the rest of the first period, Boston University seem to control the game. With a penalty time going over into the second period, Miami (OH) needs to kill the penalty and get back to what they were doing successfully in the first ten mintues of the first period. Again, this is Boston University championship to lose. Both young goalies are playing well. With the exception of the lone goal, this has been a even game. Second period should be entertaining.
Update 11 April 20:40:
After two periods, it is tied at 1-1. Miami (OH) was able to kill the penalty at the start of the second period, and got a hard hitting goal from Gary Steffes to tie it up. Both teams were able to play their game in this period which was made it an entertaining period. There were a lot of shots hitting the post and some great saves as well. Should be an interesting third period.
Update 11 April 21:40:
Wow! It was an interesting third period. It is going to overtime tied at 3-3. Miami (OH) seem to be played well for the first eighteen minutes of the period. They were able to get another hard hitting goal by Tommy Wingels and a nifty goal off a turnover at the Boston U blue line by Trent Vogelhuber to give what appeared to be a solid lead at 3-1. But, somehow Boston U overcame it all. They pulled the goalie with over three minutes and was to score 2 goals with less than a minute to play by Zach Cohen and Nick Bonino. It was unbelievable. This is going to be tough one for either team to lose tonight. But, Miami (OH) being 0 for 7 on the power play may become the difference. Yet, the next goal wins. So anyone can win it now.
Update 11 April 22:08:
Colby Cohen scored the winning goal with a deflected shot from the point. Boston University seem to dominate the play but both sides had chances to win it. It was tough way to lose the game for Miami (OH). Boston University is the NCAA Men’s Hockey Division I Champion.
Congrats to Boston University.
The three stars of the game: Colby Cohen (Boston U), Nick Bonino (Boston U), Tommy Wingels (Miami)
Well, I predicted that Miami (OH) and Boston University would advance to NCAA 2009 Men Division I Frozen Four this Saturday at Verizon Center in Washington DC. Although I was only able to watch the first half of the Miami-Bemidji State game, all the scoring happened during a six minutes span in the second period which gave Miami (OH) the momentum to win the game. The Boston-Vermont game was exciting. After jumping to 2-0 in the first period, Vermont turn the game into a battle by tying the game at 2-2 and taking the leading several times in the final half of the game. But, Boston U fought back to win it with over 5 minutes left in the game. With the way the Boston U has been battling in all their games to the Frozen Four Final, so they have experience and ability to win the title this year. But, Miami (OH) looks like they will Boston U yet another battle this Saturday. Check out this stories for more details on the semi-finals:
The schedule for the final game:
Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN HD/ESPN360.com
Miami (OH) vs. Boston University
Be sure to visit the official site of this year’s tournament.