2007 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Blog




  
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Welcome to the Big Stage... and the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Blog
All 11 Big Ten Men's Basketball teams will converge on the United Center in Chicago this weekend, and the "Welcome to the Big Stage Basketblog" will be following them from the first tip until the champs cut down the nets.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

Top-ranked Buckeyes Win 2007 Big Ten Tournament Championship

Thad Matta won his first-ever Big Ten Tournament title.

[posted @ 4:46 p.m.]

Live Updates from the Championship Game: #1 Ohio State vs. #2 Wisconsin

The top two tournament seeds are ready to clash for the 2007 crown with top-ranked Ohio State taking on second-seeded Wisconsin. The team's final regular season meeting in Columbus was a Nos. 1 vs. 2 brawl for the record books, and today's title game should be a thrilling repeat. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

All-Access All-Big Ten

The Big Ten announced its annual All-Conference awards before the start of the tournament, but the "Welcome to the Big Stage" blog is giving you an all-access look at the first-teamers who have been the difference-makers of the season. Click on each photo for a bigger view.

Iowa's Adam Haluska

Michigan State's Drew Neitzel

Ohio State's Greg Oden

Purdue's Carl Landry

Wisconsin's Alando Tucker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
[posted @ 2:52 p.m.]

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

Live Updates from Game 9: #2 Wisconsin vs. #6 Illinois

After a thrilling quarterfinal victory over third-seeded Indiana last night, the #6 Illini are ready to battle second-seeded Wisconsin for a spot in Sunday's championship game against top-seeded Ohio State. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

A Tribute To Tradition

When Purdue head coach Matt Painter roams the sideline, there is a unique sense of pride among the Black and Gold faithful that so few experience. In Painter, they see one of their own and a tribute to Purdue's longstanding basketball tradition. Full Story
[posted @ 4:50 p.m.]

Badger Jam Session

Every year the Big Ten selects a Player of the Year, but perhaps none of the previous award-winners have claimed an honor quite like Alando Tucker did this season. Tucker actually has a song written about him. WLOX's Dana Daul of Madison penned a song about the Badger All-America candidate for her show "Fletch & Dana." Give it a listen here.
[posted @ 3:19 p.m.]

Live Updates from Game 8: #1 Ohio State vs. #5 Purdue

After both teams saw convincing victories in their quarterfinal contests, top-seeded Ohio State and fifth-seeded Purdue clash in Saturday's first semifinal. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Greg Oden will look to lead the regular season champion Buckeyes against Carl Landry and the Boilermakers. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

Out of the Shadows

Mike Conely Jr. has emerged out of the shadows of Buckeye center, Greg Oden to prove to everyone that Oden isn't the only Lawrence North High School product making a name for himself. Watch CSTV's Video on the freshman guard (2/27/07).
[posted @ 12:28 p.m.]

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

Live Updates from Game 7: #3 Indiana vs. #6 Illinois

Senior Roderick Wilmont and the third-seeded Indiana Hoosiers are gearing up for a quarterfinal showdown with sixth-seeded Illinois. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the seventh installment of "Did You Know?" -- a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the third-seeded Indiana Hoosiers, who close out Friday's four-game quarterfinal slate against sixth-seeded Indiana. Indiana

[posted @ 5:59 p.m.]

Live Updates from Game 6: #2 Wisconsin vs. #7 Michigan State

Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker is ready to lead the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers against Michigan State in the third quarterfinal. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

The Ray Way: A Rookie Revelation

Don't tell Michigan State's Raymar Morgan he's only a freshman. The 6-7, 225-pound rookie is playing like anything but this season as the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder. In his first-ever Big Ten Tournament appearance, Morgan was the second-leading scorer in the Spartans opening-round win over Northwestern. He kick-started his collegiate career with a starting spot in the Spartan front court along side junior center Drew Naymick and sophomore Marquise Gray. Despite adjusting to the rigors of college life, the physical Big Ten field and dealing with a mid-season injury, Morgan's comeback is a sure sign of a fantastic career for the versatile big man, who ESPN basketball analys Jay Bilas dubbed one of the nation's top 15 freshman.

 

In "The 'Ray' Way" the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode takes a look at Morgan's transition from Canton, ohio, to East Lansing, Mich., and how his shy-by-silly personality shines through on and off the court.

