OK, are you as confused as I am? This week of upsets has turned the conference on its side and trashed most everything I thought I knew about the Big Ten. Penn State wins at Ohio State, Northwestern prevails at Wisconsin, and Nebraska dumps Indiana. And the Big Ten standings speak to that. But, hey, Michigan just keeps on winning. So, there’s a constant. Michigan State, too.
KenPom’s game probabilities gave Northwestern just a five percent chance of winning at Wisconsin, and it didn’t like Penn State’s chances of winning at Ohio State much better (nine percent). In one of the unlikeliest nights of Big Ten basketball you’ll ever see, both road underdogs pulled the upset, an outcome that had a combined probability of less than half a percent.
Thursday night featured two more entertaining Big Ten hoops games. Nebraska kicked off the action with a 60-55 win over Indiana. Michigan followed with a commanding 75-66 home victory over Purdue to remain perfect in Big Ten play.
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There were four Big Ten women’s games tonight, highlighted by Penn State’s 75-72 victory over Purdue. In other Big Ten women’s action, Northwestern edged out a win over Indiana, Michigan State got the best of Wisconsin, and Ohio State cruised to a victory over Illinois.
The finger is poised above the panic button at Indiana and Purdue, in-state brothers bound by basketball love that has grown bad in 2013-14. What’s the postseason future of these teams?
After the Hoosiers’ men’s basketball team takes on Nebraska tonight, the Indiana LiveBIG episode sheds light on life-saving proton therapy being done at Indiana University, and introduces you to a man who is defying the odds in Bloomington.
The arrival of the Super Bowl means many things to many people. Ro-tel and Velveeta dip … the end of the most wonderful time of the year … spring is approaching. For me, it means we basically are at the halfway point of the Big Ten hoop season.