Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action. Here is a look at their All-Thursday team. DIENHART Michigan’s Zak Irvin. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, Irvin was back home in the Indianapolis area and played big. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Ohio State went on a 23-4 run to take a 48-39 lead in the second half after trailing 37-34 at halftime. Get the rest of the recap of Ohio State's 79-75 win over Penn State.
No. 12 seed Illinois won for the second time in two days and sent No. 5 Iowa home early again. Our BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is courtside for the entire tourney - here's his recap.
Michigan arrived in Indianapolis most likely needing to win at least two games in the Big Ten tourney to earn an NCAA bid. It got one today when it downed Northwestern 72-70 in overtime. Let's get ton the details.
Day 2 of the Big Ten tourney tips Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Before the slate of four games starts, I wanted to take a quick look at three players who I think you should watch. Here goes! Mike Gesell, Iowa. Obviously Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok have to play at a high level if Iowa wants to advance past Illinois and make a March run. Uthoff and Jok are the second-highest scoring duo (34.6ppg) at Iowa in the last 40 seasons. But the reason they get so many
The second day of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is over and two teams pulled off upsets. No. 11 seed Nebraska stunned No. 6 seed Wisconsin, 70-58 while No. 12 seed Illinois knocked off No. 5 seed Iowa 68-66. Also earlier, No. 7 seed Ohio State beat No. 10 seed Penn State 79-75, and No. 8 seed Michigan survived in overtime against No. 9 seed Northwestern, 72-70. Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page for a running account of the tourney. SCORES | BRACKET (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | VIDEO On Friday, the B1G Tip-Off Show begins at 6 p.m. ET,
INDIANAPOLIS — Day 1 is in the books, and there were no surprises, as higher seeds in No. 11 Illinois and No. 12 Nebraska both prevailed in the opening round of the 19th Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini took down No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, and the Huskers dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, to advance to play No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Wisconsin, respectively. Get my Best of Day 1 below. Biggest surprise: Seeing Rutgers keep its game close with Nebraska into the second half. The game was tied 43-43
INDIANAPOLIS — The first day of the 2016 Big Ten tourney is in the books. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 12 Illinois and No. 11 Nebraska kicked off the tournament with wins over No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Rutgers, respectively, and will move on to play Thursday. The Illini advance to play No. 5 Iowa, while the Huskers draw No. 6 Wisconsin. There were several outstanding individual performers from Wednesday’s opening night of play, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman highlight their best with their All-Wednesday teams below. TOM DIENHART Michael Finke,
INDIANAPOLIS — No. 11 Nebraska had lost nine of its last 11 games entering Wednesday night, so beating No. 14 Rutgers in its opening round of the Big Ten tourney offered some relief to the program. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Cornhuskers used a balanced attack to subdue the Scarlet Knights, who closed with a 7-24 mark and just one Big Ten victory, which came in the season finale vs. Minnesota. Nebraska, which snapped a three-game losing skid in the Big Ten tourney, play No. 6 Wisconsin on Thursday night. NO. 11 NEBRASKA 89,
INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Ten tourney tipped off Wednesday afternoon with No. 12 Illinois playing No. 13 Minnesota, two programs whose seasons never got on track. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini have had to deal with injuries that have proven ruinous, while the Gophers have been impacted by youth and suspensions that effectively torpedoed any hopes they had for success. It was all Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, though, as the Fighting Illini rolled to a commanding 85-52 victory to advance to play No. 5 Iowa on Thursday. *** ILLINOIS 85, MINNESOTA 52