The 2016 NBA Playoffs tipped off Saturday, and there are plenty of Big Ten names still playing. Eighteen of them, to be exact, according to NBA.com’s team roster pages. Golden State do-it-all star Draymond Green (Michigan State) headlines the list, and is one of three former Big Ten player of year award winners in the postseason, joining Boston’s Evan Turner (Ohio State) and Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin). If you’re wondering, Michigan’s four playoff players pace the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which have three apiece. Here’s the full list. ATLANTA HAWKS Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
There was “Call Me Maybe.” Then there was “Shake It Off.” And now, there’s “My Boo.” The latest college sports meme features basketball players posting locker room dance routines, set to the Ghost Town DJ’s song, to Instagram. It all started with reigning national champ Villanova, which challenged Maryland’s Jaylen Brantley, Damonte Dodd and Jared Nickens earlier this week. The Terrapins accepted the challenge hours later with a pair of videos. Wisconsin star Nigel Hayes saw the videos and decided to take action Sunday, combining with teammates Khalil Iverson and Charlie Thomas on a video of their own. Watch the videos
Ohio State will honor former defensive end Will Smith at its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes will wear a “WS” helmet decal that features a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials, plus they’ll hold a moment of silence prior to kickoff. Smith, 34, was shot and killed following a minor car accident late Saturday night in New Orleans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and the NFL (Super Bowl XLIV), Smith was a team captain
Former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber had so much to look forward to heading into the 2016 MLB season. Not only was it going to be his first full season in the bigs, but he was expected to be one of the key cogs in helping the Chicago Cubs end their much-talked-about and historic run of futility. Sadly, in just the third game of the season last week, the slugger tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a scary outfield collision at Arizona. Schwarber won’t play again this season, instead spending the summer and fall rehabbing the knee.
The 2015-16 men’s college basketball season came to a thrilling close Monday night, which means it’s time to scour the web for the inevitable way-too-early 2016-17 top 25 polls. We took a look a seven insanely early rankings below, and the Big Ten fares quite well. Take all of this for what it’s worth – not a lot – because there are so many unknowns, starting with several to-be-determined NBA draft decisions. BleacherReport.com 5. Michigan State 11. Indiana 12. Wisconsin 20. Purdue CBSSports.com 6. Michigan State 12. Indiana 13. Maryland 15. Wisconsin ESPN.com 8. Indiana 9. Wisconsin 13. Michigan State
The inevitable happened Monday morning, as Tom Izzo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. [ MORE: Tom Izzo inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ] Izzo, the longtime and legendary Michigan State men’s basketball coach, made the cut with the likes of former college and NBA stars Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal, among other big-time names. In 21 seasons as the head coach in East Lansing, Izzo has amassed a 524-205 record (.719) and advanced to seven Final Fours (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015), winning the 2000 national title, the second in Michigan State
So, the latest drama in the heated Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is an interesting one. Here’s the full timeline, if you missed any of it the last 24-plus hours: Tuesday afternoon: Ohio State AD Gene Smith, while at a soccer press conference, was asked about the possibility of the football team taking a portion of a future spring practice to Florida, as rival Michigan did this earlier month. Smith shot the idea down, saying, “If we were jump starting our program, I’d probably try to do that too.” Tuesday night: After hours of speculation that Smith’s comment was a jab at
The Twitter reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater Sunday night was fun to monitor. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Former Wisconsin players had some of the best live reactions to the last-second triple that lifted the Badgers past Xavier and to their third consecutive Sweet 16. From Michael Finley and Marcus Landry to Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin family was all over the unforgettable shot that is now part of NCAA tournament lore. Frank Kaminsky, the 2015 national player of the year, didn’t tweet anything, but the Charlotte Hornets
Wisconsin fans still love Frank Kaminsky. And Kaminsky still loves Wisconsin. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] If there was ever any doubt about the latter, it was squashed by the 2015 national player of the year’s must-see reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night. The reaction was posted to Twitter (see the tweet above), and it was exactly what you’d expect from the always fun and entertaining Kaminsky. The video starts with Kaminsky getting up from his couch and squatting as the play develops and the shot
With the 2015-16 regular season behind us, let’s take a few moments to relive some of the top moments along the way to the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Or, to be more accurate, the videos that fans watched the most during the 2015-16 regular season. See our top 10 most-watched basketball videos, across all social media platforms, below. 10. Aubrey Dawkins 360 dunk vs. Youngstown State *** 9.