Happy National Championship Monday! Before Wisconsin takes on Duke at 9:18 p.m. ET tonight in the national title game, let’s take a look at the top Big Ten links. As you might suspect, Wisconsin’s win over unbeaten Kentucky on Saturday set the sports world on its ear. The Wildcats’ march toward a 40-0 season and national title were halted by a plucky Badgers’ team that will meet Duke tonight for the crown. Wisconsin has made good on its promise to improve on last season, which ended with a Final Four loss to UK. But, why be satisfied? Why not win
What a night. Wisconsin got revenge, halted Kentucky’s potential historic undefeated season, and now is just 40 minutes away from its first NCAA title since 1941. [ MORE: Twitter: Badgers react to win | Video: Fans greet Badgers at hotel ] The Badgers, who lost to the Wildcats in last year’s Final Four, handed No. 1 overall seed its first loss of the season in a 71-64 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win below. The star: Frank Kaminsky continued to be the “man.” It
For the second time this season, Duke got the best of Michigan State, this time claiming an 81-61 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction below. The star: For Duke, it was freshman forward Justise Winslow, who hit 5-of-7 shots (9-of-11 free throws) for 19 points. He also had nine boards. Denzel Valentine was the star for Michigan State, leading all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also had a game 11 rebounds. But he didn’t
Beauty is in the eye of beholder. On one hand, Michigan’s spring game was difficult to watch. But, it still was a beautiful afternoon for Wolverines fans that got to see Jim Harbaugh roam the Michigan Stadium turf for the first time in decades.
BTN airs Saturday's Michigan spring football game live at noon ET, and you can also watch it live via BTN2Go. BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart will be covering the game and lays out the five things he'll be looking for when new coach Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines take the field.
A former Michigan State star explains Tom Izzo's success. A Wisconsin writer explains how the Badgers hit it big with Bo Ryan. Could Ohio State's top Heisman Trophy candidate be a running back? And let's look at how transfer quarterbacks actually do. All of this and more in Friday's Big Ten headlines.
Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing offensive linemen and receivers—and that bears out in the numbers from the past 10 NFL drafts. Michigan has seen seven offensive linemen and seven wideouts picked. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one) and running backs (two)? The 2015 NFL draft should see tight end-turned-receiver Devin Funchess go high. And linebacker Jake Ryan looks like
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late, as the Terps have had a total of only two players drafted in the last three years; six players in the last five drafts. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2 in Chicago, may be more fertile. Wideout Stefon Diggs and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo look primed to be picked—especially Diggs, who turned pro early. Fellow wideout Deon Long, quarterback C.J. Brown and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil may be late selections. Here is a breakdown of how Maryland
For the eighth time—and the first since 2005--the Big Ten has two Final Four teams. BTN.com sat down with BTN analyst Jess Settles to preview Saturday's national semifinals.