The Big Ten season is halfway over—and the best is yet to come in a conference race that remains in flux. More clarity may come this week, which shapes up as one of the best yet of the season. In particular, this is a big week for Michigan State and Indiana. And matchup-wise, I can’t wait for the battle between the Big Ten’s top freshmen: Michigan’s Trey Burke and Indiana’s Cody Zeller. See my game rankings for this week’s action in this post. 1. Ohio State at Wisconsin, Saturday, Feb. 4. This is why we suffer through long, cold, dark
This shapes up as one of the best weeks of the season with several marquee matchups. The teams most on the spot? It’s Michigan State and Indiana, which each has two big games. The Spartans play host to Michigan and travel to Illinois; the Hoosiers have two on the road: Michigan and archrival Purdue. But don’t forget about surging Wisconsin, either. The Badgers, winners of five straight and one game out of the Big Ten lead, travel to Penn State and host first-place Ohio State. Get ready for the week ahead in this post. Game of the week: Ohio State
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to coach Crean: Listen to coach McCaffery: Listen to coach Weber: Listen to coach Carmody: Listen to coach Chambers: Listen to coach Painter: Listen to coach Izzo: Listen to coach Ryan: Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to
The Big Ten Conference released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week for Jan. 23-29 action. See the winners and what they did to earn the honors in this post. Co-Player of the Week: Draymond Green, Michigan State, F – Sr. – 6-7 – Saginaw, Mich. – Saginaw Scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and added six assists in Michigan State’s 68-52 win over Minnesota Shot 82 percent from the field, converting on nine of 11 field goal attempts, including all eight from two-point range Recorded his 11th double-double of the season, good for first in the
BTN producers followed around popular broadcaster Gus Johnson during a recent trip to Chicago for Northwestern’s upset victory over Michigan State. From the time he got off the plane to the final whistle at Welsh-Ryan Arena, BTN cameras were there to offer a brief glimpse into the life of one of the nation’s busiest game-callers. Not only is the footage terrific, it’s informative. For example, did you know Gus has a locker room to use to get ready before the game, or that he prefers to steam his gameday attire in the shower? Watch Gus’ arrival into Chicago now and
Indiana was looking like they had turned a corner, building a small lead at the Kohl Center early in the second half. As has happened lately to Tom Crean’s bunch, things fell apart and Wisconsin picked up yet another B1G victory. Let’s look at how it happened. Indiana had defended well all game, and the Hoosiers held a five point lead with just over 14 minutes remaining. Down the stretch, however, Indiana’s defensive woes returned with a vengeance, as Wisconsin poured in 28 points over the final 14 minutes (spanning just 20 possessions) to pull out the victory. So what
Here’s a quick look around what’s buzzing in the Big Ten while I marvel at Pat Sajak’s ability to work intoxicated. Who would have thought you could host “Wheel of Fortune” under those conditions? Guess the wheel wasn’t the only thing spinning those many years ago. Dive into my links for Friday Illinois It’s getting to be crunch-time in the Big Ten. And Mark Tupper of Decatur Herald-Review feels the same way. Which way is Illinois going to go? Read Big Ten reaching its breaking point. Indiana Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star chronicles the Hoosiers’ loss to the Badgers.
Ryan Evans scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 25 Wisconsin to a 57-50 upset win over No. 17 Indiana on Thursday. Earlier in the night, Nebraska beat Iowa at Iowa City. Dive into the post for more details on both games. Nebraska 79, Iowa 73: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD | @BTN_Nebraska & @BTN_Iowa FINAL: Brandon Richardson scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists as Nebraska defeated Iowa 79-73 on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Nebraska (11-9) was trailing when Richardson converted a field goal with 4:27 to go to
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. Who do you have in the NCAA tourney right now? – Julie I talk to CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm each week, and as of Tuesday afternoon, he had nine Big Ten teams in: Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana. With the Boilermakers getting beat at home on Tuesday night by Michigan, I think Purdue is on the bubble or out. And I also
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. 1.