The Big Ten went 5-2 in its NCAA tournament opening games Thursday and Friday. The two losses were close ones, too, as Purdue lost by one in overtime to Cincinnati and Indiana fell by five to Wichita State. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] All in all, it was a strong opening effort by the Big Ten. Now, it’s time to see what the conference can do Round of 32 games. Before those games tip off, though, I wanted to highlight the Big Ten’s top individual performers from the opening round. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. The
It was a solid two days for Big Ten basketball fans, as the conference went 5-2 in opening-round NCAA tourney games. See Tom Dienhart's best of the opening round inside.
It’s a great time to be a college hockey fan in the state of Minnesota. The top-seeded Minnesota women’s hockey team advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA championship game with a 3-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday night at Ridder Arena. Juniors Hannah Brandt and Maryanne Menefee recorded three points each to lead the Gophers (33-3-4). Junior goalie Amanda Leveille had 34 saves in the win. The Gophers face No. 3 seed Harvard (26-5-3) in the national championship game at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday. Read the complete recap at gophersports.com.
Ohio State sits in first place heading into the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Buckeyes currently have 86.5 points after Friday’s action, 13.5 points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State is in sixth place with 68 points, while Michigan (51), Minnesota (49) and Nebraska (49) round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. The Buckeyes got a huge boost on Friday evening with victories from Nathan Tomasello (125), Logan Stieber (141) and Kyle Snyder (197). Iowa sophomore Cory Clark recorded a 7-5 win over Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon to advance to the
Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational. The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the
Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams played their NCAA tournament openers on Friday. Michigan State opened with a 70-63 win over Georgia, while Maryland held on to beat Valparaiso, 65-62, Iowa cruised by Davidson, 83-52, Wisconsin rolled past Coastal Carolina, 86-72, and Indiana fell to Wichita State, 81-76. Here’s our full live men’s tournament scoreboard: MIDWEST | WEST | EAST | SOUTH And here’s a daily Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard. Catch up on all five of Friday’s games here. MICHIGAN STATE 70, GEORGIA 63: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at
Ohio State currently sits in first place after the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Ohio State tallied 23 points, two points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State sits in fourth place with 18.5 points, while Nebraska rounds out the Top 5 teams with 18 total points. Five Ohio State wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. Three-time national champion Logan Stieber won by a technical fall and pin, while Big Ten champion Nathan Tomasello, redshirt freshman Bo Jordan, redshirt junior Kenny Courts and true freshman Kyle Snyder all went 2-0 in the
The first day of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament featured two games at Joe Louis Arena. Ohio State began the day with an impressive 3-1 win over Penn State. Michigan followed that up with a commanding 5-1 victory over Wisconsin. Want to watch Friday’s Big Ten semifinal games? You can do that right here on BTN2Go. Use the links below to catch up on both of Thursday’s games. OHIO STATE 3, PENN STATE 1: BOX | RECAP The Ohio State men’s hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament after posting a 3-1 quarterfinal win
It is no secret that this year’s Wisconsin men’s basketball team is a fun group of individuals. Whether it’s playing video games, or having ping pong tournaments, the Badgers love to have a good time. Need proof? Check out this video above, which shows the Badgers going go kart racing to the theme of the popular Nintendo game, Mario Kart. In the end, it’s redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who wins the race. “I have a lot of experience on the go kart track,” Showalter says as he’s interviewed by teammate Frank Kaminsky. “Every summer I go out and train,
It’s here! It’s here! The 2015 NCAA Tournament has arrived, and March Madness is officially underway. No. 1-ranked Kentucky has been the popular pick among experts to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, but what other teams are participants picking to win the “Big Dance?” I got in touch with the people over at Fox Sports, who run their own bracket challenge. According to Fox Sports’ Bracket Challenge metrics, nine percent of their users chose Big Ten champ Wisconsin to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, which is the second highest percentage behind Kentucky. A total of 52 percent of participants chose