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.
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.
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.
Now that you've had a couple days to consider the NCAA tournament bracket, BTN researcher Harold Shelton decided it was as good time to share 10 fun Big Ten facts about the NCAA tourney.
The Wildcats are the ultimate Cinderella in this year’s Big Dance, finally punching their ticket to the NCAA tourney for the first time ever. And Northwestern could win a game. It's a national story that has created a buzz, as NU is dancing just a few months after the Cubs ended a 108-year World Series win dry spell.
Now that a Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan has been crowned after blazing an incredible four-day trail through D.C., it’s time to pick the “bests” from the event celebrating its 20th season. It’s tough to narrow down these picks after 13 games in five days, but here they are.