And just like that, the Big Ten regular season is over. The final week provided plenty of dramatics, despite Wisconsin entering the week owning a share of the Big Ten crown. The Badgers wrapped up the outright title, their first since 2008, in Tuesday night’s win at rival Minnesota. Now, it’s off to the Big Ten tourney, which starts Wednesday at the United Center. Before we focus all of our attention on the tourney, here’s my recap of the week that was. Biggest surprise: Purdue. No one saw the Boilermakers finishing 12-6 in league action after a sluggish effort in
It's the final day of the regular season, and there's still plenty to be decided when it comes to the Big Ten tournament seeds. See all of the scenarios inside.
Iowa, Michigan and Purdue honored their men's basketball seniors on Saturday with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights.
Much of the talk during the final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season revolves around the expanded conference tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible Big Ten Tournament scenarios below after Thursday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (15-2): at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye and #1 seed 2. Maryland (13-4): at Nebraska Already clinched double-bye and #2 seed 3.
The final weekend of the regular season is on our doorstep. And, there isn’t much drama at the top. Wisconsin has sewn up the Big Ten title outright, doing so with a win at Minnesota last night. Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa have NCAA bids basically wrapped up. But Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have some urgency, as they fight to enhance their NCAA resumes this weekend before the Big Ten tourney starts next week in Chicago. Indiana plays host to Michigan State on Saturday needing to taste victory. The Hoosiers began Big Ten play 5-1 and thinking big.
There is one Big Ten men’s hoops game tonight: Wisconsin at Minnesota (7 p.m. ET). Much of the talk during the final week of the regular season revolves around the expanded Big Ten tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible scenarios below after Wednesday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (14-2): at Minnesota; at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye Can clinch #1 seed
The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last
We have a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops tonight: Ohio State at Penn State (6 ET), Purdue at Michigan State (8) and Nebraska at Illinois (10).
Hard to believe we only have a few more days of the Big Ten regular season. Next week, at this time, we’ll be getting ready for the opening games of the Big Ten tournament. There’s plenty of games to be played before that time, though. In this week’s Three Takes, I spotlight Aaron White’s terrific play, consider possible All-Big Ten teams and state the case for why teams should foul when leading by three points in the final seconds. See my latest Three Takes below. 1. Aaron’s “White Hot” Hawkeyes It was a tormenting bus ride from Chicago back to
I have sifted through my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions. Postseason basketball is on your collective mind. See my answers to your questions inside.