CHICAGO — The Big Ten regular-season champs are one win away from being Big Ten tourney champs, too. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 1-seed Wisconsin erased a five-point halftime deficit en route to running away from No. 4-seed Purdue, 71-51, in the first Big Ten tourney semifinal Saturday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win. Top star: Bronson Koenig was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high and career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He drained three 3-pointers, as the Badgers had four players in double-figures.
Which players had the top performances at the Big Ten tournament on Friday? There were a number of impressive individual efforts in the day’s four games, and you can see our team’s All-Friday team.
The Big Ten tournament quarterfinals are in the books, and we'll see the top four seeds in Saturday's semifinals. Get our Best of Day 3 inside.
CHICAGO — Michigan State will get another shot at revenge vs. Maryland. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans beat rival Ohio State, 76-67, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday night to advance to the semifinals Saturday vs. Maryland, which swept the Spartans in the regular season. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction Michigan State’s win below. Star player: Denzel Valentine came to play tonight, knocking down 23 points in the win for the No. 3 Spartans over No. 6 Ohio State. Valentine hit 9-of-14 shots (3-of-7 bombs) to go along with seven
It will be the top four seeds in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this after No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue all carded quarterfinal wins Friday. Catch up on all of Friday’s Big Ten tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Here are the final results: Wisconsin took down Michigan, 71-60, Purdue rallied past Penn State, 64-59, Maryland held off Indiana, 75-69, and Michigan State downed Ohio State, 76-67. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
CHICAGO — No. 2-seed Maryland took down No. 7-seed Indiana, 75-69, in its Big Ten tourney debut Friday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Terrapins, who have eight straight games, will play the Ohio State-Michigan State victor in the semifinals Saturday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Maryland’s win. Star player: Maryland’s Dez Wells was, well, Dez Wells, pouring in 22 points. Wells hit 7-of-14 shots (8-of-9 free throws) with six rebounds and two assists. The No. 2 Terrapins will move on to play the winner of
Well, that was some breathless action in the first half of the Indiana-Maryland Big Ten quarterfinal Friday night. The Hoosiers and Terrapins traded baskets throughout the half, with Eric Collins and Bill Raftery on the call for BTN. We clipped the top plays and have them in this post.
CHICAGO — No. 13-seed Penn State’s Cinderella run in the Big Ten tourney came to a close in Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 4-seed Purdue rallied and held off Penn State to record a 64-59 win and advance to the semifinals vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin on Saturday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Purdue’s win. Star player: Purdue big man A.J. Hammons played like an all-star. The 7-footer hit 7-of-10 shots (9-of-11 from the free-throw line) en route to notching a game-high 23 points. Wait,
So much of Rapheal Davis’ game is about hustle and defense. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year showed off these qualities in Purdue’s 64-59 win over Penn State on Friday afternoon in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. Davis really flashed the hustle on a loose ball in the second half, when, trying to save the ball from going out of bounds, he crashed into press row and landed on the walkway between the first and second rows of media. If you’re wondering, yes, Davis saved the ball to
CHICAGO — Wisconsin senior Traevon Jackson sat at his locker, fielding questions from a reporter following the Badgers’ 71-60 victory over Michigan in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game on Friday. He has his left shoe still laced up, while his right shoe is removed as he gradually rolls his foot back-and-fourth on a roller. Jackson hasn’t played since on Jan. 11, when he broke his right foot in a 67-62 loss to Rutgers. He was given an expected recovery time of six weeks. It has been been just under nine weeks now since the injury, and Jackson has had