Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell is one of the most exciting players in college basketball. The Buckeyes’ fantastic freshman put on a show again on Thursday, this time on the biggest stage of his young, college basketball career. Russell scored a game-high 28 points in the Buckeyes’ 75-72 win over VCU, which puts him No. 1 on Ohio State’s all-time freshman scoring list. It also marked the third highest point total by a Big Ten freshman in NCAA Tournament history. But as good as Russell’s scoring numbers were on Thursday, it was a play with just over a minute remaining
D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 28 points as No. 10-seeded Ohio State beat seventh-seeded VCU 75-72 in overtime in a NCAA Tournament opener. Here is an instant reaction on the game from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart. The star: D’Angelo Russell played as good as advertised, scoring 28 points in the overtime win vs. VCU. Russell hit 10-of-20 shots and had six rebounds. Ohio State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before making a 16-5 run to cut VCU’s lead to 30-29 at intermission. Russell and the Buckeyes eventually got a handle on the Rams’
It is no secret that this year’s Wisconsin men’s basketball team is a fun group of individuals. Whether it’s playing video games, or having ping pong tournaments, the Badgers love to have a good time. Need proof? Check out this video above, which shows the Badgers going go kart racing to the theme of the popular Nintendo game, Mario Kart. In the end, it’s redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who wins the race. “I have a lot of experience on the go kart track,” Showalter says as he’s interviewed by teammate Frank Kaminsky. “Every summer I go out and train,
It’s here! It’s here! The 2015 NCAA Tournament has arrived, and March Madness is officially underway. No. 1-ranked Kentucky has been the popular pick among experts to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, but what other teams are participants picking to win the “Big Dance?” I got in touch with the people over at Fox Sports, who run their own bracket challenge. According to Fox Sports’ Bracket Challenge metrics, nine percent of their users chose Big Ten champ Wisconsin to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, which is the second highest percentage behind Kentucky. A total of 52 percent of participants chose
Each Thursday I’m posting my Big Ten men’s lacrosse notebook where I touch on each of the six men’s teams and look ahead to their respective weekends. Don’t forget to check out the BTN TV schedule for lacrosse as well as the BTN Plus live streaming schedule, too. No. 20 Johns Hopkins (3-4): The Blue Jays almost pulled off the upset in the Carrier Dome against No. 1-ranked Syracuse. Hopkins raced to a 5-2 lead after a quarter and was tied 10-10 in the fourth before yielding three goals to the Orange. The 13-10 setback was disappointing but many encouraging things were
On our daily show “BTN Live” BTN host Mike Hall talked with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez about a variety of topics including the recent retirement of NFL and former Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Watch it all here. BTN.com will also posting segments of tonight’s episode on Twitter via @bigtennetwork and @BTNLive. “BTN Live” airs every weekday. If you don’t know by now, “BTN Live” is on Twitter and Facebook, too. Connect with our show’s producers, send questions and vote in polls. Plus, connect with BTN social media report Taylor Rooks on Twitter.
There were two Big Ten teams involved in NCAA Tournament games on Thursday, and both contests were decided in overtime.
The Big Ten has seven teams in the Big Dance and is in search of its first national title since 2000. But Kentucky is the obvious talk of the tourney, as it aims for perfection. Good video here from FOX Sports that looks at two schools with the best shot to derail the Wildcats. Oh, there’s a Big Ten connection, as one of those clubs is … Wisconsin. *** USA Today looked at basketball recruiting spending for each Big Ten school. This is always interesting to see which schools are getting the most bang for their buck. Take a gander
Michelle McMahon, Dan Kelly and Rick Pizzo preview the Big Ten Hockey Tournament and discuss the All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners. Plus, get TV times and links to watch all the games live on BTN2Go today, Friday and Saturday.
When someone tells Amanda Mercer she can’t do something, that’s exactly when she decides she’ll do it, no matter what. Mercer graduated from Michigan State in 1990, but her Spartan spirit is still strong, and it helps her face challenges every day. The most notable example of that spirit was Mercer’s record-breaking swim across the English Channel with five friends on July 27, 2012. They swam the 42 miles across the channel and back in a relay that lasted 18 hours and 55 minutes. That sounds like a long time — and it is, when you’re swimming in cold, choppy