With Keith Appling draped all over him, William Buford hit an absolute dagger of a shot to help Ohio State down Michigan State and ensure a three-way tie atop the Big Ten conference for the season. While that makes banner manufacturers very happy, it was not the result the Spartans were expecting after they found themselves up by 9 after the first half. Ohio State won this game by keeping MSU off the glass, getting to the free throw line, and by the excellent work by whoever had the job of talking Buford into coming back to school every May.
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. All of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to coach Crean: Listen to coach McCaffery: Listen to coach Weber: Listen to coach Carmody: Listen to coach Chambers: Listen to coach Painter: Listen to coach Izzo: Listen to coach Ryan: Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to coach Matta: Listen to coach Smith: Listen to coach Sadler: Use the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament interactive
In my first daily batch of links for this week, Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News tells us that Delvon Roe feels Branden Dawson’s pain. No doubt, and Dawson’s loss for the rest of the season to a knee injury suffered in the loss to Ohio State will have a big impact on Michigan State in the postseason. This is a slumping Spartan squad that enters the Big Ten tourney as the No. 1 seed but riding consecutive losses at Indiana and at home yesterday to the Buckeyes on Senior Day. Now, this: News that the freshman sensation is done.
The bracket for the 15th Big Ten tourney is set, with games beginning on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are the top four seeds, respectively, with each receiving a bye in the first round. But the other eight schools will be in action on the first day of a tourney that has been dominated by Ohio State in recent years. The Buckeyes have been to the tourney title game each of the last three years, winning the last two. Ohio State also won the 2007 crown. But 2012 brings a fresh slate
The Big Ten released the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night following a wild final day of action. The tournament tips at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday and runs through Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in tournament history and the first time since 2009, finishing the conference slate with a 13-5 record. No. 2 Michigan (13-5), No. 3 Ohio State (13-5) and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-6) also earned first-round byes. See the official bracket in this post. Also, read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant
The Big Ten men’s hoops season finishes with a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings, this after 16 Michigan held off Penn State (recap) and No. 11 Ohio State upset No. 5 Michigan State (recap) on Sunday, giving Michigan and Ohio State a piece of the crown that Michigan State was trying to win outright. In other action, No. 20 Indiana swept Purdue (recap) and No. 15 Wisconsin put away Illinois (recap). Catch up on all four games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was
The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 27-March 4 action. What a final week it was, too, as we finished with three teams tied atop the Big Ten standings. There were also several highlight plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across
Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Victor Oladipo’s drive and highlight-reel jam and get all of his call from Sunday’s Purdue-Indiana game in this post. Johnson: “Verdell Jones behind the back!”
Draymond Green for Big Ten MVP? It’s an easy pick, says Terry Foster of the Detroit News. Who can argue with that? Green is the only player in the Big Ten who is averaging a double-double. And his leadership is unmatched, as he has led the Spartans to at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh league championship. Is there any way Michigan State will lose at home to Ohio State on Senior Day on Sunday? I will be shocked if it happens. Read more of my newsy links for Friday. And remember? I do this every weekday. Illinois’ NCAA
I took my usual spin around the Internet this morning and found my five conversation starters for Thursday. Click inside for a look at those stories, my take on each, and more links to the Big ten stories you need to read today. Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times says the Illini are in damage-control mode vs. Michigan tonight. I also think Illinois has a great opportunity at its feet to still earn an at-large spot in the NCAA tourney. Really. If the Illini (17-12 overall; 6-10 Big Ten) can beat Michigan in Champaign, then win at Wisconsin on Sunday