Saturday featured five Big Ten women’s hoops games, including No. 12 Ohio State in action. The Buckeyes stayed perfect, moving to 10-0, by carding an exciting 77-75 victory at Cal. The win sent Ohio State coach Jim Foster to his 750th career triumph. Watch our highlights from Illinois’ defeat to Texas Tech at the United Center now and catch up on all the action in this post and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up next: Minnesota. Watch our video from the Gophers’ second consecutive win over rival Iowa now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. And look back at recaps for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State here.
Normally this space is reserved for agonizing over the numbers, details, and minutiae of the Big Ten. Today, I’m instead going to focus criticism on Shane Ryan’s criticism of Bo Ryan, Wisconsin, and slow basketball in general. I’ll leave it to John Gasaway to put to bed the ridiculous notion that pacing a basketball game at 60 possessions instead of 65 possessions means the demise of Dr. Naismith’s gift. Instead I’ll focus on Shane Ryan’s apparent insight into the workings of Bo Ryan’s mind (the Ryans are not related so I’ll henceforth refer to the coach as “Bo” to avoid confusion). Ryan’s telepathy informs us that Wisconsin plays slow in order to “neutralize talent.” Specifically, Bo wants to “limit opportunities” and avoid “a fair fight, because he knows he’d lose.”
With nine Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday and eight teams in the RPI’s Top 50, our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle take you into this pre-holiday weekend on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET tonight with an in-depth conversation on the overall depth of the Big Ten as each team builds out their tournament resumes. For example, Northwestern is 8-1 after racking up another win Thursday night. Also, tonight, Michigan State’s Draymond Green will join Pizzo, Rackley and Doyle to tell us how the Spartans’ tough games early on have helped the team come together.
Northwestern showed no ill effects from its 10-day layoff in a 30-point shellacking of Texas Southern. The impressive results, as usual for the Wildcats, were at the offensive end, where they posted the second-highest efficiency allowed by the Tigers all season. Texas Southern has faced a couple teams relevant to the Wildcats, so the efficiencies posted by each team against the Tigers may be enlightening: