We’re reached the quarterfinals, and it will be No. 9 Michigan vs. No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 4 Purdue, No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 2 Maryland and No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan State on Friday. Catch up on all of Thursday’s Big Ten tournament action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Thursday resulted included No. 9 Michigan rolling past No. 8 Illinois, 73-55, No. 13 Penn State stunning previously surging Iowa, 67-58, No. 7 Indiana breezing by No. 10 Northwestern, 71-56, and No. 6 Ohio State holding off No. 11 Minnesota, 79-73. Don’t forget
We're sure watching #PSUMBBatWork was super fun, but @Coach_Chambers has you covered if you'd rather play hooky tmrw. pic.twitter.com/crQmXJyi0S — Penn State Hoops (@PennStateMBB) March 13, 2015 Good news, Penn State fans: You are excused from work Friday. If you get in trouble with your boss, well, just show them the picture in the tweet above. That’s right, head coach Patrick Chambers signed this excuse for absence from work letter so that you can watch Penn State’s Big Ten tourney quarterfinals matchup vs. Purdue from the comfort of your home. The Nittany Lions, fresh off a tourney-opening win over Nebraska,
CHICAGO — No. 7-seed Indiana took down No. 10-seed Northwestern, 71-56, Thursday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Hoosiers, who lost to Northwestern in the season’s only meeting, dominated this one from start to finish en route to advancing to play No. 2-seed Maryland on Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Indiana’s win. Star player: James Blackmon Jr. looked like a freshman All-American, tallying 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 from 3-point range). He also had six rebounds and seven assists. Top stat: 56, points allowed
CHICAGO — D.J. Newbill pumped his first, let out a huge smile, and struck a Superman-like pose to the United Center crowd. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney central page ] The Nittany Lions are the 2015 Big Ten tournament’s Cinderella. Sure, some people had Penn State winning its tourney opener vs. struggling and No. 12 Nebraska. No one, outside of maybe Patrick Chambers, his players and Penn State fans, figured the Nittany Lions would beat fifth-seeded Iowa, which was riding a six-game winning streak. But they did. It wasn’t pretty at times. In fact, it was downright ugly
CHICAGO — Iowa entered the Big Ten tourney winners of six consecutive games and as a popular sleeper pick to win the 18th annual event. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 13 seed Penn State would have none of it, stunning the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes, 67-58, on Thursday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the upset below. Star player: Gotta go with Penn State’s D.J. Newbill. He hit 7-of-14 shots (2-of-3 3-pointers) for a team-high 18 points. And he hit some big shots at key junctures of the second
CHICAGO — John Beilein still hasn’t lost an opening game in a Big Ten tournament. Beilein and No. 9 Michigan rolled past No. 8 Illinois, 73-55, on Thursday at the United Center. The Wolverines advance to play No. 1 Wisconsin, which it lost to in overtime in the lone meeting this season, at noon ET Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan’s win below. Star player: Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins continued his recent tear. Entering the game fresh off 21- and 31-point efforts, both career highs, the freshman hit 8-of-12 shots (2-of-5 from 3-point range) for a
It’s going to be tough for someone to top Spike Albrecht’s pass Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Albrecht delivered a highlight-reel no-look, behind-the-head pass to set up an Aubrey Dawkins dunk early in the second half of Michigan’s 73-55 win over Illinois. Read the AP recap, and get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. It was a thing of beauty, and you can relive it in the video in this post. "Showtime at the Big Ten tournament!" courtesy of @umichbball's Spike Albrecht. #IntelGoesB1G #MarchOnBTN http://t.co/fHSLi8B7rl — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March
We might have a new favorite for the “Big Ten Dunk of the Year,” and it came on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Trailing Minnesota by a score of 56-45 midway through the second half, Rutgers guard Bishop Daniels took a pass from Myles Mack and exploded to the hoop for a thunderous one-handed dunk over Minnesota’s Nate Mason. “He just got promoted to Archbishop Daniels,” said BTN analyst Shon Morris following the huge dunk. Check it out in the video above.
Big Ten basketball fans were treated to two outstanding games in the opening round of the 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Day 1 of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books. Minnesota closed out the day with a 80-68 victory over Rutgers at the United Center in Chicago. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside for all the action. Here’s his rapid reaction from the Gophers’ win over Rutgers. Star player: It’s big Joey King, who ripped off 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The junior was on fire from 3-point land, hitting 6-of-9 bombs. King also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Top stat: 51.7, Minnesota’s field-goal percentage. The Gophers hit 30-of-58 shots in tallying