The Big Ten office announced its Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, and there’s a first-time honoree. Indiana senior Will Sheehey won Player of the Week for the first time in his career, this after averaging 18.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in Indiana’s 2-1 week. Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn claimed Freshman of the Week for the second time in a row.
We have a Big Ten champion! No. 16 Michigan claimed a share of the Big Ten crown with its win over Minnesota on Saturday. Win one of its final two games, and Michigan will be the outright champ for the first time since 1986. In other action, Illinois upset No. 18 Michigan State and Nebraska swept Northwestern. Catch up on all the day’s action and video highlights in this post.
The Big Ten officially released a breakdown of the 2014-15 men’s basketball matchups. This will be the first Big Ten hoops season for new members, Maryland and Rutgers. The 14 conference teams will play 18-game league games, playing five teams both home and away and eight teams once. Each team will play four of its single-play opponents at home and four on the road.
An interesting week in the Big Ten, as Michigan surged to the top of the conference as it looks for its outright conference championship since the 1985-86 season.
Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.
There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games featured on our Super Wednesday doubleheader. In the first game, No. 16 Michigan rallied and beat Purdue, 77-76, on a buzzer-beater in overtime. Illinois notched a 60-49 victory over Nebraska in the second game. Catch up on all the action and get video highlights in this post.