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Indiana brought new meaning to the phrase “making it rain” on Tuesday night in Bloomington, IN. [ MORE: Yogi Ferrell sets Indiana all-time assist record ] The Hoosiers hit a school-record 19 3-pointers in a commanding 103-69 victory over Illinois at Assembly Hall. Perhaps even more impressive, the Hoosiers’ 19 3-pointers made is the most ever by a Big Ten team in a conference game, according to our @BTNStatsGuys. Indiana hit 19-of-36 from beyond the arc, breaking a previous school record that was set against Minnesota just last season. Yogi Ferrell led the way with five of Indiana’s 19 3-pointers.
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on the slate Tuesday night. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 25 Indiana kicked off the action with an impressive 103-69 victory over Illinois in the opening game of the night. No. 7 Maryland followed that with a thrilling 62-56 overtime win against Northwestern in the nightcap. With two Big Ten games, we make it a point to capture the best moments from both contests. Here is a look at the best highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. There is
Records are meant to be broken… Indiana senior Yogi Ferrell set another record on Tuesday as he dished out his 546th career assist, making him the school’s new all-time leader in that category. Leading Illinois 17-11 midway through the first half, Ferrell drew a double team and threw a perfect no-look pass to Max Bielfeldt for the basket. Check out the video at the top of this post. Former Indiana standout and current Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo chimed in on Ferrell’s record-breaking assist, which we made sure to capture as well. Congrats to the little bro Yogi Ferrel for
It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. One thing is becoming abundantly clear: The Big Ten is looking like a six-bid league, but keep an eye on Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Last week, Palm had five Big Ten teams in his field. This week, he has six, with Michigan joining the fray. No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 North Florida, South Region No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Texas A&M CC, West Region No. 4
Iowa is white hot, jumping out to a 5-0 Big Ten clip, its best start since the 1996-97 season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] It’s been a collective effort for the Hawkeyes, but there’s no doubt that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been the key. The Iowa star is playing so well that he has taken the top spot from Maryland point guard Melo Trimble in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Editor’s note:
The latest AP & Coaches men’s basketball polls were released Monday, and each has five Big Ten teams ranked. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Maryland paces the handful of Big Ten teams, at No. 7 (AP) and No. 5 (Coaches). Undefeated Iowa, which is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1996-97 season, comes in at No. 9 in both polls. Michigan State, fresh off a pair of losses, drops
How about the Iowa Hawkeyes?! After last week’s wins at then-No. 4 Michigan State and vs. Michigan, the Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] If you’re keeping score at home, Fran McCaffery and company have won 11 consecutive Big Ten games, dating to last season. Even more impressive: Three of the wins this season have come vs. the then-No. 1, No. 14 and No. 4 teams. The
All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at
The AFC and NFC championship games are set, and it will be New England at Denver and Arizona at Carolina, respectively. Check out how former Big Ten names performed in NFL divisional playoff action Saturday and Sunday below. Editor’s note: Stats are from foxsports.com box scores. ILLINOIS Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs – No stats Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots – No stats INDIANA Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos – 2 rec., 18 yards IOWA Bryan Bulaga, T, Green Bay Packers – No stats Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots – No stats Mike Daniels, DT, Green Bay