CHICAGO — The Big Ten regular-season champs are one win away from being Big Ten tourney champs, too. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 1-seed Wisconsin erased a five-point halftime deficit en route to running away from No. 4-seed Purdue, 71-51, in the first Big Ten tourney semifinal Saturday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win. Top star: Bronson Koenig was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high and career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He drained three 3-pointers, as the Badgers had four players in double-figures.
Which players had the top performances at the Big Ten tournament on Friday? There were a number of impressive individual efforts in the day’s four games, and you can see our team’s All-Friday team.
The Big Ten tournament quarterfinals are in the books, and we'll see the top four seeds in Saturday's semifinals. Get our Best of Day 3 inside.
It will be the top four seeds in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this after No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue all carded quarterfinal wins Friday. Catch up on all of Friday’s Big Ten tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Here are the final results: Wisconsin took down Michigan, 71-60, Purdue rallied past Penn State, 64-59, Maryland held off Indiana, 75-69, and Michigan State downed Ohio State, 76-67. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
CHICAGO — Wisconsin senior Traevon Jackson sat at his locker, fielding questions from a reporter following the Badgers’ 71-60 victory over Michigan in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game on Friday. He has his left shoe still laced up, while his right shoe is removed as he gradually rolls his foot back-and-fourth on a roller. Jackson hasn’t played since on Jan. 11, when he broke his right foot in a 67-62 loss to Rutgers. He was given an expected recovery time of six weeks. It has been been just under nine weeks now since the injury, and Jackson has had
CHICAGO — No. 1-seed Wisconsin is advancing to Saturday’s Big Ten tourney semifinals. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Badgers, the regular-season Big Ten champ, took down No. 9-seed Michigan, 71-60, in a closer-than-the-score indicates game Thursday at the United Center. Get BTN.com Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win below. Star player: Let’s go with Big Frank Kaminsky, who was his usual great self. The Big Ten Player of the Year had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, as the Badgers blasted Michigan on the glass—34-19. Top stat: 0, free throws made
CHICAGO — Four more games down, and we’ve reached the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. It’s going to be a fantastic Friday of hoops, with No. 9 Michigan vs. No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 4 Purdue, No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 2 Maryland and No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan State. The latter two games are on BTN/BTN2Go, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Here’s the link to watch Indiana-Maryland, and here’s the link for Ohio State-Michigan State. Get my Best of Day 2 below. Biggest surprise: It’s Penn State. No one saw this coming. Pat
Every season our BTN TV team compiles the best images of the year for a great video clip. If you didn’t see the 2014-2015 edition on our TV coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, here it is again. Enjoy. The 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is on now at the United Center in Chicago. Now’s the time to get BTN2Go, our free watch everywhere app. You’ll be able to watch EVERY BTN TV game live and on demand. Get the app for iPhone and iPad, get the app for Android devices, or just go to BTN2Go.com. STORIES | SCORES | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |
The 2015 Big Ten Men’s Tournament tipped off Wednesday at the United Center. The tourney is in its 18th season, believe it or not. BTN analyst Jess Settles, a former Iowa star, was a member of the Hawkeyes when the event debuted, so we wanted to get his take on the tournament. Read our full Q&A below. Q: What was the players’ reaction to the creation of the Big Ten Tournament? A: The players were excited to play in the Big Ten Tournament for obvious reasons. Teams love to play for championships. Whether in the preseason, over Thanksgiving, on Christmas
There’s a new way to reserve a 100-level seat for the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Championship game on Sunday at Chicago’s United Center for as little as $15 today. If your team makes it to Sunday’s, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved at BTN.com/TeamTix, a ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered by FMM’s proprietary software platforms, fans can go to purchase,