Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, and that means it’s time to consider the best plays from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 action. There was a lot of competition as the calendar flipped to February, but which plays made BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post.
The knock on Indiana this season was that while the Hoosiers are nearly unbeatable at home, they’re almost the opposite on the road. To wit, the home and away efficiencies are Stevenson-esque in conference play:
No. 10 Michigan State got revenge on No. 22 Michigan (recap) and Northwestern did the same against Illinois (recap) in intrastate rivalries Sunday afternoon. In other action, Minnesota topped Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? archive.
Minnesota and Penn State clinched shares of the Big Ten wrestling regular season dual-meet title on Sunday, as the Golden Gophers and Nittany Lions each picked up wins to finish the conference season tied for first place at 7-1. Fourth-ranked Minnesota earned a 26-7 victory over No. 7 Nebraska, while No. 2 Penn State defeated No. 12 Michigan, 34-7. The Nittany Lions improved to 11-1 and the Gophers moved to 10-3 with the wins.
There were a quartet of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday afternoon, including a pair featuring ranked teams. No. 17 Purdue dropped Illinois, 77-66, behind Sam Ostarello’s double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds), while No. 21 Penn State rallied past Minnesota, 68-65, at The Barn. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
Purdue’s Jacob Lawson has experienced the highs and lows that come with being a freshman in the Big Ten. In Saturday night’s rivalry game against No. 20 Indiana, however, the young big man provided the highlight of his young career. It all started on the defensive end, too, as Lawson stole a pass intended for Cody Zeller, another freshman, and took it the length of the court for a powerful slam dunk. Watch Lawson’s play now and track the action from Mackey Arena.