Assembly Hall will host two of the best point guards in the Big Ten Saturday, as Keith Appling leads his fourth-ranked Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 1-0) into Bloomington against Yogi Ferrell and the Indiana Hoosiers (10-4, 0-1). [ MORE: Week in review: Who’s up and down in the Big Ten? ] This marks the third head-to-head meeting all-time between the two point guards, with Ferrell and the Hoosiers winning both games last season. Ferrell averaged 8.4 points and 4.5 assists, compared to averages of just 4.5 points and one assist by Appling, who led the Spartans in scoring last season.
It’s finally here: My first edition of Big Ten Three-Pointers, my weekly fun and informative look back and forward around the Big Ten hardwood. We offer up scoreboards and other features like BTN Connect daily, of course, but I like to take a concentrated look at the week in one special take. I also have a few notes for you to keep in mind before we dive in. Stay in touch with me via my BTN .com mailbox – I get lots of mail and it’s fun to hear from fans. Let’s keep it civil and let’s keep it fun.
Thursday brought conference openers for the four Big Ten teams that didn’t get going on New Year’s Eve. One game was a laugher, and one was a barn burner. Let’s dive right in. In a fantastic basketball game, Michigan came away with a hard-fought road victory at Minnesota. This one was tight the whole way, as neither team managed a double digit lead at any point. The Wolverines got a huge boost from their bench, with freshman Zak Irvin going 5-of-8 from three for 15 points, and big man Jon Horford posting 14 points and nine rebounds. Those nice contributions aside,
We’re back again with another great contest as the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Tournament Sweepstakes has launched in 2014. Enter at www.BTN.com/BWWcontest, and remember you can enter once a day. There’s a limit of one entry per person per e-mail address per day. Nine prize winners will be selected – eight weekly winners and one grand prize winner. The weekly prize is a $100 gift card to the BTN online store and the grand prize is a trip for two to the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Read more in the official rules. And then enter right
On the final day of 2013, two-thirds of the Big Ten got the conference season underway in entertaining fashion. Ohio State withstood a valiant effort from Purdue before pulling away for the road win. More than anything else, this game displayed the Boilermakers’ potential, as they played even with one of the nation’s top teams for long stretches. Purdue nearly managed to score a point per possession on the Buckeyes–a feat which has been accomplished only once this season–despite shooting 3-for-14 from three and getting a lackluster offensive game from A.J. Hammons. The supporting cast did a great job of making
That was a fun start to the Big Ten conference slate! No. 3 Ohio State held off Purdue, Illinois topped Indiana in overtime, No. 5 Michigan State rallied past Penn State, and No. 22 Iowa took down Nebraska. Catch up on all the action and get video highlight in this post. [ MORE: View Tuesday’s complete Big Ten schedule ] ILLINOIS 83, INDIANA 80 (OT) | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Noah Vonleh swat + Will Sheehey transition slam = real nice @IndianaMBB highlight! WATCH – http://t.co/uLOmI7VRP6 — Indiana on BTN (@BTN_Indiana) December 31, 2013 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Just
With the nonconference season now in the books, BTN.com’s basketball panel decided to release its best of the 2013 nonconference season. From superlative honors to All-Big Ten teams, our guys offer their picks. See it all in this post. Don’t agree? Feel free to leave your picks in the submission box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks hand out nonconference report cards ] BIGGEST SURPRISE (TEAM) Wisconsin. We knew the Badgers would be good. Bo Ryan is still the coach, after all. But not a single person thought they would enter Big Ten play with
There are 12 games this week to open the Big Ten season. And many of the matchups will go a long way toward shaping the race, with Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin being the headliner. In fact, it could be one of the better games of the season. Here’s a ranking of this week’s games. [ MORE: Get Dienhart’s preview to the opening week of Big Ten play ] 1. Iowa at Wisconsin, Sun., Jan. 5. A must-see early Big Ten game that won’t disappoint, right? The undefeated Badgers will pose a challenge for a deep and talented Hawkeyes’ club that
We’re all set to tip-off conference play on Tuesday, which means it’s time to hand out our final grades for the nonconference season. We’ll do this in alphabetical order. Illinois: B The Illini have probably hit par, by going 11-2 in the non-conference schedule. By doing so, the team really hasn’t moved any closer or further away from an at-large berth. Coming into the season, we thought it was more likely than not that Illinois would miss the Tournament. With the Illini hovering at around 50 in the Pomeroy ratings, that still looks right—but there will be plenty of chances
Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog. Indiana University announced a $40 million gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt for renovations to Assembly Hall. Throwback Thursday: The original Assembly Hall, build in 1896, and the current Assembly Hall, opened in 1971. #tbt pic.twitter.com/nq5Xt2y7Qv — Indiana University (@IUBloomington)