Minnesota took another step toward a third consecutive Big Ten championship Friday night, taking a 129-point lead after the third day of competition at University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Minnesota relied on great depth, qualifying 15 athletes for the championship finals, while posting two individual champions.
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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.
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.
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.
We have a number of special guests in the studio for tonight’s “#BTNLive” and Big Ten football fans will want to get to know them. On tonight’s show hosted by Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, we talk to nine Chicago area high school football players who have committed to play for Big Ten football teams next fall.
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.
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.