April 27th. Remember that date, Big Ten basketball fans. That is the day in which college basketball players across the nation must decide whether they are going to stay in school or make the jump to the NBA. There are several Big Ten players who currently face that decision and will have to make a choice in the upcoming weeks. On that list is Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Branden Dawson and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons. Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky are also included on the list, although several media outlets,
Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old who befriended Michigan State superstar Adreian Payne, died late Tuesday night. Her parents confirmed the news Wednesday morning with a photo posted to Instagram that read: “Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory. She now dances among angels…. The world is a better place because you were in it. Our hearts are broken. We love you Doll. Dance all night… Mommy and Daddy, Will, Mitchell, and Luke.” [ MORE: Watch all of BTN’s Lacey Holsworth videos ] Holsworth, who suffered from neuroblastoma, met Payne two years ago. The two formed a genuine friendship, and Holsworth quickly
Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all made runs to at least the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Their reward: A top 10 ranking in the final Coaches Poll. The Badgers, who advanced to their first Final Four since 2000, finished No. 4, while Michigan and Michigan State came in at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively. See the full poll in this post. Coaches Rankings Rankings as of 4/8/2014 Rank School Record Votes Prev Rank 1 Connecticut Huskies 32-8 791 (30) 19 2 Kentucky Wildcats 29-11 759 (1) 22 3 Florida Gators 36-3 735 1 4 Wisconsin Badgers 30-8
The 2013-14 season was punctuated with UConn’s win over Kentucky in the national championship game Monday night. Deep breath … exhale. That means it’s time to turn the page toward the 2014-15 season. Yes, already. How will the Big Ten look? Not too bad. Take a peek. Illinois 20-15 overall; 7-11 Big Ten Key personnel back: G Tracy Abrams; F/C Nnanna Egwu; G Malcolm Hill; G Kendrick Nunn; G Rayvonte Rice; G Jaylon Tate Key losses: G Joseph Bertrand; F Jon Ekey Key newcomers: F Leron Black; G Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall transfer); F Michael Finke; F Darius Paul (Western Michigan transfer);
While analysts across the nation are busy compiling their super-early 2014-15 hoops polls, I thought I’d go with a more exact-inexact exercise and share my top five 2014-15 breakout candidates. You know the names from this season, but they’re certain to be even bigger names next season. Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan. Two names for you: Darius Morris and Trey Burke. Those are John Beilein’s previous two point guards, and both made gigantic strides as a sophomore. Walton Jr. isn’t going to win National Player of the Year, as Burke did, but he’s a do-it-all guard who will continue the recent
The 2013-14 college basketball season is officially in the books after the UConn Huskies were crowned national champions on Monday night. Despite not having a team in the National Championship game, it was a memorable NCAA tournament for the Big Ten. Here is a photo gallery of the top Big Ten images from this year’s NCAA Tournament.
It’s crazy-nutty to do 2014-15 college hoops polls the moment the final buzzer sounds on the national title game. But, hey, media outlets do it. And, we post it. So, here you go: polls from Bleacher Report, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, USA Today and Yahoo! Sports. Know this: There’s lots of love for the Badgers, including a spot atop the Bleacher Report early, early, early poll for Wisconsin. [ MORE: Dienhart: Who will turn pro? | NBA draft analyst on B1G prospects ] Why not? The Badgers lose only one key senior: guard Ben Brust. Otherwise, Wisconsin expects to welcome back the
There’s a reason they call it March Madness. No matter how hard we try to get it right every year, no matter how many times we pick a winner, change it, and then go back to it again, the NCAA tournament always leaves us with a bevy of unforeseen results. A 7 vs. 8 matchup in the championship game… Who could have possibly guessed that? But that’s what makes this tournament so enjoyable. The 2014 tourney has been a memorable one for the Big Ten. While it will be 14 years now since the conference has produced an NCAA Tournament
Last week, the University of Illinois announced that astronaut Mike Hopkins will deliver the commencement address on May 17. The University of Nebraska Medical Center hosted a team of Russian scientists recently. A professor at Michigan State is nationally known for his potato research. Yesterday, the annual FestiFools parade hit the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich. Find out more about this collection of “magnificent, huge, bizarre and politically incorrect” art on their website.
With Wisconsin’s heartbreaking national semifinal loss to Kentucky late Saturday night, the Big Ten’s 2013-14 hoops season is officially complete. It was a great season, one that saw three Big Ten teams make the Elite Eight. Now, it’s time for my All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team. [ MORE: Video: Wisconsin reacts to Final Four loss ] Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Yes, his NCAA tournament began and ended with a whimper, as he scored eight points vs. American in the opener and eight vs. Kentucky in the Final Four. But in between, the 7-0 junior was dominating in scoring 19 vs. Oregon,