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It’s a fun debate: Who’s the best basketball coach in the Big Ten? We all have our favorites. Marcus Jackson’s of the Champaign News-Gazette does, too. And he ranks ‘em. Guess who is No. 1? C’mon. It’s not that difficult to guess.

I was shocked to see Minnesota’s Richard Pitino No. 5 on Jackson’s list. What has he done to merit that lofty spot? And Purdue’s Matt Painter at No. 11? And Indiana’s Tom Crean at No. 9? Yes, each has had some recent struggles, but their resumes say they know how to coach.


Here’s something that should get Big Ten fans’ attention: Roy Devyn Marble recently said that “I was best guard in the Big Ten.

Gotta like the bravado. But, I beg to differ. Guys like Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris were better. Sorry, Devyn.

Check out his full quote:

“In my opinion, game in, game out, I think I was the best guard in the Big Ten and it wasn’t close. I think people know that, but a lot of these other guys do have the publicity around them and they came out of high school highly recruited. I wasn’t. So I had to work for mine.”


No shocker to see John Beilein and Tom Izzo rated among the best coaches at prepping players for the NBA. The coaches come in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, according to

In the last few years, Beilein has sent Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Darius Morris to the pros. This year, he’ll add Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas, with others to come in the future.

Since Izzo took over Michigan State’s head coaching job in 1995, 11 of his players have gone on to play in the NBA—according to this story. That includes guys like Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson and Morris Peterson, who have each played more than 700 games in the league.


When talk of Michigan’s NBA draft prospects crops up, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary often are mentioned. Jordan Morgan? Not so much so. But he’s still dreaming the dream, recently working out with the Cavaliers.

I’ll be pulling for Morgan. Don’t you get the feeling he may be able to carve a niche out in the league?


I always knew Penn State’s Herb Hand was a terrific offensive line coach. But he’s a cook, too?

Hand appeared on the Food Network show “Chopped,” proving to be deft in the kitchen. I also recommend you follow him on Twitter (@CoachHand). He’s one of the best coaches on social media.


Speaking of Penn State … news that James Franklins’ staff was going to work the Georgia State camp made headlines and created waves. Well, Franklin and Co., recently were in Florida working a camp at Stetson.

As discussed here in the past, Franklin is using a loophole in NCAA rules that prevents schools from holding camps outside of their own state or across state lines beyond a 50-mile radius from campus but doesn’t stop coaches from being guest instructors at other camps. And that rankles some SEC coaches. Stick it to ‘em, James!


It sounds like it hasn’t taken Darqueze Dennard long to make an impact with the Bengals. I’m not surprised.

Spartan defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi never could say enough good things about Dennard, especially when it came to character. The Bengals are gonna love this guy for many reasons.

*** takes you inside how a recruit earned a scholarship.


If you can believe it, college football media days aren’t far away. The Champaign News-Gazette has a good low-down on all of the pending media days that will be going-on across the nation. By the way: The Big Ten’s event in Chicago takes place July 28-29.


Needless to say, news that Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson is transferring was a shocker. In January, the Hoosiers saw QB Cam Coffman transfer. So, news of Roberson bolting further depletes IU’s depth under center. No good.

Roberson supposedly was still in the running with Nate Sudfeld to be the Hoosiers’ starting quarterback in 2014. Roberson is a dynamic athlete who can run and throw with equal aplomb and has plenty of experience. Alas, his career in Bloomington is over and the signal-caller job apparently will go to Sudfeld, who is more of a pure passer. Who will backup Sudfeld?

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Ronald on 6/12/2014 @ 9:51am EDT Said:

Beilein has passed Izzo.

CM on 6/12/2014 @ 10:20am EDT Said:


Beilein came in at #3, one spot ahead of Izzo who was #4. You might want to mention that among the headlines

Thomas Michael Troyer on 6/12/2014 @ 10:44am EDT Said:

Stauskas best guard period. The writer doesn’t know basketball if he thinks any different.

theotherbigone on 6/12/2014 @ 10:56am EDT Said:

Not sure Marble was best guard in league but don’t think Stauskas or Harris were either. Marble was probably more consistent and more well-rounded player than either of those guys, especially over the course of his college career.

theotherbigone on 6/12/2014 @ 1:19pm EDT Said:

Stauskas was not a team player until toward the end of the season. He also made some big judgment errors and got the ball stolen from him often because he was aware only of himself. He also was inconsistent – had several really big games but, when push came to shove, he could not always handle the pressure from other good players. He had a really big head when it came to himself and only started realizing this was not always a good thing for his team late in the season too. And I have probably forgotten more about BIG basketball and basketball players than you will ever know.

Scott on 6/12/2014 @ 1:46pm EDT Said:

Ronald is delusional.

B1Gfan MI on 6/12/2014 @ 6:26pm EDT Said:

Ronald is correct! The NBA has stopped calling as well.

