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
Sophomore Kameron Chatman hit a game-winning three-pointer with two-tenths of a second left as No. 8 seed Michigan upsets top-seeded Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
In tonight’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament action, No. 2 seed Michigan State handled No. 7 seed Ohio State, 81-54, while No. 11 seed Nebraska fell to No. 3 seed Maryland, 97-86. The Terrapins set a Big Ten tournament single-game record with those 97 points. Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page for complete tourney info. On Saturday, it’s Michigan vs. Purdue at 1 p.m. ET followed by Michigan State vs. Maryland. Both games air on CBS. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | VIDEO In the first Friday quarterfinal, No. 8 seed Michigan knocked out No. 1 seed Indiana with a
If you like upsets, today was your day. No. 12 Illinois took down No. 5 Iowa, and No. 11 Nebraska topped No. 6 Wisconsin. What does it mean? For the first time since Michigan and Illinois did it in 1999, two double-digit seeds will play in the quarterfinals. Here’s a complete look at the day’s action.
Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action. Here is a look at their All-Thursday team. DIENHART Michigan’s Zak Irvin. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, Irvin was back home in the Indianapolis area and played big. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
No. 11 Nebraska continued a surprising run in Indianapolis with a 70-58 upset of No. 6 Wisconsin a day after dispatching No. 14 Rutgers. Tim Miles is doing his best to salvage what has been a disappointing season. This mini-run is something the program can build on. Up next: No. 3 Maryland. Top star: Nebraska’s Shavon Shields was the B.M.O.C., tallying a game-high 20 points. Time and again, he drove to the basket. The result? He hit eight of nine free throws. It was a big night for the senior. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |