There were a handful of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday, including No. 9 Penn State dropping Michigan State, 76-55, on BTN. Michigan also won, topping Iowa, to move to 13-2, the team’s best start in program history. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action in this post.
Michigan State defensive end William Gholston will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He wrote a letter to the Michigan State faithful, which the athletic department released Saturday night. Read the full letter in this post.
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Earlier Saturday, BTN aired a clip of Michigan State’s Branden Dawson possibly throwing a punch at Purdue’s Travis Carroll during Saturday afternoon’s game. Since then, Michigan State has reviewed the tape from different angles, and said it doesn’t appear Dawson threw a punch. Watch our video of the play in question now.
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While not quite to the level of J.R. Smith a few days ago, Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand went for a silly reverse alley-oop of his own in Saturday’s rout of Ohio State. Brandon Paul set up the highlight-reel play with a pass that he delivered from just inside the halfcourt line. Watch the reverse alley-oop here and see a great picture of it in this post.
Brandon Paul scored 19 points and No. 11 Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener to beat No. 8 Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday. The Illini (14-2, 1-1) led 37-25 at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 50-27 lead.
Tim Beckman announced Saturday that co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Chris Beatty will not return in 2013. BTN analyst Howard Griffith was the first to report the news.
Freshman Gary Harris scored a career-high 22 points, and No. 18 Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for an 84-61 victory over Purdue on Saturday. The Spartans (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) missed their first 10 shots from the field after halftime, but it didn’t much matter in what quickly became a free throw contest.