Wisconsin did its job last night, punching a ticket to the Elite Eight with a win over No. 4 North Carolina. A date with No. 2 Arizona looms on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Badgers wouldn’t be one step from a return to college basketball’s Holy Land without the play of reserve guards Zak Showalter and Traevon Jackson last night. You see, it’s not all about Frank the Tank and Sam Dekker. Jackson played for the first time since a foot injury sidelined him on Jan. 11. Showalter is a former walk-on who
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. Athlete. Husband. Father. Inspiration. Spartan. Former Michigan State basketball player Anthony Ianni is all of these things and more. Ianni’s journey hasn’t been easy or typical, but it’s certainly been inspirational. At the age of four, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the autism spectrum. It can make regular social interactions challenging, as PDD affects how a person processes
This is a great time of year, with March Madness in full swing and spring football rolling. So, it’s a good time to reach into my mail bag. Here we go! Do you think Michigan State can win the national title? – Richard Cobb You have to like the Spartans’ chances to at least reach the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Tom Izzo’s team is playing well, winning six of its last seven games. And the lone loss was an overtime defeat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship tilt. Michigan State is deep and motivated. If
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Ohio State’s spring football practice is underway as the Buckeyes prepare to build on their incredible 2014 national championship season. [MORE: Big Ten spring football dates ] Urban Meyer’s team posted a 14-1 record last season, including victories over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship game. As 2015 spring practice gets underway, several media members were on hand today at the Buckeyes’ practice facility, including ESPN.com’s Austin Ward. There, Ward tweeted out a photo of Ohio State’s 2015 schedule, which includes next year’s national championship game on the schedule. It also
Just reaching the Final Four is a big accomplishment, given the rigors, perils and cruelty of the one-and-done NCAA tourney format. It's unforgiving. One bad night ... and you're gone.
The folks over at For The Win do an outstanding job of catching some of the hottest sports trends and moments on social media. [ MORE: NCAA tourney Q&A with Stephen Bardo ] This past week, they put together four impressive graphics, which measure the top mentioned players, teams, games and moments during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. According to Twitter, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Michigan State’s Travis Trice were the No. 2 and 3 most mentioned players during the first four days of the tourney. Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter owned the No. 1 sport, while Kentucky
Tom Izzo and Michigan State are off to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight years. But, could this be Izzo's best coaching job?
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” As the quotes above show, Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II, was (as most great leaders are) both a remarkable rhetorician and an exceptional motivator of people. The fact that his speeches and writings are still cited so often by other leaders demonstrates how lasting his legacy is. His legacy is felt in academia as
Everyone loves a fun read, right? We have one here, as we look at the top player, top sign and top tweet, among other things, from the Big Ten's Round of 32 NCAA tourney games.