No one saw this coming. In fact, it was too easy for Wisconsin. And now, the Badgers are off to their first Elite Eight since 2005 after a resounding 69-52 2in over Baylor. The Badgers’ game vs. the Bears in the Sweet 16 had many Wisconsin fans worried. Why not? No. 6 Baylor beat Nebraska by 14 and Creighton by 30 in its first two NCAA games. This team was hot, this team was on a roll and this team looked primed to end the Badgers’ season. [ MORE: Wisconsin cruises by Baylor in Sweet 16 matchup ] Didn’t happen—and
What does a star NFL quarterback do during the offseason? How about take in a Sweet 16 NCAA tournament game and celebrate with his team’s state school? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers attended the Badgers’ 69-52 win over Baylor on Thursday night, and he visited the locker room after the game to congratulate the team. He wasn’t wearing any noticeable Wisconsin gear, but we have no doubt that he was pulling for the Badgers. The video above and the pictures below are proof of that: So this guy showed up in the #Badgers locker room after the game &
(AP) Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12). The 7-foot Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone defense that played so well in the first two games. Wisconsin also methodically shut down Baylor’s talented offense while moving into its second regional final in 13 years
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 player is most important to Wisconsin’s success tonight? The choices: #BTNBrust, #BTNDekker, #BTNJackson or #BTNKaminsky. 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. There’s another very easy way to vote via Twitter
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