The Big Ten tournament will feature a few new uniforms, thanks to adidas outfitting Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with special “Made in March” alternates. The uniforms were designed to pay tribute to the unique history of the schools and, according to the official release, “provide the teams with the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.”
The star player of Indiana’s senior class usually has so many people to thank and so many great memories to share during the team’s annual Senior Night ceremony. On Wednesday night, Sheehey, the star of Indiana’s 2014 senior class, spoke for 56 seconds. One longtime Indiana scribe thinks it might have been the shortest such speech. Either way, Sheehey made the most of the 56 seconds and left with a bang.
We had two exciting games on the final Super Wednesday doubleheader of the Big Ten basketball season. In the first game of the night, Nebraska went into Assembly Hall and completed the season sweep of Indiana. No. 9 Wisconsin followed with a 76-70 win over Purdue on Senior Night at the Kohl Center. The victory marked the Badgers’ first eight-game Big Ten winning streak since 1940-41.
Will Sheehey was part of the recruiting class that helped make Indiana relevant again. Sheehey, out of Florida, arrived at Indiana with future 2013 NBA Draft pick Victor Oladipo. The Hoosiers struggled in his first season, racking up a 12-20 record, but they have gone 69-26 since. For that, plus his inspired play along the way, Sheehey will garner plenty of love during tonight’s Senior Night festivities. Watch the ceremony on BTN2Go.
The college basketball regular season is coming to a close, which means that it’s time for ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s annual NBA Mock Draft update. Ford lists five Big Ten stars in his latest Mock Draft 3.0, which was created based on NBA standings through March 4.
Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week.