Any other year, this would probably be the premier matchup of the Final Four. In Saturday night's first semifinal, it's Tom Izzo and Michigan State vs. Mike Krzyzewski and Duke
Michigan State took to the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s Final Four semifinal against Duke. Find more photos in our galleries section.
Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.
The Big Ten will win its first NCAA men’s basketball title since 2000. And it will be Michigan State, the same team that won the last one. [ MORE: Dienhart: This is Tom Izzo’s most surprising Final Four ] At least, that was the result of a (cute) segment on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night that had puppies predict the winner. Four bowls of food were laid out, one for every Final Four participant, and the puppies were the biggest fans of Michigan State, at one point having three of the five dogs eating from it.
For the eighth time—and the first since 2005--the Big Ten has two Final Four teams. BTN.com sat down with BTN analyst Jess Settles to preview Saturday's national semifinals.
Pardon me, Kennedys: But this is Camelot for Michigan State, right? I mean, will it ever get any better than it is right now in East Lansing with the Tom Izzo-Mark Dantonio dynamic duo? Final Fours and league titles have become the norm. Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press says this is a giddy, glorious time for Spartan Nation — MSU fans, students and alumni — because of these coaches, the success they have built and how they have done it with so much class. To wit: The football team has finished in the top five in the country
Tom Izzo has the Spartans back in the Final Four for the seventh time in his tenure. Of the seven trips to the final weekend, this one is the most surprising, Tom Dienhart writes.
With both Wisconsin and Michigan State in the Final Four, BTN travels its studio team to Indianapolis for extensive coverage.
Michigan State is headed to its ninth Final Four and its seventh under Tom Izzo. This one, as the No. 7 seed in the East Region, is arguably the most surprising of the group.