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
Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket. All told, the Illini held Minnesota to its lowest output of the season, and a big night from freshman Kendrick Nunn (19 points, 5-for-7 from three) was enough to carry the offense. Nnanna
Indiana and Iowa announced that the Hoosiers’ postponed Feb. 18 home men’s basketball game against the visiting Hawkeyes has been rescheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Assembly Hall. The game will air on ESPN. Earlier this week, a panel fell from the top of the ceiling of Indiana’s Assembly Hall forcing the game to be cancelled. The arena was empty at the time but the loosened panel damaged several seats. Game With Iowa Rescheduled For Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET – will air on ESPN #iubb http://t.co/k8JDN0cWuM — IndianaMBB (@IndianaMBB) February 21, 2014 In a
If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now
Indiana held its second press conference in less than 24 hours Wednesday afternoon, this time to update the media on what engineers found after inspecting the Assembly Hall roof. On Tuesday, a metal facing fell from the roof and forced the Hoosiers to postpone their game vs. Iowa. The culprit was just what Glass and others figured: snow and ice on the roof. Watch Glass explain what happened in this video. [ MORE: AP: Falling metal forces Indiana to postpone Iowa game ] Watch the full press conference: Video of falling metal beam at Assembly Hall from SC https://t.co/ir6Jefmjwe —
We’re in the home stretch of conference play, so it feels an appropriate time to check in on the play of the Big Ten’s freshmen. Who has the inside track on freshman of the year? What youngsters are doing more than you realized? Let’s find out. The following table lists the conference-only numbers for every Big Ten freshman that is playing regular minutes (Minute Percentage > 30), is consuming at least a few possessions (Possession Percentage >14), and is at least somewhat efficient (Offensive Rating >96). These are the youngsters that are truly contributing as first-year players, and they are
Tuesday’s Iowa-Indiana game was postponed due to a piece of metal that fell from the ceiling and damaged seats in the lower part of Section F, which is located in the northwest corner of the building. See a video of the metal falling and pictures of the damage in this post. [ MORE: AP: Falling metal forces Indiana to postpone Iowa game ] Video of falling metal beam at Assembly Hall from SC https://t.co/ir6Jefmjwe — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) February 18, 2014 PHOTO: A view of the damaged seats at Assembly Hall. Can confirm game is postponed. #iubb pic.twitter.com/HgajY8Bhac — Jordan
Indiana’s game against No. 15 Iowa was postponed Tuesday night after an 8-foot long, 50-pound piece of metal inside Assembly Hall fell from the ceiling into empty seats in the northwest corner of the arena. No makeup date was announced and parts of the building’s four corners were roped off as engineers inspected the metal plates around the rest of the building. [ MORE: See video & photos of metal facing falling on seats ] Three hours after announcing the postponement, athletic director Fred Glass said the teams could have played the game, but only if fans were kept out.
I long for the days when every Big Ten school played twice every season. It was a symmetrical schedule that crowned a true champ in a neat and tidy 18-game league schedule. The only thing missing was a bow on top. That balance got tossed out the window when Penn State joined the league. And Nebraska’s arrival added to the imbalance to where Big Ten schools now play just seven teams twice and four others once. As you can imagine, that can make for some unbalanced and unfair schedules in the pursuit of a conference title. Now, with Rutgers and