The NCAA tourney is down to 16 schools. And two come from the Big Ten: No. 2 Purdue and No. 3 Michigan. Here are 16 sweet facts to prime the pump for this week’s action.
Purdue center Isaac Haas appears to be done for the season even if Purdue's medical team or its crack engineering department can create an elbow brace that allows him to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Purdue did more than advance to the Sweet 16 in holding off Butler on Sunday afternoon. It also clinched its first 30-win season in program history. Win No. 31 will have to come against Texas Tech in Boston.
One team was supposed to be here. The other, not. But what we have with Michigan vs. Texas A&M is and intriguing Sweet 16 clash between two traditional football schools.
Forget about March Madness. For Michigan State, it’s March Sadness. For the third year in a row, the Spartans haven't advanced past the second round of the NCAA tourney.
No Isaac Haas, no problem for Purdue, which gritted out a 76-73 win vs. Butler in the second round of the NCAA tourney. Purdue is in the Sweet 16 for the second season in a row, losing to Kansas last year.
If a team is going to have a magical March run, it is going to need some luck. And Michigan got just that on this night, as freshman Jordan Poole hit a bomb 3-pointer as the clock expired to ease past No. 6 Houston, 64-63.
Ohio State’s magic ride is over, ending with a 90-84 loss to No. 4 Gonzaga in the second round.
So far in the Big Dance, the Spartans are living up to that hype, taking their first step toward Izzo’s eighth Final Four as Michigan State (30-4) dumped scrappy No. 14 Bucknell (25-10) of the Patriot League in the first round of the NCAA tourney, 82-78.
Purdue is a pick by some to reach the Final Four. And the No. 2 Boilermakers certainly looked the part in destroying No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in their opening NCAA game, 74-48.