It’s a big day for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State (I still can’t believe Sparty is a No. 4!) look to punch their ticket for the Sweet 16. Here are four thoughts on today’s games: Wisconsin vs. Oregon (7:45); Michigan State vs. Harvard (8:40). Michigan took down Texas in the first game. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s 2014 NCAA tournament coverage ] 1. Michigan State obviously can’t expect Adreian Payne to go off for over 40 points today when it meets No. 12 Harvard. But, he probably can, given
Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s
The first full-fledged day of NCAA tournament action was a success for the Big Ten. Yes, No. 11 Iowa lost a play-in game to No. 11 Tennessee on Wednesday. And No. 6 Ohio State fell to No. 11 Dayton today. But neither loss was a stunner. But the fact the defeats came early in the tourney, it caught the attention of critics. No matter, the Big Ten’s “Big Three” opened with victories today. And they looked good doing it. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State’s elimination no surprise ] No. 2 Wisconsin destroyed No. 15 American. No. 4 Michigan State whipped
Traevon Jackson scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds and Ben Brust added 17 points and four boards as they teamed up to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to a 75-35 victory over American on Thursday at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Scoring that few points is rare for American (20-13), a team that came in averaging 63.9 points per game this season. Wisconsin (27-7) held the Eagles to 29 percent shooting from the field and hauled in 25 defensive boards, while only allowing eight offensive rebounds. Jackson carried the offensive load
Today at 12:40pm ET, Wisconsin will begin its bid to get Bo Ryan that elusive Final Four appearance with a matchup against American. This one will be played in Milwaukee, so the crowd figures to include a heavy contingent of Badger faithful. That will help, but this is a game where Wisconsin doesn’t figure to need much of a boost. American is here by virtue of winning the Patriot League tournament, and this is not a battle-tested squad. The Eagles have played only three games all season against top 100 KenPom teams, and those were all before Christmas (including an 11-point
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter 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 football and basketball head coaching duo is the best? The choices for this poll: Michigan (#MichDuo), Wisconsin (#WiscDuo), Ohio State (#OSUDuo) and Michigan State (#MSUDuo).
It’s official: America has fallen in love with Michigan State. It’s mad-crazy tattoo-her-name-on-your-chest love that has mushroomed in a flash, going from 7th-grade crush to full-grown infatuation/borderline stalking. It just seemed like last week when some were shoveling dirt onto the Spartans after a disappointing 12-6 Big Ten season that was ruined by a litany injuries. Wait, it was last week. [ MORE: President Obama picks Michigan State to win national title ] Michigan State limped into the Big Ten tournament going 5-7 in its last 12 games. The Spartans were a No. 3 seed, a listing ship looking to
College basketball experts across the nation are picking Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State to win the NCAA tourney. The same goes for the President. As he’s done each of the past five years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA bracket in a recent ESPN special, and he selected the Spartans to win it all. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Obama has Michigan State topping No. 13 Delaware, No. 12 Harvard, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Villanova on its way to the Final Four. In the national semis, he has the Spartans dropping No.
With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 1. Nebraska would be in the NCAA tourney. 2. Indiana wouldn’t be in the NCAA tourney. 3. Indiana wouldn’t be in any tourney. 4. Nik Stauskas would be player of the year. 5. Michigan would
With the regular season finished and the NCAA tournament upon us, experts from across the nation are offering their predictions. It’s a fun time, no doubt, and I decided to offer a few predictions of my own. Check out what I see when I look into my crystal ball in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Which teams will make it to the second weekend of the tourney? Without a doubt, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State should make plans to keep their suitcases packed. The No. 2 Wolverines will dump No. 15 Wofford and then