Tempers flared in the second half of the Penn State-Illinois game, and the scuffle led to an extended delay and the ejection of Penn State guard D.J. Newbill. The mix-up occurred when Kendrick Nunn collided with Newbill on his way up the court after driving for an Illini bucket. Newbill didn’t take kindly to the collision and swung his left hand into the back of Nunn’s head. The two players had to be separated. Watch the scuffle in this post.
Big Ten officials were targets of flying bodies Saturday. First, an official leaped over a falling Tim Frazier in the Penn State-Illinois game, and then another had his legs taken out under him when Will Sheehey tried to make a hustle play on a ball going out of bounds in the Michigan State-Indiana game. Luckily, for John Higgins, he nailed the landing and avoided any injury.
Illinois honored the 25th anniversary of the Flyin’ Illini at halftime of Saturday’s win vs. Penn State, and BTN analyst Stephen Bardo, one of the stars of the celebrated Final Four team, was there for the festivities. After being honored at midcourt of State Farm Center, Bardo interviewed former teammate Kendall Gill and legendary coach Lou Henson. Watch the interviews in this post.
Illinois, No. 5 Michigan State and No. 3 Ohio State all improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play with convincing victories Saturday. The Illini took down Penn State, 75-55, the Spartans won at Indiana, 73-56, and the Buckeyes rolled past Nebraska, 84-53.
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Whether we’ve seen the last of Braxton Miller in an Ohio State uniform or not, he had a tremendous career in Columbus. Following Friday night’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Miller answered questions about his future. Will he come back to Ohio State? Or will he enter the 2014 NFL Draft? Miller said he will talk to his coaches and make a decision soon. As for a timeline, he told our Rick Pizzo, “Nah, I don’t have any timeline.” Watch our interview here.
All season long, our BTN.com panel predicted every Big Ten football game. We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. With the Big Ten bowl season now complete, it’s time to crown the 2103 champion. That would be BTN.com’s Sean Merriman, who went 85-19, including a 4-3 bowl clip. Big Ten fans finished third, at 82-22. See the full season standings and bowl picks in this post.
Assembly Hall will host two of the best point guards in the Big Ten Saturday, as Keith Appling leads his fourth-ranked Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 1-0) into Bloomington against Yogi Ferrell and the Indiana Hoosiers (10-4, 0-1).