It’s early in the conference season, but not so early that teams don’t have something they need to work on. To get them in shape, let’s hand out some homework assignments.
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Jan. 2-8, in this post. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.
No. 13 Michigan put away No. 19 Wisconsin (recap), No. 12 Indiana held off Penn State (recap) and Purdue bounced back to beat Minnesota (recap) on the Big Ten men’s hardwood Sunday. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Purdue-Minnesota game, and here are a few of his best calls. Also, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina has posted his latest Best of the Best weekly column.
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Sunday featured a trio of Big Ten women’s basketball games, including a pair on BTN. In the first game, Northwestern held off Indiana, 69-61, for its first Big Ten win and Nebraska rallied past Iowa, 76-72, in the second one at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In the other game, Wisconsin nipped Illinois, 70-67. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.
Our award-winning series “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012″ returned Sunday night. On the season’s first show, we followed Michigan State’s Draymond Green back to his hometown of Saginaw, Mich., to see how his upbringing made him into the leader he is today, and we introduced you to Indiana’s Cody Zeller. Also, we took a look at Matt Painter’s roots in the state of Indiana and profiled how two Ohio State McDonald’s All-Americans have taken different paths to success in Columbus. Watch a clip from the show now and find a few bonus clips in this post.
For now, football is in my rear view window and the road for me ahead has plenty of Big Ten hoops. In my first installment of my Big Ten Three-Pointers, my aim is to fire up 3-pointers from around the Big Ten as I look back at the previous week’s news and then ahead to what’s coming. Ready, set, shoot …
Illinois picked up a much needed victory at Northwestern, but they sure didn’t make it easy on themselves. The Wildcats came out executing their offense to the tune of 1.13 points per possession in the first half, a very solid showing against a good Illini defense. John Shurna was at the forefront of the attack, putting up 17 first half points. Northwestern built a double digit lead before a late Illinois run made it closer at the half.