You have more questions, and I have more answers in this week’s mailbag. With the basketball season heating up, readers wonder who the best team is in the Big Ten, what’s wrong with Wisconsin, and who have been the top freshmen. But also: Did Montee Ball make the correct decision to come back for his senior year? I’ll tell you what I think but then you can tell me what you think about that question and others in the comments box at the end of my post.
Jerel Worthy’s tattoo of a Spartan standing over a Wolverine was cool, but it may no longer be the coolest Spartan-themed ink out there. Michigan State running back Nick Hill has a tattoo on his entire right torso that you’ve got to see to believe. See the picture of Hill’s impressive tat in this post.
Iowa’s men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery got a little upset during Tuesday’s basketball game between Iowa and Michigan State, and it drew a technical foul from the official with his Hawkeyes down 69-41 to the Spartans. Watch McCaffery’s passionate protest following the call and then see his demonstrative address to his team during the subsequent timeout in yet another installment of “Did You See This?”
In the second Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, of the season, No. 13 Michigan held off Northwestern in overtime (recap) and Nebraska picked up its first Big Ten win with a victory over Penn State (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
Eight NCAA bids. That’s how many Big Ten teams CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm has in the NCAA tournament. Of course, there’s still a lot of time left in the season until March Madness unfolds, and schools will be working madly to enhance their resumes. Between then and now, I will talk to Palm each Wednesday and upload the phone conversation right here. This week we discussed the Illini’s big win over Ohio State, the upcoming Indiana vs. Ohio State tilt, and how many No. 1 seeds the Big Ten theoretically has right now.
With an amazing 43-point performance from Brandon Paul, Illinois shocked Ohio State in Champaign. Coming in, this looked like a game that the Illini might hope to keep close with their defense, but it seemed unlikely that Bruce Weber’s struggling offense would be able to scrape together enough points against the nation’s top defense. That analysis went out the window once Paul got rolling.
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On a night when legendary Illinois coach Lou Henson was honored with a banner that was raised to the rafters of Assembly Hall, Illini guard Brandon Paul raised the roof on the place. Paul notched a career-high 43-point effort in propelling Illinois to a 79-74 victory over Ohio State in what could be a season-defining game for the Illini.