Catch Raymar Morgan in the dorm room, playing solo on his PlayStation "Madden NFL" game, and you might find him "yelling and screaming," claims roommate Isaiah Dahlman, "taking it out on the computer, saying the computer is weak and stuff - that's how competitive he is."

"The Raymar most people see is different from the Raymar people who know him see," explains his mother, Carole Morgan. "He's actually very silly." Fun-loving, gabby, explosively competitive? You probably haven't seen that side of Morgan. The Michigan State freshman forward from Canton, Ohio is typically hushed and unemotional when the public is watching. And that's fine with MSU coach Tom Izzo - except for those two-hour blocks when the public is watching Morgan play basketball.

Read the full story here.

[posted @ 7:03 p.m.]

Tucker Time

The last time Alando Tucker took the court at the United Center in 2005, he was part of one of the program's most exciting finished in Wisconsin history in the tournament. The Badgers were in a heated semifinal contest with seventh-seeded Iow when then-sophomore Tucker drained a 3-pointer in the final seconds to send Wisconsin to the championship game. "I felt when I get the ball, I'm going to get down there and I'm going to hit the shot," said Tucker. "As crazy as that sounds, that's how I always think." The Badger's website -- uwbadgers.com -- revists that thrilling finish and more here.

[posted @ 6:24 p.m.]

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the sixth installment of "Did You Know?" -- a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers, who boast Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker. Wisconsin

[posted @ 5:59 p.m.]

Live Updates from Game 5: #4 Iowa vs. #5 Purdue

All-Big Ten First Team selection Adam Haluska will look to help the Hawkeyes defend their 2006 Big Ten Tournament crown against Carl Landry and Purdue in the day's second quarterfinal. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the fifth installment of "Did You Know?" -- a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the fourth-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes, last year's tournament champion, and fifth-seeded Purdue. Iowa | Purdue

[posted @ 5:27 p.m.]

Purdue Basketball and the Big Ten Celebrate Black History Month

For the month of February, the conference celebrated Black History Month with a website honoring the achievements of African-Americans in the Big Ten, featuring a story on a male and female student-athlete from each institution throughout the 28-day celebration. One of those pioneers was Purdue men's basketball's Eugene Parker.

Nearly every young athlete, at one point or another, has been told, `It's just a game.' But for people like Eugene Parker, sport is so much more than just a recreational activity; it is a lifetime commitment and a career.

Parker was a standout on the Purdue basketball team from 1974-78 and was the MVP of the '76 Boilermaker squad. The 6-1 guard amassed over 1,400 points in his career and is currently 18th on the Boilermakers' all-time scoring list. Full Story

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Live Updates from Game 4: #1 Ohio State vs. #8 Michigan

Freshman of the Year Greg Oden and the Big Ten regular season champion Ohio State Buckeyes open Friday's semifinal action against #8 seed Michigan. The teams closed out the conference slate against one another in thrilling fashion, with Ohio State edging the Wolverines by four in Ann Arbor. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the fourth installment of "Did You Know?" -- a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, who began their quest for another trophy to sit along side their Big Ten regular season hardware against Michigan in the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio State

[posted @ 12:43 p.m.]

Fast Break Fashion

Nike is launching the new System of Dress basketball uniforms this week at men's basketball conference tournaments around the country. The new uniform design, which gives the players a more tailored look on-court, is Nike's latest apparel innovation.

Ohio State is one of four teams that Nike has selected to sport this new look. What do you think? | Press Release

[posted @ 9:47 a.m.]

THURSDAY, MARCH 8

Live Updates from Game 2: #6 Illinois vs. #11 Penn State

Closing out opening round action at the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, senior forward Warren Carter and the #6 Fighting Illini take on Geary Claxton and #11 Penn State. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the third installment of "Did You Know?" -- a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the #6 Illinois Fighting Illini and the #11 Penn State Nittany Lions who hit the hardwood in round two action today at the United Center. Illinois | Penn State

[posted @ 6:38 p.m.]

Video Feature on Illinois transfers Marcus Arnold and Trent Meacham

The Fighting Illini feature two transfers in senior center Marcus Arnold and sophomore Trent Meacham. The teammates dish about their decision to transfer, adjusting to a new school, how they kept focused and any regrets. Watch Video

[posted @ 6:02 p.m.]

Illinois Basketball and the Big Ten Celebrate Black History Month

For the month of February, the conference celebrated Black History Month with a website honoring the achievements of African-Americans in the Big Ten, featuring a story on a male and female student-athlete from each institution throughout the 28-day celebration. One of those pioneers was Illinois men's basketball's Kendall Gill.

