CHICAGO — Back and forth it went. A thrust, a parry. A right cross, a jab. A push, a shove. With each basket, rebound and body jostle in the Big Ten title game, the intensity threatened to rip the roof of the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Welcome to March. This Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Michigan State was a 40-minute (and then some) frenzied embodiment of the nerve-rattling hysteria of this oh-so-wonderful month on the sporting calendar. In the end, Wisconsin’s clenched its fist tighter than Michigan State on this
Did you see how Wisconsin reacted to earning the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? Watch the subdued reaction inside.
CHICAGO — Big Ten regular season champs. Big Ten tourney champs. Wisconsin swept the Big Ten hardware with a thrilling 80-69 overtime victory over Michigan State. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Wisconsin’s tourney title win. Top star: Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten Player of the Year, but Nigel Hayes was the man today, tallying a game-high 25 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He also hit all 12 of his free throws with five rebounds, an assist and two steals. Take a bow, Nigel. You’ve earned it. And
Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky headlined the 2015 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament team. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Kaminsky was named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists en route to helping Wisconsin to the Big Ten tourney title. Kaminsky’s teammate Nigel Hayes, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and Travis Trice and Penn State’s D.J. Newbill rounded out the 2015 tourney team. Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig was the biggest snub. The sophomore averaged 16.3 points, including a career-high 19 in the semifinals, and four
Nigel Hayes scored 25 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and No. 6 Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in overtime Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
The Big Ten tournament title game is set, with No. 1 Wisconsin taking on No. 3 Michigan State. Get Tom Dienhart's three keys to victory for each team inside.
How much is Big Ten champion Wisconsin thinking about the possibility of nabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Sean Merriman asked the Badgers following Saturday's win.
It was a day of comebacks in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at the United Center. Get Tom Dienhart's best of the semifinals inside.
The Big Ten tourney final is set, and it will be No. 3-seed Michigan State vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin. Catch up on both of today’s Big Ten tournament semifinals on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Both teams rallied in semifinal action to advance to Sunday’s final, with the Badgers erasing a five-point deficit en route to running away from Purdue, 71-51, and the Spartans rallying for a 16-point hole to down No. 2-seed Maryland, 62-58. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina
CHICAGO — Another day, another opportunity to highlight the best individual performances at the Big Ten tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Saturday’s semifinals saw several impressive efforts, as both No. 1-seed Wisconsin and No. 3-seed Michigan State rallied for victories to advance to the finals Sunday afternoon. See our All-Saturday tourney team below. Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin. This guy was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including three triples. He paced four Badgers in double figures and was equally deadly shooting from long range or driving the hoop. Nigel