Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is known for his cheesy pregame pep talks, and he added another example prior to the South Region final Sunday. This time, Alexander used his literal tactics to hammer home the importance of a sports cliche. Alexander, stressing that the team had to play with a chip on its shoulder vs. Florida, placed a potato chip on the left shoulder of the team’s starters.
Northwestern introduced longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its 24th men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Collins, who grew up in Northbrook, Ill., and starred at Glenbrook North High School, inherits a program that went 13-19, including 4-14 in the Big Ten, in Bill Carmody’s final season. Watch our one-on-one interview with Collins now and find other video in this post.
Nebraska holds its annual Red-White Spring Game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and you’ll be able to watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go. As we’ll be doing with every team this spring, BTN’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address one hot topic facing each team entering the 2013 season. Up first: Nebraska.
We all know Michigan is in the Final Four. But what about the Big Ten’s other three Sweet 16 teams that also had dreams of heading to Atlanta? BTN analysts Tim Doyle and Shon Morris give their thoughts on what the future holds for the Buckeyes, Hoosiers and Spartans, all of which have key pieces that will have decisions to make about staying in school or going pro.
At 3 p.m. ET Saturday, BTN/BTN2Go will air the Nebraska Red-White spring game. To preview the game, Mike Hall asked Gerry DiNardo for the one thing Nebraska fans should be watching in the Big Ten’s first spring game of the year. In typical DiNardo fashion, he ignored the question and offered two things. Hear both of DiNardo’s answers in this video.
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On its way to its first Final Four since 1993, Michigan compiled plenty of highlights. From Mitch McGary’s swat of Aaron White to Trey Burke’s deep 3 to send Michigan to overtime against Kansas, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out some of his favorite moments along the Wolverines’ path to Atlanta.