It was a fantastic turnaround season for Matt Painter and Purdue in 2014-15. One year after finishing in the Big Ten basement, the Boilermakers went 12-6 in conference, tied for third place. Purdue’s reward? A grueling NCAA tournament draw as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. Win the first game against Cincinnati, and Purdue draws top overall seed and undefeated Kentucky. Get my Purdue NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 9 PURDUE VS. No. 8 Cincinnati, Thursday, Louisville Matt Painter NCAA record: 8-7. Reached Sweet 16 in 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2012, lost to Kansas in second round
Tom Crean and Indiana are back in the NCAA tournament following a one-year absence. The Hoosiers, the No. 10 seed in the Midwest, are in a loaded region that features top overall seed Kentucky and four other Indiana teams (No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Butler, No. 9 Purdue, No. 13 Valparaiso). Get my Indiana NCAA tourney capsule below. No. 10 INDIANA vs. No. 7 Wichita State, Friday, Omaha, Neb. Last tourney appearance: 2013, lost to Syracuse in Sweet 16 Tom Crean NCAA record: 9-7. Made Final Four with Marquette in 2003 Best-case scenario: One-and-done. The Hoosiers wheezed across the
Like many people, when Iowa saw Davidson as its opening game in the NCAA tournament, it thought about Steph Curry. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament ] Curry, of course, starred at Davidson from 2006-09 before becoming one of the best players in the NBA. @uiowa, the official Twitter handle of the University of Iowa, decided to have some fun with @DavidsonCollege after seeing the draw. The two had a quick Twitter exchange, and @warriors, the official account of the Golden State Warriors, even joined in on the fun. Iowa and Davidson face off at 7:20 p.m.
The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the ninth consecutive season, according to the annual Division I attendance report released by Roby Publishing. Iowa averaged 8,358 fans in six duals and led the country in total attendance with 55,390 fans attending seven home dates (including Iowa City Duals). The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season. Right behind Iowa was Penn State, Minnesota and Ohio State, giving the Big Ten four of the nation’s top five attendance marks. Rutgers finished sixth, as well, in its first Big Ten season. For record
OK, the NCAA bracket is set. It’s time for the Big Ten to make a run at the conference’s first national championship since Mateen Cleaves led Michigan State to the summit in 2000. The league’s best hope is Wisconsin, which has a No. 1 seed. And this year’s path to the Final Four looks similar to last year’s. “I joked with the coaching staff that we don’t even need to scout them,” guard Josh Gasser said. “We can just use what we got last year.” *** Maryland is the second-highest seeded Big Ten team, landing a No. 4 seed. But,
Whether for business or pleasure, not too many Americans are traveling to Iran these days. Grabbing headlines for its government’s suspected support of international extremist movements and secret attempts to develop nuclear weapons, the country isn’t exactly a hotbed for tourists. Despite all that, Indiana University professor Asma Afsaruddin, who’s also chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, recently went there to accept Iran’s World Book Prize for her book, titled “Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought.” And media coverage notwithstanding, she enjoyed the trip a great deal. “I was a
Who's overseeded? Underseeded? How about a potential sleeper? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a Big Ten-centric look at the NCAA tournament bracket.
The 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket was released Sunday night, and the Big Ten has seven teams dancing, tied for the most this year.
#Illini get No. 3 seed in the NIT and will travel to Alabama for the first round on Tuesday at 8 CT on @ESPN. — Illinois Basketball (@IlliniHoops) March 16, 2015 Illinois (19-13) earned a No. 3 seed in the NIT and will face No. 6 seed Alabama (18-14) in the first round at 8 p.m. CT Tuesday. [ MORE: View the 2015 NIT bracket ] Despite having a higher seed, the Fighting Illini will hit the road to face the Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa due to renovations taking place at State Farm Center in Champaign. This
Who wouldn’t have wanted to watch the thrilling Big Ten tournament title game Sunday afternoon? The Wisconsin football team certainly did, but it had a spring practice scheduled during the Wisconsin-Michigan State matchup at the United Center in Chicago. Paul Chryst and the Badgers found a way to do both, putting the basketball game on the big board at Camp Randall Stadium. Bo Ryan was touched when he heard that the football team did this. “That,” he said, pausing to catch his emotions in the video above, “shows the kind of people we have.” Ryan added: “We’re pretty proud to