CHICAGO — No. 7-seed Indiana took down No. 10-seed Northwestern, 71-56, Thursday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Hoosiers, who lost to Northwestern in the season’s only meeting, dominated this one from start to finish en route to advancing to play No. 2-seed Maryland on Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Indiana’s win. Star player: James Blackmon Jr. looked like a freshman All-American, tallying 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 from 3-point range). He also had six rebounds and seven assists. Top stat: 56, points allowed
CHICAGO — D.J. Newbill pumped his first, let out a huge smile, and struck a Superman-like pose to the United Center crowd. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney central page ] The Nittany Lions are the 2015 Big Ten tournament’s Cinderella. Sure, some people had Penn State winning its tourney opener vs. struggling and No. 12 Nebraska. No one, outside of maybe Patrick Chambers, his players and Penn State fans, figured the Nittany Lions would beat fifth-seeded Iowa, which was riding a six-game winning streak. But they did. It wasn’t pretty at times. In fact, it was downright ugly
CHICAGO — Iowa entered the Big Ten tourney winners of six consecutive games and as a popular sleeper pick to win the 18th annual event. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 13 seed Penn State would have none of it, stunning the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes, 67-58, on Thursday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the upset below. Star player: Gotta go with Penn State’s D.J. Newbill. He hit 7-of-14 shots (2-of-3 3-pointers) for a team-high 18 points. And he hit some big shots at key junctures of the second
D.J. Newbill and his Penn State teammates are making a run in this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament as the senior Nittany Lion doesn’t want to see his college basketball career end just yet. Last week on”The Journey” BTN profiled Newbill and went back to his Philadelphia roots. It was a touching profile and you can watch the entire segment here. The No. 13-seeded Penn State advances to play Purdue on Friday in the men’s tourney. On Thursday, Newbill scored 18 points, and Penn State shut down Iowa in the second half of a 67-58 victory. On Wednesday, Newbill scored 26 points, Shep
CHICAGO — John Beilein still hasn’t lost an opening game in a Big Ten tournament. Beilein and No. 9 Michigan rolled past No. 8 Illinois, 73-55, on Thursday at the United Center. The Wolverines advance to play No. 1 Wisconsin, which it lost to in overtime in the lone meeting this season, at noon ET Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan’s win below. Star player: Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins continued his recent tear. Entering the game fresh off 21- and 31-point efforts, both career highs, the freshman hit 8-of-12 shots (2-of-5 from 3-point range) for a
It’s going to be tough for someone to top Spike Albrecht’s pass Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Albrecht delivered a highlight-reel no-look, behind-the-head pass to set up an Aubrey Dawkins dunk early in the second half of Michigan’s 73-55 win over Illinois. Read the AP recap, and get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. It was a thing of beauty, and you can relive it in the video in this post. "Showtime at the Big Ten tournament!" courtesy of @umichbball's Spike Albrecht. #IntelGoesB1G #MarchOnBTN http://t.co/fHSLi8B7rl — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March
Every season our BTN TV team compiles the best images of the year for a great video clip. If you didn’t see the 2014-2015 edition on our TV coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, here it is again. Enjoy. The 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is on now at the United Center in Chicago. Now’s the time to get BTN2Go, our free watch everywhere app. You’ll be able to watch EVERY BTN TV game live and on demand. Get the app for iPhone and iPad, get the app for Android devices, or just go to BTN2Go.com. STORIES | SCORES | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |
We might have a new favorite for the “Big Ten Dunk of the Year,” and it came on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Trailing Minnesota by a score of 56-45 midway through the second half, Rutgers guard Bishop Daniels took a pass from Myles Mack and exploded to the hoop for a thunderous one-handed dunk over Minnesota’s Nate Mason. “He just got promoted to Archbishop Daniels,” said BTN analyst Shon Morris following the huge dunk. Check it out in the video above.
Big Ten basketball fans were treated to two outstanding games in the opening round of the 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Day 1 of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books. Minnesota closed out the day with a 80-68 victory over Rutgers at the United Center in Chicago. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside for all the action. Here’s his rapid reaction from the Gophers’ win over Rutgers. Star player: It’s big Joey King, who ripped off 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The junior was on fire from 3-point land, hitting 6-of-9 bombs. King also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Top stat: 51.7, Minnesota’s field-goal percentage. The Gophers hit 30-of-58 shots in tallying