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.
It was a day of comebacks in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at the United Center. Get Tom Dienhart's best of the semifinals inside.
CHICAGO — It didn’t look good early, but Michigan State rallied from a 16-point deficit to dispatch Maryland, 62-58, in the second Big Ten tournament semifinal Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The third-seeded Spartans, who were swept by No. 2-seed Maryland in the regular season, advance to the Big Ten tourney finals vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin on Sunday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Michigan State’s win below. Top star: Michigan State’s Travis Trice was the catalyst, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He hit three 3-pointers and had
CHICAGO — The Big Ten regular-season champs are one win away from being Big Ten tourney champs, too. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 1-seed Wisconsin erased a five-point halftime deficit en route to running away from No. 4-seed Purdue, 71-51, in the first Big Ten tourney semifinal Saturday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win. Top star: Bronson Koenig was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high and career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He drained three 3-pointers, as the Badgers had four players in double-figures.
CHICAGO — Michigan State will get another shot at revenge vs. Maryland. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans beat rival Ohio State, 76-67, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday night to advance to the semifinals Saturday vs. Maryland, which swept the Spartans in the regular season. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction Michigan State’s win below. Star player: Denzel Valentine came to play tonight, knocking down 23 points in the win for the No. 3 Spartans over No. 6 Ohio State. Valentine hit 9-of-14 shots (3-of-7 bombs) to go along with seven
CHICAGO — No. 2-seed Maryland took down No. 7-seed Indiana, 75-69, in its Big Ten tourney debut Friday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Terrapins, who have eight straight games, will play the Ohio State-Michigan State victor in the semifinals Saturday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Maryland’s win. Star player: Maryland’s Dez Wells was, well, Dez Wells, pouring in 22 points. Wells hit 7-of-14 shots (8-of-9 free throws) with six rebounds and two assists. The No. 2 Terrapins will move on to play the winner of