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.
First, Michigan knocked off No. 9 Illinois and No. 1 Purdue. Now, No. 4 Minnesota is out, falling 84-77 to the Wolverines, who will play in the title game for the first time since 2014.
Starting Minnesota guard Akeem Springs is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon in his right ankle.
Northwestern has added a trip to the Big Ten tourney semifinals to its resume after a rousing 72-64 triumph over Maryland on Friday night. This is the first time NU has won two games in the Big Ten tourney.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michigan was back in its normal on-court attire Friday vs. No. 1 seed Purdue, but Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman was still rocking the pink shoes he donned in Thursday's Big Ten tourney opener.
Michigan took down the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tourney for the second straight season, this time downing Purdue, 74-70, in overtime. Get Tom Dienhart's best from the Wolverines' upset win inside.