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Mitch McGary totaled 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists to lift Michigan past Syracuse, 61-56, in Saturday’s national semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
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Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas announced Friday that he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft. What will the Big Ten’s other top pro prospects do? You know, underclassmen like Trey Burke, Cody Zeller and Adreian Payne, among others? I asked draft analyst Ed Isaacson for his thoughts. Follow Isaacson on Twitter (@nbadraftblog) and check out his blog.
Leading up to Saturday night’s Michigan-Syracuse semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Nebraska coach Tim Miles stopped by the BTN set to talk about their teams and the Final Four. Watch the Izzo interview now and find the Miles one in this post.
Deshaun Thomas will forgo his senior season of eligibility at Ohio State to enter the NBA Draft. He finishes his career No. 9 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 1,630 points, and he led the Big Ten in scoring this seasonr with 19.8 points per game. His total of 733 points last season is third most in Ohio State history.
Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 John R. Wooden Award on Friday finishing just ahead of Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. The Wolverines’ sophomore guard averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists a game and has led Michigan to the Final Four. Four of the top ten finishers for this award are from the Big Ten.
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It’s time to reach into my mail bag. There is a lot going in, with the Final Four this weekend and spring football in high gear. In fact, April is when all of the Big Ten spring games will take place. Nebraska goes on Saturday. Keep the cards and letters coming. Good stuff! Thanks.