How much is Big Ten champion Wisconsin thinking about the possibility of nabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Sean Merriman asked the Badgers following Saturday's win.
It was a day of comebacks in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at the United Center. Get Tom Dienhart's best of the semifinals inside.
The Big Ten tourney final is set, and it will be No. 3-seed Michigan State vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin. Catch up on both of today’s Big Ten tournament semifinals on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Both teams rallied in semifinal action to advance to Sunday’s final, with the Badgers erasing a five-point deficit en route to running away from Purdue, 71-51, and the Spartans rallying for a 16-point hole to down No. 2-seed Maryland, 62-58. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina
CHICAGO — Another day, another opportunity to highlight the best individual performances at the Big Ten tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Saturday’s semifinals saw several impressive efforts, as both No. 1-seed Wisconsin and No. 3-seed Michigan State rallied for victories to advance to the finals Sunday afternoon. See our All-Saturday tourney team below. Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin. This guy was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including three triples. He paced four Badgers in double figures and was equally deadly shooting from long range or driving the hoop. Nigel
CHICAGO — It didn’t look good early, but Michigan State rallied from a 16-point deficit to dispatch Maryland, 62-58, in the second Big Ten tournament semifinal Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The third-seeded Spartans, who were swept by No. 2-seed Maryland in the regular season, advance to the Big Ten tourney finals vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin on Sunday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Michigan State’s win below. Top star: Michigan State’s Travis Trice was the catalyst, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He hit three 3-pointers and had
Marvin Clark Jr. introduced himself to the college basketball world Saturday in the Big Ten tourney semifinals. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Michigan State freshman slammed down a powerful left-handed dunk during a 15-0 run vs. Maryland that was up there with any slam we’ve seen at the United Center. Clark, a reserve who’s averaging 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11 minutes, has had a few highlights in his first season. But none were as impressive as this one. “He’s dunking like he’s upset,” CBS color commentator Grant Hill said during the telecast.
CHICAGO — The Big Ten regular-season champs are one win away from being Big Ten tourney champs, too. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 1-seed Wisconsin erased a five-point halftime deficit en route to running away from No. 4-seed Purdue, 71-51, in the first Big Ten tourney semifinal Saturday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win. Top star: Bronson Koenig was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high and career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He drained three 3-pointers, as the Badgers had four players in double-figures.
Which players had the top performances at the Big Ten tournament on Friday? There were a number of impressive individual efforts in the day’s four games, and you can see our team’s All-Friday team.
The Big Ten tournament quarterfinals are in the books, and we'll see the top four seeds in Saturday's semifinals. Get our Best of Day 3 inside.
CHICAGO — Michigan State will get another shot at revenge vs. Maryland. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans beat rival Ohio State, 76-67, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday night to advance to the semifinals Saturday vs. Maryland, which swept the Spartans in the regular season. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction Michigan State’s win below. Star player: Denzel Valentine came to play tonight, knocking down 23 points in the win for the No. 3 Spartans over No. 6 Ohio State. Valentine hit 9-of-14 shots (3-of-7 bombs) to go along with seven