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.
Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Right now you can watch Johnson’s best calls from Thursday’s Bradley-Michigan game, including one involving the opponent. See his other calls in this post.
Penn State released a statement Thursday addressing its head coaching search. See the entire statement in this post.
(AP) Indiana forward Will Sheehey has injured his lower left leg and is listed as day-to-day. In a release issued late Wednesday night, the 17th-ranked Hoosiers said the injury occurred during practice earlier in the day. The sophomore forward has played a key role in Indiana’s resurgence. He is one of five Hoosiers scoring in double figures (10.7) and is the second-highest scoring non-starter in the Big Ten. Read the full AP story.
There were a quartet of Big Ten women’s hoops games Thursday, and it was a highly successful night. The conference went 4-0, headlined by No. 11 Ohio State’s 79-57 victory over Washington State. With the victory the Buckeyes enter Big Ten play with a 13-0 clip. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.
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Wisconsin suffered a big blow with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst taking the Pitt job. In eight seasons at Wisconsin, Chryst built some of the nation’s top offenses while at Wisconsin, helping lead the Badgers to consecutive Rose Bowl appearances the past two seasons.