Three Big Ten teams are one weekend, or two wins, away from advancing to the 2014 Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The court is ready for the event, and there’s a great time-lapse video of its construction, courtesy of Connor Sports. See the court that Big Ten teams hope they will be playing on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, in this post. [ MORE: Nine Sweet 16 teams led by coach with Big Ten ties ] Here’s a look at the 2013 court, and the 2012 court. h/t: @rushthecourt About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s basketball team has the best chance to reach the Final Four? The choices for this poll: Michigan (#BTNMichigan), Wisconsin (#BTNWisconsin) or Michigan State (#BTNMSU). How do you vote? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there.
It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t always pretty, but No. 2 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State all took care of business in their opening two games and have advanced to the Sweet 16. Well, it was easy for Michigan, which dispatched No. 15 Wofford in the second round and then topped No. 7 Texas in the third round. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] But, Wisconsin and Michigan State had to work–hard. Their opening games were a breeze, as the Badgers demolished No. 15 American but had to rally from a 12-point halftime
March is National Child Life Month. The Child Life team at Iowa Children’s Hospital was recently featured. Ohio State’s 36th annual African American Heritage Festival ends on Friday, March 21-28. Wisconsin recently launched a brand new Discovery-to-Product initiative. Michigan State student and former Marine sniper Logan Stark has begun a biking project for fellow veterans in East Lansing The fifth annual Illini Jock Jams event was a huge success, raising nearly $11,000 for for three charities. Finally, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research is a wonderful organization. Learn how you can help them here. What’s your story and how have
Michigan basketball fans will never forget that memorable shot Trey Burke hit in the last year’s NCAA Tournament win over Kansas in the Sweet 16. Trailing by three points with four seconds remaining in the game, the Big Ten Player of the Year drained a 30-footer to send the game into overtime. Burke scored all 23 of his points in the second half and overtime, including that incredible 3-point shot, as Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 and advance to the Elite Eight. Well, ladies and gentlemen, March Madness is back, and so is Trey Burke. Now a rookie with
It wasn’t really that long ago when Michigan missed the NCAA tournament on a regular basis. From 1999-2008, in fact, it never went dancing. Now, the Wolverines have become one of the premier programs in the nation. John Beilein put another brick in the foundation of this power with a 79-65 win over No. 7 Texas today in a third-round game. It’s one more step toward Michigan’s goal: The Final Four and national championship. Up next is a game vs. the winner of No. 11 Tennessee/No. 14 Mercer. And, like in so many other games this season, the Wolverines rode
(AP) Nik Stauskas and Michigan figured out the best way to overcome Texas’ advantage inside. Just keeping hitting from long range. Stauskas made four of Michigan’s 14 3-pointers, and the Wolverines beat the Longhorns 79-65 on Saturday to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 for the second straight year. Stauskas finished with 17 points and eight assists as Michigan (27-8) moved on to next week’s Midwest Regional semifinals in Indianapolis. The second-seeded Wolverines will face the winner of Sunday’s Mercer-Tennessee game. [ AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | BRACKET | DIENHART | SCOREBOARD ] HIGHLIGHT: @umichbball puts on
It’s a big day for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State (I still can’t believe Sparty is a No. 4!) look to punch their ticket for the Sweet 16. Here are four thoughts on today’s games: Wisconsin vs. Oregon (7:45); Michigan State vs. Harvard (8:40). Michigan took down Texas in the first game. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s 2014 NCAA tournament coverage ] 1. Michigan State obviously can’t expect Adreian Payne to go off for over 40 points today when it meets No. 12 Harvard. But, he probably can, given
Three teams and three games. That’s what it has come down to for the Big Ten on the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament. [ MORE: Dienhart: Thursday was a success for the Big Ten ] No. 2 Michigan will play No. 7 Texas. No. 2 Wisconsin will play No. 7 Oregon. No. 4 Michigan State will play No. 12 Harvard. These clearly are the three best teams in the conference. They are supposed to be here, primed to play for a spot in next week’s Sweet 16. And, frankly, they all should win their game on Saturday and advance.
Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s