The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the
Fans were not shy about expressing their opinions on the slow pace and tempo of men’s college basketball games this past season. Now, it looks like changes are in the works, and college basketball could have a different look next year. The men’s basketball rules committee met on Friday and announced that it would recommend a number of changes in men’s college basketball, including shortening the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30. @Marchmadness, which is the official NCAA March Madness Twitter handle for all things Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball, tweeted out the list of proposals on Friday afternoon.
At 9 p.m. ET on Monday, BTN will air a 60-minute special “Inside the Selection Process.” Mike Hall hosts the show that takes fans inside the highly anticipated March ritual, from who’s in the room, to where the top seeds are headed and why, and to how Big Ten teams stack up this season. The show will be heavy on decorated hoops personalities, too, as former NCAA executive vice president of Championship and Alliances Greg Shaheen (@gashaheen), Sporting News writer and BTN analyst Mike DeCourcy (@TSNMike) and CBSSports.com NCAA bracketologist Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) make appearances. In preparation of the show,
Greg Shaheen, who ran the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for 12 years, will join BTN host Mike Hall to take fans inside the tournament selection process, from who’s in the room to where the top seeds are headed and why, to how Big Ten teams stack up in 2013. The 60-minute special, Inside the Selection Process, airs at 9 p.m. ET Monday. Shaheen, former NCAA executive vice president of Championships and Alliances, is credited with having a significant impact on the tournament’s success. He’ll talk about such things as how the committee is assembled, how it handles multiple teams from one conference, and
The Ohio State men’s basketball team had a terrific 2011-12 season, winning a share of its third consecutive Big Ten crown and advancing to the Final Four in New Orleans. While the Buckeyes fell to Kansas in the national semifinals Saturday (AP recap), the Ohio State faithful still greeted the team with a championship welcome home Sunday night at Value City Arena. Watch the team bus pull into the arena and hear the players thank the crowd in this post. The Buckeyes finished the season 31-8, with seven of their eight losses coming against ranked teams that boasted a combined
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Draymond Green were honored as the best in the nation by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Sunday night. Green became the third Spartan to earn National Player of the Year honors as he was named NABC Division I Player of the Year, while Izzo was named UPS NABC Division I Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. “It means a lot to be one of only three players of the great Spartan tradition to win a player of the year award,” Green said. “We’re talking about greats like Smith,
Ohio State’s season came to an end in the national semifinal in a close loss to Kansas. The Buckeyes led for the vast majority of this game, and most will probably remember the game as a great comeback by Kansas, but the truth is that Kansas played a much better game than Ohio State. Consider that the Buckeyes were held to 32 percent shooting on two-pointers for the game. Further, OSU was held to rebounding just a quarter of the available offensive rebounds. This wasn’t entirely unexpected–that’s the sort of thing that happens when one faces both the best shotblocker
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, he of six Final Fours and one national championship, joined our crew of Dave Revsine, Gary Williams and Jim Jackson following Ohio State’s 64-62 loss to Kansas in the national semifinal Saturday night (AP recap). His thoughts: “God, it was a game that’s going to frustrate (Ohio State’s) coaching staff, because we’re sitting here now, 20 minutes after, and I still think they won in a lot of ways.” Watch Izzo’s entire segment with the BTN team now.
Ohio State led by as many as 13 points in Saturday night’s national semifinal against Kansas, but it couldn’t hold on in a 64-62 defeat at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It was a heartbreaking defeat as Kansas’ rally marked the third-largest comeback in Final Four history. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction to the season-ending loss in this post. Key player: William Buford. The senior forward led Ohio State with 19 points, hitting 6-of-10 shots, and also grabbed seven rebounds. Jared Sullinger had 13 points, Aaron Craft 11 and Lenzelle Smith, Jr., 10. But it all was for
People love to multitask while watching sports these days. With that in mind, BTN.com was keeping an eye on Twitter for the best tweets during Ohio State’s narrow defeat to Kansas in the national semifinals on Saturday night (AP recap). See the best tweets in this post. SECOND HALF Kansas outscored Ohio State 19-8 in transition Saturday with 10 of the 19 points coming off blocks. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 1, 2012 The NCAA title will be between the team that knocked out IU (Kentucky) and the team that knocked out Purdue (Kansas). — Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns)