Purdue announced that coach Danny Hope has been given a two-year contract extension, pushing his deal through Dec. 31, 2016. Hope’s deal had three years remaining on it.
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice.
On January 10, BTN will debut a powerful new original series called Impact the World, which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Impact will take viewers on a journey around the world to illustrate how breakthroughs at all 12 Big Ten universities are improving lives. The actor Dennis Haysbert is hosting the series. Watch a promo for the series right here and learn more in this post.
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Everything Aaron Craft does, it seems, begins on the defensive end. The sophomore guard led the Big Ten in steals (2.9) entering Thursday night’s game against Miami (OH), and he only added to his total in the game on BTN. Early in the second half, Craft turned one of his latest steals into an impressive and-1 opportunity. Watch Craft get the steal, drive the floor and finish despite the contact now.
No. 2 Ohio State drilled Miami (OH) (recap) and No. 19 Michigan put away Bradley (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Thursday night. In other action, No. 20 Michigan State dropped pesky Lehigh (recap), No. 24 Illinois lost to Missouri (recap), Iowa topped Boise State (recap), Minnesota held off North Dakota State (recap), Northwestern fell at Creighton (recap) and No. 18 Indiana flattened UMBC (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post.
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Night in and night out, Indiana’s Cody Zeller continues to dazzle and show why he was so highly recruited. The talented freshman entered Thursday night’s game against UMBC averaging 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Those numbers may get better following Thursday’s action. One thing’s for sure: Zeller added two more highlight-reel plays to his first-year resume tape. Watch his powerful jam, set up by a terrific pass from Victor Oladipo, and see his breakaway jam in this post.
During halftime of Thursday’s Bradley-Michigan game on BTN, our cameras were given behind-the-scenes access to the Wolverines’ locker room. It wasn’t as jovial of a place as John Beilein would have like, as Bradley hit a buzzer-beating 3 to tie the score, but it’s great video nonetheless. Watch Beilein address his team and check out the entire halftime period in this video now. Also, you can watch assistant Bacari Alexander’s passionate pregame speech that focused on team unity in this post.