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
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