Down go the defending champs, as No. 8 seed Wisconsin knocked off No. 1 Villanova, 65-62. The Badgers move on to their fourth straight Sweet 16, and their sixth in the last seven seasons.
Illinois has hired Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood to the same position, and the BTN Stats Department breaks the hire down by the numbers.
Illinois has its new coach: It’s Brad Underwood from Oklahoma State. Underwood, 53, offers hope for a program that has missed the last four NCAA tourneys. Illinois hasn’t gone that long without a Big Dance appearance since missing the event from 1964-1980.
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman has taken the first step in helping Illinois Basketball return to a place of national prominence by hiring Brad Underwood as the 18th Fighting Illini men's head coach.
Illinois has hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as its new men's basketball coach, Illinois AD Josh Whitman announced Saturday afternoon. See Twitter reaction to the hiring inside.
Before No. 4 Purdue battles No. 5 Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Saturday night, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Big Ten regular-season champs have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Cyclones.
Before No. 8 Northwestern takes on No. 1 Gonzaga in the West Region on Saturday afternoon, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Wildcats have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Bulldogs.
No. 8 Wisconsin faces No. 1 Villanova in the East Region on Saturday afternoon. The winner advances to the Sweet 16, which Wisconsin has advanced to each of the last three seasons and five of the last six.
It’s cliche to say someone bleeds his or her school color, but Northwestern legend Pat Fitzgerald just may bleed purple. The former Northwestern student and all-world linebacker and current football coach loves his school, and all of its sporting teams. Fitzgerald gave everyone an idea of his Northwestern fandom Thursday, when cameras captured him interrupting Chris Collins’ postgame speech to congratulate the team on winning the program’s first NCAA tourney game in its debut. Northwestern looks to improve to 2-0 in the tourney and advance to its first Sweet 16 vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
No. 9 seeded Michigan State overcame an early 12-point deficit and never looked back against Miami, as the Spartans rolled to a 78-58 victory over the 'Canes.