Few teams have as much mojo as Michigan, which has won 10 of its last 12 games. And the two losses? In overtime at Minnesota and on a miracle play at Northwestern. The Wolverines are coming off an emotion-charged Big Ten tourney title that defied all odds.
Depending on whom you ask, the Boilermakers could be a Final Four team … or out of the Big Dance after the first weekend. Purdue has been unceremoniously dumped after one game from the last two NCAA tourneys, blowing late leads in losses to Cincinnati in 2015 and to Arkansas Little Rock last season.
This has been a trying season for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. Youth and injury have been major obstacles to this team being able to gain consistent traction. Still, whenever you have Izzo on your sideline, you have to like your team’s chances for success in March.
Giving back is part of the game for Wisconsin athletes.
Now that a Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan has been crowned after blazing an incredible four-day trail through D.C., it’s time to pick the “bests” from the event celebrating its 20th season. It’s tough to narrow down these picks after 13 games in five days, but here they are.
The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000.
Illinois, Indiana and Iowa made the NIT, it was announced Sunday night. The Hawkeyes, who advanced to the 2013 NIT title game, claimed the tournament’s top seed and open at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday vs. South Dakota. The Illini also play host in their opener, vs. Valparaiso, at 7:15 p.m. ET Tuesday. Indiana, meanwhile, travels to Georgia Tech. View the full NIT bracket here. #Illini earn No. 2 seed in NIT, will host No. 7 seed Valparaiso Tuesday at @StateFarmCenter. — Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 13, 2017 Indiana will play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday to open NIT play. 📺:
Seven Big Ten teams made the NCAA tournament, it was announced Sunday night. Big Ten regular-season champ Purdue headlines the conference as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, while Big Ten tourney champion Michigan is the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region.
No. 8 Michigan downed No. 2 Wisconsin, 71-56, on Sunday to become the highest seed to win the Big Ten tournament. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's best from the championship victory inside.
Who were the biggest stars in Big Ten tournament semifinal action Saturday afternoon? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his best five players.