As the Big Ten hoops season comes down the final stretch, the play of several freshmen could make-or-break a team’s NCAA Tournament chances. Be it on the offensive or defensive end on the court, there are plenty of Big Ten freshmen who have made their presence felt. Here is my ranking of the top 10 freshman performers. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana. Vonleh has been outstanding in his first year in Bloomington. The 6-10, 240 pound big man is averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which
First, a recap of the weekend’s games. But jump to the end for our take on the Big Ten’s best defensive players so far this season. Or as I’ve come to know it—Our Annual Solicitation of Hate Mail from Buckeye Fans. Let’s start things off with Michigan, shall we? The Wolverines took firm control of the conference race by completing their sweep of the in-state rival Spartans. The Wolverine offense—and Nik Stauskas in particular—could not be stopped in the second half. What has to make this loss burn even more is just how well Michigan State played at the other
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim
Is there a more exciting team to watch in the Big Ten than the Indiana Hoosiers? While inconsistent, they like to play above the rim and are no strangers to highlight plays. Fans were treated to a flurry of dunks in the first half Saturday night, three of which came from high-flying freshman forward Troy Williams. [ MORE: Video: Sam Thompson wows once… twice… thrice in comeback ] Even more impressive, Williams’ three dunks happened in a three-minute span. Check out all of them in this post. VIDEO: @IndianaMBB freshman Troy Williams put on a dunk-show in the first half.
There were three Big Ten men’s hoops games on Saturday, highlighted by Wisconsin’s impressive 79-74 road win over Iowa. In other conference action, Indiana got a 61-56 road victory over Northwestern, and No. 24 Ohio State rallied and ran past Minnesota, 64-46. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] INDIANA 61, NORTHWESTERN 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56
Assembly Hall is now fully operational and open to perform regular gameday activities, the Indiana basketball program announced Saturday in a press release. There will be no seating restrictions or changes for the remainder of the basketball season. [ MORE: Iowa-Indiana rescheduled for Thursday night ] “IU and outside consulting engineers have advised that remediations have been completed ahead of schedule and Assembly Hall is safe for general occupancy including basketball games without restriction or limitation,” IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said. “As noted earlier, Tom Morrison and I will answer further questions on this
It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players. This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day. Did I miss someone? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. [ MORE: Who is the best dunker in the Big Ten? ] 1960’s Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966) Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
If it’s Friday, it’s time for my survey. This week, I asked Big Ten media members who is the best dunker in the conference. A guy from Ohio State was a popular choice. [ MORE: Review and Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks ] Ben Jones, StateCollege.com: Branden Dawson had some pretty impressive dunks prior to injury. With that in mind, I’ll go with D.J. Newbill who doesn’t have many but all of them have been impressive. His two dunks against Wisconsin on the road last year (here & here) are as good as you’ll see not in transition. Brian Neubert,
If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.
Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the