Indiana, Maryland and Wisconsin are playing against Spartan-like fire power this weekend.
It’s safe to assume children all over Wisconsin will try to recreate Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night the next time they hit the court. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket | Wisconsin-Notre Dame preview ] Heck, even Koenig’s teammates are doing it. Wisconsin reserves Matt Ferris and Aaron Moesch playfully attempted to match Koenig’s heroics Monday at the Kohl Center. They failed, but mostly because the whole purpose of the video was to provide comedic relief. Mission accomplished. Watch the video in the tweet above. *** Here is Koenig’s buzzer-beater, if you missed it.
The 2016 NCAA tourney has been an exhilarating ride so far, with upsets and last-second shots bringing America to its knees while clutching its chest. The Big Ten has three schools that have survived and advanced to the Sweet 16: No. 5 seeds Maryland and Indiana, along with No. 7 Wisconsin. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | Maryland-Kansas preview | Wisconsin-Notre Dame preview ] Here are 16 things to know before tipoff. 1. Indiana and North Carolina have some juicy NCAA tourney history. This will be the programs’ first meeting in the NCAA tourney since the Hoosiers beat the Heels 72-68
In early January, Wisconsin was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. A ticket to the Big Dance? It seemed to be a longshot at that point. This team looked lost. But, it all changed after a loss at Northwestern that proved to be the nadir for the Badgers in their 9-9 start. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Wisconsin went 11-3 from that point to now, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. Now, the Badgers have their sights set on getting back to the Final Four for the
We are smack in the middle of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball publications from getting a step ahead of the game. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | @BTNStatsGuys crunch the numbers ] College hoops guru Ken Pomeroy, who uses a statistical formula for rankings, released his Top 10 rankings for the 2016-17 college basketball season. Pomeroy posted his rankings on Twitter early Monday morning. He lists two Big Ten teams, Indiana and Wisconsin, in his Top 10. The Badgers come in at No. 8 on his list, while Indiana is listed as the No. 9-ranked team
We’ve reached the Sweet 16, and three Big Ten teams remain. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Big Ten outright champ Indiana, Maryland and Wisconsin all advanced to their respective regional semifinals with a pair of wins last weekend. Two of the teams draw No. 1 seeds (Indiana plays North Carolina and Maryland plays overall No. 1 Kansas), while Wisconsin faces No. 6 seed Notre Dame. With wins Friday night, Indiana and Wisconsin would meet in the regional final with a Final Four berth on the line. BTN researcher Harold Shelton takes an in-depth statistical look at the
The opening week of the 2016 NCAA tourney will have a special place in the history of a storied event that often causes our hearts to stop. It was four full-throated days of magical mayhem, with big shots and zany upsets the order of the day. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] The Big Ten had its share of big moments … and heartbreaking setbacks. Here is a look back … and glance ahead at the Sweet 16 week. Best play: Bronson Koenig vs. Xavier. C’mon. This is an easy one. It’s the falling-out-bounds-I-can’t-believe-it bomb launched from the
And then there were three. A trio of Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, starting Thursday night, including reigning national runner-up Wisconsin, which is making its third consecutive regional semifinal appearance and nation's best fifth in the last six seasons.
The Twitter reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater Sunday night was fun to monitor. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Former Wisconsin players had some of the best live reactions to the last-second triple that lifted the Badgers past Xavier and to their third consecutive Sweet 16. From Michael Finley and Marcus Landry to Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin family was all over the unforgettable shot that is now part of NCAA tournament lore. Frank Kaminsky, the 2015 national player of the year, didn’t tweet anything, but the Charlotte Hornets
And just like that, Bronson Koenig has become part of March Madness lore with a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push No. 7 Wisconsin to a 66-63 win vs. No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] It has been an amazing run for the Badgers, who in early January were 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Moments earlier, Koenig drained a game-tying 3-pointer. Now, Wisconsin lives on after making it to the last two Final