Get out your pencil: The NCAA bracket has been announced. Six Big Ten teams earned bids: Michigan and Wisconsin are No. 2 seeds; Michigan State is a No. 4; Ohio State is a No. 6; Iowa and Nebraska are No. 11 seeds, though the Hawkeyes have to participate in a play-in game. Here is a look around the bracket from a Big Ten perspective, as the conference begins its quest for its first national championship since Mateen Cleaves led Michigan State to the crown in 1999-2000. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] Opening matchups: No. 2 Michigan
That was a fun Big Ten tournament! It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, not after the upsets and parity we saw throughout the Big Ten season. At the end of it all, Michigan State is the Big Ten tourney champion for the second time in three years. The Spartans knocked off Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1 seed Michigan in the title game Sunday. Watch our top 10 plays from the tourney in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] VIDEO: Check out http://t.co/BLIUNF3SFc's top 10 plays of the #B1GTourney. What play
The 2014 Big Ten Tournament is in the books, and boy was it a good one. After 11 games in four days, Michigan State was the last team standing after an impressive 69-55 win over Michigan in the conference title game. Let’s take it all in and check out the best sights and sounds from this year’s memorable Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Spartans met B1G tourney goal … and then some ] BEST TEAM: Michigan State. An obvious pick here, as Tom Izzo’s team played its best basketball at the right time of year. The Spartans took home the championship
For the first time since 1998, Nebraska is back in the NCAA tourney. The Huskers, who finished fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 record, earned the No. 11 seed in the West Region and will play No. 6 Baylor. Check out some of the team’s reaction to the big news from its watching party at Pinnacle Bank Arena in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] VIDEO: "I still have goosebumps. This is so cool!" – @Huskers' @CoachMiles, on NCAA bid. WATCH our interview – http://t.co/fU6HAWzo6d — Nebraska on BTN (@BTN_Nebraska) March 16, 2014
Six Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, including Nebraska, which is back in the field for the first time since 1998. The other Big Ten teams include Iowa, Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. See each team’s draw in this post. [ MORE: View the NCAA tourney bracket ] IOWA – No. 11 Midwest Region https://twitter.com/IowaHoops/status/445325419886047233 MICHIGAN – No. 2 Midwest Region No. 2 Michigan will face No. 15 Wofford on Thursday in Milwaukee (Midwest region). Let's dance. pic.twitter.com/WM7xImEccg — Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 16, 2014 MICHIGAN STATE
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
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
Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We had close games, blowout games and some incredible individual performances. Either way, it sets up what should be two outstanding semifinals Saturday, with Michigan vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: No. 5 Ohio State beating No. 4 Nebraska, 71-67. The Buckeyes, the reigning Big Ten tourney champs, trailed by
A central tenant of Nebraska’s offense under Tim Miles has been to embrace your inner ballhog (our words, not his). While this approach may not win you many friends at the YMCA, it’s a perfectly acceptable strategy in the world of college basketball. With fewer passes, you have fewer turnovers, and a low-turnover offense is in itself more efficient. Sure, you won’t shoot great percentages, and you won’t get many assists (Nebraska is near the bottom of DI in assists per made field goal), but I’d argue that this collection of Huskers just isn’t build to shoot high percentages anyway.
You never know what you’re going to come across at the Big Ten Tournament. We have seen upset victories, buzzer-beater shots, and Big Ten style hot dogs… Yes, that’s right. On the main concourse at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Big Ten fans can purchase footlong hot dogs, made a certain way for all 12 Big Ten schools. Check it out: My personal favorite: The Wisconsin hot dog. Cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos and pepper relish. How good does that sound?