Before No. 4 Purdue battles No. 5 Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Saturday night, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Big Ten regular-season champs have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Cyclones.
Before No. 8 Northwestern takes on No. 1 Gonzaga in the West Region on Saturday afternoon, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Wildcats have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Bulldogs.
No. 8 Wisconsin faces No. 1 Villanova in the East Region on Saturday afternoon. The winner advances to the Sweet 16, which Wisconsin has advanced to each of the last three seasons and five of the last six.
It’s cliche to say someone bleeds his or her school color, but Northwestern legend Pat Fitzgerald just may bleed purple. The former Northwestern student and all-world linebacker and current football coach loves his school, and all of its sporting teams. Fitzgerald gave everyone an idea of his Northwestern fandom Thursday, when cameras captured him interrupting Chris Collins’ postgame speech to congratulate the team on winning the program’s first NCAA tourney game in its debut. Northwestern looks to improve to 2-0 in the tourney and advance to its first Sweet 16 vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
No. 2 Wisconsin defeated No. 3 Ohio State 2-1, and No. 4 Penn State beat No. 1 Minnesota 4-3 in 2OT in the Big Ten semifinals to set up Saturday's tournament final between the Badgers and Nittany Lions.
No. 9 seeded Michigan State overcame an early 12-point deficit and never looked back against Miami, as the Spartans rolled to a 78-58 victory over the 'Canes.
Four Big Ten teams earned NCAA women's basketball tournament bids, and all four were in first round action Friday. Three of them (Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue) advanced to the Round of 32.
Michigan continued its torrid March Friday with a 92-91 victory over Oklahoma State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
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The BTN Stats department gets you ready for Friday night's matchup between No. 9 Michigan State and No. 8 Miami with some quick facts.