Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
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The dream died Saturday for Northwestern, as the No. 8 seeded Wildcats' comeback fell short against No. 1 Gonzaga, 79-73.
Before No. 8 Northwestern takes on No. 1 Gonzaga in the West Region on Saturday afternoon, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Wildcats have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Bulldogs.
It’s cliche to say someone bleeds his or her school color, but Northwestern legend Pat Fitzgerald just may bleed purple. The former Northwestern student and all-world linebacker and current football coach loves his school, and all of its sporting teams. Fitzgerald gave everyone an idea of his Northwestern fandom Thursday, when cameras captured him interrupting Chris Collins’ postgame speech to congratulate the team on winning the program’s first NCAA tourney game in its debut. Northwestern looks to improve to 2-0 in the tourney and advance to its first Sweet 16 vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
Bryant McIntosh was one of three Wildcats in double-figures, as NU overcame 55.6 percent shooting from the foul line to take this heart-stopping victory.
For what it's worth, Barack Obama doesn't see the Big Ten having much success in the NCAA tournament. See the former President's full bracket inside.
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2017, with over 400 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus during the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a conference showdown between No. 21 Michigan and Maryland on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Last season, Minnesota won the outright Big Ten title, but Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament Championship for the first time since 2007 en route to the NCAA tournament. The Big Ten coaches voted the Maryland Terrapins as the 2017 conference favorite; however, they figure to
Wrestlers from all 14 Big Ten schools will head to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, to compete in the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday morning and conclude Saturday evening.
If one of the Big Ten's seven teams is going to reach the summit, a key player for each squad will need to step up. And, here is that key player, according to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.