Michigan’s bubble didn’t burst. It is back in the Big Dance—barely—after a one-year absence with its lowest seed ever at No. 11. The Wolverines have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years under John Beilein, playing in the national championship game in 2013 and the regional finals in 2014 before missing the tourney last season. The fact Michigan has made it this far is impressive when you consider it played most of the season without its best player in Caris LeVert (foot), while gutty guard Spike Albrecht also was out with injury. Still, the Wolverines marched on and likely
Iowa is back in the NCAA tourney as a No. 7 seed for the second year in a row. This is the Hawkeyes third appearance in a row, the first time the program has pulled off that trifecta since 1991-93. But Iowa hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 1999. This year the Hawkeyes wheezed across the finish line, going 2-6 in their last eight games and getting dumped by Illinois in the Big Ten tourney game. Will the veteran Hawkeyes who start four seniors and a junior snap out of it and regain their midseason form that saw them sweep
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the
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After Michigan State (28-5) built a 36-26 halftime lead over No. 13 Purdue (26-7), the Spartans hung on to win 66-62. Tune into BTN at 7 p.m. ET today for the “B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special” for complete coverage of Selection Sunday. In the title game, Denzel Valentine finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead No. 2 Michigan State past No. 13 Purdue 66-62 in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after flirting with triple-doubles on three consecutive days. Michigan State (29-5) has won 13 of 14 and has its
The only time Michigan State and Purdue faced off this season, we witnessed an instant classic as Purdue won the hard-fought overtime thriller, 82-81. Purdue snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spartans and proved to themselves that they could compete with anyone in the country. Michigan State gets a much wanted revenge game today with the Big Ten Tournament Championship on the line. Here are three keys to look for in this battle of senior-led teams. The Hammons Factor A.J. Hammons scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Michigan’s thin front line in the semifinal, but it
Purdue’s Raphael Davis and Michigan State’s Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes. When I sit down to watch today’s Big Ten tournament championship game, those are the three players I’ll be watching very closely. Let me tell you why. Rapheal Davis, Purdue: The senior leader tied his career high in points (24) and blocks (2) and drilled six three-pointers the first time these two teams battled. Purdue led by 18 points in the first half, mostly due to the heroics of Davis’ 19 first half points. With 4.6 seconds remaining in an overtime thriller, it was Davis who made the free throw
No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The two teams have only played once this season, with Purdue winning an 82-81 thriller in February at Mackey Arena. To get you prepped for Sunday’s big game, here is a look at 10 fun facts leading up to the 19th Big Ten tourney final. The No. 2 and No. 4 teams have only met twice before in the Big Ten Championship (2000 and 2013). Both times, the No. 2 seed the tournament
INDIANAPOLIS — For the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years, Michigan State will play in the Big Ten tourney title game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off third-seeded Maryland, 64-61, to advance to Sunday’s tourney final vs. the Boilermakers, who knocked off eighth-seeded Michigan, 76-59. If Michigan State wins the championship, which would mark its event-leading fifth crown, it would seem to have a good chance to be a No. 1 seed. It may have one locked up, regardless. Get my best of Semifinal Saturday below.
The matchup is set for the Big Ten tournament title game. It will be No. 2 seed Michigan State vs. No. 4 Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to advance to their third straight Big Ten tourney final, while the Boilermakers took down No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, in semifinal action Saturday afternoon. Michigan State, which lost last season’s tourney title game to eventual national runner-up Wisconsin, has won four Big Ten tourney titles, tied for the most with