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.
At one point this season, an NCAA bid seemed like a long shot for Wisconsin, which was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten after a loss at Northwestern on Jan. 12. But the Badgers, who lost to the likes of UW Milwaukee and Western Illinois early on, rallied under Greg Gard to secure an 18th consecutive trip to the Big Dance after he took over a 7-5 team following the retirement of Bo Ryan on Dec. 15. Late in the year, Gard inked a five-year deal, taking the "interim" off his title.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the
Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action. Here is a look at their All-Thursday team. DIENHART Michigan’s Zak Irvin. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, Irvin was back home in the Indianapolis area and played big. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.