It’s safe to assume children all over Wisconsin will try to recreate Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night the next time they hit the court. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket | Wisconsin-Notre Dame preview ] Heck, even Koenig’s teammates are doing it. Wisconsin reserves Matt Ferris and Aaron Moesch playfully attempted to match Koenig’s heroics Monday at the Kohl Center. They failed, but mostly because the whole purpose of the video was to provide comedic relief. Mission accomplished. Watch the video in the tweet above. *** Here is Koenig’s buzzer-beater, if you missed it.
The 2016 NCAA tourney has been an exhilarating ride so far, with upsets and last-second shots bringing America to its knees while clutching its chest. The Big Ten has three schools that have survived and advanced to the Sweet 16: No. 5 seeds Maryland and Indiana, along with No. 7 Wisconsin. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | Maryland-Kansas preview | Wisconsin-Notre Dame preview ] Here are 16 things to know before tipoff. 1. Indiana and North Carolina have some juicy NCAA tourney history. This will be the programs’ first meeting in the NCAA tourney since the Hoosiers beat the Heels 72-68
In early January, Wisconsin was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. A ticket to the Big Dance? It seemed to be a longshot at that point. This team looked lost. But, it all changed after a loss at Northwestern that proved to be the nadir for the Badgers in their 9-9 start. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Wisconsin went 11-3 from that point to now, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. Now, the Badgers have their sights set on getting back to the Final Four for the
Throw Indiana and Kentucky men’s basketball on TV, and people are going to watch. A lot of people. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | @BTNStatsGuys crunch the numbers ] To little surprise, the two powerhouse programs’ East Region quarterfinal game drew the largest audience of all opening weekend NCAA tournament games. A total of 10.5 million people tuned in to Indiana’s 73-67 victory over Kentucky, the programs’ first meeting since the Wildcats topped the Hoosiers, 102-90, in the 2012 NCAA tournament on their way to claiming the NCAA crown. The teams met twice that season, if you recall, as Indiana knocked
Some in College Park, Maryland, are calling Maryland’s game vs. Kansas the biggest in a generation for the program. Hyperbole? A bit. Still, no matter how you label it, this is a big one for the Terps. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] No doubt, great opportunity awaits a Maryland program that in the preseason some were hailing as the best in the nation. That didn’t materialize, as the Terps didn’t even win the Big Ten regular-season crown or get to the league tourney title game. Regardless, Maryland can make amends for any perceived shortcomings during the season
It’s all right there for the taking for Indiana in the East Region: A trip to the Final Four. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] But, to get there, the Hoosiers will need to knock off mighty North Carolina, a No. 1 seeded squad that is peaking. The Tar Heels are a talented club that has experience. They won’t flinch or be intimidated. The last time Indiana got to the Sweet 16, in 2013, it fell to Syracuse, 61-50. That was an uber-talented Hoosier squad that was a No. 1 seed and was led by Cody Zeller, Victor
The opening week of the 2016 NCAA tourney will have a special place in the history of a storied event that often causes our hearts to stop. It was four full-throated days of magical mayhem, with big shots and zany upsets the order of the day. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] The Big Ten had its share of big moments … and heartbreaking setbacks. Here is a look back … and glance ahead at the Sweet 16 week. Best play: Bronson Koenig vs. Xavier. C’mon. This is an easy one. It’s the falling-out-bounds-I-can’t-believe-it bomb launched from the
And then there were three. A trio of Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, starting Thursday night, including reigning national runner-up Wisconsin, which is making its third consecutive regional semifinal appearance and nation's best fifth in the last six seasons.
The Twitter reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater Sunday night was fun to monitor. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Former Wisconsin players had some of the best live reactions to the last-second triple that lifted the Badgers past Xavier and to their third consecutive Sweet 16. From Michael Finley and Marcus Landry to Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin family was all over the unforgettable shot that is now part of NCAA tournament lore. Frank Kaminsky, the 2015 national player of the year, didn’t tweet anything, but the Charlotte Hornets
And just like that, Bronson Koenig has become part of March Madness lore with a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push No. 7 Wisconsin to a 66-63 win vs. No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] It has been an amazing run for the Badgers, who in early January were 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Moments earlier, Koenig drained a game-tying 3-pointer. Now, Wisconsin lives on after making it to the last two Final