Can you feel it ladies and gentlemen? College basketball is officially here. The Big Ten basketball regular season is scheduled to kick off Friday night with a full-slate of action. But let’s not forget how entertaining the past two weeks of exhibition hoops have been. We have seen everything from dunks, to blocks to a freshman guard scoring seven points in a span of 37 seconds. With that said, let’s go ahead and count down the top 10 plays from this year’s Big Ten exhibition games. [ MORE: BTN.com Big Ten hoops mock draft ] 10. Michigan freshman guard Derrick
Drew Crawford scored a team-high 15 points as Northwestern topped Lewis 57-46 in an exhibition opener Wednesday night. The Wildcats’ 6-foot-5 senior forward also added several highlight-reel plays in the victory. Watch all the top highlights from the game in this post: INSTANT HIGHLIGHTS: Who doesn't love top plays? Check out all the highlights from @NUMensBball's exhibition win. – http://t.co/m8mEqHfOlh — Northwestern on BTN (@BTN_NU) November 7, 2013 Boom! @NUMensBball senior Drew Crawford hits a huge 3-point shot late in the game. #orvillemoment – http://t.co/ImFRoJW4PZ — Northwestern on BTN (@BTN_NU) November 7, 2013 Great sight for @NUmensbball fans! Drew Crawford
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
Change is afoot in Evanston, as the Northwestern basketball program moves away from the Princeton offense and into a new era. Will that change bring immediate success? After 13 seasons, the Bill Carmody era has ended. It can be easy to forget after last season’s struggles, but Carmody elevated the Northwestern basketball program from “horrid” to “mediocre” in his time there. To wit, the Wildcats made four straight NITs before last season’s injury-plagued campaign. Four NITs might seem like a silly accomplishment to tout, but let’s not forget that this program went to only three NITs over its entire pre-Carmody
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
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