At one point this season, an NCAA bid seemed like a long shot for Wisconsin, which was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten after a loss at Northwestern on Jan. 12. But the Badgers, who lost to the likes of UW Milwaukee and Western Illinois early on, rallied under Greg Gard to secure an 18th consecutive trip to the Big Dance after he took over a 7-5 team following the retirement of Bo Ryan on Dec. 15. Late in the year, Gard inked a five-year deal, taking the "interim" off his title.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the
Every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN, as well as on BTN2Go. The tournament runs Thursday-Saturday at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota, which claimed its third consecutive Big Ten crown in Saturday night’s win vs. Wisconsin, is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, along with No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET on BTN (also available live on BTN2Go) #5 Michigan State vs. #4 Ohio State – 8:30 p.m. ET on BTN (also available
The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, with Big Ten Champion Minnesota collecting the top seed after earning its third consecutive Big Ten title. [ MORE: Here’s how to watch the Big Ten tourney on BTN/BTN2Go ] The Gophers clinched the outright conference crown and the No. 1 seed with a 4-1 win against Wisconsin on Saturday night. Minnesota led the conference with 42 points and a conference record of 14-6-0-0. Michigan enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a first-round bye along with Minnesota. The Wolverines finished
Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action. Here is a look at their All-Thursday team. DIENHART Michigan’s Zak Irvin. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, Irvin was back home in the Indianapolis area and played big. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
No. 11 Nebraska continued a surprising run in Indianapolis with a 70-58 upset of No. 6 Wisconsin a day after dispatching No. 14 Rutgers. Tim Miles is doing his best to salvage what has been a disappointing season. This mini-run is something the program can build on. Up next: No. 3 Maryland. Top star: Nebraska’s Shavon Shields was the B.M.O.C., tallying a game-high 20 points. Time and again, he drove to the basket. The result? He hit eight of nine free throws. It was a big night for the senior. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |
The second day of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is over and two teams pulled off upsets. No. 11 seed Nebraska stunned No. 6 seed Wisconsin, 70-58 while No. 12 seed Illinois knocked off No. 5 seed Iowa 68-66. Also earlier, No. 7 seed Ohio State beat No. 10 seed Penn State 79-75, and No. 8 seed Michigan survived in overtime against No. 9 seed Northwestern, 72-70. Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page for a running account of the tourney. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | VIDEO On Friday, the B1G Tip-Off Show begins at 6 p.m. ET,
Who is seeded too high and too low for our BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart? Who has the most on the line? Who has the best shot at an upset? Catch up on the Big ten tourney before the first game tips off today at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Illinois' Cory Bradford in 1999. Iowa's Reggie Evans in 2001. Northwestern's Michael Thompson in 2011. These are but a few of the eye-opening performances that drove their respective men's basketball teams deeper into the Big Ten tournament than most expected.
BTN will increase its coverage of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2016, televising at least 25 men’s and women’s games and streaming approximately 40 other games on BTN Plus. Additional events may be added to the schedule at a later date. Men’s television coverage begins Tuesday, March 19, when No. 20 Ohio State hosts No. 6 Towson in a top-20 matchup. Highlighting the remainder of the schedule is 2015 national runner-up and No. 12 Maryland at Penn State on Sunday, April 10, No. 11 Johns Hopkins at Penn State on Sunday, April 17 and Ohio State at Maryland