Big Ten Tournament: Sunday Thoughts

Big Ten tournament's visit to Washington picks up as week goes on

Walton was named the Big Ten Tournament MVP and for good reason as he averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per contest. "Had a lot of trials and tribulations". The Wolverines win their next three games, against weaker competition, to finish the nonconference with a 10-3 record.

"I think we've gotten better as the season has gone on, specifically defensively", he said. Don't know which teams to believe in, in this insane college hoops season? Thursday's second game is set for 8 fourth-seeded Penn State takes on fifth-seeded MI.

"These guys understand that's where it starts". They held Northwestern to one assist in the first 32 minutes while pulling away, forcing the Wildcats out of their comfort zone. He's a really good player. Koenig led the Badgers with 15 points, while Happ and Hayes each added 14 points and 11 rebounds apiece.

On the other end of the court, Wisconsin used the physicality of Happ and Hayes to force NU's defense to collapse to the rim. If they're going to be a little exhausted, we'll definitely take it. "They played especially well in the first half defensively".

Wisconsin finished in second place, made the tournament final, and got a No. 8. seed. He made all three of his three-point shots, including one at the halftime buzzer.

The teams went back and forth from there, but Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton repeatedly hit tough shots and the Badgers failed to put together consecutive scoring trips for the next six minutes.

"Being at the bottom of the ACC two years in a row at this point and now we're going dancing".

A layup and free throw by Irvin with 13:20 to play gave the Wolverines a 44-34 lead, and Wilson scored to make it 51-40 with 7:02 left.

"My first couple shots were in and out".

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While there was still more than four minutes left, this Thomas three felt like the moment the Celtics closed the door on the game. The Pistons have had issues with slow starts lately, but they raced out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter against NY .

"Being exhausted wasn't an option", he said during a postgame interview with CBS, with his winner's hat tilted to the left and coach John Beilein to the right.

"That's something we have to be better with", McIntosh said.

"I don't think they want to lose they go forward in their lives", he said about his players, "of how different that could have turned out".

Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) goes to the basket ahead of MI forward Moritz Wagner, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington. Wearing maize practice jerseys and blue shorts-their gear remained under the plane as part of an investigation-Michigan's focus and energy overwhelms the Illini.

The Badgers don't deserve to be as high as Minnesota, but they certainly should be above Maryland.

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It was just the Badgers' luck that the selection committee chose this year to finally include the late-starting Big Ten title game in its deliberations. Wisconsin won 68-64 at home on January 17 against MI and lost on the road 64-58 on February 16.

Junior Zach LeDay (16.3 ppg, 7.4 rag) and senior Seth Allen (13.3 ppg) lead the way for this team, but there isn't much depth on this squad, as they have only eight scholarship players left on the roster.



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