Saturday featured a quartet of Big Ten men’s hoops games. Northwestern kicked off the action with an upset win over Indiana at Assembly Hall. Michigan followed with an impressive road win over No. 3 Wisconsin, while Purdue edged out Penn State and Michigan State cruised to a win over Illinois. Michigan and Michigan State remain the only unbeaten teams in Big Ten play this season. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN STATE 78, ILLINOIS 62 | RECAP | BOX
It’s mid-January. Seems like a good time to start taking a look at some mock NCAA brackets. Things are looking good for Wisconsin and Michigan State, which are primed to be No. 1 seeds. Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State also are solid tourney teams for now. But teams like Minnesota and Indiana may bob in and out of these mock brackets all winter. First, there’s Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, my personal favorite because he’s a Purdue grad who studied computers and played in the All-American Marching Band. And, I know how smart those guys are, having gone to Purdue myself.
Toughness. It’s needed in any sport to be successful. And there are many definitions of toughness, which is displayed in various ways. Show me a successful team—and I’ll show you a tough team. Knowing that, I asked some writers who cover Big Ten hoops teams who they felt is the “toughest” player in the conference. [ MORE: Ups and Downs: Reviewing and Previewing Hoops ] Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Aaron Craft. Whether by design or accident, he takes more bumps than a pinball — at both ends. Seth Gruen, Chicago Sun-Times: Keith Appling. Smallest guy on the floor and
It’s time for my Big Ten basketball 3-Pointers, my look back at the week that was in the Big Ten—with a sneak peek at what’s to come. It has been a good week to be Minnesota and Indiana. It hasn’t been such a good week to be Ohio State and Illinois. And if you’re Richard Pitno’s jacket from Thursday night, you had a little bit of good and bad this week. Read on, Big Ten fans! Three Stocks to Buy: 1. Minnesota. Dinkytown residents probably woke up this morning to hear chants of “Ski-U-Mah!” Why not? Minnesota looks legit after
Minnesota picked up a huge resume win over Ohio State, 63-53 in 63 possessions. The story of this game was on the interior, where Elliott Eliason made his presence felt on both ends. The bearded big man went 6-for-8 on twos, leading a Gopher attack that scored a point per trip despite a bad night from the perimeter. Minnesota’s poor three-point shooting and bad turnover rate weren’t a huge surprise, given the defensive strength of the Buckeye backcourt, but the Gophers’ ability to score inside was unexpected. %Shots at rim %Shots 2pt J %Shots 3pt Ohio State 18% 51% 31%
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 a Nebraska football helmet poking fun at the Texas logo. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: New addition to the helmet for the game #hornsdown pic.twitter.com/dM3yGewxVL — Jeremiah Sirles (@Sirles71_HSKR) January 16, 2014 Our take: Think Nebraska has completely forgotten about those Big 12 rivalries? 2018 on an island? I guess I can say …..
It’s not rare to see teams slap the floor as a group as they set up on defense vs. Duke. It’s a Duke thing, after all, and teams aren’t shy about mocking the tradition when they play the Blue Devils. Who says you can’t also do it vs. former Duke products? New Northwestern coach Chris Collins played for Duke and also spent 13 seasons there as an assistant, so perhaps that’s why the Spartans all slapped the floor early in Wednesday’s game. Our announcing crew noticed it right away. “And maybe a tip of the hat, in some round about
BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy and Sporting News coworker Ryan Fagan recently teamed up to create their midseason All-American Teams. Two Big Ten stars, both point guards, earned recognition, as Michigan State’s Keith Appling landed on the second team and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft found a spot on the third team. See what they say about both players in this post. [ MORE: See Sporting News’ full midseason All-American teams ] SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling “The conventional wisdom that a player can’t truly convert from a natural scorer to a point guard is being blown away nightly by Appling, who has
Indiana picked up a huge victory over previously unbeaten and No. 3 Wisconsin on Tuesday night. The significance of this win for Indiana cannot be overstated. This is a team that entered the night without a single quality win, a team that would not have made the NCAA tournament had the season ended just before this game. Now, the Hoosiers have a top-notch win and a clear path to a 9-9 conference record, which would seemingly be enough to make the tournament. There’s still a chance that Indiana is the second coming of last year’s Iowa Hawkeyes, with a weak
Michigan State’s Gary Harris is one of the Big Ten’s most talented players, a threat off the wing who can score in a variety of ways. But he has been a bit frustrated this season with his shooting. To wit: He missed two free throws in the waning moments of a recent game vs. Minnesota that could have iced victory for Michigan State. Also, Harris’ shooting percentage has dropped from 45.6 percent last season to 40.4. He’s fighting through it for a Spartans team that’s 15-1 overall and atop the Big Ten with a 4-0 record. Harris arrived in East