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Illinois fires men's basketball coach John Groce

The John Groce era is over at Illinois. Many felt this was a pivotal season for Groce, who was under pressure and scrutiny when the 2016-17 season dawned. Well, on Saturday, A.D. Josh Whitman made it official, firing the coach he inherited.

See who made BTN.com's Day 3 All-Big Ten tourney team

And then there were four. The Big Ten tourney is down to its final four after another day of blistering action in Washington, D.C. Here are the stars from this fabulous Friday of hoops.

Terrapin fans bring the party to D.C., but Wildcats play spoiler

The Big Ten Tournament got underway Wednesday, and nine games were played at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center before the closest team to town got to take the floor Friday evening. Northwestern spoiled the mood, however.

Game 9 recap: Wisconsin fends off Indiana, 70-60

No. 2 Wisconsin fell from grace late in the season, costing the Badgers a run at the Big Ten title. Wisconsin closed the season with a home win vs. Minnesota. And now the Badgers look to be gaining some momentum with a 70-60 win vs. No. 10 Indiana in their opening Big Ten tourney game Friday night.

Game 8 recap: Minnesota tops Michigan State to advance to semis

Minnesota held off Michigan State, 63-58, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday afternoon. The Golden Gophers will play Michigan in the semifinals at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. Get Tom Dienhart's best from Minnesota's win inside.