The Big Ten features 11 men’s basketball games this week, including an interesting non-league contest that has Michigan playing at Arkansas. Will this week’s slate of games feature as many upsets, further jumbling the conference race? Here’s how I rank the games this week.
The college basketball world was buzzing last week when Illinois guard Brandon Paul had the game of his life. As if not to be outdone, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn went out and had the game of her life just two days later. Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talks to Rayburn in her latest Gimme 5 audio segment. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.
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(UWBadgers.com) – Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema took another step toward completing his coaching staff by naming Matt Canada as the Badgers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. Canada spent last season in the same role at Northern Illinois, helping the Huskies to an 11-3 record, a MAC championship and a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
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Impact the World is a powerful new original series that shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Hosted by Dennis Haysbert, tonight’s episode explores three inspirational stories of outreach and impact in Africa, featuring Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin. Here’s a list of other upcoming shows.
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Illinois facing Northwestern on Monday night was the only women’s basketball game on the slate and it was a close one. Dannielle Diamant scored 16 points as Northwestern edged Illinois for a 59-58 win. Watch highlights of the action now and tune in to BTN on Thursday for another night of women’s basketball action.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s weekly Big Ten player rankings are in, with the same big men remaining at the head of the class. Those players, of course, are Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.
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It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. The latest national polls are out, as well. Where does your team land? And check out all of the Big Ten statistical leaders.