The 2014 Big Ten Tournament is in the books, and boy was it a good one. After 11 games in four days, Michigan State was the last team standing after an impressive 69-55 win over Michigan in the conference title game. Let’s take it all in and check out the best sights and sounds from this year’s memorable Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Spartans met B1G tourney goal … and then some ] BEST TEAM: Michigan State. An obvious pick here, as Tom Izzo’s team played its best basketball at the right time of year. The Spartans took home the championship
Six Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, including Nebraska, which is back in the field for the first time since 1998. The other Big Ten teams include Iowa, Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. See each team’s draw in this post. [ MORE: View the NCAA tourney bracket ] IOWA – No. 11 Midwest Region https://twitter.com/IowaHoops/status/445325419886047233 MICHIGAN – No. 2 Midwest Region No. 2 Michigan will face No. 15 Wofford on Thursday in Milwaukee (Midwest region). Let's dance. pic.twitter.com/WM7xImEccg — Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 16, 2014 MICHIGAN STATE
On Friday morning, we checked in with the Easy Bubble Solver, a quick and easy way to get the lay of the land as pertains to the NCAA tournament bubble. Two days later, the landscape has changed. Let’s reset the Easy Bubble Solver for one last look before the selection committee puts all speculation to rest this evening. Here is the NCAA tournament field according to Easy Bubble Solver (excluding automatic bid teams that ranked below 49th): KenPom Rank RPI Rank EBS EBS Rank Team 1 1 2 1 Arizona 3 2 5 2 Florida 4 4 8 3 Wichita
INDIANAPOLIS–I’d like to be one of the first to welcome back Michigan State. I have missed the Spartans. The Big Ten tourney has been Michigan State’s chance to trumpet its return from what largely was a moribund regular season that saw the Spartans go 12-6 in Big Ten play. That’s good by some school’s standards. But not for MSU. The postseason is the second season, a do-over. And the Spartans are taking advantage. First, they blasted No. 11 seed Northwestern on Friday, 67-51. But Michigan State was even more impressive Saturday in dispatching No. 2 seed Wisconsin, 83-75. “I think
Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: Michigan State beating Wisconsin, 83-75. The Spartans got off to a quick start and led this contest from start to finish. What makes this win so impressive is how the
Michigan State rode some hot jump-shooting to an eight-point win over Wisconsin in Saturday’s second semifinal. Right out of the gate, the Spartans were deadly accurate with their perimeter shooting, and there was little the Badgers could do to slow them. Michigan State poured in 43 points in a 27 possession first half, and, when combined with some stout interior defense spearheaded by Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson, it gave the Spartans a 17-point halftime advantage. To Wisconsin’s credit, the team came out with better energy and execution in the second half, but Michigan State just kept hitting shots anyway.
(AP) Adreian Payne scored 18 points, Branden Dawson had 14 and No. 22 Michigan State beat No. 12 Wisconsin 83-75 on Saturday to reach the Big Ten tournament championship. The third-seeded Spartans (25-8) won consecutive games for the first time since winning 11 straight in a stretch over December and January. They will face No. 8 Michigan in the final on Sunday. The Spartans went on a 16-1 run in the first half and took a 37-16 lead when Gary Harris scored with 5:39 left before halftime. Frank Kaminsky had 28 points for Wisconsin. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX
College basketball fans were treated to another outstanding day of the Big Ten tournament. In addition to some great games, we had plenty of exceptional individual performances on the hardwood. With four more games in the book and an exciting semifinal round set up for Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Friday team from Day Two of the tourney. [ MORE: Which team impressed the most in Friday’s semifinals? ] DIENHART’S ALL-FRIDAY TEAM: Ben Brust, Wisconsin. He notched a career-high 29 points, more than any other player on this day. The sharp-shooting guard
The Big Ten tourney semifinal field is set, and it will be No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Michigan State. Hard to complain about those matchups, huh? Get Tom Dienhart’s previews to both games, plus vote for your winners, in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State The skinny on Michigan: The Wolverines were pushed to the max by No. 9 Illinois before carving out a 64-63 victory after the Illini’s final shot lipped off the rim.
We had plenty of outstanding performances in Friday’s Big Ten Tournament action. Michigan notched a win over Illinois on a game-winning shot. Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Nebraska. And both Wisconsin and Michigan State looked outstanding in blowout wins over Minnesota and Northwestern, respectively. So, we ask: Which Big Ten team had the most impressive performance on Friday? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman debate that question here. [ MORE: Get Merriman’s Best of Day 2 at the Big Ten tourney ] Merriman: I’m going with Michigan State, simply because