Much was made about Northwestern’s attempt to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, but this year’s Wildcats team fell just short. BTN’s Tim Doyle caught up with Northwestern coach Bill Carmody to talk about the Wildcats being left out of the field of 68 teams. “I don’t think necessarily that if we had beat Minnesota in the (Big Ten) tournament we would have got in,” Carmody said. “I don’t think that really knocked us out either.” The Wildcats will play in the postseason, however, as it received an NIT berth and plays Akron in the first round Tuesday. A couple other Big Ten teams made the NIT, as well. See who in this post.
With 11 games over four days, there was a lot to watch and digest at the 15th Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. There were highs and lows as well as good and bad from the first game to the final game.
The 15th edition of the Big Ten tourney was a resounding success, drawing the highest four-day attendance in the event’s history in Indianapolis. Even better, the title game featured two of the conference’s regular-season champs and came down to the final seconds. Michigan State was the last team standing. Throughout the tourney’s 11 games, BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina watched for the best highlights and compiled a top 10 list. See Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights in this post. Don’t agree? Write you top play in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for March 5-11 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
It’s Day 3 at the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which means we’re down to the semifinals. What’s going on around the tourney aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, and he’s filed another notebook. From emotional coaches to school-specific grub to familiar faces in attendance to a hole in the basket support, you can find it all in this post.
Trey Burke scored 30 points to lift No. 13 Michigan to a 73-69 overtime win over Minnesota on Friday in the Big Ten Tourney. Michigan (24-8) got solid performances from both Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Burke had three assists and knocked down 11-of-14 shot attempts. Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points and corralled five rebounds. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.
When BTN basketball announcer Gus Johnson makes a great call Friday night during the Big Ten Men’s basketball Tournament, we posted it here as fast as possible. How exciting was Johnson? The term “Gus Johnson” was trending on Twitter worldwide for parts of the night. We did the same thing Thursday, so go have a look. And as many of you know, we did this all year so look back at every game Johnson has called. Then dive in for the latest calls from Indianapolis.