How about those Wisconsin Badgers? Know this: In close games, this team won’t flinch under Greg Gard. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes Wisconsin fell by two points to Western Illinois, by one to UW-Milwaukee and by two to Marquette early in the season. Big Ten losses to Purdue, Indiana, Maryland and Northwestern — by a combined 15 points — left UW 2-7 in games decided by six points or fewer. “I think we forget about how many close games we were in from early on in the season,” UW assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “We had one-possession games,
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why they call it “March Madness.” Bless you, College Basketball gods. “I knew it was going in before it even left my hand. That’s a shot I practice a lot pregame,” Koenig said of his game-winner. “I just let it fly and I knew it was going in.” And this … “I just tried to channel my inner Steph Curry,” Koenig said, referring to the reigning NBA MVP. Mission accomplished. *** And how about Maryland? Yes, the Terps fell short of winning the Big Ten, as many pegged them to do so. But Maryland has
Day 1 of the NCAA men's tournament is in the books and there are five more games ahead today. Let's touch on some basketball updates from Thursday and mix in a little football reading, too.
After Michigan's First Four win, more Big Ten men's teams take the NCAA stage today and tomorrow. Can Purdue make a run? What about Indiana? Plus, we've got a smattering of Big Ten football updates, too. Read Thursday's news digest now.
If college football had a 68-team tourney like men's hoops, how would the bracket look? Which big name reportedly interviewed for the Rutgers' men's basketball job? What kind of good news did Minnesota fans get recently? Let's dive into Wednesday's Big Ten football and basketball news digest.
So the day after Selection Sunday and people still feel the Big Ten got slighted in the seeding. That's why they play the games. Spin through our Tuesday Big Ten headlines roundup for the linksm, then watch and see who BTN analyst Jon Crispin picks to win it all.
This upcoming Big Ten tourney looks to be a wide-open affair … so says Tom Izzo. “Do I think we’re good enough to be one of the teams considered? One hundred percent,” Izzo said. “Do I feel comfortable? Zero percent. I just don’t.” Izzo is correct. This looks to be an open race in Indy. MSU, IU, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Iowa all have legit chances to win. *** Jarrod Uthoff is Iowa’s first All-American in 19 years. How about that?! Uthoff was named a third-team all-American by USA TODAY on Monday, the first of many honors expected to be
In the span of three days, Illinois fired and hired a coach. Lovie Smith brings instant credibility. Bob Asmussen has pros and cons to Smith’s hiring. There is great opportunity in Champaign. It will be key how Smith shapes his staff. Who will be his coordinators? And key recruiters are ultra-vital. And, the guy who got fired, Bill Cubit, was shocked—to say the least—about getting canned after making over his staff in the offseason. “Just shock, it really is,” Cubit told IlliniInquirer.com on Saturday afternoon. “My biggest thing really is No. 1 the players and then No. 2, it’s the
Athlon ranked the top 25 football players in the Big Ten - can you guess who is No. 1? Also, Jim Harbaugh got some more attention on Twitter. One writer says Minnesota made a mistake keeping Jerry Kill involved in the program. These stories and more in Friday Big Ten news digest.
There is a report that Wisconsin is preparing an offer to Greg Gard for the full-time job. Did you see the Ivy League has removed hitting from football practice? And it looks like Michigan has a new position for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jabril Peppers. Get caught up on Thursday links in today's news digest.