If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many Big Ten men’s teams will make the Final Four? The choices: None (#B1G0), one team (#B1G1), two teams (#B1G2) or three teams (#B1G3). How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there.
Three Big Ten teams remain in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet Sixteen, with Wisconsin first taking the floor against Baylor on Thursday night. Given that the Bears opened their tournament against Nebraska, we’ve already written a scouting report on Baylor. Since then, the Bears have been impressive in blowout victories over the Huskers and Creighton, but the team’s overall characteristics remain the same. Baylor’s strength is its offense, and it’s a mighty good one. The Bears are tenacious on the offensive glass, and they keep three good offensive rebounders on the floor at all times. Both Nebraska and Creighton did a fine job on
For the second season in a row, Nebraska coach Tim Miles is in the market for an assistant coach, as Craig Smith is set to become the top man at South Dakota. Last year, Nebraska saw assistant Ben Johnson take an assistant’s job at Minnesota. What’s this all mean? Miles hires and develops good coaches. Try to get on his staff if you aspire to be a head coach. *** The collapse of Iowa this season makes you wonder about next season, right? Well, if not, it should. *** In the midst of a run for the Final Four, Michigan
Richard Pitino didn’t seem to want to any part of his chair during a timeout in Tuesday night’s NIT quarterfinal game vs. Southern Miss. With his players gathered around him, the five on the floor sitting in their respective stools, the first-year Minnesota coach picked up his seat and spiked it to the Williams Arena court. Watch Pitino in this post. [ MORE: View the official NIT bracket ] It was a quick outburst, and Pitino clearly got his point across. The top-seeded Gophers held off Southern Miss, behind Austin Hollins’ career-high 32 points, to advance to the NIT semis
(AP) Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead Minnesota to an 81-73 win Tuesday night over Southern Mississippi and a spot in the NIT semifinals. Hollins, playing in his school-record 139th game, scored 12 straight points in a span of 1:42 to erase an eight-point first-half deficit. He made all 10 of his foul shots, including six straight in the final 48.1 to hold off the Golden Eagles, who had closed to within 78-73. [ MORE: GIF: Richard Pitino spikes chair in Minnesota huddle ] Joey King scored 15 and Maurice Walker added 12 for Minnesota (23-13), which
The NCAA tourney is down to the Sweet 16. No. 2 Michigan will battle No. 11 Tennessee; No. 2 Wisconsin will battle No. 6 Baylor; No. 4 Michigan State will take on No. 1 Virginia. Here are 16 fun numbers to keep in mind while watching the upcoming action. [ MORE: View 2014 Final Four court | Nine Sweet 16 coaches have B1G ties ] 55.5, points allowed per game by Virginia, Michigan State’s foe. That ranks No. 1 in the nation. The Cavaliers rank No. 9 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6
The college basketball season is coming to a close and the NBA draft is fast approaching. As is this case every year around this time, Big Ten players are busy announcing their future plans, whether it be a jump to the pros or a transfer. Get caught up on all the decisions in this post. GOING PRO Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh just told @CBSSports by phone that he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Story coming … — Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 24, 2014 [ MORE: Dienhart: Vonleh’s decision to go pro is no surprise ] Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross
Three Big Ten teams are one weekend, or two wins, away from advancing to the 2014 Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The court is ready for the event, and there’s a great time-lapse video of its construction, courtesy of Connor Sports. See the court that Big Ten teams hope they will be playing on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, in this post. [ MORE: Nine Sweet 16 teams led by coach with Big Ten ties ] Here’s a look at the 2013 court, and the 2012 court. h/t: @rushthecourt About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor
As every college basketball fan knows, 16 teams remain in the NCAA tournament. Here’s something every fan probably doesn’t know: Nine of the teams are led by a head coach with ties to the Big Ten. Yes, nine of the remaining 16 head coaches have spent time on a Big Ten bench in some capacity. See the full list in this post. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten’s top performances of NCAA opening weekend ] For some recent perspective, the last two Sweet 16s, both of which included four Big Ten teams, have featured six coaches with Big Ten ties. Steve
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s basketball team has the best chance to reach the Final Four? The choices for this poll: Michigan (#BTNMichigan), Wisconsin (#BTNWisconsin) or Michigan State (#BTNMSU). How do you vote? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there.