The Sweet 16 is around the corner. Wisconsin takes on Baylor on Thursday, while Michigan plays Tennessee and Michigan State battles Virginia on Friday. Let’s break down the action involving the three Big Ten teams. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Over-seeded: Hard to say any of the Big Ten teams are over-seeded. Michigan and Wisconsin are No. 2 seeds. Michigan State is a No. 4. The Badgers may be—MAY BE—a smidge over-seeded. They did almost lose to No. 7 Oregon in the third round, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to win 85-77. If that game
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: How many Big Ten men’s teams will make the Final Four? The choices: None (#B1G0), one team (#B1G1), two teams (#B1G2) or three teams (#B1G3). How do you vote via social media? 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.
The NCAA tourney is down to the Sweet 16. No. 2 Michigan will battle No. 11 Tennessee; No. 2 Wisconsin will battle No. 6 Baylor; No. 4 Michigan State will take on No. 1 Virginia. Here are 16 fun numbers to keep in mind while watching the upcoming action. [ MORE: View 2014 Final Four court | Nine Sweet 16 coaches have B1G ties ] 55.5, points allowed per game by Virginia, Michigan State’s foe. That ranks No. 1 in the nation. The Cavaliers rank No. 9 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6
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