Now that all but one team (Nebraska) has officially reached the halfway point of the conference hoops season, it’s time unveil the first installment of my weekly Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris tops my first list. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks the week’s top Big Ten games ] 1. Gary Harris, So., G – 44%, 18.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg. Have you heard Michigan State has had an injury-riddled season? Of course, you have.
We begin to head down the backstretch of the season, as my friends at Big Ten Geeks pointed out earlier this week. If you are like me, getting a clean read on the season makes you as confused as ever. But, don’t worry. Things will begin to crystallize … I think. Here’s my ranking of this week’s men’s basketball games. 1. Michigan at Iowa, Sat., Feb. 8. This is the game of week, ladies and gentlemen. The Wolverines sit atop the Big Ten along with Michigan State, as each has one loss. The Hawkeyes have three losses. A defeat will
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: Michigan State Associate Head Coach Dwayne Stephens: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to
We’re now at the official halfway point of the conference season, so it seems an appropriate time to glance at player stats. We’ve already thrown around some Big Ten POY discussion, but we have enough data now that we can start to look a little deeper. Courtesy of statsheet.com, the following table contains the conference-only numbers for players that meet the following criteria: minute percentage above 60 percent, possession percentage above 22 percent, offensive rating above 100. These are the best of the best, the efficient possession-consumers, at least during the first half of Big Ten play. Player Poss% Ortg
The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and three players were honored. Northwestern’s Drew Crawford and Penn State’s D.J. Newbill shared Player of the Week, while Indiana’s Noah Vonleh claimed Freshman of the Week. Read more in this post. Co-Players of the Week: Drew Crawford, Northwestern, G/F, Sr. Averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in Northwestern’s road sweep over #14/13 Wisconsin and Minnesota For the week, shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from three-point range Against the Badgers, poured in a
Want to talk about an efficient day? Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell had one of the more efficient performances you’ll ever see in Sunday afternoon’s 63-52 victory over No. 14 Michigan. Ferrell scored 27 points on just 10 shots, thanks in large part to a career-high seven 3-pointers. The star sophomore finished 7-of-8 from distance and 8-of-10 overall, plus he hit four free throws. Watch Ferrell’s 3-point barrage in this post. VIDEO: How hot was Yogi Ferrell in @IndianaMBB's upset? Scorching. WATCH his career-high 7 treys – http://t.co/qFNJbTpVN4 — Indiana on BTN (@BTN_Indiana) February 2, 2014
Another day, another exciting day of Big Ten basketball. First, Penn State dropped Purdue, 79-68, to card its third straight Big Ten win. After that, Indiana handed No. 14 Michigan its first Big Ten loss in a 63-52 upset. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] INDIANA 63, MICHIGAN 52 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Yogi Ferrell scored 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers in eight tries, to lead unranked Indiana to a 63-52 upset of No. 10 Michigan on Sunday.
It’s time for me to reach into my mail bag to answer your pressing questions. Basketball is on your mind. And that’s understandable, as we are in the heart of the season as I type this. So, let’s begin. [ MORE: Survey Says: Who is the Big Ten’s top newcomer ] Do you think that Michigan is for real? I really love watching the Wolverines play. – J.R. Rinehart Michigan is fun to watch, isn’t it? Making the success even more delicious is the fact no one expected this type of excellence from the Wolverines after they lost Trey Burke
It’s the weekend, so that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week’s query: Who is the Big Ten’s top newcomer? I’m talking true freshman, redshirt freshman, JC transfers and four-year transfers. There are some good choices. A tough call. I posed the question to seven top-notch scribes who cover the league. Lots of love for Indiana’s Noah Vonleh. Here you go. Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Nebraska’s Terran Petteway. 18 points a game isn’t chicken feed. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times: Don’t care about Nebraska’s record. Just want to watch Terran Petteway play. Bad dude on a serious offensive
OK, are you as confused as I am? This week of upsets has turned the conference on its side and trashed most everything I thought I knew about the Big Ten. Penn State wins at Ohio State, Northwestern prevails at Wisconsin, and Nebraska dumps Indiana. And the Big Ten standings speak to that. But, hey, Michigan just keeps on winning. So, there’s a constant. Michigan State, too. Otherwise, hang on and buckle up for what could be wild February. Who will be the next upset victim? THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Michigan State. Just when it looked like injuries to