When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others.
If you weren’t hungry, you will be after reading this: Barack Obama was in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, and as everyone must do while on Michigan’s campus, the President went to Zingerman’s for lunch. His order: A Reuben sandwich. See a few pictures of Obama’s visit to Zingerman’s in this post.
Coaches love to fire up the home fanbase when they speak at fundraisers. The latest example comes from Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who spoke at the team’s spring football kickoff luncheon on Wednesday. Warinner delighted the crowd with a couple jokes at heated rival Michigan’s expense. See the jokes in this post.
Three Big Ten teams have a shot at a championship this week, and our “#BTNLive” show wants to know which one has the best shot at taking home a title. Is it the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, Minnesota men’s basketball team, or Minnesota’s men’s hockey team? Vote for your choice in this post and then watch Rick Pizzo, Howard Griffith and Stephen Bardo will discuss that and much more tonight at 6 p.m. ET on “#BTNLive.”
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Minnesota didn’t make the NCAA tourney, but it compiled one of the better seasons in team history. The Gophers set a record for wins in a single season (25) on their way to claiming their third NIT crown. Not bad for a team with a first-year coach and a revamped roster from a team that won a game in the NCAA tourney a season ago.
Lots of excitement in the Dairy State, as Wisconsin gears up for its first trip to the Final Four since 2000. And that also has stirred memories of the coach who led the Badgers there: Dick Bennett. Yes, his style wasn’t always exciting. But the guy could coach. I miss him.
Headed to its first Final Four since 2000, the Wisconsin Badgers grace this week’s Sports Illustrated. Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky are featured on one of the magazine’s four regional covers leading up to the Final Four. Wisconsin’s cover is a terrific reaction shot of the team’s celebration after topping No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Region final. See the cover in this post.