#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
Following Sunday’s 80-69 overtime win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, Wisconsin was tabbed as a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament ] BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman caught up with several members of the Badgers and asked them what it meant to get the first No. 1 seed in school history. Here’s what they said. Josh Gasser: “It’s cool. I don’t think the teams we play are any worse if we were a No. 1 or No. 2, so it doesn’t matter that much. But
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CHICAGO — Back and forth it went. A thrust, a parry. A right cross, a jab. A push, a shove. With each basket, rebound and body jostle in the Big Ten title game, the intensity threatened to rip the roof of the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Welcome to March. This Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Michigan State was a 40-minute (and then some) frenzied embodiment of the nerve-rattling hysteria of this oh-so-wonderful month on the sporting calendar. In the end, Wisconsin’s clenched its fist tighter than Michigan State on this
Did you see how Wisconsin reacted to earning the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? Watch the subdued reaction inside.
CHICAGO — Big Ten regular season champs. Big Ten tourney champs. Wisconsin swept the Big Ten hardware with a thrilling 80-69 overtime victory over Michigan State. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Wisconsin’s tourney title win. Top star: Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten Player of the Year, but Nigel Hayes was the man today, tallying a game-high 25 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He also hit all 12 of his free throws with five rebounds, an assist and two steals. Take a bow, Nigel. You’ve earned it. And
Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky headlined the 2015 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament team. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Kaminsky was named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists en route to helping Wisconsin to the Big Ten tourney title. Kaminsky’s teammate Nigel Hayes, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and Travis Trice and Penn State’s D.J. Newbill rounded out the 2015 tourney team. Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig was the biggest snub. The sophomore averaged 16.3 points, including a career-high 19 in the semifinals, and four
Nigel Hayes scored 25 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and No. 6 Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in overtime Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
CHICAGO — Before the ball goes up in the Big Ten tournament final Sunday afternoon at the United Center, it’s time to share my latest “Three Takes.” [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] This week, I discuss Nigel Hayes, the Badgers’ X-factor, Michigan State appearing to have reclaimed its swagger and looming NBA decisions for talented Big Ten players. 1. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin always seeking perfection Wisconsin super sophomore Nigel Hayes was not happy with his team’s performance. Following a competitive win against gutsy, yet undermanned, Michigan in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament,