Indiana’s season reached a new low in Saturday’s drubbing at Purdue. The Boilermakers busted the game open after intermission, and the one thing that had been a relative constant for the Hoosiers–a solid defense–went by the wayside. To be fair, some of this was just Purdue having a fantastic afternoon from the perimeter (10-for-18 on threes), but Indiana didn’t offer much resistance either.
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In case you’re so focused on basketball and missed the news, college football is considering a new rule to slow down offenses. Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, now starting his second year at Arkansas, is one of the proponents of the new rule. To have some fun with Bielema, our friends at LostLettermen.com came up with a hilarious list of 10 other rules Bielema would like implemented.
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Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori returned home early Sunday evening after a brief stop at a Lincoln hospital for precautionary tests Sunday afternoon. Yori fainted on the sideline near the 12-minute mark in the second half of the Huskers’ win over Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena earlier in the day. NU went on to win the game, 76-61, with Associate Head Coach Sunny Smallwood leading the defense and Assistant Coach Dayna Finch guiding the offense.
By all accounts, this week lacks much pizzazz. The one saving grace: The menu features what looks to be a de facto Big Ten championship game on Sunday, with Michigan State visiting Michigan. Both teams are coming off home losses Sunday – outcomes that have opened up the Big Ten title race. As a result, Iowa is one loss behind the co-leaders and has a big week.
Michigan and Michigan State had been immune to most of the zaniness that has come to define this Big Ten season. But all that ended on Sunday for the league’s first-place teams.
BTN/BTN2Go will provide live coverage of the semifinals (1 p.m ET) and finals (5) of the NWCA Wrestling Duals on Monday at Ohio State. The competition features 14 top Division I wrestling programs, including No. 1 Minnesota, No. 13 Ohio State and No. 18 Illinois. Track all the action here.
The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and three players were honored. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky shared Player of the Week honors, while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes claimed Freshman of the Week.