It was a fantastic turnaround season for Matt Painter and Purdue in 2014-15. One year after finishing in the Big Ten basement, the Boilermakers went 12-6 in conference, tied for third place. Purdue’s reward? A grueling NCAA tournament draw as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. Win the first game against Cincinnati, and Purdue draws top overall seed and undefeated Kentucky. Get my Purdue NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 9 PURDUE VS. No. 8 Cincinnati, Thursday, Louisville Matt Painter NCAA record: 8-7. Reached Sweet 16 in 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2012, lost to Kansas in second round
Who's overseeded? Underseeded? How about a potential sleeper? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a Big Ten-centric look at the NCAA tournament bracket.
The 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket was released Sunday night, and the Big Ten has seven teams dancing, tied for the most this year.
The Big Ten tourney final is set, and it will be No. 3-seed Michigan State vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin. Catch up on both of today’s Big Ten tournament semifinals on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Both teams rallied in semifinal action to advance to Sunday’s final, with the Badgers erasing a five-point deficit en route to running away from Purdue, 71-51, and the Spartans rallying for a 16-point hole to down No. 2-seed Maryland, 62-58. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina
CHICAGO — The Big Ten regular-season champs are one win away from being Big Ten tourney champs, too. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 1-seed Wisconsin erased a five-point halftime deficit en route to running away from No. 4-seed Purdue, 71-51, in the first Big Ten tourney semifinal Saturday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win. Top star: Bronson Koenig was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high and career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He drained three 3-pointers, as the Badgers had four players in double-figures.
Which players had the top performances at the Big Ten tournament on Friday? There were a number of impressive individual efforts in the day’s four games, and you can see our team’s All-Friday team.
The Big Ten tournament quarterfinals are in the books, and we'll see the top four seeds in Saturday's semifinals. Get our Best of Day 3 inside.
It will be the top four seeds in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this after No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue all carded quarterfinal wins Friday. Catch up on all of Friday’s Big Ten tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Here are the final results: Wisconsin took down Michigan, 71-60, Purdue rallied past Penn State, 64-59, Maryland held off Indiana, 75-69, and Michigan State downed Ohio State, 76-67. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
CHICAGO — No. 13-seed Penn State’s Cinderella run in the Big Ten tourney came to a close in Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 4-seed Purdue rallied and held off Penn State to record a 64-59 win and advance to the semifinals vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin on Saturday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Purdue’s win. Star player: Purdue big man A.J. Hammons played like an all-star. The 7-footer hit 7-of-10 shots (9-of-11 from the free-throw line) en route to notching a game-high 23 points. Wait,
So much of Rapheal Davis’ game is about hustle and defense. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year showed off these qualities in Purdue’s 64-59 win over Penn State on Friday afternoon in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. Davis really flashed the hustle on a loose ball in the second half, when, trying to save the ball from going out of bounds, he crashed into press row and landed on the walkway between the first and second rows of media. If you’re wondering, yes, Davis saved the ball to