Before No. 8 Northwestern takes on No. 1 Gonzaga in the West Region on Saturday afternoon, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Wildcats have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Bulldogs.
No. 8 Wisconsin faces No. 1 Villanova in the East Region on Saturday afternoon. The winner advances to the Sweet 16, which Wisconsin has advanced to each of the last three seasons and five of the last six.
It’s cliche to say someone bleeds his or her school color, but Northwestern legend Pat Fitzgerald just may bleed purple. The former Northwestern student and all-world linebacker and current football coach loves his school, and all of its sporting teams. Fitzgerald gave everyone an idea of his Northwestern fandom Thursday, when cameras captured him interrupting Chris Collins’ postgame speech to congratulate the team on winning the program’s first NCAA tourney game in its debut. Northwestern looks to improve to 2-0 in the tourney and advance to its first Sweet 16 vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
For what it's worth, Barack Obama doesn't see the Big Ten having much success in the NCAA tournament. See the former President's full bracket inside.
It goes without saying that every school wants to have success in the NCAA tourney. It’s the ultimate measuring stick. And for Purdue, it has fallen short—badly—the last two years.
If one of the Big Ten's seven teams is going to reach the summit, a key player for each squad will need to step up. And, here is that key player, according to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.
Now that you've had a couple days to consider the NCAA tournament bracket, BTN researcher Harold Shelton decided it was as good time to share 10 fun Big Ten facts about the NCAA tourney.
Maryland suffered a lot of attrition after last season with the likes of Robert Carter Jr., Jake Layman, Rasheed Suliamon and Diamond Stone gone. Some may have even wondered if the Terps could make the Big Dance.
The Wildcats are the ultimate Cinderella in this year’s Big Dance, finally punching their ticket to the NCAA tourney for the first time ever. And Northwestern could win a game. It's a national story that has created a buzz, as NU is dancing just a few months after the Cubs ended a 108-year World Series win dry spell.
This is the most improved team in the nation, as Richard Pitino has enjoyed a breakout in his fourth season on the job going from 8-23 to 24-9. This isn’t a deep team, though. And depth took another hit in the Big Ten tourney when Akeem Springs suffered a season-ending injury.