CHICAGO — Back and forth it went. A thrust, a parry. A right cross, a jab. A push, a shove. With each basket, rebound and body jostle in the Big Ten title game, the intensity threatened to rip the roof of the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Welcome to March. This Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Michigan State was a 40-minute (and then some) frenzied embodiment of the nerve-rattling hysteria of this oh-so-wonderful month on the sporting calendar. In the end, Wisconsin’s clenched its fist tighter than Michigan State on this
Did you see how Wisconsin reacted to earning the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? Watch the subdued reaction inside.
CHICAGO — Big Ten regular season champs. Big Ten tourney champs. Wisconsin swept the Big Ten hardware with a thrilling 80-69 overtime victory over Michigan State. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Wisconsin’s tourney title win. Top star: Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten Player of the Year, but Nigel Hayes was the man today, tallying a game-high 25 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He also hit all 12 of his free throws with five rebounds, an assist and two steals. Take a bow, Nigel. You’ve earned it. And
Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky headlined the 2015 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament team. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Kaminsky was named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists en route to helping Wisconsin to the Big Ten tourney title. Kaminsky’s teammate Nigel Hayes, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and Travis Trice and Penn State’s D.J. Newbill rounded out the 2015 tourney team. Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig was the biggest snub. The sophomore averaged 16.3 points, including a career-high 19 in the semifinals, and four
Nigel Hayes scored 25 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and No. 6 Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in overtime Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
CHICAGO — Before the ball goes up in the Big Ten tournament final Sunday afternoon at the United Center, it’s time to share my latest “Three Takes.” [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] This week, I discuss Nigel Hayes, the Badgers’ X-factor, Michigan State appearing to have reclaimed its swagger and looming NBA decisions for talented Big Ten players. 1. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin always seeking perfection Wisconsin super sophomore Nigel Hayes was not happy with his team’s performance. Following a competitive win against gutsy, yet undermanned, Michigan in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament,
The Big Ten tournament title game is set, with No. 1 Wisconsin taking on No. 3 Michigan State. Get Tom Dienhart's three keys to victory for each team inside.
Saturday was a special day for Marvin Clark Jr. Not only did he produce a highlight dunk in Michigan State's Big Ten tourney semifinal win, his mother was there to witness it.
How much is Big Ten champion Wisconsin thinking about the possibility of nabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Sean Merriman asked the Badgers following Saturday's win.
It was a day of comebacks in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at the United Center. Get Tom Dienhart's best of the semifinals inside.