An interesting week in the Big Ten, as Michigan surged to the top of the conference as it looks for its outright conference championship since the 1985-86 season.
Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see how Michigan freshman point guard Derrick Walton has tackled the task of filling Trey Burke’s shoes. Plus, there is special bond between Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and his brother. We also take a look at how Indiana basketball plays a big role in the life of international recording star and Hoosier state native John Mellencamp. The show debuts at 8 p.m. ET this Saturday after the Minnesota-Michigan game.
Needing a bucket in the final seconds to avoid an overtime loss at Purdue, whose number did John Beilein call? Nik Stauskas? Nope. Out of a timeout, and with 2.9 seconds left, the Wolverines sent the inbound pass to Glenn Robinson III. It was a dangerous pass, but Robinson III hauled it in, drove to the bucket, and put up a shot that danced on the rim before going down.
There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games featured on our Super Wednesday doubleheader. In the first game, No. 16 Michigan rallied and beat Purdue, 77-76, on a buzzer-beater in overtime. Illinois notched a 60-49 victory over Nebraska in the second game. Catch up on all the action and get video highlights in this post.
We’re fast approaching the end of the regular season, so that means it’s time to start considering an All-Big Ten most improved team. Who would make your 2013-14 team? Mine is headlined by a quartet of sophomores, including Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Nik Stauskas. See my full team, plus vote for your most improved player, in this post.