CHICAGO – With a record 16 men’s and women’s basketball teams competing in post-season play, BTN will have full coverage, with nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition, presented by 5-Hour Energy, as well as postgame press conferences. Six men’s and seven women’s teams are in the NCAA Tournament, while three men’s teams are competing in the NIT.
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Three Big Ten men’s teams got NIT slots and two of them play tonight. No. 7 seed Iowa hosts No. 2 seed Dayton and No. 4 seed Northwestern faces visiting No. 5 seed Akron. No. 6 seed Minnesota plays at No. 3 La Salle on Wednesday.
The NCAA tourney tips Tuesday night, meaning it’s time to release my final 2012 Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below.
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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.