We are smack in the middle of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball publications from getting a step ahead of the game. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | @BTNStatsGuys crunch the numbers ] College hoops guru Ken Pomeroy, who uses a statistical formula for rankings, released his Top 10 rankings for the 2016-17 college basketball season. Pomeroy posted his rankings on Twitter early Monday morning. He lists two Big Ten teams, Indiana and Wisconsin, in his Top 10. The Badgers come in at No. 8 on his list, while Indiana is listed as the No. 9-ranked team
We’ve reached the Sweet 16, and three Big Ten teams remain. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Big Ten outright champ Indiana, Maryland and Wisconsin all advanced to their respective regional semifinals with a pair of wins last weekend. Two of the teams draw No. 1 seeds (Indiana plays North Carolina and Maryland plays overall No. 1 Kansas), while Wisconsin faces No. 6 seed Notre Dame. With wins Friday night, Indiana and Wisconsin would meet in the regional final with a Final Four berth on the line. BTN researcher Harold Shelton takes an in-depth statistical look at the
The opening week of the 2016 NCAA tourney will have a special place in the history of a storied event that often causes our hearts to stop. It was four full-throated days of magical mayhem, with big shots and zany upsets the order of the day. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] The Big Ten had its share of big moments … and heartbreaking setbacks. Here is a look back … and glance ahead at the Sweet 16 week. Best play: Bronson Koenig vs. Xavier. C’mon. This is an easy one. It’s the falling-out-bounds-I-can’t-believe-it bomb launched from the
And then there were three. A trio of Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, starting Thursday night, including reigning national runner-up Wisconsin, which is making its third consecutive regional semifinal appearance and nation's best fifth in the last six seasons.
The Twitter reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater Sunday night was fun to monitor. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Former Wisconsin players had some of the best live reactions to the last-second triple that lifted the Badgers past Xavier and to their third consecutive Sweet 16. From Michael Finley and Marcus Landry to Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin family was all over the unforgettable shot that is now part of NCAA tournament lore. Frank Kaminsky, the 2015 national player of the year, didn’t tweet anything, but the Charlotte Hornets
And just like that, Bronson Koenig has become part of March Madness lore with a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push No. 7 Wisconsin to a 66-63 win vs. No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] It has been an amazing run for the Badgers, who in early January were 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Moments earlier, Koenig drained a game-tying 3-pointer. Now, Wisconsin lives on after making it to the last two Final
Wisconsin fans still love Frank Kaminsky. And Kaminsky still loves Wisconsin. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] If there was ever any doubt about the latter, it was squashed by the 2015 national player of the year’s must-see reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night. The reaction was posted to Twitter (see the tweet above), and it was exactly what you’d expect from the always fun and entertaining Kaminsky. The video starts with Kaminsky getting up from his couch and squatting as the play develops and the shot
Celebrate, Wisconsin fans! The Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Sweet 16. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Seventh-seeded Wisconsin nipped second-seeded Xavier, 66-63, on Sunday night, thanks to Bronson Koegnig’s last-second heroics. On a play that will live on in March Madness lore, the junior point guard drilled an unforgettable game-wining buzzer-beating trey to help Wisconsin avoid overtime and advance to the East Region semifinals. Wisconsin will play sixth-seeded Notre Dame on Friday night. Watch Koenig’s dramatic buzzer-beater and Wisconsin’s celebration in the video above (here’s a cool angle of
Clank! Clank! Clank! It wasn’t pretty. In fact, at times, it was downright ugly with a combined 66 missed shots doting the St. Louis skyline. But to No. 7 Wisconsin, its 47-43 win over No. 10 Pitt was a thing of beauty. Style points don’t matter in what was the third-lowest scoring NCAA game in the shot clock era, as the teams combined for just 90 points. Want more ugliness? This was the first time a team won an NCAA game by scoring fewer than 50 points since 2003. (The last team to score 47 points and win an NCAA
There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.