What’s going on around the Big Ten tournament? You know, aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the 15th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and he filed a notebook. From food to spottings to uniforms, you’ll find it in this post.
(AP) Indiana point guard Verdell Jones III has a torn ACL in his right knee and is done for the season. The team announced the news Friday, a few hours before its Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game against No. 14 Wisconsin. The 15th-ranked Hoosiers lost Jones on Thursday. The senior guard crashed to floor, screaming and clutching his right knee with 5:45 left in the first half of a win against Penn State in the tournament. He was eventually carried to the locker by two of his teammates and did not return. Coach Tom Crean said an MRI on Thursday night revealed the extent of the injury and called it heartbreaking news.
Cody Zeller scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Jordan Hulls added 20 points as they teamed up to lead No. 15 Indiana to a 75-58 victory over Penn State on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten tourney. Indiana plays Wisconsin on Friday. When asked by BTN’s Lisa Byington after the game about Verdell Jones’ injury, Indiana coach Tom Crean said, “It’s not good.” Get BTN.com’s Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.
]Meyers Leonard scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lead Illinois past Iowa, as Illinois (17-15) fell 64-61 on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Get BTN.com’s Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, highlights and postgame videos, and more.
Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best action you’ll find, and it’s not close, but we’re still talking about a league that’s probably going to get 6 bids, with only a couple of standout teams. Does that sound much different than the past decade, when the Big Ten wasn’t measuring up to the likes of the ACC and the Big East?
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