CHICAGO — No. 6-seed Ohio State held off No. 11-seed Minnesota, 79-73, in the Big Ten tournament Thursday night at the United Center. The victory sets up a quarterfinals matchup with No. 3-seed Michigan State. The two teams have combined to win the last five Big Ten tourneys. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Ohio State’s win. Star player: D’Angelo Russell. This is a role he’s familiar with. The freshman totaled 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers and six free throws in a win that will send the Buckeyes on to face No. 3 Michigan
CHICAGO — No. 7-seed Indiana took down No. 10-seed Northwestern, 71-56, Thursday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Hoosiers, who lost to Northwestern in the season’s only meeting, dominated this one from start to finish en route to advancing to play No. 2-seed Maryland on Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Indiana’s win. Star player: James Blackmon Jr. looked like a freshman All-American, tallying 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 from 3-point range). He also had six rebounds and seven assists. Top stat: 56, points allowed
CHICAGO — Iowa entered the Big Ten tourney winners of six consecutive games and as a popular sleeper pick to win the 18th annual event. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 13 seed Penn State would have none of it, stunning the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes, 67-58, on Thursday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the upset below. Star player: Gotta go with Penn State’s D.J. Newbill. He hit 7-of-14 shots (2-of-3 3-pointers) for a team-high 18 points. And he hit some big shots at key junctures of the second
CHICAGO — John Beilein still hasn’t lost an opening game in a Big Ten tournament. Beilein and No. 9 Michigan rolled past No. 8 Illinois, 73-55, on Thursday at the United Center. The Wolverines advance to play No. 1 Wisconsin, which it lost to in overtime in the lone meeting this season, at noon ET Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan’s win below. Star player: Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins continued his recent tear. Entering the game fresh off 21- and 31-point efforts, both career highs, the freshman hit 8-of-12 shots (2-of-5 from 3-point range) for a
Big Ten basketball fans were treated to two outstanding games in the opening round of the 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Day 1 of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books. Minnesota closed out the day with a 80-68 victory over Rutgers at the United Center in Chicago. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside for all the action. Here’s his rapid reaction from the Gophers’ win over Rutgers. Star player: It’s big Joey King, who ripped off 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The junior was on fire from 3-point land, hitting 6-of-9 bombs. King also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Top stat: 51.7, Minnesota’s field-goal percentage. The Gophers hit 30-of-58 shots in tallying
How about that for a start to the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament? D.J. Newbill scored a team-high 26 points and Penn State recorded 16 blocks, which is a Big Ten Tournament record, in a 68-65 win over Nebraska in the opening game of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside to take in all the action. Star player: D.J. Newbill was the man for Penn State. He had 31 points in a regular-season finale win at Minnesota and followed that with 26 points today vs. Nebraska. He hit 9-of-22 shots (4-of-8
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we touch on the Big Ten men's tournament. Plus, Tom Dienhart has a few spring football stories to catch up on, too. Dive, read, click and enjoy.
The Big Ten men's Basketball Tournament is almost here, and our Tom Dienhart takes a look at the best game, most overlooked game, a few "must win" situations and more. Jump in for a quick read and be sue you have the BTN2Go app ready to go for live games on BTN and pregame and postgame shows.
With conference tournament week about to hit full swing, let’s take one last look at the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com. The teams seemingly with the most on the line in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney are Illinois and Indiana. Palm has both on the Bubble and in play-in games. He has Indiana as a No. 11 playing No. 11 Ole Miss, and Illinois a No. 12 taking on No. 12 Texas A&M. Lunardi has Indiana as a No. 12 seed in a play-in game vs. BYU. He has Illinois out of