Nine Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the John Wooden Award Watch List, released Monday afternoon. Three Buckeyes, including sophomore sensation Jared Sullinger, headline the Big Ten representatives on the preseason list for the nation’s most outstanding player. William Buford and Aaron Craft are the other Buckeyes joining Sullinger, while Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Northwestern’s John Shurna, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin Jordan Taylor also make the list.
On tonight’s Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET, our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle face so many questions. Will there be enough time? So that whole Wisconsin-Nebraska game on Saturday? Were either of our guys surprised by the outcome? And Russell Wilson excelled in his first Big Ten battle, but can he keep it up? And how about the Illinois Fighting Illini? It’s Monday, so we also roll out another “Who Ya Got?” feature asking about Badgers Fan Headgear and leaping players.
There’s one week of conference games in the books and our Chris Martin (@BTN_Cmart16) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) are ready to go through it all on Big Ten Breakdown tonight at 7 p.m. ET. How good is the Michigan defense compared to last year? You may be surprised to see what we found. We can stop asking about Wisconsin’s defense now – at least for this week. And Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins has 633 receiving yards in just five games, and he will join us to talk about his amazing game last Saturday. Watch our Web-only preview clip now.
Illinois head coach Ron Zook and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz each suspended a player for actions over the weekend. Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown was suspended one game for his unsportsmanlike behavior during his team’s victory over Northwestern, while Hawkeye backup quarterback A.J. Derby was handed a two-game penalty as a result of an incident over Iowa’s bye week.
The Big Ten office announced its players of the week Monday morning for the opening week of Big Ten action, which featured the conference’s first divisional games and Nebraska’s Big Ten debut. For the second time in a row, the conference went with Co-Offensive Players of the Week: A.J. Jenkins and Russell Wilson. Mike Taylor took home Defensive Player of the Week, Anthony Fera won Special Teams Player of the Week and Marcus Rush earned Freshman of the Week. Read the whole release at BigTen.org.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 5 marked the opening of Big Ten play, and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all remained undefeated. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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