Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action. Here is a look at their All-Thursday team. DIENHART Michigan’s Zak Irvin. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, Irvin was back home in the Indianapolis area and played big. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
No. 11 Nebraska continued a surprising run in Indianapolis with a 70-58 upset of No. 6 Wisconsin a day after dispatching No. 14 Rutgers. Tim Miles is doing his best to salvage what has been a disappointing season. This mini-run is something the program can build on. Up next: No. 3 Maryland. Top star: Nebraska’s Shavon Shields was the B.M.O.C., tallying a game-high 20 points. Time and again, he drove to the basket. The result? He hit eight of nine free throws. It was a big night for the senior. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |
The second day of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is over and two teams pulled off upsets. No. 11 seed Nebraska stunned No. 6 seed Wisconsin, 70-58 while No. 12 seed Illinois knocked off No. 5 seed Iowa 68-66. Also earlier, No. 7 seed Ohio State beat No. 10 seed Penn State 79-75, and No. 8 seed Michigan survived in overtime against No. 9 seed Northwestern, 72-70. Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page for a running account of the tourney. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | VIDEO On Friday, the B1G Tip-Off Show begins at 6 p.m. ET,
INDIANAPOLIS — Day 1 is in the books, and there were no surprises, as higher seeds in No. 11 Illinois and No. 12 Nebraska both prevailed in the opening round of the 19th Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini took down No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, and the Huskers dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, to advance to play No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Wisconsin, respectively. Get my Best of Day 1 below. Biggest surprise: Seeing Rutgers keep its game close with Nebraska into the second half. The game was tied 43-43
INDIANAPOLIS — The first day of the 2016 Big Ten tourney is in the books. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 12 Illinois and No. 11 Nebraska kicked off the tournament with wins over No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Rutgers, respectively, and will move on to play Thursday. The Illini advance to play No. 5 Iowa, while the Huskers draw No. 6 Wisconsin. There were several outstanding individual performers from Wednesday’s opening night of play, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman highlight their best with their All-Wednesday teams below. TOM DIENHART Michael Finke,
INDIANAPOLIS — No. 11 Nebraska had lost nine of its last 11 games entering Wednesday night, so beating No. 14 Rutgers in its opening round of the Big Ten tourney offered some relief to the program. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Cornhuskers used a balanced attack to subdue the Scarlet Knights, who closed with a 7-24 mark and just one Big Ten victory, which came in the season finale vs. Minnesota. Nebraska, which snapped a three-game losing skid in the Big Ten tourney, play No. 6 Wisconsin on Thursday night. NO. 11 NEBRASKA 89,
The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament got underway Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 12 Illinois throttled No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, behind a balanced attack and a Big Ten tourney record 14 3-pointers in the opener, and No. 11 Nebraska dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, thanks to Shavon Shields’ first double-double of the season. The Illini advance to play No. 5 Iowa and the Huskers move on to face No. 6 Wisconsin. Check out some of our favorite plays from Wednesday’s opening action below. BRACKET | STORIES
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Illinois' Cory Bradford in 1999. Iowa's Reggie Evans in 2001. Northwestern's Michael Thompson in 2011. These are but a few of the eye-opening performances that drove their respective men's basketball teams deeper into the Big Ten tournament than most expected.
The 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament field is set.