In Tuesday's Big Ten links, we look at a few angles of Monday's national championship game and the officiating on the court. Plus, Big Ten spring football talk heats up as Urban Meyer has a recruiting idea, one writer has five players to watch at Michigan State, and there's a new tackling technique that's all the rage. Dive in.
INDIANAPOLIS — It started well for Wisconsin on college basketball’s biggest stage as the shots fell, the defense smothered, and the Badgers, eying the Big Ten’s first national championship in 15 years, led by nine points. [ MORE: Twitter: Badgers, past and present, react to national final loss ] But then came Duke, fueled by an unsuspected freshman hero not named Okafor or Winslow and guided by a coach with a history of winning big games. The freshman was Grayson Allen, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half after averaging just four a game this season. Allen
Wisconsin was hoping to celebrate the program's second national title Monday night. Duke had other ideas, however. Check out what several Badgers, past and present, tweeted after the game inside.
Duke rallied past Wisconsin, 68-63, in the national final Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils claimed their fifth national title and denied the Badgers their second.
The Final Four is one of the biggest sporting events in the nation, and the national title game is one of the biggest stages in the nation. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] That being the case, the stars were out to take in the Wisconsin vs. Duke game Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Let’s see, there was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, an adopted Wisconsin fan who has followed the Badgers’ run, and former Wisconsin defensive end and current NFL All-Pro J.J. Watt, who was seated next to Caroline Wozniacki, the
Jahlil Okafor scored two big buckets late and his freshman buddy Tyus Jones hit a key 3-pointer to lift Duke to its fifth national title Monday night in a 68-63 comeback win over Wisconsin.
Big events always bring out the best in sports photography, and we expect Monday night’s NCAA Final Four championship game between Duke and Wisconsin to be no exception. Have a look at the best shots from the game. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.
The scene will bring smiles to many for a long time. Players chest-bumping and hugging. Fans on the fringe of delirium. A celebration perfect for highlight reels and posters.
With a win tonight over Duke, Wisconsin would win the Big Ten's first national title since 2000. A lot has changed since Michigan State cut down the nets, as evidenced by the fun nuggets inside.
What can $3 get you at this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis? A Big Blue Nation Kentucky rally towel, which reads “UK Not Done.” [ MORE: Badgers, on how and why they’re so excited, such characters ] The issue is, the Wildcats are done after falling to Wisconsin 71-64 on Saturday night. The loss ended Kentucky’s pursuit of a perfect season. Now, the towel has a red “X” over over the word “Not” and a Wisconsin “W” below the Kentucky slogan. Check it out in the tweet above. *** Read more NCAA Tournament posts below: