The exhibition season already has tipped off for Big Ten men’s hoops teams. Before the games start to count, though, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina wanted to offer his Big Ten players in the spotlight. Whether the players have big shoes to fill, they’re considered the missing piece or they’re coming off down years, Yarina offers one guy for every Big Ten team. See the list in this post.
Michigan State sophomore Branden Dawson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final week of the regular season last year. How does he look on the surgically repaired knee? Well, if Michigan State’s exhibition opener against Northwood on Tuesday night is any indication, Dawson will be just fine. Watch the Spartan throw down on the opening tip now and see a couple of his other highlight-reel slam dunks in this post.
You may never see a more awkward buzzer-beater than the one Ohio State’s Aaron Craft hit at the end of the first half in Tuesday’s exhibition win over Walsh. Consider the mess that occurred before Craft beat the buzzer: There was a loose ball following an errant 3-pointer, which led to Walsh attempting to save the ball from going out of bounds, which led to Sam Thompson trying to do the same before finding Craft, who dribbled backward, to the left and then to the right before finally getting a shot off that touched seemingly every part of the rim before falling.
The Michigan men’s basketball team opens up the revamped Crisler Center with an exhibition game Thursday night. If you haven’t seen the place, it looks fantastic. See for yourself in this Michigan Basketball Facebook photo gallery. Not too shabby, huh?
On Tuesday night’s “#BTNLive,” Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and Nebraska defensive end Eric Martin joined the show. Roby, of course, was just named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Watch Roby talk about the honor and his Buckeyes now and check out our interview with Martin in this post.
The Heisman race doesn’t appear to be coming into focus.