Moments after Maryland concluded its season with a disheartening loss to Kansas, senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon expressed hope that the team's appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament would serve as a "springboard" for the future of the program.
The 2015-16 Big Ten season officially came to an end Friday night, so it’s time to starting look ahead to next season. [ MORE: Read all of Jon Crispin’s Big Ten basketball coverage ] Right? Right! On Saturday night’s “B1G Finale,” BTN host Dave Revsine asked me to select my 2016-17 players to watch. Easy enough. See my super-early picks for players you should have your eye on next season in the video above.
(AP) The late-game, season-ending meltdown clearly hurt. But Wisconsin can look toward a bright future once it gets over the loss to Notre Dame. All that experience gained this year by a team without a scholarship senior could pay dividends next season. “So that will be something that we can definitely use for next year, the situation that they’ve been in, the amount of minutes that they’ve played and the amount of film we’ve watched,” forward Nigel Hayes said after the 61-56 loss on Saturday night to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. “So everyone should have a better grasp
The Yogi years are over at Indiana. Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, who joined the long line of successful Hoosier point guards, had his career come to an end Friday night when the fifth-seeded Hoosiers were swamped 101-86 by top-seeded North Carolina in the semifinals of the East Regional.
Indiana’s ride is over, as the Hoosiers lost 101-86 to a hot-shooting North Carolina squad that wasn’t going to be denied on this night in a Sweet 16 battle.
Wisconsin’s magic ride ended like a kick in the gut in the Sweet 16. After leading No. 6 Notre Dame for most of the game and failing to put away the poor-shooting Fighting Irish when they had a chance, the No. 7 Badgers let it slip away with some crucial late turnovers.
Wisconsin and Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. What more could you want?
Indiana has a winning record in the NCAA Tournament against No. 1 seeds (5-3). Wisconsin is two wins away in the East Regional from becoming the first program since UCLA (2006-2008) to make three straight Final Fours. Tonight, the No. 7 seeded Badgers face No. 6 seed Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. ET) before the No. 5 seeded Hoosiers take on No. 1 seed North Carolina (10 p.m. ET), and we talked to the coaches and a key player from each Big Ten squad.
Michigan State basketball is already talking about next year. Michigan football says it's open to renewing one special rivalry. Wisconsin football is holding a spring practice not in Florida but some place north. These football and basketball stories and more in Friday's Big Ten news digest.
All four No. 1 seeds are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. And Kansas wasn’t going to be denied on this night.