This is not a year for parity in the Big Ten, and the league may only get six teams in the NCAA tournament after having eight a year ago.
Truth: Big Ten fans are going to enjoy watching Maryland star senior Dez Wells. The preseason Wooden Award candidate is one of the game’s elite finishers, and he showed it in Monday night’s 93-57 victory over Central Connecticut State. Early in the second half, Wells, from behind the 3-point line, drove to the basket and exploded for a powerful tomahawk dunk that delighted his teammates and all of the fans at the Xfinity Center. Wells finished the game with 27 points, on 10 of 15 from the field.
More change is coming to this week’s College Football Playoff Poll with Alabama beating Mississippi State. And this may be the most intriguing unveiling yet.
Pretty cool video here of Rutgers nose tackle Kenneth Kirksey doing a backflip, a signature move for the 275-pounder. Impressive to see a big man do this. *** Bill Landis of Cleveland.com takes a look at how Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett stacks up vs. other Heisman candidates. Urban Meyer declared Barrett a Heisman contender on Monday. I agree. No one is really running away with the race. In my mind, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Alabama’s Amari Cooper are in the hunt, along with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. I think Barrett’s credentials stack up
There was a handful of Big Ten men's basketball games Monday night, and you can catch up on all of the action inside.
Mike Davis made some history Monday night. The Texas Southern coach became the first former Indiana coach to return to Assembly Hall as an opponent. Indiana won the game, 83-64. Davis, an assistant on Bobby Knight’s staff, replaced The General, originally as the interim coach, after the legendary coach was fired in September 2000. Davis won enough games to shed the “interim” label and stayed at Indiana until 2006. He, of course, is best known for guiding Indiana on its memorable run to the 2002 NCAA tourney championship game, which it lost to Maryland. After leaving Indiana, Davis went to
The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The headliner: Big Ten West leader Wisconsin at Iowa.
Seven Big Ten stars were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list, released Monday. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, the media’s Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, headlines the list that also includes teammate Sam Dekker. See the full list of Big Ten players at the bottom of this post. Here, I want to consider the biggest Big Ten snubs, the players who could play their way into the race when the list is cut down to 25 in January. 1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. A freshman, sure, but he’s the go-to guy on a contender. 2. Denzel
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Six Big Ten men’s soccer teams earned berths to the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday. Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State all secured bids, tying the 2004 Big Ten record of six teams advancing to the tournament. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Indiana, which finished the season with a 12-4-5 record, earned the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye in its 39th NCAA Tournament appearance. The eight-time NCAA champion will face the winner of Thursday’s Monmouth versus Xavier match. After winning the Big Ten Championship