The Big Ten is in the final week of the regular season. Teams are battling to enhance their postseason resumes, jockeying for seeding in the Big Ten tourney, which starts March 8 in Indianapolis. And schools also have their eye on the NCAA tourney. I caught up with CBSSports.com NCAA bracketologist Jerry Palm to get his read on where the Big Ten schools sit in his latest bracket projections. Click inside to listen to our conversation this morning.
It was just last week when many felt Northwestern played perhaps the biggest game in school annals. And it lost, 67-55, in overtime at home to Michigan. But the Wildcats rebounded to score a huge win at Penn State over the weekend. Now, comes yet another “biggest game in school history” for the Wildcats tonight when Ohio State visits. In the first of today’s five big links worth a look, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune says Northwestern needs another big game from John Shurna if it wants to beat Ohio State.
Draymond Green showed just how good he is in a loss to the Hoosiers, but he also proved that no one is good enough to beat Indiana at home by himself. Green racked up 29 points on 17 shots while his Michigan State teammates poured in 26 points on 34 shots. Against IU at Assembly Hall, that’s tough to overcome. The home/road splits for this team in conference play are stunning:
The Indiana men’s basketball program owns five national championships and 20 Big Ten crowns. Never in its decorated history has it beaten three top 5 teams in one regular season, though. Until now. With Tuesday night’s 70-55 victory over No. 5 Michigan State, the Hoosiers registered their third win of the season over an AP top 5 team. The other wins: No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State. Relive the three wins in this post with video, box scores, AP recaps and pictures.
No. 20 Indiana snapped No. 5 Michigan State’s seven-game winning streak (recap) and No. 15 Wisconsin clinched a bye in next week’s Big Ten tourney by rallying past archrival Minnesota (recap) on Tuesday night. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
There were some rim-rattling slams on the hoop going to the right on your TV screen in Indiana’s victory over Michigan State on Wednesday. Draymond Green started it with a steal that he turned into a powerful And-1 in the first 20 minutes; in the second half, Victor Oladipo added a thunderous dunk, and Cody Zeller matched Green’s steal and slam. As they say, things come in threes. Which dunk was the best? Watch Zeller’s slam now and see the other two in this post. Then, cast your vote for the top dunk. Prediction: It’s going to be a close one.
Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Andre Hollins’ driving bucket and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Tuesday’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game in this post.