It’s time to talk the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The event might be six-plus months away, but the 2013 matchups were released Wednesday afternoon. This year’s event is Dec. 3-4, with six games each night, and it features first-year ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. That last part, the addition of the three perennial Big East contenders, makes this event even more intriguing and far more daunting for the Big Ten. Not only does the ACC gain those three teams, but with 15 teams total, it gets to keep last year’s three-worst teams (Clemson, Virginia Tech & Wake Forest) out
April 28 was the deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA Draft, so the draft pool is now set. The big day comes June 27, but before that comes the draft lottery on May 21. The Big Ten saw five players leave early: Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas; Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr.; Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. The conference also saw some star underclassmen stay as Gary Harris and Adreian Payne opted to return to Michigan State after contemplating jumping to the NBA. Think you know which Big Ten underclassmen will find the most success in the
Five Big Ten underclassmen declared for the NBA Draft this spring, and all five were featured prominently on episodes of BTN’s “The Journey 2013.” Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas all have their eyes on the June 27 draft happens at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.. So look into your crystal ball and tell us which one you think will have the most successful pro career. We’ve asked that question on Twitter, and we’re tabulating results on BTN Connect. Go to the BTN Connect main page and scroll
Tom Crean announced Wednesday that Maurice Creek, who graduates next week, will not play for the Hoosiers next season. Creek will look to play his final season immediately at another school and begin work on a graduate degree. “With his graduation coming up next week, Maurice and his family have decided to pursue an opportunity where he can find the type of role that would provide him the minutes he desires and is accustomed to,” Crean said in a release. During his Indiana career, Creek averaged 7.2 points in 54 games, including a memorable 31-point effort against Kentucky as a
Indiana fans are going to miss Cody Zeller, the man they affectionately referred to as “The Big Handsome.” Zeller’s decision to forgo his final two seasons in Bloomington surely brought a tear to many an eye. Perhaps no one took the news harder than this very young Zeller fan. [ RELATED: See all the 2013 NBA Draft Big Ten early entrants ] It’s bad news indeed, kid. But, hey, Tom Crean still has talent around, in Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell and Will Sheeley, along with another strong recruiting class coming in. Keep your head up.
As we still await Adreian Payne’s NBA draft decision, I thought it would be fun to take another way-too-early look ahead to the 2013-14 season. This time, I’ll do it in prediction form, offering five things I’m confident about in 2013-14. See all five in this post. Have a prediction of your own? Feel free to leave it as a comment. 1. Ronnie Johnson, not Yogi Ferrell, will be best point guard in Indiana – No disrespect to Ferrell, whose role is certain to increase in the wake of Indiana losing Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller.
Michigan’s John Beilein recently broached a good idea: Make the NBA draft like the MLB draft. “(My preference would) probably be very much like baseball,” Beilein said. “I think that would be a great thing. If there’s a Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) out of high school, he can get that big contract and go. “If not, go (to college) for three years and make an educated decision. Then guys can redshirt and do all these things. That’s ideal in my mind.” Really, it’s a brilliant idea that I would love to see adopted. We know the colleges would like
Even with Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo turning pro early earlier this week, Indiana coach Tom Crean faced a scholarship crunch. Someone had to leave to open up a scholarship, as the Hoosiers had 14 players and just 13 scholarships even with Zeller and Oladipo gone early. Well, a spot opened with Indiana announcing tonight that sophomore guard Remy Abell will transfer in pursuit of more playing time. “Remy has been an outstanding citizen and a solid player for us the past two years,” Crean said in a statement. “He indicated to us that he would like to look to
We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap. While these numbers will likely change over the next week (especially for Michigan), here’s a current summary of what each team returns for 2013-14: With these numbers in mind, here’s a few thoughts on each team: Indiana will take a major drop, but it helps to drop from such a
The 2013 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 27. Any underclassman who enters his name into the draft has until Tuesday, April 16 to withdraw and retain college eligibility. Several Big Ten players face the decision of staying in school or turning pro. See all the decisions in this post. Here’s the list of Big Ten players who have declared for the draft: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., Ohio State: DIENHART COLUMN | AP STORY | MORE THOMAS Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT% 2010-11 OhioSt 37 0 14.0 7.5 3.5 0.5 0.4