National championships, multiple Final Four appearances, impressive won-loss records year after year. Whatever your criteria for deciding the best of the coaches, this year's Final Four group has it.
Grit. Hustle. Ingenuity. Passion. Those are the qualities you find in the heart of a true champion. The Badgers and Spartans have displayed those characteristics on their journey to the 2015 Final Four — the second-straight year they’ve made deep runs in the NCAA tournament. But those traits are hardly limited to those respective basketball teams. They’re regularly seen among the student body, faculty and staff, and alumni of both Wisconsin and Michigan State. When you’re not watching the games today, take a few minutes to read recent examples from BTN LiveBIG of how people from those universities apply talent,
In the summer of 2012, between Travis Trice's freshman and sophomore season at MSU, an unexplained and serious illness hit the Spartans' point guard and left doctors puzzled. Now the guard leads his Michigan State into the Final Four against Duke.
You've seen Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky wearing a GoPro action camera on the court after games and elsewhere. Both CBS and ESPN have asked about getting the footage. Who knows everything that is on the infamous GoPro camera? Only the National Player of the Year - for now.
Next in the way of Kentucky's perfect season: Frank the Tank and his fun-loving band of Wisconsin teammates.
On Friday, Frank Kaminsky, the 7-footer who anchored Wisconsin’s run to a second straight Final Four, was the runaway choice as The Associated Press’ player of the year. Kaminsky and his team also practiced at Lucas Oil Stadium, and we’ve posted some of the best photos from USA Today. This season, Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range as the Badgers ran up a 35-3 record and won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Read more here. Want more galleries? We got ’em.
Michigan State took to the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s Final Four semifinal against Duke. Find more photos in our galleries section.
A former Michigan State star explains Tom Izzo's success. A Wisconsin writer explains how the Badgers hit it big with Bo Ryan. Could Ohio State's top Heisman Trophy candidate be a running back? And let's look at how transfer quarterbacks actually do. All of this and more in Friday's Big Ten headlines.
Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.