This is a seasoned team that has played a lot of NCAA games in recent years, winning nine of their last 10 NCAA opening tilts. Wisconsin was the NCAA runner-up in 2015 and reached the Final Four in 2014. Last year, the Badgers played in the Sweet 16.
Few teams have as much mojo as Michigan, which has won 10 of its last 12 games. And the two losses? In overtime at Minnesota and on a miracle play at Northwestern. The Wolverines are coming off an emotion-charged Big Ten tourney title that defied all odds.
Depending on whom you ask, the Boilermakers could be a Final Four team … or out of the Big Dance after the first weekend. Purdue has been unceremoniously dumped after one game from the last two NCAA tourneys, blowing late leads in losses to Cincinnati in 2015 and to Arkansas Little Rock last season.
This has been a trying season for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. Youth and injury have been major obstacles to this team being able to gain consistent traction. Still, whenever you have Izzo on your sideline, you have to like your team’s chances for success in March.
The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000.
No. 8 Michigan downed No. 2 Wisconsin, 71-56, on Sunday to become the highest seed to win the Big Ten tournament. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's best from the championship victory inside.
Who were the biggest stars in Big Ten tournament semifinal action Saturday afternoon? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his best five players.
Wisconsin is back, baby! And the rest of the nation should be worried. The Badgers were looking to regain their rhythm when they arrived in Washington, D.C., as the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tourney. Mission accomplished.
The John Groce era is over at Illinois. Many felt this was a pivotal season for Groce, who was under pressure and scrutiny when the 2016-17 season dawned. Well, on Saturday, A.D. Josh Whitman made it official, firing the coach he inherited.
First, Michigan knocked off No. 9 Illinois and No. 1 Purdue. Now, No. 4 Minnesota is out, falling 84-77 to the Wolverines, who will play in the title game for the first time since 2014.