This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see how Michigan freshman point guard Derrick Walton has tackled the task of filling Trey Burke’s shoes. Plus, there is special bond between Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and his brother. We also take a look at how Indiana basketball plays a big role in the life of international recording star and Hoosier state native John Mellencamp. The show debuts at 8 p.m. ET this Saturday after the Minnesota-Michigan game.
There were two more exciting upsets in the Big Ten on Thursday night. Penn State kicked off the night with a memorable 65-63 win over Ohio State. Indiana followed with an impressive 93-86 victory over No. 20 Iowa.
Jeff Horner had a fantastic four-year career at Iowa. From 2002-06, Horner started 122 games and was a stat-sheet stuffing point guard who averaged 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 3-pointers. He finished his career as Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-pointers (262) and assists (612). He also helped guide the Hawkeyes to their last two NCAA tournaments, in 2005 and 2006.
Minnesota propelled itself back into the field of 68 with a decisive win over Iowa at home. The Gopher defense has been much-maligned this season (this is the second-worst defense in the Big Ten), but that doesn’t matter when you shoot 58 percent from 3 and 63 percent on 2s.
There was more craziness in the Big Ten on Tuesday night. Minnesota upset No. 19 Iowa, 95-89, to improve its NCAA tourney resume and send the Hawkeyes to back-to-back losses for the first time this season. No. 14 Wisconsin rallied from a 10-point deficit to down Indiana, 69-58.
At first glance it’s not a great menu of games this week, but we all know anything can happen. As the Big Ten hits the homestretch of the season, Michigan has a one-game lead in the title chase and the Wolverines should cruise in its two games this week. Michigan State sits one game out and Wisconsin trails by two. Can the Spartans and Badgers keep pace?