The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.
The 2017 AP All-America team was released Tuesday, and Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan earned first-team honors. The Purdue star is joined on the team by Kansas' Frank Mason, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Villanova's Josh Hart and North Carolina's Justin Jackson.
Zak Showalter and Ethan Happ walked quietly down the middle of the court, arm in arm, away from Florida's celebration of a last-second victory. This NCAA Tournament loss is going to sting for a while for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Has your heart stopped racing yet? In what arguably has been the best game of the NCAA tourney so far, Wisconsin suffered a crushing 84-83 OT loss to Florida in this Sweet 16 clash after the Gators sunk a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Wisconsin's Zak Showalter capped an unbelievable late comeback by No. 8 seed Wisconsin, but No. 4 seed Florida responded in overtime with an equally thrilling buzzer-beater to eliminate the Badgers.
The Big Ten is down to one team still alive in the NCAA tournament, as No. 8 seed Wisconsin faces No. 4 Florida Friday night at 9:59 p.m. ET. As always, BTN researcher Harold Shelton has the in-depth analytical breakdown on what to look for before the Badgers and Gators tip off in New York City.
Don’t count out the Badgers. In fact, this team may have been the Big Ten’s best hope for March glory all along. Yes, Wisconsin is only a No. 8 seed, but the Badgers are not a typical No. 8 seed.
With Wisconsin headed to its fourth straight Sweet 16 (Friday night vs. Florida) and his youngest brother, Jordan, fresh off a record-setting rookie season at Iowa, BTN.com reached out to former Wisconsin captain Zach Bohannon for an email Q&A.
Nigel Hayes didn't have to say a word to make his loudest statement in the NCAA Tournament. The verbose forward's reverse layup with 12 seconds left to help beat top overall seed Villanova sent a resounding message to any doubters.
Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.