An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead.
Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team.
Rick Pitino was back at “The Barn” on Saturday, his first visit since December 10. Pitino and son Ryan watched Richard Pitino and Minnesota top Indiana. And, it was nearly impossible not to notice the two behind the Minnesota bench. The Hall of Fame coach is one of the game’s most recognizable faces, of course, while Richard’s brother, well, he was dressed in a chicken suit.
There were four Big Ten hoops games on Saturday. Nebraska kicked off the action with a 53-49 win over Northwestern. Iowa followed with an impressive 85-67 victory over Michigan, Ohio State knocked off Purdue, 67-49, and Minnesota got the best of Indiana, 66-60. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post.
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see how Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell’s role has expanded as a sophomore, learn more about Michigan’s only senior Jordan Morgan, and watch Minnesota’s Richard Pitino embraces being the son of a Hall of Fame coach. Also, catch our usual highlights from Michigan-Indiana and Minnesota-Purdue. The new episode airs Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET immediately after Indiana’s men’s basketball game at Minnesota.
The NBA recently announced six contestants who will be competing in the 2014 Slam Dunk contest during NBA All Star weekend. That got us thinking about if the Big Ten had a dunk contest. Who are some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this year? Here is a breakdown of the six Big Ten players I would want to see in a dunk contest.