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.
Some thrills, big shots, thunderous dunks and lots of blowouts on this day. Here is a look at BTN.com’s All-Thursday team.
No. 6 Norhtwestern, the program’s highest seed ever, took down No. 14 Rutgers, 83-61, in their opening Big Ten tourney game, pushing on to play No. 3 Maryland on Thursday. Everyone got a chance to get in on the action for NU on this night.
Charlie Hall entered Thursday night with a total of two minutes played since the calendar flipped to 2017. He played the final 1:07 in Northwestern's easy win vs. Rutgers, and his mother Julia Louis-Dreyfus loved it all.
There's no getting around it: Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament was barely competitive across the board. But the four blowouts did provide some clarity as far as the NCAA tournament goes.