For the first time since 2005-06, Iowa has made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, open the tournament Friday vs. No. 10 Davidson. Get my Iowa NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 IOWA vs. No. 10 Davidson, Friday, Seattle Fran McCaffery NCAA record: 2-6. Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Tennessee in opening round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. Iowa arrived in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney as one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of six in a row. Alas, the Hawkeyes stumbled, losing their opening matchup to
Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as
One of the Big Ten’s NCAA tournament regulars is back at it again in 2015. Ohio State is in its seventh straight NCAA tourney, which marks a program record. Ohio State, the No. 10 seed in the West Region, face recent Cinderella and No. 7 VCU on Thursday. Get my Ohio State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 10 OHIO STATE vs. No. 7 VCU, Thursday, Portland Thad Matta NCAA record: 23-12. Reached Final Four in 2007 and 2012 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Dayton in first round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. The Buckeyes are an NCAA regular, making their seventh
It was a fantastic turnaround season for Matt Painter and Purdue in 2014-15. One year after finishing in the Big Ten basement, the Boilermakers went 12-6 in conference, tied for third place. Purdue’s reward? A grueling NCAA tournament draw as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. Win the first game against Cincinnati, and Purdue draws top overall seed and undefeated Kentucky. Get my Purdue NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 9 PURDUE VS. No. 8 Cincinnati, Thursday, Louisville Matt Painter NCAA record: 8-7. Reached Sweet 16 in 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2012, lost to Kansas in second round
Tom Crean and Indiana are back in the NCAA tournament following a one-year absence. The Hoosiers, the No. 10 seed in the Midwest, are in a loaded region that features top overall seed Kentucky and four other Indiana teams (No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Butler, No. 9 Purdue, No. 13 Valparaiso). Get my Indiana NCAA tourney capsule below. No. 10 INDIANA vs. No. 7 Wichita State, Friday, Omaha, Neb. Last tourney appearance: 2013, lost to Syracuse in Sweet 16 Tom Crean NCAA record: 9-7. Made Final Four with Marquette in 2003 Best-case scenario: One-and-done. The Hoosiers wheezed across the
OK, the NCAA bracket is set. It’s time for the Big Ten to make a run at the conference’s first national championship since Mateen Cleaves led Michigan State to the summit in 2000. The league’s best hope is Wisconsin, which has a No. 1 seed. And this year’s path to the Final Four looks similar to last year’s. “I joked with the coaching staff that we don’t even need to scout them,” guard Josh Gasser said. “We can just use what we got last year.” *** Maryland is the second-highest seeded Big Ten team, landing a No. 4 seed. But,
Who's overseeded? Underseeded? How about a potential sleeper? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a Big Ten-centric look at the NCAA tournament bracket.
CHICAGO — Back and forth it went. A thrust, a parry. A right cross, a jab. A push, a shove. With each basket, rebound and body jostle in the Big Ten title game, the intensity threatened to rip the roof of the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Welcome to March. This Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Michigan State was a 40-minute (and then some) frenzied embodiment of the nerve-rattling hysteria of this oh-so-wonderful month on the sporting calendar. In the end, Wisconsin’s clenched its fist tighter than Michigan State on this
CHICAGO — Big Ten regular season champs. Big Ten tourney champs. Wisconsin swept the Big Ten hardware with a thrilling 80-69 overtime victory over Michigan State. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Wisconsin’s tourney title win. Top star: Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten Player of the Year, but Nigel Hayes was the man today, tallying a game-high 25 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He also hit all 12 of his free throws with five rebounds, an assist and two steals. Take a bow, Nigel. You’ve earned it. And
The Big Ten tournament title game is set, with No. 1 Wisconsin taking on No. 3 Michigan State. Get Tom Dienhart's three keys to victory for each team inside.