With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 1. Nebraska would be in the NCAA tourney. 2. Indiana wouldn’t be in the NCAA tourney. 3. Indiana wouldn’t be in any tourney. 4. Nik Stauskas would be player of the year. 5. Michigan would
The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] A is for Adreian Payne. The Michigan State big fella needs to play like a lottery pick if the Spartans want to cut down the nets. Few players possess his combination of inside-outside
It was an up-and-down season for Indiana. The Hoosiers went 17-15, including 7-11 in Big Ten play, and recorded four home wins over ranked foes, including eventual Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan. One season after being a No. 1 seed and making the Sweet 16, Indiana’s inconsistent campaign left it out of the NCAA tourney. And, more surprisingly, the NIT, as well. For what it’s worth, Big Ten rivals Minnesota (20-13, 8-10) and Illinois (19-14, 7-11) both received bids, as a No. 1 and No. 2 seed, respectively. The CBI eventually came calling, however Indiana AD Fred Glass and the
The Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s elite basketball players and coaches. The conference also boasts an impressive who’s who of players-turned-assistants. From a familiar Big Ten name, Dane Fife, to a familiar national name, Chris Quinn, the Big Ten could field a very competitive pickup game featuring assistants. View my All-Big Ten assistant team in this post. G: Chris Quinn (Notre Dame), Northwestern – Director of player development Three-year starter and two-time captain 2006 first team All-Big East selection (17.7 points, 6.4 assists) Ranks 16th in school history in points (1,454) fifth in steals (155), sixth
On Sunday morning, with just a handful of games left to be played, we took a last look at the Easy Bubble Solver. As a reminder, the Easy Bubble Solver involves adding together the KenPom rank and RPI rank for every team, then ranking them in ascending order. It’s a way to get a feel for which teams are in the field without spending all the time necessary to scrutinize every team’s resume. So, how did the Easy Bubble Solver do? The following table shows where the Easy Bubble Solver sat after Sunday’s games. There’s not much difference between this
Congrats to Coach Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans for winning the Big Ten tournament! IU Soul Revue will spend their spring break working with students in Memphis, Tenn. What is it like to be an international student at Ohio State? A new student documentary explores the topic. The Wisconsin Energy Institute published a unique look back at the impact they made in 2013. Penn State’s Centre Stage will make their international debut performance in June. The Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital recently $2 million to create a new therapeutics fellowship program. Finally, did you catch our exclusive interview
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
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?
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.