(AP) Welcome to “The Other Game” at the Final Four. OK, so, the Ohio State-Kansas matchup may not have the fantastic freshmen, the outspoken coaches or blood-feud story line of the opening semifinal between Kentucky and Louisville. But this one still should be worth a two-hour investment in front of the TV set Saturday night. Besides the chance to watch two top-line teams play for a spot in the national title game, the Buckeyes-Jayhawks game offers a rare opportunity to see two All-Americans going at it with everything on the line.
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Purdue All-American forward Robbie Hummel has been selected as the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner for men’s basketball. The announcement and trophy presentation were made Friday by Lowe’s, an official corporate sponsor of the NCAA, during the open practice sessions of Final Four Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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It is four bowls in a row and counting for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern. But something is missing: A bowl victory. Fitzgerald is 0-4 in the postseason; Northwestern. But Fitzgerald presses on, coming off his first losing season (6-7) since his 4-8 debut in 2006. And his Wildcats have issues to address this spring. Chief among those is improving a defense that ranked 11th in the Big Ten overall (407.7 ypg), 12th vs. the pass (230.4 ypg) and 10th against the run (177.3 ypg). The offense also has work to do with Dan Persa gone under center. I caught up with Fitzgerald as he was in the midst of spring drills.
The Big Ten Network will televise Michigan’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 14. It will also stream live on BTN2Go. Matt Shepard and former Michigan offensive tackle Jon Jansen will call the game and Lisa Byington will report from the sideline. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on the B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
It’s not Friday the 13th, but it probably feels like it at Iowa, where another running back (Jordan Canzeri) has gone down with injury. Is the position cursed in Iowa City? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette scoffs at that notion. Still, you have to wonder … Marcus Coker … Mik’ail McCall … Adam Robinson … Jewel Hampton … Brandon Wegher … all gone earlier or hurt since Shonn Greene’s huge 2008 season. Hmmm. Just sayin’.
There’s no shortage of newsworthy Big Ten items right now, what with Ohio State headed to the Final Four in New Orleans, spring practice in full swing and ex-Maryland QB Danny O’Brien deciding to commit to Wisconsin over Penn State, among other schools.
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Former Illinois men’s basketball player Jereme Richmond, who left school last season for the NBA but went undrafted, sat down with BTN producers to talk about life and his future in basketball. Richmond shot 53 percent from the field and averaged 7.6 points, five rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a freshman in 2010-11. See a clip of Richmond talking about his pro prospects now and watch him talk about his former coach, Bruce Weber, in this post.