That was a fun Big Ten tournament! It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, not after the upsets and parity we saw throughout the Big Ten season. At the end of it all, Michigan State is the Big Ten tourney champion for the second time in three years. The Spartans knocked off Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1 seed Michigan in the title game Sunday. Watch our top 10 plays from the tourney in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] VIDEO: Check out http://t.co/BLIUNF3SFc's top 10 plays of the #B1GTourney. What play
The 2014 Big Ten Tournament is in the books, and boy was it a good one. After 11 games in four days, Michigan State was the last team standing after an impressive 69-55 win over Michigan in the conference title game. Let’s take it all in and check out the best sights and sounds from this year’s memorable Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Spartans met B1G tourney goal … and then some ] BEST TEAM: Michigan State. An obvious pick here, as Tom Izzo’s team played its best basketball at the right time of year. The Spartans took home the championship
After the NCAA tourney announced its field Sunday night, the NIT released its bracket. Minnesota and Illinois made the field as No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. The Gophers will host High Point on Tuesday, while the Illini will play at Boston on Wednesday due to renovations at State Farm Center. Indiana, which was eligible for the tourney, was not selected. [ MORE: View the official NIT bracket (PDF) ] ILLINOIS Illinois (19-14) earned a No. 2 seed in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Boston University (24-10) in the first round on Wednesday,
Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We had close games, blowout games and some incredible individual performances. Either way, it sets up what should be two outstanding semifinals Saturday, with Michigan vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: No. 5 Ohio State beating No. 4 Nebraska, 71-67. The Buckeyes, the reigning Big Ten tourney champs, trailed by
You never know what you’re going to come across at the Big Ten Tournament. We have seen upset victories, buzzer-beater shots, and Big Ten style hot dogs… Yes, that’s right. On the main concourse at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Big Ten fans can purchase footlong hot dogs, made a certain way for all 12 Big Ten schools. Check it out: My personal favorite: The Wisconsin hot dog. Cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos and pepper relish. How good does that sound?
When they last met, Michigan blew out Illinois. This time the game was much closer, but No. 1 Big Ten tournament seed Michigan did what strong teams always do – make clutch shots. Illinois had a chance to win it in the end, but the Wolverines escaped. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: Michigan was in control for much of this game, building a lead as large as 49-36 in the second half after a Caris LeVert dunk with 16:14 to play. But Illinois slowly chipped away
Illinois‘ bubble hopes are over after a last-second floater from Tracy Abrams came up short to hand Michigan the victory. Early in this game, the Illini defense was gambling too much and reaching a lot on the perimeter. This overaggressive play allowed the Wolverines to drive and collapse the defense, and Michigan’s offense was rolling on the way to a five-point halftime lead. First Half Efficiency Second Half Efficiency Illinois 1.08 1.14 Michigan 1.24 0.99 Illinois had stayed in the game with offensive rebounds and points in the paint, but it was clear Michigan would run away with this game
We sit a mere two days from Selection Sunday, yet much is still to be determined in Indianapolis. Thursday’s quarterfinals saw Minnesota and Illinois keep hope alive. How much more do these teams, along with Nebraska, need to do to get into the Big Dance? As you could probably tell over the last couple weeks, we’re fans of the Easy Bubble Solver. It’s a quick, easy, and objective way to get a feel for who’s truly on the bubble and who isn’t. You simply add together each team’s KenPom rank and RPI rank, then sort them from smallest to largest.
Thursday’s action will be difficult to top, as every game had drama. Friday will try to live up to that billing with four interesting tilts. Here is one though on each game. [ MORE: Day 1 stars | Day 2 previews | Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] 1. No. 1 Michigan just may have a shot at a top seed in the NCAA tourney with Villanova losing early in the Big East tourney. It would be hard to ignore the Wolverines being regular-season and tourney champs in a very strong Big Ten. But Michigan must be
Well, that was a fun opening day of the Big Ten tourney, wasn’t it? Officially, there was a pair of upsets, although No. 9 Illinois’ win over No. 8 Indiana isn’t all that much of a stunner. Anyway, all eyes move to Friday’s quarterfinals. Get my Day 2 primers in this post. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 9 Illinois The skinny on Michigan: The Wolverines have clearly established themselves as the hunted, winning the league crown by forging a 15-3 conference mark, which is three games better than