BTN.com staff, BTN.com staff, March 14, 2015
CHICAGO — Another day, another opportunity to highlight the best individual performances at the Big Ten tournament.
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Saturday's semifinals saw several impressive efforts, as both No. 1-seed Wisconsin and No. 3-seed Michigan State rallied for victories to advance to the finals Sunday afternoon.
See our All-Saturday tourney team below.
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin. This guy was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including three triples. He paced four Badgers in double figures and was equally deadly shooting from long range or driving the hoop.
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin. He's a do-it-all force for Wisconsin, showing his full fury of skills vs. Purdue. He had 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Branden Dawson, Michigan State. He was a beast, impacting in all aspects of the game. He had 17 points, eight rebounds and a block in another strong all-around effort in an event he won the MVP award in last season in leading MSU to the title.
Travis Trice, Michigan State. Trice was the catalyst, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He hit three 3-pointers and had three rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Yes, a third Badger. Wisconsin received a balanced effort Saturday, and the Big Ten Player of the Year registered one of his typical all-around lines, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Most importantly, it was his defense and play in the second half that helped fuel Wisconsin's comeback — and get A.J. Hammons into foul trouble.
Here's the updated Big Ten tourney bracket: