All 12 of the Big Ten’s women basketball teams played Thursday night, including Illinois who beat Michigan State 71-62 in overtime. Catch up on our scoreboard page, dive inside for highlights as well as a video feature on Illinois women’s basketball coach Jolette Law, who helped raise money for charity by coaching a game in her bare feet.
It’s time to reach into the mailbag and answer your questions. Lots of variety with hoops in full swing, Signing Day on the horizon and the Super Bowl around the corner.
Michigan picked up its first road win of the season in a hard fought two-point victory over Purdue. This was a mild upset, as Vegas had the homestanding Boilermakers favored by five points and KenPom had Purdue by four. This outcome certainly changes the season outlook for both squads.
Now that the deadline to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft has passed, it’s a lot easier to analyze what could be in store for the Big Ten next season. This is far too early, admittedly, but you can find my list of the top candidates for the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in this post. Disagree? Did I leave someone off the list? Leave your thoughts in the comment box, or tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
(AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points to help No. 20 Michigan defeat Purdue 66-64 on Tuesday night. Jordan Morgan had 12 points and seven rebounds, Stu Douglass scored 12 points and Evan Smotrycz added 10 points for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-2), who entered the game in a tie for first place in the Big Ten. Michigan shot 54 percent from the field and outrebounded the Boilermakers 30-23. Lewis Jackson scored 17 points and Robbie Hummel added 16 for the Boilermakers (14-7, 4-4). Read the full AP recap and see the box score.
The great debate of 2011-12 has only heated up: Who is the best men’s basketball player in the Big Ten? It looks like a case can be made by and for several players. Is it Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger? Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Penn State’s Tim Frazier? Here’s a look at my latest weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s top 20 players. It’s my way of gauging the talent (see my previous rankings), and there’s a poll at the bottom of this post with my top 10 and an open invitation for you to vote your No. 1 guy.
As many as 20 Big Ten products will participate in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, headlined by New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan), a three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady is the biggest name, by far, but it’s the New York Giants who have the most Big Ten players (14 players to six). See all the Big Ten products in the Super Bowl in this post.