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There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that.
(AP) Rod Hall made a driving layup with 9.3 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 50-49 win over Illinois in the NIT. Tracy Abrams airballed a 3-pointer for Illinois with 1.7 seconds left. The Tigers (22-12) struggled to get the ball inbounds and threw it into the front court. Hall saved the ball from going out on the other endline and the clock ran out.
(AP) Rayvonte Rice scored seven straight points late in the game and finished with a game-high 28, rallying Illinois past Boston University 66-62 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
We had three Big Ten men’s hoops teams in postseason action on Wednesday night. Illinois kicked off the evening with a 66-62 come-from-behind victory over Boston University in the NIT. Penn State followed with a 69-65 win over Hampton in a first round CBI matchup. Iowa’s season came to an end after a 78-65 loss to Tennessee in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Catch up on all the scores, stats and select in-game video highlights in this post.
With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post.