On Friday morning, we checked in with the Easy Bubble Solver, a quick and easy way to get the lay of the land as pertains to the NCAA tournament bubble. Two days later, the landscape has changed. Let’s reset the Easy Bubble Solver for one last look before the selection committee puts all speculation to rest this evening. Here is the NCAA tournament field according to Easy Bubble Solver (excluding automatic bid teams that ranked below 49th): KenPom Rank RPI Rank EBS EBS Rank Team 1 1 2 1 Arizona 3 2 5 2 Florida 4 4 8 3 Wichita
This will be the first time that Michigan and Michigan State will meet in the Big Ten tourney. And, it seems fitting that the initial encounter between these rivals should take place in the title game. It’s No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 3 Michigan State on Sunday. Michigan is aiming for its first Big Ten tourney title since winning the inaugural event in 1998. That’s only time the Wolverines have been in the final. Michigan State won this event the last time it was in Indianapolis in 2012. The Spartans also won in 1999 and 2000. The Wolverines won both
Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: Michigan State beating Wisconsin, 83-75. The Spartans got off to a quick start and led this contest from start to finish. What makes this win so impressive is how the
Michigan State rode some hot jump-shooting to an eight-point win over Wisconsin in Saturday’s second semifinal. Right out of the gate, the Spartans were deadly accurate with their perimeter shooting, and there was little the Badgers could do to slow them. Michigan State poured in 43 points in a 27 possession first half, and, when combined with some stout interior defense spearheaded by Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson, it gave the Spartans a 17-point halftime advantage. To Wisconsin’s credit, the team came out with better energy and execution in the second half, but Michigan State just kept hitting shots anyway.
Everyone has heard the old saying of “winning makes everything better.” Well, truer words may have never been spoken when talking about this year’s Michigan basketball team. The Big Ten champs are currently in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, including today’s impressive 72-69 win over rival Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. During this winning streak, the Wolverines have been very animated on the bench in support of their team’s success, specifically Andrew Dakich and Mitch McGary. Michigan kicked off this winning streak with a 79-70 win over Michigan State back on Feb. 23. During that
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan comes at foes in waves. Ready or not, here come the Wolverines. And, god bless if you aren’t ready, because you’ll be run off the floor, up the ramp and out the door. The start of today’s game with Ohio State was a perfect example. There was … A Nik Stauskas three-pointer. A Glenn Robinson III three-pointer. A Caris LeVert three-pointer. Two GR3 jumpers. A Jordan Morgan slam. Just like that, it was 15-2 with only 4:25 off the clock. Thad Matta hadn’t even broken a sweat and his offensively challenged team already was in a deep
(AP) No. 8 Michigan blew a 12-point second-half lead, then finished the game on a 7-1 run to beat archrival Ohio State 72-69 in Saturday’s Big Ten tournament semifinal. The league’s regular-season champs will face No. 12 Wisconsin or No. 22 Michigan State in Sunday’s championship game. Nik Stauskas had 18 points and Caris LeVert had 17 to lead the Wolverines (25-7), winners of seven straight. It will be Michigan’s first title game appearance since 1998, when it won its only tourney title, which was later vacated. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | DIENHART | GEEKS |
As the Wolverines take on the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis today, let’s continue with our exclusive interview with Jalen Rose. From his time at Michigan through the NBA and now as a media personality, Rose has always been a leader. At the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, he’s helping equip another generation for success. You left Michigan early for the NBA, but went back and finished your degree. How important was that to you and what does it show these kids? It’s that ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mentality and it’s hard to continue to
College basketball fans were treated to another outstanding day of the Big Ten tournament. In addition to some great games, we had plenty of exceptional individual performances on the hardwood. With four more games in the book and an exciting semifinal round set up for Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Friday team from Day Two of the tourney. [ MORE: Which team impressed the most in Friday’s semifinals? ] DIENHART’S ALL-FRIDAY TEAM: Ben Brust, Wisconsin. He notched a career-high 29 points, more than any other player on this day. The sharp-shooting guard
The Big Ten tourney semifinal field is set, and it will be No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Michigan State. Hard to complain about those matchups, huh? Get Tom Dienhart’s previews to both games, plus vote for your winners, in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State The skinny on Michigan: The Wolverines were pushed to the max by No. 9 Illinois before carving out a 64-63 victory after the Illini’s final shot lipped off the rim.