Glenn Robinson III got a steal at Minnesota and took it down the court for two points, but these were no ordinary points. Robinson eyed the basket and executed a 360-degree spin before dunking it home in front of the soldout Minnesota crowd. Watch it in the video in this post. No. 5 Michigan won the game, 83-75. Robinson finished with nine points. Check out this USA TODAY Sports shot of the 360: [ DUNK ARCHIVE: Watch a bunch of other dunks from this Big Ten season so far. ] And here’s another from Robinson on Thursday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help No. 5 Michigan stave off No. 12 Minnesota 83-75 on Thursday night. Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who had the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fast break. Nik Stauskas added 11 points. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL
At 10 p.m. ET tonight, “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” spotlights the Big Ten’s top point guards. The show airs immediately following the Wisconsin-Iowa game, and then airs again at 3 p.m. Sunday following the Indiana-Northwestern game and again at 8 p.m. Sunday. The point guards featured include Trey Burke, Aaron Craft, Tim Frazier and Andre Hollins. Read more about the show in this post. Here’s what you can expect on the show: We profile Michigan’s Trey Burke, who discusses how returning to school for his sophomore year has made him a better player. Also, we talk to Burke
If it’s Thursday, it must mean there is a big game in the Big Ten, right? Yep. Brace yourself for No. 5 Michigan visiting No. 9 Minnesota. Let’s begin daily links right there. This will be the first meeting of top-10 teams in the venerable Barn since—are you ready for this?—1977. Go back in time in this piece from Marcus Fuller at The Pioneer Press. While watching yet another big, Big Ten game, keep an eye on the point guard battle between Minnesota’s Andre Hollins and Michigan’s Trey Burke. It’s the clash that may decide the game. Burke knows his
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. This week, following Michigan’s first loss, there’s a new – and familiar – No. 1. See where I rank your team in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (15-1, 3-0) – There’s been whispers about it, but it’s time Victor Oladipo received more Big Ten Player
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean: Listen to Coach McCaffery: Listen to Coach Groce: Listen to Coach Carmody: Listen to Coach Chambers: Listen to Coach Painter: Listen to Coach Izzo: Listen to Coach Ryan: Listen to Coach Beilein: Listen to Coach Matta:
This weekend featured a lot of games where the home team came out of the gate strong, though there were some second half scares as well. Indiana ran all over Minnesota in the first half on Saturday, opening up a 23-point lead after the first 20 minutes. Team Two-Point Pct. Three-Point Pct. Turnover Pct. Points per Possession Indiana 66.7 63.6 12.5 1.63 Minnesota 53.8 38.5 37.5 0.91 Throw in the fact that the Hoosiers secured half of their (rare) misses, and this is about as close as you’ll find to offensive perfection. There was not a single statistical category in
Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and scored the first and last baskets in a 16-0 first-half spurt to help No. 14 Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan 56-53 on Sunday, denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years. After Trey Burke, who led the Wolverines (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Buckeyes took the lead for good although there were many nervous moments by the finish. Burke had a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left, but it rattled around and out. [ BOX |
On Wednesday, Minnesota made a statement, beating Illinois by 17 points in Champaign. This was a strange one, as the Illini actually negated the Gophers’ huge on-paper advantage on the glass. Instead, it was a big discrepancy in shooting accuracy that told the story. Minnesota, normally a mediocre outside shooting team, hit nine of 15 from behind the arc, while Illinois made just three of its 24 three-point attempts. The Gopher defense certainly had a lot to do with the Illini’s struggles–there just weren’t all that many open looks–but it was also just one of those nights (see Andre Hollins’ banked-in three from nearly midcourt to
Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a 62-47 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night. The Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half. The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 edition that went on to win the Big Ten title. Ray Gallegos scored 19 points for Nebraska (9-7, 0-3), which held the Wolverines to a 39 percent mark from the field.