There is a week to go in the season, and Indiana already has clinched a share of the Big Ten title, by virtue of Ohio State upsetting No. 8 Iowa on Sunday night. Can the Hoosiers win the title outright? Or can someone grab a share of it? [ MORE: Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G bracket | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Here is a look at the Big Ten week that was. BEST OF B1G WEEK Best win: Ohio State
The penultimate Sunday of the Big Ten men’s basketball season featured a quartet of games. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Ohio State upset No. 8 Iowa, 68-64, to keep its NCAA tourney hopes alive and highlight the day’s games. In other action, No. 6 Michigan State rolled Penn State, 88-57, behind another all-around effort from star Denzel Valentine (19 points, eight rebounds, six assists), Wisconsin took down Michigan, 68-57, to register its 10th win in its last 11 games, and Illinois rallied to knock off shorthanded Minnesota, 84-71. ** MICHIGAN STATE 88, PENN
The Big Ten announced the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night. [ MORE: View the full Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Maryland (27-3, 16-2), fresh off a 110-77 season-ending victory vs. Minnesota, secured its second consecutive outright Big Ten title and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Terrapins open their tourney title defense at noon ET Friday. The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately
Fran McCaffery and No. 8 Iowa suffered another heartbreaking loss Sunday night at Ohio State. The 68-64 defeat, Iowa’s fourth in its last five games, put a big dagger in the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten title hopes; in fact, Indiana clinched a share of the Big Ten title, its Big Ten record-tying 22nd, with the result. If Iowa doesn’t beat Indiana on Tuesday night, the Hoosiers will claim the outright crown. McCaffery was obviously frustrated following the latest loss, one that featured what he and the Iowa bench thought was an Ohio State foul on Jarrod Uthoff that went uncalled in
Mike Gesell is no stranger to making the highlight play. Usually, the Iowa senior’s highlight is a nifty pass that leads to a basket or dunk. On rare occasions, though, Gesell flashes his underrated athleticism on unexpected jams of his own. The latest example came Sunday afternoon’s loss at Ohio State, when Gesell used a crossover to get past his defender and fly in for the powerful right-handed flush. Watch the highlight in the video above.
Iowa sophomore Megan Reaska is in the process of becoming the first female combat engineer in the state’s National Guard. And while she’s proud of this, Reaska admitted she’s something of an accidental trailblazer. “I didn’t know that when I first decided to be a combat engineer,” she said. “That’s a pretty cool feeling.” Born and raised in Streeter, Ill., Reaska spent the past few years moving between Iowa and Texas due to her father’s work. Now settled in Iowa for school, she’s looking to the future. “I’ve been thinking about [military service] for a while now,” she said. “My
The Big Ten title race came into sharper focus on the second-to-last Saturday of the regular season. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out Sunday’s scoreboard ] We have Purdue to thank for it, as the 20th-ranked Boilermakers held off No. 10 Maryland, 83-79, at Mackey Arena. With the outcome, Purdue improved heated instate rival and Big Ten leader Indiana’s pursuit to the Big Ten crown. The Hoosiers can clinch a share of the Big Ten crown as early as Sunday, with an Ohio State win over Iowa, and wrap up the outright title as early
The finish line is in sight, and we are in a very tight three-horse race for Big Ten Coach of The Year. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJessSettles on Twiter! | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] To me, the leading candidates are simple: Indiana’s Tom Crean, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard. I break down each coach’s case below. Fran McCaffery Fran McCaffery has 11-4 Iowa within striking distance of the Hawkeyes’ first regular season title since 1979. Remember, no team other than Wisconsin lost more impactful upperclassmen than McCaffery. Sixth man of the Gabe Olaseni and first-team
The 2016 Big Ten men's basketball tournament will take place March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. BTN will provide live coverage of the tournament, including Game 2 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET), the first two games on Thursday (noon, 2:30 p.m. ET) and the last two games on Friday (6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. ET). Read this post for the full bracket.
Who is your choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year? Fran McCaffery? Tom Crean? Greg Gard? Lots of good options. I asked several people who cover the league for their choice as the season is about to draw to a close. Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register: Right now I’ve got Iowa’s Fran McCaffery with a slight lead, but he’s got to show he can finish off what the Hawkeyes have started. I think McCaffery’s case is helped by the unwarranted low expectations placed on Iowa to start the season (picked ninth in the league by a BTN panel, which