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Wisconsin rises from basketball obscurity

Wisconsin rises from basketball obscurity

As Northwestern’s story line moves on to whether the program can build on its first NCAA Tournament berth in school history, the Wildcats need look no further than Big Ten neighbor Wisconsin for encouragement.The Badgers have shown an obscure program can elevate itself among the...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Dave Doeren spent two successful seasons at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois in the shadow of the Big Ten. It’s easy for North Carolina State’s head coach to understand why East Carolina plays so well against ACC teams.“Anytime you have a situation where there are...

Bielema finds himself down in the SEC mud

Bielema finds himself down in the SEC mud

Long before Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema made his fame and fortune in football – his $4 million-a-year salary is in the upper half of SEC coaches — he grew up on a pig farm in the small town of Prophetstown, Ill.He played at Iowa, but since his major was marketing, maybe that’s...

Wilson remains beloved by NC State fans

Wilson remains beloved by NC State fans

Somebody was missing from North Carolina State’s recent graduation ceremonies: Russell Wilson. As a national figure, he transcends sports.Nothing against four-star Admiral Michelle Howard, the speaker NC State chose to deliver the commencement address. She was a laudable speaker...

Final Four tells story of superior Big Ten depth

Final Four tells story of superior Big Ten depth

I’ve long held the opinion that ACC basketball with its romantic Tobacco Road label receives too much credit and Big Ten basketball is unfairly treated as a whipping boy.The national reaction when Duke or North Carolina is upset in an early round game is, “That’s March Madness!”...

Wisconsin can continue winning on grit

Wisconsin can continue winning on grit

 It was ugly. But all that really matters is that Wisconsin survived and advanced, beating Pitt 47-43 in the East Region’s first round Friday in St. Louis.The seventh-seeded Badgers (22-12) lived to talk about Sunday’s game in the second round against No. 2 seed...

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke’s freshmen players talked about committing to the Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski to win a national title. The name on the front of the jersey mattered. Kentucky’s freshmen -- starting with John Wall as head coach John Calipari's first freshman lottery pick...

Final Four coaches release statement

Final Four coaches release statement

The Final Four basketball coaches released a statement Wednesday through the National Association of Basketball Coaches prior to the teams arriving in Indianapolis for practice and media interviews for Saturday's semifinal games at Lucas Oil Stadium.The coaches are Duke's...