The Big Ten men’s basketball season officially tips off Friday night. Before the ball goes into the air, the BTN.com team thought it would be fun to hold a Big Ten mock draft. Our draft consisted of five teams and six rounds, and we all selected a starting 5 and one “reserve,” which could be any player. Here are some specifics before getting to the teams. The draft included BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina, BTN.com editor Sean Merriman, BTN.com video operations coordinator Wesley White and Big Ten Geeks writer Josh Reed. It went in alphabetical
BTN aired a half-dozen Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition games Monday night. As expected, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue all cruised to easy tune-up home wins. We published all the best highlights from the busy night on the hardwood in this post. MICHIGAN 79, WAYNE STATE (MI) 60 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Like watching Glenn Robinson III fly? You'll love these @umichbball plays. WATCH – http://t.co/FcGlwHfPwq — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) November 5, 2013 MICHIGAN STATE 83, INDIANA (PA) 45 INSTANT HIGHLIGHTS: If you like dunks, you will love this @MSU_Basketball highlight reel. Watch! – http://t.co/g6AyVLtnti — Big Ten
Austin Hollins poured in a team-high 17 points as Minnesota cruised to a 79-57 victory over Cardinal Stritch in an exhibition opener Friday night. The Gophers’ 6-foot-4 senior guard also had several highlight-reel dunks in the win. Watch some of the top highlights from the game in this post. DUNK ALERT: Austin Hollins with the steal… Austin Hollins with the thunderous dunk! @GopherBball #orvillemoment – http://t.co/inpZy2cMUE — Minnesota on BTN (@BTN_Minnesota) November 2, 2013 Do you like dunks? We like dunks! Maurice Walker with a big two-handed slam for @GopherBball #orvillemoment – http://t.co/DEqTljSyWM — Minnesota on BTN (@BTN_Minnesota) November 2,
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a great Mike Ditka costume. Is it Ohio State coach Urban Meyer? You be the judge. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Urban as Ditka. Amazing. RT @spinnershells: Look who showed up at our house tonite!!! Recognize this guy?? pic.twitter.com/aiDWkJSzNh — Chris Vannini (@CoachingBuzz) November 1, 2013 Our take: Is this Urban Meyer or not?
Big Ten Basketball Media Day was a chance for the media to be introduced to some of the top players and the coaches around the conference. It was also a chance take in all the sights and sounds around the Big Ten, and there were plenty of good ones. With that said, here is a rundown of the best moments from Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day. [ More: Media Day: One-on-one with the Big Ten’s best ] Best dressed: Shavon Shields, Nebraska Shavon Shields is a candidate for best dressed @ #B1GMediaDay. Pinstripe suit, Nebraska Red tie and hipster glasses. pic.twitter.com/mFGGKyZBPg
The city of Chicago was filled with college basketball’s best on Thursday as the top players and coaches from around the Big Ten gathered at the annual Big Ten Media Day. It was a chance to ask some out-of-the-norm questions and find out who really are the best personalities around the Big Ten. I conducted a Big Ten poll, asking one player from every team a series of five questions. See what they had to say here in this post. Editors note: Player responses are anonymous. Players could not use their teammates/stadium/city/uniform/coach in their answers. [ More: Hoosiers reload with
Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Northwestern’s Chris Collins are the new kids on the Big Ten block. And, each has a big hill to climb to keep pace with the likes of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among other programs. The Golden Gophers are coming off a 21-win season that included a win in the NCAA tourney under Tubby Smith. The 30-year-old Pitino—son of Rick—has one season of experience, guiding Florida International to an 18-14 mark last season. Is he ready for this colossal step? Hard to say. But Pitino’s early impressions of the Big Ten are interesting.
Here are the podium press conference sessions from all 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches. Indiana’s Tom Crean: “We have a lot to learn. I think the biggest thing we’re trying to get accomplished right now is to get our team to understand — this team to understand what it takes to practice at a championship level and showing the standards of last year, not necessarily who it was, but how it was done, I think is the most important thing.” Illinois’ John Groce: “We want to play faster this year. Have we built ourselves for more speed? Yes. Will
Last year, the Gophers started out strong but ended the season on a low note. Soon after Minnesota was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, Athletic Director Norwood Teague made a change at the top, dismissing Tubby Smith after 6 seasons at the helm. Richard Pitino has taken over the program at the ripe age of 31. He’s younger than me, and he probably doesn’t use Facebook much because it’s not cool anymore. 2013 Record: 21-13 (8-10) Conference Offensive Efficiency: 1.04 (4th) Conference Defensive Efficiency: 1.04 (8th) Percentage of Conference Minutes Returning: 48 Percentage of Conference Minutes Played by Returning Freshmen:
Michigan State has been chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s