The Big Ten coaches were buzzing Monday about this weekend’s incident where Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart shoved an opposing team’s fan. Smart later apologized and was subsequently suspended. “I’m sure every coach in the country is going to be reminding their team of it today, if they didn’t yesterday,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday. “You can’t ever let anybody get in the way of your career, in the way of your responsibility to your team.” Here Crean below: [MORE: Hear Big Ten coaches on the weekly teleconference here. ] And watch the Smart incident below. It seems some want
Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris topped my initial list last week, but it’s Iowa’s Devyn Marble on top this week. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart previews the week ahead ] 1. Devyn Marble, Iowa – 42%, 16.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg. While Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas are struggling from the field, Marble is fresh off an impressive 26-point effort (6-of-10
Iowa pummeled Michigan on Saturday with an offensive attack that’s as good as we’ve seen this season. Iowa missed 32 shots and rebounded 15 of them. Seven turnovers. 59 percent from three. The Lakers don't beat a team with those numbers. — Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) February 8, 2014 Those are some terrifying numbers, and they added up to 1.4 points per possession for the Hawkeyes. Roy Devyn Marble led the attack with 26 points (17 shots), which included a 6 for 10 performance from behind the three-point line. Maybe Iowa was due. After all this team shot much better in
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim
An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead. Game of the Week: Michigan at Ohio State. Teams seemingly going in opposite directions. This is the only meeting of the season between these rivals. And, it’s a biggie. After losing five of six games, the Buckeyes have come
Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team. Illinois. Bruce Weber didn’t recruit Champaign native Rayvonte Rice. Indiana. Yogi Ferrell has a new role now that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are in the NBA. Iowa. Depth! Michigan. Tie: Nik Stauskas isn’t just a shooter. And, the Wolverines are without preseason All-America Mitch McGary. Michigan State. Injuries!
That was a fun day of Big Ten basketball. No. 24 Wisconsin took down No. 8 Michigan State in the final seconds, and Illinois dropped Penn State to snap its eight-game slide. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] WISCONSIN 60, MICHIGAN STATE 58 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Traevon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper with 2.1 seconds left for Wisconsin, 10 seconds after Michigan State’s Adreian Payne tied it with a 3, and the Badgers beat the ninth-ranked Spartans
President Barack Obama was on the campus of Michigan State University today to sign into law an agriculture spending bill at MSU’s Equine Performance Center. Midway through his speech, Obama took some time to talk about the Spartans’ recent success on both the football field and the basketball court. “I’m also here to do some scouting on my brackets,” Obama joked. “I just talked to coach Izzo. Spartans are looking pretty good.” Obama also spoke about meeting with MSU football coach Mark Dantonio “You already got a Rose Bowl victory,” Obama said to the Michigan State students. “You guys are….
The NBA recently announced six contestants who will be competing in the 2014 Slam Dunk contest during NBA All Star weekend. That got us thinking about if the Big Ten had a dunk contest. Who are some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this year? Here is a breakdown of the six Big Ten players I would want to see in a dunk contest. Did I miss anyone? Tweet them to me @BTNSean. [ MORE: Check out the Big Ten’s Best Dunkers show on BTN2Go ] 1. Sam Thompson, Ohio State 2. Austin Hollins, Minnesota 3. Rayvonte Rice,
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including an awesome dunk by former MSU star Draymond Green Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Our take: NBA highlights dunk of the day. Rightfully so! "You're greedy. You wanna win everything." President Obama, at MSU, after meeting Izzo and Dantonio. — David Harns (@isportsDave) February 7, 2014 Our take: President Obama visiting East Lansing today.