College basketball is in the air, and it’s easy to see proof of that with one look at BTN.com’s top 10 stories from last week. Half of the most-read stories, including the top two, came from the hardwood. See the complete countdown in this post.
10. Week 10 previews: Breaking down Saturday’s games
Coaches always say: You play the games to remember in November. Well, my calendar says “November.” While this Saturday may lack some pizzazz on the surface, there still are several contests that will go a long way toward shaping the Legends and Leaders division races.
9. Indiana rolls in exhibition opener
Here are a few individual highlights from Indiana’s exhibition game against Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday night, including a dunk, a newcomer’s jumper and a nice drive. Indiana won the game 86-57. For more stats and game details, check out the GameTracker at IUHoosiers.com, and see more videos in this post.
8. Boilers, Buckeyes, Spartans win exhibitions
Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue all hosted exhibition games Tuesday night. As expected, the three teams carded wins over Northwood, Walsh and Montevallo, respectively. Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas both opened the season with a flurry, registering back-to-back buckets off the opening tip. Watch Dawson’s opening sequence and Thomas’.
7. Nebraska stuns Michigan State in final seconds
Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left, giving No. 21 Nebraska a 28-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday night that kept the Cornhuskers tied with Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division.
6. Week 10: We predict all five games
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
5. How’s Dawson’s knee? Check out these highlights
Michigan State sophomore Branden Dawson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final week of the regular season last year. How does he look on the surgically repaired knee? Well, if Michigan State’s exhibition opener against Northwood on Tuesday night is any indication, Dawson will be just fine.
4. Week 11 Power Rankings: Don’t sleep on Indiana
Not a lot of movement in my latest Power Rankings following Week 10 of the season, as Ohio State and Nebraska retained possession of the top two spots. Indiana was the biggest mover, as it continued to turn heads with a home win over Iowa. See where all 12 teams land.
3. Dienhart: “It looks like it will be Nebraska’s year”]
It’s official: This looks like it will be Nebraska’s year. This wild and crazy finish in a 28-24 win at Michigan State is just the latest example in what has been an incredible and impressive three-game stretch for the Cornhuskers.
2. Robinson’s dunks thrill Michigan crowd
Here are a few individual highlights from Michigan’s exhibition game on Thursday night, including Glenn Robinson III with the steal and coast-to-coast drive for the jam against Northern Michigan. There was also an alley-oop from Tim Hardaway Jr. to Robinson. Michigan won the game 83-47 and Spike Albrecht led the Wolverines with 16 points.
1. Tonight’s men’s hoops on the Big Ten Digital Network
The slate of Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition games continues online only tonight. Use these links to watch Thursday’s men’s exhibition basketball games on the Big Ten Digital Network: Northern Michigan @ Michigan and Indiana Wesleyan @ Indiana at 7 p.m. ET and Minnesota State @ Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET.
|BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.|