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The votes are in, and BTN.com fans have picked Sam Thompson’s inbound alley-oop vs. Michigan State as the 2012-13 Dunk of the Year. The bracket opened with one dunk from every Big Ten team, which fans decided via polls, and it was seeded in accordance with the Big Ten tourney. Thompson’s athletic jam topped D.J. Newbill’s drive and flush at Wisconsin in a contested finals matchup. Editor’s Note: Results are determined by fan voting, not the actual Big Ten tournament. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament page ] Watch Thompson’s title winning dunk: [ VIDEO: Watch
Indiana and Wisconsin tipped things off on Saturday in a back-and-forth affair that did not go according to script. For one, Indiana was supposed to be the athletic offensive rebounding powerhouse, but it was Wisconsin that was crashing the offensive glass early, collecting 43 percent of its misses in the first half. Additionally, one would expect the Badgers and their miniscule turnover rate to be stingy with the giveaways, but turnovers plagued Bo Ryan’s team all game long. Wisconsin turned it over on 25 percent of its possessions, the second-highest mark for the season (MSU’s steamrolling of Wisconsin in East
And then there were two. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Wisconsin will meet in the Big Ten tourney title game at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The Buckeyes advanced to their fifth consecutive title game by topping No. 3 Michigan State, while the Badgers eliminated No. 1 Indiana. Before the title game, our guys preview the matchup on the”Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 3 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. And at 7, don’t forget about our “Selection Sunday Special.” No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Wisconsin It’s fitting that Ohio State and Wisconsin are meeting in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes overcame a sluggish first half to push past Michigan State and advance to the Big Ten tourney title game for a fifth season in a row and seventh time in eight years. Is there any doubt who is the best program in the Big Ten? Of course not. OSU hit just 34 percent of its shots in the first half but rebounded to knock down 52 percent in the second half. The Buckeyes had just two players in double-figures, but they were biggies. Aaron Craft had a game-high 20 points, while Deshaun Thomas notched 16. The other Buckeyes
If it’s highlights you’re looking for, the Big Ten tourney was the place to be. From Brandon Paul’s buzzer-beater in Thursday’s opening round to Keith Appling’s drive and posterizing dunk on Friday, there was no shortage of highlight-reel plays. Watch some of our favorite Big Ten tourney plays from the first three days in this post. SUNDAY’S FINAL Evan Ravenel finds Deshaun Thomas for reverse layup: Sam Thompson soars for dunk to open title game: SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS Adreian Payne elevates for putback: Sam Dekker turns Ryan Evans block into transition And-1: Victor Oladipo sets up Cody Zeller And-1 dunk: FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
Aaron Craft came on strong in the second half to finish with 20 points and lead No. 10 Ohio State past No. 8 Michigan State, 61-58 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. Craft keyed a seven-point spurt midway through the second half that stretched the lead to eight at 55-47, and the Buckeyes (25-7) came away with the win after the Spartans (25-8) pulled within one. The victory avenged a loss in last year’s championship game Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post.
Scouting matters. Have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t know your opponent, you’ll get sliced up. So credit Indiana for blowing up Illinois’ offense by stretching its defense well out to the perimeter in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. There was no space to breathe for Illinois’ shooters, and consequently just 6 of Illinois’ 27 field goal attempts were three-pointers in the first half. Now, it may not seem like a big deal to take the three-pointer away from a team shooting 29 percent on threes in conference play. And because no strategy comes
After a bruising and thrilling two days of basketball, the four top-seeded teams advance to Saturday’s semifinals of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. No. 1 seed Indiana faces No. 4 seed Wisconsin, and No. 2 seed Ohio State faces No. 3 seed Michigan State. On Saturday, BTN airs “The Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 1 p.m. ET before the first game, then we air “The Big Ten Finale” at 6 p.m. ET. Right now let’s take a look at both Saturday semifinals, which have plenty of intrigue. [MUST-SEE DUNKS: Keith Appling vs. Iowa | Sam Thompson vs. Nebraska | Victor Oladipo vs. Illinois ] No. 1 Indiana vs. No.
The Buckeyes needed a few punches in the nose to wake up. Once aroused, Ohio State took it to Nebraska. The Buckeyes shot a robust 59 percent, showing great marksmanship from beyond the arc in nailing 52 percent (9-of-17). The Huskers looked tentative after a good first 10 minutes, committing 15 turnovers. And Ohio State scored 21 points off of those turnovers to go along with 13 fast break points. Add it all up, and you can see why Ohio State won by 21 points. Read more on this game; [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS | B1G DUNKS ] Key moment: Nebraska came out