The NCAA tourney is down to 16 schools. And two come from the Big Ten: No. 2 Purdue and No. 3 Michigan. Here are 16 sweet facts to prime the pump for this week’s action.
One team was supposed to be here. The other, not. But what we have with Michigan vs. Texas A&M is and intriguing Sweet 16 clash between two traditional football schools.
Three Big Ten teams saw their run in the NCAA women's tournament come to an end Sunday night. Maryland, Michigan and Minnesota all fell in Round of 32 action, leaving Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Ohio State as the lone Big Ten team remaining.
If a team is going to have a magical March run, it is going to need some luck. And Michigan got just that on this night, as freshman Jordan Poole hit a bomb 3-pointer as the clock expired to ease past No. 6 Houston, 64-63.
It wasn't pretty at times, as witnessed by the fact Michigan fell behind 10-0. Nonetheless, it’s a win for Michigan, which took a 61-47 decision vs. No. 14 Montana (26-8) from the Big Sky Conference in its opening NCAA tourney game.
BTN's Tom Dienhart talked to an NBA scout who has seen myriad Big Ten games this season to get his opinion on each Big Ten team in the Big Dance. Here's what the scout told me the strengths and weaknesses of each Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue heading into the tourney.
With a No. 2 seed (Purdue), a pair of No. 3 seeds (Michigan & Michigan State) and a No. 5 seed (Ohio State), the Big Ten is expected to advance all of its teams to this weekend's Round of 32. Here are the stats for why each Big Ten team should win, and could lose.
Everyone knows the star player on each Big Ten team in the Big Dance. For Ohio State, it’s Keita Bates-Diop. For Michigan, it’s Moe Wagner. For Michigan State, it’s Miles Bridges. For Purdue, it’s Carsen Edwards. Beyond those shining stars, which player for each team is most vital?
John Beilein’s teams always are known for offense. And this year’s team is no different. But what makes this year’s club a cut-above is how it defends. Couple that offensive acumen with tenacious defense and terrific coaching, and you can see why the Wolverines could be poised for a deep run in March.
The NCAA tournament bracket is out, and four Big Ten teams will be dancing starting Thursday. Before the madness starts, here are some fun tidbits for No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Ohio State.