Yesterday, we previewed the paths for Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio State, who start tournament play today. Now, we’ll take a look at the paths for the Big Ten teams that get going on Friday night – Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan State.
On Wednesday night, we aired a special one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012.” On the show, we went behind the scenes for the entire Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. We also featured Senior Day at Michigan State and provided an inside look at the thrilling Ohio State-Michigan State season finale. Plus, we covered the emotional reunion of Illinois’ Meyers Leonard and his brother, Bailey, a U.S. Marine who recently returned from active duty. Watch a segment from the show now and see bonus clips in this post.
Tubby Smith picked up his 100th career win as a head coach at Minnesota as Golden Gophers beat LaSalle 70-61 on Wednesday. Track all the tournament games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get a final recap in this post. Also, don’t forget to bookmark the NIT bracket.
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Before Facebook and Twitter became mainstream, BTN.com asked readers to send in photos of their pets wearing Big Ten school gear. Our Big Ten Pets section featured hundreds of photos and they all made us smile – OK, maybe not the snake one. Today, in a world where social media is everywhere, we’re resurrecting the feature. How can you participate and get the BTN.com spotlight to shine on your pet? There are several ways and they’re all easy.
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The NCAA tournament officially tipped off Tuesday night, as did the NIT, which has BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s attention divided between the tourney and the future. It’s very early to entertain the 2012-13 season, admittedly, but there are important questions Big Ten teams will address, as soon as the coming days or weeks.
In Wednesday’s web links, we look at what some of the Big Ten beat writers are saying about their school’s chances in the NCAA tournament, which tips Thursday for three Big Ten teams. Also, find links and my thoughts on a trio of Big Ten big men who are filling equally big roles for Indiana and Michigan State. There’s some football talk in here, too, as coaches discuss position changes. Find it all in this post.
With the “second round” of the NCAA tournament about to begin, let’s take a look at the matchups and potential matchups for Big Ten teams. First, we’ll look at the Thursday/Saturday pods.