Pack your bags, Michigan! The Wolverines are headed to the Final Four! A 58-54 win vs. Florida State in the Elite Eight propels Michigan to its eighth Final Four and first since 2013, when the Wolverines lost the national title game to Louisville.
Purdue fell short of the program's first Elite Eight berth since 2000 as Texas Tech out-muscled the Boilers for a 78-65 victory.
The Final Four is the holy grail of college basketball. Reaching that destination is often the thing that defines a career. But, some coaches toil for years with high success and never reach a Final Four. Here is a look at the six most successful Big Ten coaches from an overall wins standpoint over the last 50 years (since 1967-68 season) who never made a Final Four.
Michigan’s Moe Wagner and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards are two of the best players left in the Sweet 16. Edwards was consensus first-team All-Big Ten and earned some All-American honors. Wager was consensus second-team All-Big Ten. But thus far in the Big Dance, neither has been at the top of his game.
The NCAA tourney is down to 16 schools. And two come from the Big Ten: No. 2 Purdue and No. 3 Michigan. Here are 16 sweet facts to prime the pump for this week’s action.
Purdue did more than advance to the Sweet 16 in holding off Butler on Sunday afternoon. It also clinched its first 30-win season in program history. Win No. 31 will have to come against Texas Tech in Boston.
One team was supposed to be here. The other, not. But what we have with Michigan vs. Texas A&M is and intriguing Sweet 16 clash between two traditional football schools.
Forget about March Madness. For Michigan State, it’s March Sadness. For the third year in a row, the Spartans haven't advanced past the second round of the NCAA tourney.
No Isaac Haas, no problem for Purdue, which gritted out a 76-73 win vs. Butler in the second round of the NCAA tourney. Purdue is in the Sweet 16 for the second season in a row, losing to Kansas last year.
If a team is going to have a magical March run, it is going to need some luck. And Michigan got just that on this night, as freshman Jordan Poole hit a bomb 3-pointer as the clock expired to ease past No. 6 Houston, 64-63.