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.
It’s good to be Ohio State … at least for this week. The Buckeyes have risen from the dead, notching two big wins in the last week to breathe life into a season that had gone terribly bad. Here’s a look back at the last week—with a peek ahead, too. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Ohio State. Just when it looked like the Buckeyes were circling the drain, they rise up. Very impressive. Ohio State had lost four in a row and five of six games, falling from 15-0 and No. 3 in the nation to out of the polls
Michigan State welcomed back Adreian Payne in a blowout of Penn State. The big man played very well in 18 minutes off the bench, and the Spartans performed much better than the final margin suggests. Penn State made a big run in garbage time to turn a 25-point deficit into a 15-point loss, but it was done entirely on a lineup that included guys like Colby Wollenman, Keenan Wetzel, and Dan Chapman. Final 3:32 Points Possessions Efficiency Penn State 15 7 2.14 Michigan State 5 6 0.83 Before garbage time, Michigan State dominated at both ends. First 36:28 Points Possessions
(AP) Adreian Payne scored 12 points in his return from a foot injury, and No. 9 Michigan State kept pace atop the Big Ten with an 82-67 victory over Penn State on Thursday night. Payne hadn’t played since Jan. 7 because of a sprained foot, but although he didn’t start Thursday, he did play 18 minutes, going 5 of 9 from the field. The Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) were still nowhere near full strength. Keith Appling, who has been dealing with a wrist problem, sat out, and Branden Dawson is still out because of a broken hand. Catch up
With so many Big Ten programs constantly beating up on each other this season, how many teams from the conference will receive bids in this year’s NCAA Tournament? That has been one of the most popular questions among Big Ten hoops fans this season. ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi projects the Big Ten to get six teams into the dance, according to his latest NCAA tournament projections. Here is a breakdown of the Big Ten teams Lundari lists in his bracket, as well as where they are seeded and what region they would be playing in. EAST Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5)-
Ohio State picked up a big road win at Iowa thanks to surprisingly hot shooting. The Buckeyes shot 44 percent on threes, a number that stood in stark contrast to the Hawkeyes’ unusually cold outside shooting (3-for-20, 15 percent). Iowa dominated the glass and shot 60 percent on twos, but the three-point shot is the great equalizer, and it carried Ohio State to a huge win. Leading this attack was Aaron Craft, who went 2-for-2 from three to bolster his line of 17 points, six assists, and six steals. It was nearly a perfect game from Craft, save for four