Everyone loves a fun read, right? We have one here, as we look at the top player, top sign and top tweet, among other things, from the Big Ten's Round of 32 NCAA tourney games.
Sixteen teams remain, and Michigan State and Wisconsin are two of them following Sunday’s NCAA regional quarterfinals. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tourney coverage ] The seventh-seeded Spartans eliminated No. 2 Virginia for the second straight season to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year, while the top-seeded Badgers ousted No. 8 Oregon for the second straight season to move on to their fourth regional semifinal in the last five years. Iowa and Maryland lost their regional quarterfinals, falling to Gonzaga (87-68) and West Virginia (69-59), respectively. Catch up all of Sunday’s NCAA tournament action
Bo Ryan and Wisconsin are getting used to these Sweet 16 berths. The Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, in Sunday night’s West Region quarterfinals to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win over Oregon below. [ MORE: Check out our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Joseph Young, Oregon. Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin attack, but the Pac-12 Player of the Year had 30 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. The rest of the Ducks had 35 points.
But seriously – have you ever seen the magical powers of a stenographer? pic.twitter.com/36exonv2CG — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 21, 2015 If you don’t already know it, Nigel Hayes is one of the Big Ten’s top personalities. He delighted last season with the whole Nigel Burgundy series. As a freshman, mind you. And he’s always one of the most engaging and entertaining interviews. Hayes proved this once again Saturday during Wisconsin’s press conference to preview its Round of 32 game vs Oregon. When a reporter asked Hayes about his improved 3-point shot, he decided to have some fun, using a
The Big Ten went 5-2 in its NCAA tournament opening games Thursday and Friday. The two losses were close ones, too, as Purdue lost by one in overtime to Cincinnati and Indiana fell by five to Wichita State. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] All in all, it was a strong opening effort by the Big Ten. Now, it’s time to see what the conference can do Round of 32 games. Before those games tip off, though, I wanted to highlight the Big Ten’s top individual performers from the opening round. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. The
It was a solid two days for Big Ten basketball fans, as the conference went 5-2 in opening-round NCAA tourney games. See Tom Dienhart's best of the opening round inside.
Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational. The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the
Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams played their NCAA tournament openers on Friday. Michigan State opened with a 70-63 win over Georgia, while Maryland held on to beat Valparaiso, 65-62, Iowa cruised by Davidson, 83-52, Wisconsin rolled past Coastal Carolina, 86-72, and Indiana fell to Wichita State, 81-76. Here’s our full live men’s tournament scoreboard: MIDWEST | WEST | EAST | SOUTH And here’s a daily Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard. Catch up on all five of Friday’s games here. MICHIGAN STATE 70, GEORGIA 63: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at
It is no secret that this year’s Wisconsin men’s basketball team is a fun group of individuals. Whether it’s playing video games, or having ping pong tournaments, the Badgers love to have a good time. Need proof? Check out this video above, which shows the Badgers going go kart racing to the theme of the popular Nintendo game, Mario Kart. In the end, it’s redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who wins the race. “I have a lot of experience on the go kart track,” Showalter says as he’s interviewed by teammate Frank Kaminsky. “Every summer I go out and train,
When it comes to picking a team outside of Kentucky to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin has been a popular choice across the nation. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Well, according to the President’s bracket, that’s not the case. As he’s done for each of the past six years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket in a recent ESPN special, and selected Kentucky to win it all. Obama has Wisconsin and Maryland as the only Big Ten teams to advance to the Sweet 16, with the Terps losing in the round of