Everyone knew Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was talented and likely headed for a promising college football career. But few thought he’d have a big impact as a true freshman in 2011. Miller was thrust into the starting lineup early in 2011 and proceeded to enjoy the best season of any Big Ten freshman. This is why the precocious Miller, the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, headlines BTN.com’s 2011 All-Freshman Team.
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Dec. 5-11, in this post. Also, watch Christian Watford’s last-second 3-pointer to stun No. 1 Kentucky and the resulting celebration Saturday at Assembly Hall. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.
It was a busy day of Big Ten men’s hoops Saturday, headlined by Indiana upsetting No. 1 Kentucky at the buzzer (recap). Get all the video, reaction, tweets and photos from the upset. In other action, Michigan State beat Gonzaga (recap), Purdue drilled Eastern Michigan (recap), No. 16 Wisconsin took down UNLV (recap), No. 19 Michigan held off Oakland (recap), Nebraska rallied past TCU (recap) and Minnesota topped St. Peter’s (recap), while No. 2 Ohio State lost at Kansas (recap) and Penn State fell at Duquesne (recap).
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Indiana’s Christian Watford wasn’t the only Big Ten men’s hoops player beating the buzzer in Saturday’s action. Nebraska’s Bo Spencer hit a buzzer-beater, as well, and while he didn’t win the game with his shot, it sure gave the Huskers plenty of momentum in their come-from-behind victory at TCU. Watch the buzzer-beater in this post.
There were six Big Ten women’s hoops games Saturday, including a top 15 matchup between instate rivals No. 12 Purdue and No. 3 Notre Dame. The Irish cruised to a 66-38 victory at Mackey Arena. Another ranked Big Ten team, No. 13 Ohio State, had better luck Saturday, posting an 84-41 rout of Canisius. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and stats in this post. Ohio State 84, Canisius 41 BOX
There was an iconic Hail Mary pass, a brand new championship game, a new school in the club, Legends and Leaders, a smashing debut by a coach, a touchdown machine named “Ball,” and a sordid off-field scandal the likes we never have seen in the history of college sports. Welcome to Big Ten football 2011.
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A profile of Nebraska women’s basketball head coach Connie Yori and her recovery from knee surgery.