Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft, set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff looks like a top-10 pick, joining fellow ex-Hawkeye blockers Riley Reiff and Bryan Bulaga as first-round picks in the last 10 years. (Robert Gallery was a first-rounder in 2004.) Defensive tackle Carl Davis also should be a hot commodity. And look for offensive tackle Andrew Donnal and defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat likely to go
Final Four analyses is flying off Internet browsers faster than I can type this. You name it, it has been or will be analyzed in coming days. … Frank Kaminsky’s jumper … Branden Dawson’s attitude … Tom Izzo’s facial expressions. Here is a nice video from FOX Sports Live along those lines that looks at how the Badgers can be mighty Kentucky. The key Badger? It’s not Frank Kaminsky, so this video says. It’s Sam Dekker, right? Right. *** Michigan State has a tall task in its semifinal game vs. Duke. I think Branden Dawson hit it on the head
The draft pickings have been slim for Indiana over the last 10 years with just 12 selections. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] The Hoosiers didn’t have any selections in 2012 or 2013. And they also went pick-less in 2007 and 2009. The last time Indiana had a first-round pick? You have to go back to 1994, when wideout Thomas Lewis went No. 24 overall to the Giants. Perhaps Indiana can break that drought this year with running back Tevin Coleman possibly sneaking into the top round. The NFL Draft is just over a month away,
The Big Ten has multiple teams in the Final Four for the eighth time, the most of any conference. Tom Dienhart takes a look back at the previous seven times inside.
Big Monday for the Big Ten. When commish Jim Delany went to bed last night, his league had two Final Four teams for the first time since 2005. (This after Ohio State won the football national title.) Wisconsin punched its second ticket in a row to the Final Four on Saturday with a win vs. Arizona. Up next: No. 1 Kentucky, which is chasing history with a 38-0 mark. The Wildcats beat the Badgers by one point in the Final Four last year. But Wisconsin could upset Kentucky this time around. How? Two reasons: Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. ***
Michigan State is joining Wisconsin in the Final Four. The Spartans outlasted Louisville, 76-70, in overtime Sunday to advance to the program's ninth Final Four.
Frank Kaminsky scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added 27 and Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 on Saturday in an Elite Eight matchup. With the victory, the Badgers reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the Badgers’ victory. The star: Frank Kaminsky or Sam Dekker. Take your pick. Big Frank showed why he was the Big Ten Player of the Year, hitting 9-of-20 shots for a game-high 29 points. Dekker connected on 8-of-11 shots for a career-high 27 points. It was the second game in a row Dekker notched
The NFL Draft is just over a month away, running from April 30-May 2 in Chicago. So, let’s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2005-2014. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] First up is Illinois, which may not have any selections in this year’s draft. The best bet to be picked figures to be safety Zane Petty. And he looks like a long shot. The Fighting Illini have produced some top talent in the last decade—thank you, Ron Zook—with five first-round selections. But Illinois had no
Travis Trice scored a game-high 24 points to lead Michigan State to a 62-58 win over Oklahoma in a Sweet 16 matchup. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Travis Trice continues to excel in March, leading all scorers with 24 points to help Tom Izzo reach his ninth Elite Eight. Trice hit 7-of-14 shots (4-of-9 from 3-point range). He also added three rebounds and two assists, while hitting all six of his free throws. And four of those came down the stretch to help ice the victory for Michigan State. Quick nod to Denzel Valentine, who
It’s seemingly right there for Michigan State to seize—a trip to the Final Four, which would be a seventh under Tom Izzo. The Spartans are hot, winning six of their last seven games. And the lone loss was in overtime to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Spartans also are fortunate, playing in an East Region in Syracuse, N.Y., that saw No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Virginia get knocked out the first week of the NCAA tourney. Yes, Michigan State may have been under-seeded as a No. 7 as it pushes for its first national title since