Here is a neat look at Wisconsin’s 17 consecutive NCAA trips. Since 1999, the Badgers have made eight Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight trips, three visits to the Final Four, and one shot at the championship game. Very impressive. No more doubts on if this program has reached the “elite” level. It is there. *** Tom Izzo has had enough of opponents shooting more free throws than his Spartans. The loss to Duke in the national semifinal apparently was the last straw. “I’m going to drive it a little more, and then a little more after that, and then
In Tuesday's Big Ten links, we look at a few angles of Monday's national championship game and the officiating on the court. Plus, Big Ten spring football talk heats up as Urban Meyer has a recruiting idea, one writer has five players to watch at Michigan State, and there's a new tackling technique that's all the rage. Dive in.
Happy National Championship Monday! Before Wisconsin takes on Duke at 9:18 p.m. ET tonight in the national title game, let’s take a look at the top Big Ten links. As you might suspect, Wisconsin’s win over unbeaten Kentucky on Saturday set the sports world on its ear. The Wildcats’ march toward a 40-0 season and national title were halted by a plucky Badgers’ team that will meet Duke tonight for the crown. Wisconsin has made good on its promise to improve on last season, which ended with a Final Four loss to UK. But, why be satisfied? Why not win
A former Michigan State star explains Tom Izzo's success. A Wisconsin writer explains how the Badgers hit it big with Bo Ryan. Could Ohio State's top Heisman Trophy candidate be a running back? And let's look at how transfer quarterbacks actually do. All of this and more in Friday's Big Ten headlines.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.
Pardon me, Kennedys: But this is Camelot for Michigan State, right? I mean, will it ever get any better than it is right now in East Lansing with the Tom Izzo-Mark Dantonio dynamic duo? Final Fours and league titles have become the norm. Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press says this is a giddy, glorious time for Spartan Nation — MSU fans, students and alumni — because of these coaches, the success they have built and how they have done it with so much class. To wit: The football team has finished in the top five in the country
Final Four analyses is flying off Internet browsers faster than I can type this. You name it, it has been or will be analyzed in coming days. … Frank Kaminsky’s jumper … Branden Dawson’s attitude … Tom Izzo’s facial expressions. Here is a nice video from FOX Sports Live along those lines that looks at how the Badgers can be mighty Kentucky. The key Badger? It’s not Frank Kaminsky, so this video says. It’s Sam Dekker, right? Right. *** Michigan State has a tall task in its semifinal game vs. Duke. I think Branden Dawson hit it on the head
Big Monday for the Big Ten. When commish Jim Delany went to bed last night, his league had two Final Four teams for the first time since 2005. (This after Ohio State won the football national title.) Wisconsin punched its second ticket in a row to the Final Four on Saturday with a win vs. Arizona. Up next: No. 1 Kentucky, which is chasing history with a 38-0 mark. The Wildcats beat the Badgers by one point in the Final Four last year. But Wisconsin could upset Kentucky this time around. How? Two reasons: Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. ***
Wisconsin did its job last night, punching a ticket to the Elite Eight with a win over No. 4 North Carolina. A date with No. 2 Arizona looms on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Badgers wouldn’t be one step from a return to college basketball’s Holy Land without the play of reserve guards Zak Showalter and Traevon Jackson last night. You see, it’s not all about Frank the Tank and Sam Dekker. Jackson played for the first time since a foot injury sidelined him on Jan. 11. Showalter is a former walk-on who
We have another “man bites dog story” with news of Michigan center Jack Miller giving up football because of his long-term health concerns. Good for Miller for considering his future. Wonder how many more stories like this we’ll hear the next 2-4 years? *** This was something Ohio State fans didn’t want to hear: Braxton Miller may have committed an NCAA violation with a potential endorsement photo he posted on his Instagram account. Miller posted a photo of himself with a local trainer he has been working with next to nutritional products. Miller also had links on his Instagram page