This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the
Four Big Ten games were on the schedule Saturday. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Penn State upset No. 22 Indiana, 68-63, on BTN. No. 10 Michigan State rolled rival Michigan, 89-73, behind Bryn Forbes’ career-high eight 3-pointers, Nebraska took care of Rutgers, 87-63, despite losing star Shavon Shields to injury, and No. 4 Maryland fended off No. 18 Purdue, 72-61, thanks to another balanced effort. Catch the latest episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” Watch preview clips here. Watch our favorite highlights of the day below.
Shavon Shields took a hard fall and was carted off the court in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s 87-63 victory vs. Rutgers. The Nebraska star attempted to block D.J. Foreman’s shot in the paint with 8:49 left, but the Rutgers forward pump faked and Shields, already in the air, landed on his back. Shields spent several moments on the floor before being carted off on a stretcher. According to the school, Shields was “knocked out and unconscious for a while.” Trainer R.J. Pietig told Nebraska beat writer Brian Rosenthal that Shields has full movement in all extremities and was
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Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15
Nebraska will wear a throwback uniform Saturday afternoon vs. Rutgers. [ MORE: Nebraska set to wear Black History Month alternate three times ] The design, created by adidas, honors one of the program’s greatest teams, the 1990-91 edition that won a school-record 26 games and was ranked for 14 consecutive weeks, and is part of the fourth annual Legends Weekend. The white jersey features red and silver lettering and piping, while the shorts feature the script Husker logo that was used during that era. No team in Nebraska annals scored more than the 1990-91 Huskers, who averaged a school-record 87.6
Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.
Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
There are good shots. There are great shots. And then there is the shot Rutgers freshman Corey Sanders hit on Wednesday night against Illinois. Trailing 87-84 in the final seconds of the first overtime, Sanders missed a game-tying 3-pointer, got his own rebound, dribbled back beyond the 3-point line and hit a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game and send it into a second overtime. The reaction is just as you would expect, as Sanders’ teammates mobbed him in celebration. Check out the shot at the top of the post. Sanders went on to post career highs