Sunday featured a trio of Big Ten women’s basketball games, including a pair on BTN. In the first game, Northwestern held off Indiana, 69-61, for its first Big Ten win and Nebraska rallied past Iowa, 76-72, in the second one at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In the other game, Wisconsin nipped Illinois, 70-67. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.
No. 7 Ohio State put away Iowa (recap) and Illinois held off Nebraska (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and find halftime and final recaps in this post. Our Big Ten Geeks look back at recent action and realize Indiana is 3-0 in games decided by four points or less. And let this sneak peek video convince you to watch the first episode of The Journey on Sunday at 8 p.m. Also, we’re tracking games for those fantastic moments you may have missed, then we post the video clips.
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For now, football is in my rear view window and the road for me ahead has plenty of Big Ten hoops. In my first installment of my Big Ten Three-Pointers, my aim is to fire up 3-pointers from around the Big Ten as I look back at the previous week’s news and then ahead to what’s coming. Ready, set, shoot …
Illinois picked up a much needed victory at Northwestern, but they sure didn’t make it easy on themselves. The Wildcats came out executing their offense to the tune of 1.13 points per possession in the first half, a very solid showing against a good Illini defense. John Shurna was at the forefront of the attack, putting up 17 first half points. Northwestern built a double digit lead before a late Illinois run made it closer at the half.
KK Houser scored 17 points to help No. 18 Purdue beat Wisconsin 63-52 on Thursday night. Wisconsin’s Taylor Wurtz, who entered the game averaging 16.1 points per game, was held scoreless on 0-for-10 shooting. And the Badgers had won three straight against Purdue and swept the Boilermakers last season. Watch the highlights now and follow the other women’s games on our scoreboard. Read the full Purdue/Wisconsin AP recap here.
CHICAGO – BTN will debut a powerful new original series called Impact the World, which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten universities continue to make their presence known. Impact debuts at 9:30 PM ET Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will air weekly through the winter.
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It’s no secret that Illinois’ Meyers Leonard is blessed with a lot of athleticism. The 7-foot-1 big man moves and leaps unlike most guys his size, and he displayed it once again Wednesday at Northwestern. Late in the first half – a frustrating one for Leonard and the Illini – the breakout sophomore jumped out of the gym on a one-handed slam. Look at how high he got up there. And listen to that rim rattle! As BTN color commentator Shon Morris put it: “I think that rim is going to file assault charges.” Watch the dunk now and see his game-sealing block in this post.