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 11:48am EDT Said:

Devyn Marble was the most overrated player in the Big 10 and his comment about being the best guard was laughable.
Marble’s FG% was not among the league’s best and Stauskas’s was.
Marble’s three-point shooting was not among the league’s best and Stauskas was.
Marble’s FT% was not among the league’s best and Stauskas’ was.
Stauskas was the Big 10’s only unanimous selection and Marble wasn’t even close.
Stauskas was the Big 10’s only All American and Marble wasn’t.
Marble was too inconsistent and disappeared too many games and his stats were inflated in bad losses.
Marble has played four years in college and after two years, Stauskas is better.
Iowa was overrated, did not even deserve that NCAA play-in game and I said it then, they were a NIT team and the team Michigan beat (Texas) just punked Iowa and Marble.
Marble is overrated just like his father was because he has too many flaws in his game just like Roy did when he had no jumper or ballhandling skills.
In four years, what did Marble accomplish and what did his team accomplish if he was so great?
Learn to shoot and stop being so passive when the games are in doubt.
Real talk bro!

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 11:58am EDT Said:

Marble was more consistent than Nik Stauskas?
When has Marble ever shot over 85% or even 80% at the foul line?
When has Marble ever had a high FG% in four years?
When has folks ever marveled at Marble’s long range shooting?
When has Marble carried a team in crucial wins and competed for Big 10 titles?
When has Marble ever demoralized a team in their house with top shooting displays.
If Marble was as good as you claimed, there is no way he would have stayed at Iowa for four years because the NBA would have called.
I can’t stop laughing at how this person has the nerve to even suggest Marble was even a Top 10 player in four years.
I have watched this guy since high school and said how overrated he was.
Go back and look at all the losses Iowa had this year and you will see Marble shot poorly in games, missed big FTs or just did nothing when his team needed him.
If his talent was so great as he claimed, he would have had the type of year Trey Burke had in 2013 or the type of year Doug McDermott has.
I argued that Caris LeVert of Michigan should have been first team over Marble and if you compare the stats, LeVert was better, especially defensively.

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 12:11pm EDT Said:

theotherbigone-do you know how foolish you sound?
Nik Stauskas had a great season, was never inconsistent and that not being a team player is ridiculous.
He led Michigan in scoring, minutes played, FT shooting, three-point shooting, assist, was their best perimeter player and he led them to a outright Big 10 title and within one possession of the Final Four where he scored 24.
He was selectedBig 10 POW more than anyoe else and also was the national player of the week once, something Marble did not accomplish.

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 12:23pm EDT Said:

This is how foolish Devyn Marble and his Iowa followers sound concerning how great he was in college.
In four years, Marble did not improve at all on the offensive end, especially with his shooting.
As a freshman he shot a poor .420 from the floor, a poor .530 from the foul line and a poor .268 from the three-point line.
Nik Stauskas as a freshman had the second best overall shooting numbers in the Big 10 behind Victor Oladipo when he shot over 85% at the foul line, and over 46% from the floor and three point line-numbers Marble never accomplished in four years.
As a sophomore, Marble shot a poor .409 from the floor, improved to .723 at the foul line and .373 at the three-point line.
Nik Stauskas as a sophomore was the Big 10 UNANIMOUS POY with numbers that ranked among the league leaders in each category.
As a junior, Marble shot a career high and still poor .436 from the floor, a career high .810 from the foul line and .327 from the three point line.
As a senior, Marble shot a career worst and poor .379 from the floor, a poor .714 from the foul line for a star player and .349 from the three-point line.
Now compare his poor shooting in college and I see another Michael Carter-Williams and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope-guys who could not shoot and never improved that facet of their games.
Yet this guy claims everyone knew he was the best guard in the Big 10.
This is as laughable as Alex Avila telling folks everyone knows he’s the Detroit Tigers best hitter.

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 12:30pm EDT Said:

theotherbigone-I hate to burst your ignorant bubble, but your facts are wrong about Stauskas.
Stauskas averages around 3.8 assists to 1.8 turnovers, so I don’t know where you got all those turnovers from?
Stauskas, primarily a perimeter player, shot over 47% from the floor, numbers Marble never approached in four years.
Stauskas, who attacked the basket quite often, shot over 82% at the foul line-something Marble never did in four years.
In two years, Stauskas has been on the All-Regional Tournament team as a freshman, a All American, Big 10 POY while playing for a national title and winning the Big 10 title in dominating fashion.
Marble didn’t come close to any of those accomplishments in four years yet we are supposed to believe he was the man huh?

