Ohio State’s announcement today that Deshaun Thomas was turning pro after his junior season was about as surprising and anticlimactic as the conclusion to a Roadrunner-Coyote cartoon. We all knew what was coming. So, when the Buckeyes’ season ended with a surprising Elite Eight loss to Wichita State last Saturday, it seemed almost a certainty that we had just watched Thomas play his final game in scarlet and gray following a glorious three-season run.
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Behind an NCAA record-setting 15.95 performance on parallel bars from junior Sam Mikulakand a 1-2 all-around competition finish from Mikulak and sophomore Adrian de los Angeles, the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team captured its 16th Big Ten championship by defeating No. 1 Penn State 438.900-434.050 on Friday inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Read full MGoBlue.com recap and get all the results.
Deshaun Thomas will forgo his senior season of eligibility at Ohio State to enter the NBA Draft. He finishes his career No. 9 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 1,630 points, and he led the Big Ten in scoring this seasonr with 19.8 points per game. His total of 733 points last season is third most in Ohio State history.
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Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 John R. Wooden Award on Friday finishing just ahead of Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. The Wolverines’ sophomore guard averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists a game and has led Michigan to the Final Four. Four of the top ten finishers for this award are from the Big Ten.
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It’s time to reach into my mail bag. There is a lot going in, with the Final Four this weekend and spring football in high gear. In fact, April is when all of the Big Ten spring games will take place. Nebraska goes on Saturday. Keep the cards and letters coming. Good stuff! Thanks.
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As the new men’s basketball coach at Minnesota, Richard Pitino spoke with the media on Friday morning to discuss his style and approach to the game. Watch the entire announcement here and here.
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After nearly five months of basketball, we’re now down to the Final Four, with Michigan the lone Big Ten representative. Needless to say, a national title for the Wolverines would provide a nice boost for the conference’s reputation, as banners carry more lasting relevance than computer ratings that have pegged the Big Ten as the nation’s best conference for three years running. Rightly or wrongly, postseason success trumps all else.
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