No. 1 vs. No. 2 doesn’t happen often. In fact, the last time the top two teams in the AP Poll met on the men’s hardwood, the year was 2008. But, for the first time since No. 2 Tennessee beat No. 1 Memphis on Feb. 24, 2008, we’ll have No. 1 vs. No. 2. It all happens Tuesday night, when No. 2 Michigan State plays No. 1 Kentucky at the United Center. What’s more, Kentucky-Michigan State marks the earliest 1-2 matchup in a season. The previous one featured a Big Ten team, as well, as No. 1 Indiana beat No.
Week 11 in the Big Ten featured plenty of highlight-reel plays. My two favorite: Ameer Abdullah’s dive into the end zone for the game-winning score at Michigan and Shane Wynn’s incredible diving catch near the sideline vs. Illinois. Didn’t see the plays? Watch them in this post. Also, vote for the top play. Here’s Abdullah making a clutch play for the second consecutive week. In Week 10, let us not forget, Abdullah picked up the all-important 4th-down (Watch it!) that set up the last-second Hail Mary. This time around, he makes a fantastic play to put Nebraska ahead for good.
It was never any secret that Ameer Abdullah was a stud. The last two weeks, though, the Nebraska star has added “clutch” to his arsenal. Last week, the memorable game-winning Hail Mary wouldn’t have been possible without his incredible fourth-down effort to keep the drive alive. On Saturday at Michigan, he scored the game-winning touchdown to keep Nebraska in control of its destiny in the Legends Division. VIDEO: @Huskers Ameer Abdullah dives into end zone for game-winning score. #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/niYcY7x8vG — Nebraska on BTN (@BTN_Nebraska) November 9, 2013 And check out these fantastic shots of Abdullah’s run: ***
Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. Check out our Week 11 stars and highlights in this post. 1. Tevin Coleman & Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana – 32 car., 369 yards, 4 TD. Talk about ground domination, Indiana’s two powerful backs averaged 11.5 yards per carry, with Coleman totaling 221 yards and Houston amassing 148 yards. Both also scored two touchdowns apiece, highlighted by Coleman’s 64- and 75-yard scores. Watch Coleman’s 75-yard TD: Watch
Everybody’s celebrating Minnesota’s 8-2 start and four straight wins. Yes, even Jerry Kill. The coach might be on a leave of absence to deal with his epilepsy, but he’s been in the booth watching his team during its hot streak. Following Minnesota’s 24-10 win over Penn State, the program’s first since 2004, Kill showed off his dance moves in the locker room. Watch the great scene in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: These Gophers are making history ] How great is that? Coach Kill deserves a moment like this. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and
Four Big Ten football teams added an American flag-theme to their helmets Saturday to celebrate Military Appreciate Day. Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue all filled in its helmet logo with the American flag – the Hawkeyes only had the logo on the right side – while Indiana added an American flag logo to the back of its chrome candy stripe lid. See the whole collection in this post. INDIANA Here's a better look at American flag logo on #Hoosiers' chrome lid today. pic.twitter.com/oWmFFqlL4c — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) November 9, 2013 IOWA The Hawks are rocking the American flag Tigerhawk logo today
Here’s something awesome: Nebraska had Ron Kellogg III go undercover on campus to ask fans about last week’s thrilling game, his Hail Mary, the team’s quarterback situation and this week’s game at Michigan. To no surprise, the video didn’t disappoint. It was hilarious, actually. Watch it in this post. Nice week, Nebraska! [ MORE: Get all of our favorite reaction to the Hail Mary ] Here are a few of my favorite interactions: Kellogg is talking to a man about his weight, and at the end the man says: It (doesn’t) matter what religion you are, once in a while,
It will be two alternate helmets in as many weeks for Purdue football. One week after debuting its highly anticipated black matte alternate, Purdue will go with a patriotic version of its primary lid Saturday vs. Iowa for Military Appreciation Day. It’s a nice touch. No, it isn’t as loud or as Red, White and Blue as Northwestern’s new Under Armour alternate, which was released Monday and will be worn Nov. 16 vs. Michigan, but it’s a nice way to remember those who have served days before Veterans Day. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and
Last week, the Wisconsin football team posted a YouTube video that showed most of Madison, Wis., doing Melvin Gordon and James White’s touchdown dance. It was fantastic, and you can watch it again in this post. Well, in case you missed it, they’re also doing the dance in Green Bay. Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks busted out Gordon and White’s celebratory moves in Monday Night’s loss to Chicago. See the proof right here: Love the commentary! #Badgers RT @samdek1: JAMES AND MEL!!!! https://t.co/EVwqYow4wM — Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) November 5, 2013 And here’s the aforementioned YouTube video: About
Northwestern will look a lot different when it plays Michigan on Nov. 16. That’s because the Wildcats will be ditching their familiar purple, white and black for a patriotic design. The look, designed by Under Armour, features a monochromatic gray uniform, with plenty of Red, White and Blue accents. It’s on the NU logos, shoulders, backside of the pants, cleats, gloves and socks. There’s even a red pattern that resembles blood. The helmet is patriotic, too. Also, as we’ve seen the service academies do in the past, the player nameplates will feature one of the following words: Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country