Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,
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
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. Player of the Week: Will Sheehey, Indiana, F – Sr. – 6-7 Averaged 18.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in leading Indiana to a 2-1 record last week, including wins over nationally ranked
For the fourth time in as many tries, Indiana knocked off a ranked Big Ten team at Assembly Hall. This time, the Hoosiers dropped No. 20 Ohio State, 72-64. In other action, No. 19 Iowa held off Purdue, 83-76, and No. 14 Wisconsin took down Penn State, 71-66. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten basketball scoreboard ] INDIANA 72, OHIO STATE 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 on Sunday, leading Indiana past No.
“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials. [ MORE: Review and Preview: Michigan fixes eyes on a Big Ten title ] Jeff Washburn, Boiler Sports Report/Scout.com: Bo Ryan is the most demonstrative and theatrical, but Tom Izzo seems to produce results that would make Perry Mason smile. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com:
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. Here is a look at all 14 team’s single-play opponents, compliments of BigTen.org. ILLINOIS Home: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin Home/Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue INDIANA Home: Iowa,
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. Wisconsin also is rolling. What has happened to Iowa? Check it all out in this week’s Three-Pointers, and use our scoreboards to get updated TV info and times for this weekend’s six games. Three stocks to buy 1. Michigan. What a week for the Wolverines, who have to feel like a team of destiny after pulling out that miraculous overtime win at Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan opened the week with a
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.
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see how Michigan freshman point guard Derrick Walton has tackled the task of filling Trey Burke’s shoes. Plus, there is special bond between Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and his brother. We also take a look at how Indiana basketball plays a big role in the life of international recording star and Hoosier state native John Mellencamp. The show debuts at 8 p.m. ET this Saturday after the Minnesota-Michigan game. Also this week, game highlights from Wisconsin-Iowa and Michigan State-Michigan. The angle that DIDN'T make the piece A post shared by btnjourney
Thursday night’s No. 20 Iowa at Indiana game was originally scheduled to be played last Tuesday, but the game was rescheduled due to a piece of metal that fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall. The falling metal damaged several seats in the northwest corner of the arena. In the first men’s game since the roof issue, several Indiana fans showed up to the exciting 93-86 upset win wearing Hoosier-themed hard hats. [ MORE: Watch piece of metal fall at Assembly Hall ] One fan (shown above) attached a sign to his hard hat, which read “Ready for Anything.” Here