Leading up to Saturday night’s Michigan-Syracuse semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Nebraska coach Tim Miles stopped by the BTN set to talk about their teams and the Final Four. Watch the Izzo interview now and find the Miles one in this post.
BTN/BTN2Go provide live coverage of Nebraska’s spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Tom Werme and Damon Bening call the game with former Nebraska offensive lineman Will Shields reporting from the sidelines.
The show “BTN at the Final Four” airs this morning three times in preparation for Michigan Final Four game against Syracuse later today in Atlanta. Guests on the hour-long show include Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Nebraska’s Tim Miles, former Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, former NBA stars Dave Cowens and Artis Gilmore, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, former Duke star Bobby Hurley, and Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. The show will air Saturday at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. ET.
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.
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.
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.