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 12:52pm EDT Said:

Devyn Marble best player in Big 10 in 2014?
UNC-Wilmington-8 points, 5 assists and 3 steals against weak competition.
Omaha-2-13 FG, 0-5 three ointers, 11-14 FTs for 15 points against weak team.
Maryland-Eastern-Shore, 3-8 FG, 10 points against cupcake.
Pennsylvania- 4-13 FG, 1-5 three pointers, 4-7 FT with 13 points against weakling.
UTEP-2-6 FG, 7 points.
Villanova-8-23 FG, 2-7 three pointers, 6-12 FT.
Fairleigh Dickinson-3-9 FG, 7 points against this powerhouse.
Nebraska-4-12 FG.
Michigan-3-9 FG, 13 points, 2 assists with 4 turnovers.
Northwestern-3-8 FG, 14 points against weak team.
Ohio State-4-11 FG, 10 points, 2 assists with 3 turnovers.
Penn State-2-9 FG,15 points against weak team.
Illinois-3-11 FG, 8 points against NIT team.
Northwestern-8-18 FG against weak team.
Tennessee-final college game, 3-15 FG, 0-6 three pointers, 1-1 FT with 7 points.
I have posted 16 games, nearly half of Iowa’s season and I don’t even see a first team all conference player.

negele on 6/13/2014 @ 1:36pm EDT Said:

Now let’s look at 24 games Nik Stauskas had this year.
Nebraska-3-6 FG, 9 points, 8 assists with 1 turnover in rout.
South Carolina State-6-7 FG, 5-6 three pointers, 6-8 FTs, 23 point, 6 rebs, 5 assist/1 TO.
Iowa State-8-18 FG, 4-10 three pointer, 20 points, 6 rebs, 4 assist/1 TO.
Florida State-7-16 FG, 3-8 FG, 9-12 FTs, 26 points, 2 steals with 1 TO.
Charlotte=Voted MOP on losing team-6-13 FG, 1-5 FT, 7-9 FT, 20 points, 5 rebs, 3 steals, 1 TO and got injured in final minutes due to ankle.
Houston Baptist-7-11 FG, 6-9 three pointers, 5-5 FTs, 25 points 1 TO.
Stanford-4-11 FG, 2-7 three pointers, 9-9 FT, 19 points.
Minnesota-3-7 FG, 1-4 three pointers, 14 points, 7 assists, 2 steals.
Northwestern-5-10 FG, 2-5 three pointers, 6-8 FTs, 18 points, 4 assists.
Penn State-7-12 FG, 3-8 three pointers, 4-5 FTs, 21 points, 6 rebs, 5 assists, no turnovers.
Wisconsin-7-17 FG, 3-9 three pointer, 6-6 FTs, 23 points, 4 assists, 4 rebs, 2 TOs.
Iowa-8-14 FG, 4-9 three pointers, 6-7 FTs, 26 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, 2 TO.
Ohio State-4-9 FG, 3-6 three pointers, 4-5 FTs, 15 points.
Michigan State-7-12 FG, 5-6 three pointers, 19 points, 4 assists/1 TO.
Purdue-5-10 FG, 1-3 three pointers, 5-6 FTs, 16 points.
Michigan State-9-13 FG, 3-5 three pointers, 4-6 FTs, 25 points, 5 assists-no turnovers.
Minnesota-7-13 FG, 5-8 three pointers, 2-2 FTs, 21 points, 4 assists/1 TO.
Illinois-8-11 FG, 7-9 three pointers, 1-2 FT, 24 points, no turnovers.
Indiana-6-13 FG, 1-4 three pointers, 8-9 FTs, 21 points, 1 turnover.
Illinois-4-12 FG, 2-10 three pointers, 9-10 FTs, game winning assist with seconds left.
Ohio State-6-12 FG, 4-8 three pointers, 2-3 FTs, 18 points, game winning basket.
Wofford-5-9 FG, 3-6 three pointers, 2-2 FTs, 15 points.
Texas-4-12 FG, 4-9 three pointers, 5-6 FTs, 17 points, 8 assists/1 TO.
Kentucky-6-14 FG, 2-7 three pointers, 10-11 FTs, 24 points, 3 assists/no turnovers.
Very good shooting all around, very efficient scorer, good passer who protects the ball.
This is why he ran away with Big 10 honors this year, most clutch and complete player on winning conference championship team.

Jack on 8/1/2014 @ 5:42am EDT Said:

Beilien is the best coach in the Big Ten. He has coached the best team in the State of Michigan the past four years and was a missed tip from 3 straight Big Ten titles. He owns Izzo, yet Izzo is rated 1? What is this 2005?

He has produced 6 NBA players in 3 years, with more on the way. 4 first round picks in 2 years, double what Izzo has done in 7 years. Izzo has 11 TOTAL NBA players.

Not to mention he got robbed of a National Title with some pathetic officiating.

Beilein is the best now, Izzo’s success was in the past. Keep underrating Beilein – He needs a good laugh.