(AP) E.J. Singler scored 25 points, Olu Ashaolu had 22 points and Oregon defeated Iowa 108-97 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday. The Ducks rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to advance to the quarterfinals and a game against Pac-12 rival Washington in Seattle on Tuesday. Devyn Marble led the Hawkeyes (18-17) with 31 points and made all seven of his 3-point attempts. Aaron White also scored 22 for Iowa, Melsahn Basabe had 17 points and Bryce Cartwright had 12 points and 10 assists. Read the full AP recap and get Tom Dienhart’s take in this post.
On Wednesday night, we aired a special one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012.” On the show, we went behind the scenes for the entire Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. We also featured Senior Day at Michigan State and provided an inside look at the thrilling Ohio State-Michigan State season finale. Plus, we covered the emotional reunion of Illinois’ Meyers Leonard and his brother, Bailey, a U.S. Marine who recently returned from active duty. Watch a segment from the show now and see bonus clips in this post.
The word bracket overtakes our vocabulary every March — much to the delight of sports fans across the nation. Brackets don’t begin and end with the NCAA tournament, though. Every year around this time, people create brackets for pretty much everything, including coolest name. Here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to put together a Big Ten football uniform bracket. Cast your votes in this post.
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The NCAA tournament officially tipped off Tuesday night, as did the NIT, which has BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s attention divided between the tourney and the future. It’s very early to entertain the 2012-13 season, admittedly, but there are important questions Big Ten teams will address, as soon as the coming days or weeks.
In Wednesday’s web links, we look at what some of the Big Ten beat writers are saying about their school’s chances in the NCAA tournament, which tips Thursday for three Big Ten teams. Also, find links and my thoughts on a trio of Big Ten big men who are filling equally big roles for Indiana and Michigan State. There’s some football talk in here, too, as coaches discuss position changes. Find it all in this post.