It’s the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney, and, chances are, role players will play a significant role in helping guide their team to Sunday’s Big Ten final. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Who are a few likely candidates, considering recent play and semifinal matchups? Here are my picks! P.J. Thompson, Purdue. Purdue’s regular-season finale vs. Wisconsin had the feeling of a championship game. Both teams were battling for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue was hoping to make history with a school record 17th home win. A victory for Wisconsin would’ve probably
Illinois suspended point guard Jaylon Tate from the team Saturday after he was accused of striking his girlfriend in the face.
And then there were four. We recap all of the Big Ten Men's Basketball action from Friday with video, top moments, and more. Maryland scored a tourney record number of points, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. set an assist record, and four teams move just one win away from Sunday's championship.
The quarterfinal round of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We saw an upset win by No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, blowout victories by Purdue and Michigan State in Games 2 and 3, and Maryland hold on to a win in the nightcap. With four games on the slate, Big Ten fans got the chance to see plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Friday teams from the third day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. We did it Wednesday and Thursday,
Maryland began the year as the favorite to win the Big Ten, but the Terps never reached that goal, finishing in a tie for third place with a 12-6 mark. Maryland even went 2-4 down the stretch. That’s changed as the Terrapins have come alive in the postseason. Save for seeing a 25-point lead shaved to six, the Terps looked good tonight in dispatching No. 11 Nebraska, 97-86, as Maryland was white-hot from beyond the arc in hitting its first seven 3-pointers. The Terrapins will play No. 2 Michigan State on Saturday for a chance to play for Big Ten
Michigan State arrived in Indy as the hottest team in the Big Ten. And, the Spartans show no signs of cooling off. Tonight’s 81-54 demolition of No. 7 Ohio State was impressive. It was the third time Michigan State had beaten Ohio State since Feb. 24. Tom Izzo’s squad looks to be peaking at just the right time. MSU will play the winner of No. 3 Maryland-No. 11 Nebraska on Saturday for the right to play for the Big Ten tourney title. The Buckeyes’ season ends with a thud. Despite a 20-13 overall mark and an 11-7 Big Ten record,
Purdue is playing exceptional basketball at just the right time. And so is Nebraska’s Shavon Shields. What does Maryland have to do to snap out of this funk? Here are three takes leading right up to Friday night’s games on BTN/BTN2Go. Boilermakers steaming along The Boilers made quick work of the worn down Illini by dominating all phases of the game. We all know how difficult it is for opponents to match up with the Skyline of A.J. Hammons, Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas, but it is the outside shooting of P.J. Thompson, Vince Edwards, Ryan Cline, Kendall Stephens, and
Purdue drove 60 miles south to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney with big hopes, and the Boilermakers are off to a good start, pounding Illinois in its opener. It’s difficult to fathom that Purdue has played any better today at any other time this year. The Boilers were shooting well, which made the play of big men A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan even more effective. It all was too much for an undermanned No. 12 Illinois team that was playing its third game in three days. No. 4 Purdue will take on No. 8 Michigan on Saturday
Type “Michigan” and “game-winner” into Google and the top result is a YouTube video of Michigan State football kicker Michael Geiger hitting a game-winning field goal to take down undefeated Ohio State. Chances are that will change here soon after Kameron Chatman’s buzzer-beating shot to take down No. 1-seeded Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament. Chatman, a former highly-touted recruit who hasn’t seen much playing time in his first two seasons in Ann Arbor, drilled a 3-pointer right in front of the Michigan bench as the buzzer sounded to shock top-seeded Indiana, 72-68, on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. According to
If you didn’t know it was March yet, you do now. The zaniness continued at the Big Ten tourney after a wild Thursday that saw double-digit seeds Illinois and Nebraska advance. This time, it was Michigan pulling the shocker with a 72-69 win vs. No. 1 seed Indiana. The win probably punches a ticket to the NCAA tourney for Michigan, who entered the day with a 68 RPI and a strength of schedule rating of 63, according to the NCAA. Michigan will play the winner of the Purdue-Illinois game. Despite the loss, Indiana still figures to be a No. 3