Latest Big Ten Geeks News

Big Ten Geeks: Gophers take Spartans head on

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

In the opening game of the conference season, Minnesota held serve at home by pulling away from Michigan State in the final minutes. Over the last 10 minutes of the game, the Gophers outscored the Spartans 22-6, erasing a three-point lead by MSU. This was a game between two teams that play very similar styles. For the most part, neither squad is blessed with outside shooting, and they know it—only Purdue shoots fewer three-pointers than these teams.

Read More

Find out more about: , , ,

Big Ten Geeks: On the chin

The Big Ten had a relatively bad weekend, dropping marquee games against other high-major conference teams. The main event was a battle between two top-10 teams when Kansas visited Columbus. Given that the game was on the Buckeyes’ floor, Ohio State should have won this game, and probably by more than just a point or two. Instead, Kansas ended up with a relatively comfortable 8-point win. The Jayhawks led most of the way, and started pulling away with about ten minutes left. There was no great mystery as to why OSU lost—they were terrible shooting the ball, both inside and outside the arc. On twos, Ohio State converted just 35 percent, and they were at 26 percent on threes. Kansas, meanwhile, shot 53 and 46 percent, respectively. Otherwise, OSU outplayed the Jayhawks, but shooting trumps all.

Read More

Find out more about: , , , , , , , , , ,

Big Ten Geeks: Digging deeper on Illinois' offense

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The 2011-12 Illini would push their record to 15-3 with a win over Ohio State (you remember, the Brandon Paul game), and they climbed all the way to 22nd in the AP poll. What followed was a complete collapse–Illinois went 2-12 the rest of the way, and what had looked like a surefire at-large team ended up with no postseason appearance at all. Somehow, the Illini had covered the full range of possibilities we had covered in our 2011-12 season preview (hey, the Brandon Paul/Kemba Walker comparison doesn’t seem quite so insane now!). Could such a nosedive happen again?

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: Christmas Wishlist, Part I

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

As we finish up non-conference play, we’re getting a better picture of where the teams stack up, and where they have holes to fill. No team is perfect, so everyone could stand to benefit from some gifts from Santa (or whoever). Here’s a rundown of what everyone needs.

Read More

Find out more about: , , , , , , ,

Big Ten Geeks: Digging into Indiana's defense

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s slate is extremely light, so rather than dwelling on the few results we do have (Minnesota handling North Dakota State in impressive fashion, Illinois struggling with yet another low major), let’s delve deeper into a subject that will play a major factor in the Big Ten race: Indiana’s defense.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: Contenders and Pretenders

Brandon Paul

Burke Dunks in Final Seconds Against Razorbacks

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Up until Saturday night, Illinois’ season has been described in strange terms. At that point, it was “surprising” that Illinois was undefeated. The Illini won the Maui Invitational, which was a very “prestigious” early-season tournament. This isn’t normally how one talks about an undefeated team that’s ranked in the top-15.

Read More

Find out more about: , , , , , ,

Big Ten Geeks: Four weeks in & what do we know?

Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Jared Berggren (40) leans back after dunking the ball as his team plays Cornell Big Red at the Kohl Center. The basket did not count. Wisconsin defeated Cornell 73-40. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Jared Berggren Rebound Dunk

Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

With the volume of competitive games slowing considerably this week, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the first four weeks of the 2012-13 basketball season.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern wins in Waco

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a bit of a quiet week for Big Ten basketball, with most teams facing tune-up games against over-matched opponents. Let’s take a quick look at the games that weren’t complete blowouts.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: Longing for the Bubble

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Purdue isn’t used to this. Under Matt Painter, only once have we seen the Boilermakers struggle, and that was in Painter’s understandably rebuidling 2005-06 season, which managed only a 9-19 record in the wake of Carl Landry’s knee injury that kept him off the court for the majority of the season. Since then, Purdue has won no fewer than 22 games a season. It didn’t matter if the team was relying on freshmen, whether it was short, or whether key players were lost to injuries. Painter somehow kept the whole thing going.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: The ACC Strikes Back

Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

In a bit of a surprise, the ACC took four of six games last night to clinch a tie in this year’s Challenge. Let’s look at how they did it.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosier fans cheer during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

UNC at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

All in all, it was quite a good first night for the Big Ten in its Challenge with the ACC. Let’s take a quick look at the results.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: What's up with Wisconsin?

In the wake of Wisconsin’s lopsided loss at the hands of Florida, I urged caution. It was early. Florida is really good, and they were playing at home. Surely, it wouldn’t be long before Bo Ryan had his team playing well enough to put any fears about the Badgers missing the NCAA Tournament to rest.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten Geeks: Regarding Rutgers

Yesterday, it was Maryland. Today, it’s Rutgers. With today’s news, the Big Ten is primed to become a 14-team conference starting in 2014-15. While Big Ten basketball fans have at least some familiarity with Maryland’s hoops tradition, not much is known about these Scarlet Knights. Let’s take a look at what Rutgers brings to the conference from a hoops perspective.

Read More

Find out more about: ,