Wednesday and Thursday brought some interesting results on the Big Ten hardwood. Let’s jump right in. After Michigan’s last road game, we opined that the Wolverines were fortunate to leave Minneapolis with a victory. As if to troll us, John Beilein’s team found an even luckier way to win a Big Ten road game, this time in Nebraska’s brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena.
OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments.
What does the No. 9-ranked golfer in the world do for entertainment on a cold January night? How about taking in a top-25 Big Ten hoops matchup. Professional golfer Steve Stricker was at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night to watch No. 4-ranked Wisconsin take on No. 23 Illinois in Madison, Wis.
BTN featured a doubleheader of Big Ten men’s hoops action on Wednesday night. Minnesota kicked off the night with an 68-65 win over Penn State, while No. 4 Wisconsin carded a 95-70 blowout win over No. 23 Illinois to improve to 16-0, the best start in school history.
No Big Ten newcomer has had a bigger impact than Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice, the Big Ten’s leading scorer. And that’s a big reason why the Fighting Illini have been one of the Big Ten’s biggest surprises.