There's Wisconsin's senior quartet led by Frank Kaminsky. There's Michigan State's Travis Trice-Branden Dawson duo. No question, the Big Ten's Final Four teams are led by their four-year players.
National championships, multiple Final Four appearances, impressive won-loss records year after year. Whatever your criteria for deciding the best of the coaches, this year's Final Four group has it.
Grit. Hustle. Ingenuity. Passion. Those are the qualities you find in the heart of a true champion. The Badgers and Spartans have displayed those characteristics on their journey to the 2015 Final Four — the second-straight year they’ve made deep runs in the NCAA tournament. But those traits are hardly limited to those respective basketball teams. They’re regularly seen among the student body, faculty and staff, and alumni of both Wisconsin and Michigan State. When you’re not watching the games today, take a few minutes to read recent examples from BTN LiveBIG of how people from those universities apply talent,
In the summer of 2012, between Travis Trice's freshman and sophomore season at MSU, an unexplained and serious illness hit the Spartans' point guard and left doctors puzzled. Now the guard leads his Michigan State into the Final Four against Duke.
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.