In case you didn’t already have an inkling of Tom Izzo’s greatness in March, this story should seal the deal for you: He’s the best coach in modern NCAA tourney history. Period. And, it’s not even close. The story on FiveThirtyEight.com has some great numbers and data to back up the premise of Izzo’s March greatness. You should be impressed and feel the urge to get a “Tom Izzo Is Awesome” tattoo after reading it. *** There’s this: Yogi Ferrell recently said “Thank you” to Indiana fans on Instagram. Talk amongst yourselves. *** The gang at InsideNU.com recently discussed who
Iowa did about all it could do, didn’t it? Don’t you think the Hawkeyes reached expectations? I do. And so does Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. In the NCAA tourney, Iowa lost to a better team, and it came as far in the postseason as most experts suggested. So, let’s proclaim this season was an unqualified success. “We lost two games in a row, we lost an overtime game in the Big Ten (to Northwestern), and you would have thought we lost 20 in a row,” said Iowa’s Fran McCaffery. “It takes tremendous confidence and belief in one
D’Angelo Russell’s shot failed him at the wrong time in Ohio State’s loss to Arizona in the third-round of the NCAA tourney. Now, the world watches and wonders: Will the freshman sensation turn pro? Russell’s response: No comment. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com says that though Russell won’t come out and admit it, it’s hard to envision a world where he would not declare for the NBA Draft considering he’s widely regarded as a top-five pick. But, maybe Russell will shock everyone and return. Maybe not. *** Indiana is out of the NCAA tourney after just one game. No big shock. Now,
Ready for Day Two of the Big Dance after a dizzying opening salvo that included upsets and drama galore? The Big Ten went 1-1, with Ohio State winning in OT and Purdue losing a crusher in OT. Today, five Big Ten teams are up, led by No. 1 seed Wisconsin. SBNation.com lays out how the Badgers will win the national title. Hey, you’ve got to like Wisconsin’s chances. Let’s look at a bunch of Friday morning headlines in this post. Big game for Indiana today. BIG game. The Hoosiers open NCAA play vs. a very good Wichita State team. Will
The Big Ten has seven teams in the Big Dance and is in search of its first national title since 2000. But Kentucky is the obvious talk of the tourney, as it aims for perfection. Good video here from FOX Sports that looks at two schools with the best shot to derail the Wildcats. Oh, there’s a Big Ten connection, as one of those clubs is … Wisconsin. *** USA Today looked at basketball recruiting spending for each Big Ten school. This is always interesting to see which schools are getting the most bang for their buck. Take a gander
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we look at Illinois' first-round knockout in the NIT. Plus, what's the status of Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson? And did you see this great list of ten top NCAA tourney videos? Get caught up on this morning's Big Ten headlines.
Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as
OK, the NCAA bracket is set. It’s time for the Big Ten to make a run at the conference’s first national championship since Mateen Cleaves led Michigan State to the summit in 2000. The league’s best hope is Wisconsin, which has a No. 1 seed. And this year’s path to the Final Four looks similar to last year’s. “I joked with the coaching staff that we don’t even need to scout them,” guard Josh Gasser said. “We can just use what we got last year.” *** Maryland is the second-highest seeded Big Ten team, landing a No. 4 seed. But,
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we touch on the Big Ten men's tournament. Plus, Tom Dienhart has a few spring football stories to catch up on, too. Dive, read, click and enjoy.
The regular-season is in the books. And, as expected, Wisconsin dominated from start to finish. So, it was fitting that the Badgers crushed Ohio State—in Columbus, no less—to cap things off. “This was kind of a statement game for us going into the Big Ten tournament, beating a good team on their home floor,” said Frank Kaminsky. “We’re really excited about what’s next.” A national title, perhaps? If so, the Badgers may have to do it as a No. 2 seed. Can Wisconsin earn a No. 1 seed? Pat Forde of Yahoo wonders how low the Badgers can go. To