Russell Wilson earned quite a reputation during his standout senior season at Wisconsin. Now, fresh off a Super Bowl Championship, Wilson has become one of the most popular athletes on the planet.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and several members of the Badgers’ men’s basketball team took questions from the media Friday at Final Four media day. Ryan was in a joking mood, firing back a number of comical, quick-witted responses to the media members gathered at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It’s almost time to tip off at the Final Four, as No. 2 Wisconsin is carrying the Big Ten flag in pursuit of the conference’s first national championship since 2000. Here’s a look at seven keys for the Badgers if they want to beat this white-hot Kentucky team that entered the Big Dance as a No. 8 seed but is playing like a No. 1 seed after starting the season as the preseason No. 1 team. Watch for these things during the game and see how they impact the outcome.
BTN/BTN2Go will air the Michigan spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, with a re-air at 8. The Wolverines are coming off a frustrating 7-6 season, one that started with many experts pegging them for the Big Ten title game. There’s a clear sense of urgency in Ann Arbor, as Michigan has gone from 11 to eight to seven wins in Brady Hoke’s first three seasons.
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How about those Minnesota Gophers! In his first year on the job, Richard Pitino led the Golden Gophers to the NIT title, as Minnesota downed Larry Brown and SMU last night. Yes, Pitino inherited some nice talent from Tubby Smith. Still, Pitino acquitted himself as a coach. The guy has a bright future. And, think of this: He’s just 31. Now, if Pitino can recruit like he can coach, Minnesota could be on to something.
The Big Ten beckons. And Maryland coach Randy Edsall can’t wait to help usher in the new era for the Terrapins. Edsall knows the challenges that loom, beginning with playing in a Big Ten East division that also will include Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State. But Edsall also knows the possibilities. Besides, Edsall isn’t afraid of a challenge as Maryland moves from the ACC.