Hello, Sweet 16! The first three rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are in the books. Three Big Ten teams remain in the field as Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin will attempt to stamp their ticket to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. Through three rounds of play, we have seen plenty of upsets, as well as outstanding individual and team performances. I’ve watched as many games I could, so here is a breakdown of my NCAA Tournament all-region teams, leading up to this week’s college hoops madness. There are plenty of familiar Big Ten names on this list.
With Wisconsin set to play in the Sweet 16 tonight, this week’s Throwback Thursday Q&A shines the spotlight on Mike Bruesewitz. Bruesewitz, who is in his rookie pro season with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Winners League, averaged 4.6 points, four rebounds and 1.2 steals during his Wisconsin career (2009-2013). We got in touch with the former Wisconsin bundle of energy to discuss his much-talked-about hairdos, new pro career (view his player profile) and the Badgers, among other things. Read BTN.com’s full email Q&A with Bruesewitz below. [ MORE: Listen to Bruesewitz’s “Life Beyond the Fro” podcast ] BTN.com: You
The Sweet 16 is around the corner. Wisconsin takes on Baylor on Thursday, while Michigan plays Tennessee and Michigan State battles Virginia on Friday. Let’s break down the action involving the three Big Ten teams. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Over-seeded: Hard to say any of the Big Ten teams are over-seeded. Michigan and Wisconsin are No. 2 seeds. Michigan State is a No. 4. The Badgers may be—MAY BE—a smidge over-seeded. They did almost lose to No. 7 Oregon in the third round, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to win 85-77. If that game
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many Big Ten men’s teams will make the Final Four? The choices: None (#B1G0), one team (#B1G1), two teams (#B1G2) or three teams (#B1G3). How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there.
Three Big Ten teams remain in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet Sixteen, with Wisconsin first taking the floor against Baylor on Thursday night. Given that the Bears opened their tournament against Nebraska, we’ve already written a scouting report on Baylor. Since then, the Bears have been impressive in blowout victories over the Huskers and Creighton, but the team’s overall characteristics remain the same. Baylor’s strength is its offense, and it’s a mighty good one. The Bears are tenacious on the offensive glass, and they keep three good offensive rebounders on the floor at all times. Both Nebraska and Creighton did a fine job on
The NCAA tourney is down to the Sweet 16. No. 2 Michigan will battle No. 11 Tennessee; No. 2 Wisconsin will battle No. 6 Baylor; No. 4 Michigan State will take on No. 1 Virginia. Here are 16 fun numbers to keep in mind while watching the upcoming action. [ MORE: View 2014 Final Four court | Nine Sweet 16 coaches have B1G ties ] 55.5, points allowed per game by Virginia, Michigan State’s foe. That ranks No. 1 in the nation. The Cavaliers rank No. 9 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6
Three Big Ten teams are one weekend, or two wins, away from advancing to the 2014 Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The court is ready for the event, and there’s a great time-lapse video of its construction, courtesy of Connor Sports. See the court that Big Ten teams hope they will be playing on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, in this post. [ MORE: Nine Sweet 16 teams led by coach with Big Ten ties ] Here’s a look at the 2013 court, and the 2012 court. h/t: @rushthecourt About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s basketball team has the best chance to reach the Final Four? The choices for this poll: Michigan (#BTNMichigan), Wisconsin (#BTNWisconsin) or Michigan State (#BTNMSU). How do you vote? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there.
It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t always pretty, but No. 2 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State all took care of business in their opening two games and have advanced to the Sweet 16. Well, it was easy for Michigan, which dispatched No. 15 Wofford in the second round and then topped No. 7 Texas in the third round. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] But, Wisconsin and Michigan State had to work–hard. Their opening games were a breeze, as the Badgers demolished No. 15 American but had to rally from a 12-point halftime
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