Any other year, this would probably be the premier matchup of the Final Four. In Saturday night's first semifinal, it's Tom Izzo and Michigan State vs. Mike Krzyzewski and Duke
Next in the way of Kentucky's perfect season: Frank the Tank and his fun-loving band of Wisconsin teammates.
With the rest of the conference’s NCAA tournament teams already done with their first games, Nebraska will be the lone representative in action today. At 12:40pm ET, the Huskers will seek the first NCAA tournament win in program history as they take on 6-seed Baylor in San Antonio. Baylor’s strength is its offense, and it’s a mighty good one. The Bears are tenacious on the offensive glass, and they keep three good offensive rebounders on the floor at all times. This will be a fascinating challenge for Nebraska, which was the Big Ten’s second-best defensive rebounding team in conference play.
Michigan was rewarded for an excellent season with a 2-seed in Milwaukee, where the Wolverines will get their tournament started today against Wofford. This is a serious David vs. Goliath matchup, as the Terriers have not beaten a team ranked in the KenPom top 200 all season. Seriously, look at Wofford’s schedule – what’s the best win? At Elon? The Terriers do have a couple relative strengths. They usually win the turnover battle (good luck with that against a John Beilein team), and they are decent on the defensive glass. Perhaps most importantly for this matchup, Wofford has been quite
After an impressive run to the Big Ten tournament title, Michigan State became a trending pick to reach the Final Four. That journey starts today with a 4:40pm ET tip against Delaware. Do the Spartans have any reason to worry about the Blue Hens? In a word, no. Delaware is an experienced team that won both the regular season title and the CAA tournament, but it’s a small squad that figures to be outmanned in the paint against Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. I’d be shocked if Michigan State doesn’t dominate the glass, and I also don’t think the Blue
Today at 12:40pm ET, Wisconsin will begin its bid to get Bo Ryan that elusive Final Four appearance with a matchup against American. This one will be played in Milwaukee, so the crowd figures to include a heavy contingent of Badger faithful. That will help, but this is a game where Wisconsin doesn’t figure to need much of a boost. American is here by virtue of winning the Patriot League tournament, and this is not a battle-tested squad. The Eagles have played only three games all season against top 100 KenPom teams, and those were all before Christmas (including an 11-point
Two teams whose campuses are a mere 75 miles apart will clash today in Buffalo, NY, as Ohio State takes on Dayton. The Flyers arrive as an 11-seed with a mostly nondescript resume, but Dayton sports a legitimate offense. In fact, the Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in offensive efficiency, thanks to a balanced attack that does a little bit of everything well. Dayton’s leading scorer is a familiar name: former Buckeye Jordan Sibert. Sibert has come a long way since leaving Columbus two years ago, and he’s deadly from beyond the arc (44 percent shooting on a heavy diet