In easily the biggest game for the program in several years, how they would perform was a major question coming into this game.
"We know there's going to be a lot of red in there", Collins said. From an 8-seed and marginal tournament status to a BTT semifinal and possible 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Energetic play and team defense helped limit Illinois' chances through the first 10 minutes. "Wherever we're playing, whatever tournament we're in - hopefully it's NCAA - we'll be fired up".
The Michigan men's basketball team continues its march toward a Big Ten tournament championship today at 1 p.m. EST vs Minnesota. As of this writing, seven teams have already punched their Read...
"It was a really fun atmosphere, to be honest", Huerter said.
I'm on board with MI as this Wolverines squad is playing some of the best basketball in the country right now. Hayes had 25 points and Koenig had 18, lifting the Badgers to an overtime win, 80-69. Minnesota advanced to the semifinals for the first time in seven years following a hard-fought 63-58 victory against fifth-seeded Michigan State on Friday. Northwestern is one of only five that never has made it.
The teams split their in-season meetings, each winning on their home floor. Wisconsin's lead reached 27 after a D'Mitrik Trice 3-pointer with 7:44 left in the game, the largest deficit Northwestern faced all season. Jason and Zach Read... "It's really sort of a great, quality, vibrant event for us in the core of our downtown", Ryan Vaughn, president of Indiana Sports Corp, said. That was quickly squashed Saturday, as Wisconsin thoroughly atoned for that previous loss with impressive play on both the interior and perimeter. If you would've told me there'd be two upsets in yesterday's quarterfinals, those were not the two I'd be guessing.
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There the Badgers will play MI, an 84-77 victor over Minnesota in the day's first semifinal, in Sunday's 2 p.m. CT title game. The Badgers defeated the Hoosiers 65-60 at home February 5. "When we're playing on both ends of the court, playing together and having fun, we can be pretty good". The game tip-off at 9:00 PM EST in Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
"We just didn't play with the toughness we needed to play with", Turgeon said.
"I'll be most happy for the players, though". Then the Badgers lost 5 of their final 7 games as the offense basically ground to a halt.
Beyond the opener, UW and Hayes won't pay attention to much of the rest of the bracket until the outcomes are decided, other than casual mental notes. "There weren't any radical changes, anything outside the box", said Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard of his team's late-season slump, which included a 64-58 loss to MI on February 16.
Maryland entered almost a week of preparation for this year's Big Ten tournament unsure of its quarterfinal opponent Friday at Verizon Center, with coach Mark Turgeon trying to use the time "to work on ourselves".
For more information on the Big Ten Tournament, go to www.bigten.org. Fans can also download the official Big Ten Championship Events app on iOS or Google Play for an easy way to access information leading up to the event and on site. "We're going to try to win this for him and his family". I think last year was a year that was so new for everybody, there was a bunch of new guys, obviously people who weren't used to playing, so that was everybody is more finding themselves type of year.