Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice.
No. 2 Ohio State drilled Miami (OH) (recap) and No. 19 Michigan put away Bradley (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Thursday night. In other action, No. 20 Michigan State dropped pesky Lehigh (recap), No. 24 Illinois lost to Missouri (recap), Iowa topped Boise State (recap), Minnesota held off North Dakota State (recap), Northwestern fell at Creighton (recap) and No. 18 Indiana flattened UMBC (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post.
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Night in and night out, Indiana’s Cody Zeller continues to dazzle and show why he was so highly recruited. The talented freshman entered Thursday night’s game against UMBC averaging 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Those numbers may get better following Thursday’s action. One thing’s for sure: Zeller added two more highlight-reel plays to his first-year resume tape. Watch his powerful jam, set up by a terrific pass from Victor Oladipo, and see his breakaway jam in this post.
(AP) Indiana forward Will Sheehey has injured his lower left leg and is listed as day-to-day. In a release issued late Wednesday night, the 17th-ranked Hoosiers said the injury occurred during practice earlier in the day. The sophomore forward has played a key role in Indiana’s resurgence. He is one of five Hoosiers scoring in double figures (10.7) and is the second-highest scoring non-starter in the Big Ten. Read the full AP story.
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High school recruits can’t sign letters of intent until Feb. 1. But junior college recruits who plan to enroll in January so they can take part in spring drills were able to sign Dec. 21. Minnesota and Indiana—the two Big Ten teams not to make a bowl this season–led the way among Big Ten schools with each signing five players this week who will take part in spring drills.
The start of the Big Ten men’s hoops season is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, in fact, Minnesota-Illinois (BTN) and Wisconsin-Nebraska tip off the conference slate. With the holiday break here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings.
Illinois once again put on a dismal offensive display against Cornell. Things started out well, with Bruce Weber’s team taking a 10-3 lead out of the gate, but the offense completely fell apart from there. But we’ve seen numbers like this from Illinois before:
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