Michigan State junior guard Alvin Ellis made a “no way you could do that again” shot in Tuesday night’s game against Iowa. The only problem… the ball went into the Hawkeyes’ basket. Leading 39-28 early on in the second half, Iowa guard Mike Gesell was inbounding the ball under the Hawkeyes’ basket. He threw a pass, which went off the right hand of Ellis and ended up in the Hawkeyes’ basket. Take a look at the play at the top of this post. If you look at Ellis’ face, you can tell how shocked he was by the result. As
There will be a new No. 1 team in college basketball next week as Mike Gesell, Peter Jok and the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated No. 1 Michigan State 83-70 on Tuesday night.
Big Ten men’s basketball conference play got underway Tuesday night with back-to-back games on BTN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Purdue topped Wisconsin in the first game of the night, 61-55, while Iowa took down No. 1 Michigan State in the second game, 83-70. For video highlights, be sure to follow these Twitter accounts: @PurdueOnBTN, @WisconsinOnBTN, @MichiganStOnBTN, and @IowaOnBTN. Also, catch up on the top highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action here. Don’t forget: On
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Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, has died. He was 90.
Minnesota had lost seven bowls in a row, which tied Ball State for the longest active postseason losing skein. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] That drought is over with a methodical 21-14 win over Central Michigan. The last Gopher bowl victory was authored by BTN’s Glen Mason, whose 2004 squad beat Alabama in the Music City Bowl. Minnesota was one of three 5-7 teams in bowls. And, believe it or not, all three won their games. BEST OF QUICK LANE BOWL Best play: This one came complements of CMU freshman back Romello Ross,
The Holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends reflecting on the past year, with hope and excitement for the upcoming year and of course…..WRESTLING!! This upcoming week is one of the best weeks on the college wrestling mats. It begins with the 53rd annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. [ MORE: View the complete Midlands brackets (PDF) ] The two-day event begins Tuesday with the championship matches Wednesday night. More than 400 wrestlers are expected to compete, making it the largest field in the tournament’s history. Iowa has set the team scoring
If you haven’t heard, Big Ten plays tips off Tuesday night, and BTN/BTN2Go is place to watch both openers. Things get started with Purdue at reigning Big Ten champ and national runner-up Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET (watch on BTN2Go), followed by No. 1 Michigan State visiting Iowa (watch on BTN2Go). Below, in my latest “Three Takes,” I preview both Big Ten opening night matchups and offer my top long-distance shooters. Purdue at Wisconsin Purdue was only 2-of-19 from downtown against Vanderbilt, but that didn’t slow it down. The Boilers crushed Vandy, 68-55, behind 14 offensive rebounds and a stifling
With Big Ten conference play tipping off Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best from an entertaining and successful non-conference season. There were several highlights along the way to today, none bigger than Michigan State cruising to a program-best 13-0 start on its way to sitting atop the national polls. Also of note: The Big Ten registered victories over Kansas (Michigan State) and Kentucky (Ohio State), and it won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-6, running its unbeaten streak in the annual series to seven seasons. Get BTN analysts Jon Crispin and Jess Settles’ best of
Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise