The Final Four is the holy grail of college basketball. Reaching that destination is often the thing that defines a career. But, some coaches toil for years with high success and never reach a Final Four. Here is a look at the six most successful Big Ten coaches from an overall wins standpoint over the last 50 years (since 1967-68 season) who never made a Final Four.
Michigan and Purdue are two wins away from the Final Four. Before entertaining thoughts of a trip to San Antonio, though, the Big Ten tourney champs and the conference's highest-seeded team have interesting Sweet 16 matchups.
Michigan’s Moe Wagner and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards are two of the best players left in the Sweet 16. Edwards was consensus first-team All-Big Ten and earned some All-American honors. Wager was consensus second-team All-Big Ten. But thus far in the Big Dance, neither has been at the top of his game.
The NCAA tourney is down to 16 schools. And two come from the Big Ten: No. 2 Purdue and No. 3 Michigan. Here are 16 sweet facts to prime the pump for this week’s action.
Purdue center Isaac Haas appears to be done for the season even if Purdue's medical team or its crack engineering department can create an elbow brace that allows him to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Purdue did more than advance to the Sweet 16 in holding off Butler on Sunday afternoon. It also clinched its first 30-win season in program history. Win No. 31 will have to come against Texas Tech in Boston.
No Isaac Haas, no problem for Purdue, which gritted out a 76-73 win vs. Butler in the second round of the NCAA tourney. Purdue is in the Sweet 16 for the second season in a row, losing to Kansas last year.
Purdue suffered a big loss today when it was announced senior center Isaac Haas will miss the rest of the season with a fractured elbow suffered in today’s win vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in the opening round of the NCAA tourney.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter has announced that senior center Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the NCAA Tournament with a fractured right elbow suffered in Purdue’s 74-48 first-round win over Cal State Fullerton.
Purdue is a pick by some to reach the Final Four. And the No. 2 Boilermakers certainly looked the part in destroying No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in their opening NCAA game, 74-48.