Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Dec. 5-11, in this post. Also, watch Christian Watford’s last-second 3-pointer to stun No. 1 Kentucky and the resulting celebration Saturday at Assembly Hall. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.
It was a tough day for Big Ten women’s hoops teams Sunday. The conference went 3-3, with losses to Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Drake, and No. 12 Purdue lost for the second time in as many days. On the bright side, No. 17 Penn State took care of business, thumping Maryland-Eastern Shore, 76-51. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and see recaps from all the games in this post. Watch our highlights from Minnesota’s win now.
It was a busy day of Big Ten men’s hoops Saturday, headlined by Indiana upsetting No. 1 Kentucky at the buzzer (recap). Get all the video, reaction, tweets and photos from the upset. In other action, Michigan State beat Gonzaga (recap), Purdue drilled Eastern Michigan (recap), No. 16 Wisconsin took down UNLV (recap), No. 19 Michigan held off Oakland (recap), Nebraska rallied past TCU (recap) and Minnesota topped St. Peter’s (recap), while No. 2 Ohio State lost at Kansas (recap) and Penn State fell at Duquesne (recap).
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In case you were busy preparing for the Heisman Trophy presentation or doing who knows what, Indiana upset No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. Yes, Indiana, the same team that combined for two wins over ranked opponents the past three-plus seasons, upset the nation’s top-ranked team. But, as the Hoosiers’ 9-0 start would indicate, this isn’t the same Indiana team. For starters, they have the highly touted Cody Zeller in the fold, along with the most talent they’ve had since Tom Crean came to town. Get reaction, tweets, photos and video from the upset in this post. Speaking of video, watch Christian Watford’s game-winning shot at the buzzer now.
It’s no secret that Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is a human highlight-reel, and the high-flying sophomore proved it again Saturday against No. 1 Kentucky. Oladipo, who always knows how to excite the crowd with impressive dunks, did it all by himself versus the defensive-minded Wildcats. From behind the arc, Oladipo drove the lane, blew by a couple defenders and threw down a powerful one-handed jam, posterizing Kentucky’s Darius Miller in the process. Watch the explosive dunk here. In a word, wow!
Down 72-70 to No. 1 Kentucky with 5.6 seconds left, Indiana had one last chance Saturday at Assembly Hall. Christian Watford inbounded to Verdell Jones, who drove the length of the court and kicked it back to a wide-open Watford for a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Watford, of course, drained the trey to give Indiana the big-time upset and send the Indiana faithful into an absolute frenzy. The fans stormed the court, making for one of the most memorable moments of the young season. Watch the entire play and celebration now.
There was an iconic Hail Mary pass, a brand new championship game, a new school in the club, Legends and Leaders, a smashing debut by a coach, a touchdown machine named “Ball,” and a sordid off-field scandal the likes we never have seen in the history of college sports. Welcome to Big Ten football 2011.