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.
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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.
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 check out a clip of him preparing for the game and another calling the action in this post.
A day after Iowa sent No. 17 Purdue to its first Big Ten defeat, there were a pair of upsets in the Big Ten on Sunday. Behind Rachel Banham’s 20 points, Minnesota took down No. 9 Ohio State, 76-65, and Michigan State took down No. 19 Penn State, 83-73. In other action, No. 21 Nebraska toppled Illinois, 61-47, and Northwestern downed Indiana, 68-61. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.
Six of the Big Ten’s wrestling teams took to the mat on Friday night. In one of the night’s earlier matches, Illinois welcomed in-state rival Northwestern to Huff Hall and captured a 26-10 dual win. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more on Nebraska-Michigan State and Michigan-Minnesota.
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