Kendall Gill is in the best shape of his life.

That says a lot for the 38-year-old former basketball standout at Illinois, who retired in 2006 after 15 seasons in the NBA. From his playing weight at 216 pounds, Gill has slimmed and sculpted his body down to 195 and feels he could return to professional basketball and be better than he was in his prime.  And all because he has finally found spare time to chase his childhood dream.

Now, instead of knocking down jumpers, he's knocking out opponents. Full Story

[posted @ 4:35 p.m.]

Live Updates from Game 2: #7 Michigan State vs. #10 Northwestern

Junior Drew Neitzel looks to lead the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans against No. 10 Northwestern in Game Two of the Big Ten Tournament. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the second installment of "Did You Know?" -- a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the #7 Michigan State Spartans and the #10 Northwestern Wildcats who hit the hardwood in round two action today at the United Center. Michigan State | Northwestern

[posted @ 3:55 p.m.]

Michigan State Basketball and the Big Ten Celebrate Black History Month

For the month of February, the conference celebrated Black History Month with a website honoring the achievements of African-Americans in the Big Ten, featuring a story on a male and female student-athlete from each institution throughout the 28-day celebration. One of those pioneers was Michigan State men's basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

Rain was pouring in sheets on the sold-out crowd at Spartan Stadium before Michigan State's high-profile football clash with Notre Dame this past September, but throngs of fans and current student-athletes gravitated toward one man on the field - a man who didn't even play football.

From the moment he stepped onto the basketball court - in any arena in life he pursued - Earvin Johnson Jr. had a remarkable charisma that surpassed the limits of race, culture, age and sport.

It was Magic. Full Story

Just an ordinary Joe

Check out Adam Rittenberg's story from the Daily Herald on Wildcat senior Tim Doyle.

For maybe the first time, Tim Doyle fell silent, browsing the game log in his brain.
The question didn't demand much deliberation: What's the funniest, printable thing he has heard from an opposing student section?
Two weeks ago, the Orange Krush at Illinois likened Doyle to The Fonz. The Northwestern senior also has been called "Saturday Night Fever," a reference to follicly gifted title character Tony Manero.
Full Story

[posted @ 2:21 p.m.]

Did You Know? A Dose of Big Ten Basketball Trivia

Check out the first installment of "Did You Know?" - a team-by-team, game-by-game dose of Big Ten men's basketball trivia. This edition features the #8 Michigan Wolverines and the #9 Minnesota Golden Gophers who kicked off round one action at the United Center. Michigan | Minnesota

[posted @ 12:55 p.m.]

Live Updates from Game 1: #8 Michigan vs. #9 Minnesota

All-Big Ten third team selection Dion Harris and the eighth-seeded Michigan Wolverines are kicking of opening round action against ninth-seeded Minnesota. Stay tuned for the "Welcome to the Big Stage" tournament blog's live updates of all the action inside the United Center. | Live Blog

[posted @ 11:15 a.m.]

Welcome to the Opening Round

Good morning from the United Center! At the everday home of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, the Big Stage transformation kicked off early Wednesday morning with setup starting at 8 a.m. With fans, media, teams and volunteers trickling in this morning, the arena is a whole new environment, buzzing with excitement for a great event.

[posted @ 9:50 a.m.]

All-Big Ten Honors Announced

The conference office awarded annual men's basketball honors Tuesday with Wisconsin's Alando Tucker capturing the conference's highest accolade as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in voting by both the coaches and the media. Coach of the Year Thad Matta and Freshman of the Year Greg Oden represented Ohio State well. The 7-1 Buckeye center was joined by four other first-year standouts on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The five-man squad included Iowa's Tyler Smith, Michigan State's Raymar Morgan, Northwestern's Kevin Coble and Ohio State's Mike Conley Jr. Full Story

  • Stay tuned for more on the All-Big Ten Team...
  • [posted @ 9:15 a.m.]


    2007 Big Ten Tournament Bracket Released

    After an exciting closing to the Big Ten regular season, the conference announced the seedings and matchups for the 2007 Big Ten Tournament at the United Center. The field is set for the 2007 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament that will take place Thursday-Sunday, March 8-11, at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. Ohio State (27-3/15-1) claimed the No. 1 seed after capturing the outright Big Ten title for the second consecutive year. Full Story

  • Tournament Bracket
  • [posted @ 9:09 a.m.]