There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Tuesday night, including Wisconsin taking down North Dakota, 103-85. The 103 points marked the first time the Badgers eclipsed 100 points since December 1995. But the bigger story was Frank Kaminsky, who scored a team single-game record 43. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post.
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We’ve seen every Big Ten men’s basketball team play at least three games, so it’s time for BTN analyst and former Flyin’ Illini Stephen Bardo to unveil his first 2013-14 Big Ten Power Rankings.
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The Big Ten suffered its first losses over the past couple nights, and we learned just a little bit more about the shape of this conference. Let’s dive in. In a formula that might become common this season, Illinois struggled to score over Valparaiso’s length but did enough on defense to secure the victory. After facing two decidedly smaller teams to open the season, Illinois had trouble converting over Valpo’s big and experienced frontline. In fact, the Illini’s 35.6 effective field goal percentage is the lowest mark of the John Groce era, and last season’s team wasn’t exactly a collection of sharpshooters.
Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post.
The Big Ten placed a nation’s best 10 players on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, released Tuesday. Michigan State led the way with three players (Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne), while Michigan (Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III) and Ohio State (Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross) also made the list. A freshman made the cut, too. See all the representatives in this post.
Jerry Kill joined Monday night’s #BTNLive to talk about the white-hot Gophers, his dance moves and his view from the coaches box during the team’s four-game winning streak. Kill, who is focused on getting his epilepsy under control, said he plans to stay in the box for the rest of the season. Why not? The team is 4-1 under acting head coach Tracy Claeys. Watch our interview with Kill in this post.
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