The Gene Keady coaching tree is scratching its head after last weekend. Both Purdue and Illinois lost, and lost in ways that have been all-too-familiar to fans of those teams. The Boilermakers started out well enough, nearly running Butler out of the gym in the first half: But it was a different story in the second frame:
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: Northwestern. Watch our video from the Wildcats’ upset win at Nebraska now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. And look back at recaps for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Nebraska here, then get ready for Ohio State coming up.
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. 12-18, in this post. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard. Also, watch our latest installment of the Big Ten Blast right now.
On a day where Northwestern’s John Shurna came within one 3-pointer of tying the Big Ten record (10), it was one of his buckets near the rim that everyone buzzing. With the game well in control in the final minutes, Shurna made a backdoor cut and hammered home an alley-oop pass from junior Drew Crawford. Shurna, a dunk contest winner during his high school career, exhibited his ups and hang time on this play, because Crawford’s pass was a little short, forcing him to readjust in midair before throwing it down. Watch it for yourself now.
Sunday featured a Big Ten men’s hoops doubleheader on BTN, and Big Ten teams cruised to victories in both contests. Penn State snapped a three-game skid with its victory over Mount St. Mary’s (box) in the first game and John Shurna drained nine 3-pointers to help Northwestern put away Eastern Illinois (recap) in the nightcap. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get final recap stories, video and stats in this post.
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A quartet of Big Ten women’s hoops teams were in action Sunday, including No. 16 Penn State, No. 22 Purdue and No. 25 Nebraska. The Nittany Lions walloped Wagner, 103-42, behind 23 points apiece from Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.
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. Look back at all the previous ones. Up next: Nebraska. Watch our video from the Huskers’ impressive win over eventual Legends Division champ Michigan State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post.