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
Can you feel it? March Madness is here, and the field of 64 is set to begin on Thursday. A total of seven Big Ten teams are set to partake in this year’s NCAA Tournament, which marks the seventh straight year the Big Ten has had five or more teams in the tournament. Wisconsin received the conference’s automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue received at-large berths in the “Big Dance.” But here’s an interesting question: Is your favorite Big Ten hoops team the same as others in your
If you’re someone who keeps up with today’s technology trends, you are well aware of the use of emojis. The fun-filled faces are often used for text messaging, but that isn’t the only use. The Washington Post recently designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, and it is awesome. Here is a graphic that includes all seven Big Ten teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Check it out. What do you think of your Big Ten team’s emoji?
It's that special time of the year... The NCAA Tournament has arrived.
On the season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” debuting Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament chronicling all the moments from the teams’ arrivals to the final celebration. Watch a bonus scene from this week’s show to get a taste of all that our crew filmed last week. Then join us at Wednesday for the final episode of the 2015 season. Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on Facebook and
A season after a memorable Final Four run, Wisconsin is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Like last season, the Badgers are in the West Region, and they could meet a couple of the same foes (Oregon and Arizona) on their way to another Final Four. Get my Wisconsin NCAA tourney capsule below. No. 1 WISCONSIN vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina, Friday, Omaha, Neb. Bo Ryan NCAA record: 20-13. Made Final Four in 2014 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Kentucky in Final Four Best-case scenario: National championship. The Badgers already have a program record-tying