With the lid being taken off of conference play, the action in the Big Ten is starting to heat up. Michigan State (2-0), Nebraska (2-0) and Wisconsin (1-0) are the lone undefeated teams left. Here's a look at the second week of Big Ten play.
Conference play is beginning in earnest, as the race to the Big Ten championship is underway. Michigan State and Nebraska are off to strong 2-0 starts.
(AP) Malcolm Hill scored 20 points to help Illinois escape with a 75-70 win over Ohio State on Sunday night. Tracy Abrams added 16 points and Leron Black grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for Illinois. Hill drove to his left for a layup to give the Illini a 71-67 lead with 55-seconds left. Jalen Coleman-Lands and Abrams each made two free throws from there to seal it. Illinois (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) looked like a different team against the Buckeyes, making stops and going on runs to help its lead. The Illini built a lead that reached as much as
Melo Trimble scored 20 points and Jaylen Brantley added 13 as Maryland routed Illinois 84-59 on Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Before Big Ten conference play tips off Tuesday, BTN.com asked BTN analysts Jess Settles and Shon Morris for their best of the non-conference season.
Illinois claimed its fourth straight Braggin' Rights victory in the border rivalry with Mizzou and its sixth consecutive win this season Wednesday with a 75-66 win over the Tigers in St. Louis.
Illinois and Northwestern jumped out to big leads in their games at State Farm Chicago Legends and held on for narrow victories over BYU and Dayton, respectively.
The State Farm Chicago Legends features Northwestern and Illinois playing out-of-conference foes at United Center Saturday, and a familiar trophy will be there as well.
Wisconsin isn't getting much respect in the national rankings these days, checking in at No. 14 in the AP poll. But it's getting a ton of love in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, as Bronson Koenig joins teammates Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes on my latest list.
It's time for BTN analyst Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The top three teams, once again, remain the same, but there is some movement toward the middle of the list. See Crispin's top 10 inside.