Every year, it’s a test of one’s will to avoid drawing any conclusions prior to the beginning of conference play. For instance, two years ago the Texas Longhorns jumped out to an undefeated mark before beginning their conference slate. Non-conference opponents included Pitt, UNC, and Michigan State. After opening conference play with wins over what turned out to be the bottom of the Big XII, Texas sat atop both polls (I still don’t understand the point of polls in college basketball) and was generally recognized as the best team in the country.
Ohio State, previously No. 2, fell to No. 7 in the latest Coaches Poll following its loss to then-No. 15 Indiana on Saturday. Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan land just outside the top 10, at No. 11, 12 and 13, respectively, while No. 19 Wisconsin rounds out the Big Ten representatives. See the entire Coaches Poll top 25.
The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Men’s Hoops Players of the Week for Dec. 26-Jan. 1 action. See the winners and find out what they did to earn the accolades in this post.
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Eight of the 12 Big Ten women’s hoops teams are in action Monday, including the conference’s three ranked teams. No. 12 Ohio State took down Iowa, 81-74, and No. 17 Penn State throttled Wisconsin, 84-49. No. 21 Purdue is taking on Illinois right now. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard, watch our highlights and interviews from Ohio State win now and get recaps from every game in this post.
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Dec. 26-Jan.1, in this post. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.
No. 16 Michigan held off feisty Minnesota (recap) to move to 2-0 in the Big Ten and Northwestern dropped Penn State (recap) for its first conference win in men’s hoops action Sunday. Catch up on all the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and stats in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan game, and here are his best calls from today. Check out our popular Johnson archive. Also, watch Johnson’s call of Trey Burke’s spin and bucket now.
Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Tim Hardaway’s clutch shot and see all of his best calls from Sunday’s Minnesota-Michigan game.