If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy.
Minnesota took another step toward a third consecutive Big Ten championship Friday night, taking a 129-point lead after the third day of competition at University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Minnesota relied on great depth, qualifying 15 athletes for the championship finals, while posting two individual champions.
This case of Northwestern players seeking to unionize has been fascinating, creating some strong feelings on both sides. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter testified before the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago on Tuesday, as the players try to show they are employees of the school with the support of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Today, Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald testified.
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Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason.
Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket.
Indiana and Iowa announced that the Hoosiers’ postponed Feb. 18 home men’s basketball game against the visiting Hawkeyes has been rescheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Assembly Hall. The game will air on ESPN.