Gary Andersen sounded like a confident and prepared coach. Soon, he’ll get the chance to prove it, as he was introduced today as the new Wisconsin coach.
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Wisconsin isn’t apologizing for being the first five-loss team ever in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers will proudly punch their third ticket in a row to Pasadena, thanks largely to a defense that played well all season.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and a career-high seven assists to help No. 2 Michigan rout Eastern Michigan 93-54 Thursday night. The Wolverines (12-0) are off to their best start since winning the first 16 games of the 1985-86 season. Michigan trailed 6-2 in the opening minutes, then took control with a 20-0 run. The Wolverines led 40-24 at halftime and enjoyed an even bigger cushion for much of the second half.
Michigan had four scorers reach double figures and scored a season-high 73 points to cruise to the 73-32 victory over Valparaiso. Senior guard Kate Thompson scored a game-high 18 points, while senior forward Nya Jordan collected a career-high 14 rebounds.
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Reggie Hearn knows some great basketball players have matriculated through Northwestern. Guys like Evan Eschmeyer, Billy McKinney, Shon Morris, Juice Thompson and John Shurna, among others. And none of them delivered an NCAA tourney bid. There have been six trips to the NIT, but Hearn and his teammates want more. They want to dance in March.
Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go No. 2 Michigan takes on Eastern Michigan at 8:30 p.m. ET.